Paris Diary

Your guide to cultural events and entertainment in the capital this November and December

Orchestres en fête

15-24 November

Paris plays an important part in this ten¬day nationwide festival that brings classical music to as wide an audience as possible. The initiative by the Association Française des Orchestres involves 30 French orchestras participating in nationwide events that are expected to attract around 100,000 spectators. The capital will see performances of familiar symphonies and chamber music, as well as more contemporary compositions aimed particularly at younger listeners. The venues chosen are as varied as the music, ranging in Paris from the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Théâtre National Opéra-Comique to schools and public spaces. The festival includes free shows, workshops and behind¬the¬scenes tours of some of the city’s most prestigious concert halls.

Tel: (Fr) 1 42 80 26 27,

Paris Photo

14-17 November

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As a city synonymous with both picture¬postcard scenery and celebrated photographers, Paris is well qualified to promote the wonders of art photography. Paris Photo, now in its 17th year, is one of the world’s leading international fairs, gathering hundreds of curators, dealers, collectors and enthusiasts under the spectacular glass ceiling of the Grand Palais exhibition hall off the Champs-Élysées. With nearly 130 galleries from across the world, the fair covers every aspect of photography from still life and landscape to contemporary and collectable, featuring established masters alongside

up-and-coming names. In addition to the displays, photographers will take part in question¬and¬answer sessions and book signings.

Tel: (Fr) 1 47 56 64 74,

Fête du Beaujolais Nouveau

21 November

Celebrations take place throughout France every year when Beaujolais Nouveau winemakers release their new vintage on the third Thursday of November, within eight weeks of harvest. Made from the gamay grape, the red has

a fresh, fruity flavour, and is best drunk lightly chilled soon after purchase. Parisians duly follow the guidelines by heading for bars and bistros as well as attending tastings and demonstrations offered by wine merchants and shops.

La Belle au Bois Dormant

4 December to 4 January

Based on Charles Perrault’s 17th¬century fairy tale, Tchaikovsky’s ballet Sleeping Beauty is one of the mainstays of the classical repertoire. This three¬act performance at the Opéra Bastille, in a production choreographed by the late Rudolf Nureyev, promises dramatic performances, sumptuous set designs and lavish costumes.

Tel: (Fr) 1 71 25 24 23

Cartier: Le Style et l’Histoire

4 December to 16 February 2014

This exhibition at the Grand Palais examines the role played by the jewellery house Cartier in the history of the decorative arts since its foundation in Paris in 1847. A 600-piece display of jewellery, watches and clocks, as well as coats, dresses and furniture, give a compelling overview of a firm that has led fashion trends and served royalty and celebrities.

Tel: (Fr) 1 44 13 17 17