Night at the mu­seum

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If you don’t have enough hours in your day to see some of France’s artis­tic ac­claims, then you should make the most of the Nuit des Musées. Run­ning since 2005, the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of art and cul­ture sees se­lected mu­se­ums across Europe open their doors for the night, free of charge, host­ing af­ter-dark ac­tiv­i­ties such as torch-lit tours, sto­ry­telling and con­certs. On 21 May over 1,000 mu­se­ums across France in­clud­ing the Musée d’Art Con­tem­po­rain in Lyon ( pic­tured) will be tak­ing part in the cel­e­bra­tions with doors open­ing from 6pm to mid­night. nu­it­desmusees.cul­ When you think of the heady days of jazz-age Paris, you prob­a­bly imag­ine them set in the ef­fort­lessly cool St-Ger­main-des-Prés. The area still oozes the same laid-back glam­our and its an­nual Fes­ti­val Jazz à St-Ger­main-des-Prés keeps the beat of the blues mu­sic alive. From 19-31 May, jazz mu­si­cians will strum, boo­gie, scat and sing all over the area, from the­atres and canal boats and out on the open street, with per­for­mances planned to take place in the Lux­em­bourg Gar­dens, St-Sulpice Church and Théâtre de l’Odéon, too. New tal­ents are en­cour­aged, and there are al­ways side ex­hibits like photography or, in 2012, an ex­hi­bi­tion on ‘Jazz and Choco­late’. fes­ti­val­jaz­z­saint­ger­main­

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