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For the 30th time, the French cap­i­tal will be the place for lovers and col­lec­tors of art and an­tiq­ui­ties as La Bi­en­nale Paris comes to town from 8-16 Septem­ber. The dome-roofed Grand Palais off the Champs-élysées is used like an op­u­lent jewel box to con­tain the pre­cious items from nearly 100 arts and an­tiques deal­ers, dis­played in 20 gal­leries.

In ad­di­tion to paint­ings, fur­ni­ture, jew­ellery and many other ob­jects, La Bi­en­nale Paris will wel­come a spe­cial col­lec­tion, L’em­pereur sous la Ver­rière (glass roof). The works have been as­sem­bled by Pierre-jean Chalençon, a flam­boy­ant col­lec­tor nick­named ‘the Em­peror’ (he even wears a corona­tion ring and the stamp pen­dant of Napoléon Bon­a­parte’s youngest brother, Jérôme, who was briefly king of West­phalia).

Chalençon will be shar­ing his pas­sion for the history of Napoléon through some of the 1,200 ob­jects he has found over a life­time, mak­ing it one of the world’s most im­por­tant col­lec­tions of its kind.

As well as the main dis­plays, La Bi­en­nale Paris, which be­came an an­nual event last year, stages talks, con­fer­ences and side-ex­hi­bi­tions, af­firm­ing its com­mit­ment to French l’art de vivre and con­tem­po­rary cre­ativ­ity. bi­en­nale-paris.com


The Belle Époque re­sort of Deauville on the Côte Fleurie in Nor­mandy rolls out the red car­pet once again from 31 Au­gust to 9 Septem­ber for the 44th Fes­ti­val du Cinéma Améri­cain. More than 100 movies will be pre­sented at three dif­fer­ent sites in the town – the Cen­tre In­ter­na­tionale de Deauville, the Lu­cien Bar­rière Casino and the Le Morny Cinema – show­cas­ing Amer­i­can cinema in all its di­ver­sity, from block­busters to in­die shorts. Star-spot­ting op­por­tu­ni­ties abound, too, through­out the fes­ti­val. A day pass costs €35. fes­ti­val-deauville.com


From 15-16 Septem­ber, hun­dreds of mon­u­ments, pub­lic and pri­vate build­ings will open their doors (some only on this oc­ca­sion) to wel­come visi­tors for free for the Journées Européennes du Pat­ri­moine. The theme for this year is ‘The Art of Shar­ing’ and dove­tails with the Euro­pean Year of Cul­tural Her­itage 2018, which aims to cel­e­brate cul­tural her­itage across the 50 or so Euro­pean coun­tries in­volved in the pro­gramme, help­ing to keep that her­itage alive. journees­du­pat­ri­moine. cul­turecom­mu­ni­ca­tion.gouv.fr


The city of Li­mo­ges is the fo­cus of a multi-dis­ci­plinary arts fes­ti­val ex­plor­ing the di­ver­sity of cul­tures in the French-speak­ing world, par­tic­u­larly Africa. Les Fran­co­phonies en Li­mousin, which runs from 26 Septem­ber to 6 Oc­to­ber, is made up of dance, the­atre, mu­sic, con­certs and street per­for­mances from global artists, and opens with a huge ex­trav­a­ganza. Tick­ets cost from €15, but there are also free events. les­fran­co­phonies.fr


Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the first Jardins Ou­verts event in Île-de-france last year, the ini­tia­tive is re­turn­ing in 2018 with nearly 200 gar­dens open to the pub­lic on the week­end of 29-30 Septem­ber. The theme is ‘Les Po­tagers’ (vegetable gar­dens) and all gar­dens in the Île-de-france re­gion are in­vited to take part by open­ing to the pub­lic and of­fer­ing cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties from live mu­sic to work­shops. Some of the more fa­mous gar­dens tak­ing part are the Po­tager du Roi at Ver­sailles, the Château de Saint-jean de Beau­re­gard and Les Jardins de Courances. ilede­france.fr/jardinsou­verts

ABOVE AND LEFT: The glass dome of the Grand Palais en­velops dis­plays and stands at La Bi­en­nale Paris; BE­LOW: A sa­mu­rai war­rior sculp­ture at the 2017 Bi­en­nale

FROM TOP: The fa­mous boardwalk at Deauville; Per­form­ers on stage at the 2017 Fran­co­phonies Li­mousin

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