Each autumn, Paris puts on the festival of contemporary arts, embracing arts, embracing and combining different art forms, from theater, music, dance and visual arts and film. There is something for everyone to enjoy. The festival presents works that stand as references, involving approaches of an experimental nature by commissioning artists to create original works specifically for the event. Every year, from September to December, the festival features over forty events attracting an audience of more than 100,00. Founded in 1972 by Michel Guy, with support from the President of the French Republic, Georges Pompidou. After the death of Michele Guy in 1990, Alain Crombecque became the director of the festival with Marie Collin and Josephine Markovits as artistic directors. Pierre Richard is chairman of the board of the festival, and Pierre Bergé is chairman of the board of “Les Amis du Festival d’Automne à Paris”.
The Festival d’Automne à Paris is a non-profit organization and operates with the backing and support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Paris City Council, the Regional Council of Greater Paris, plus friends and sponsors.
Events are marked by calendar, you can visit the website here to view the events through November 2013. Events all will have location, time and date details attached to the link. This event is a wonderful contemporary cultural experience for adults and children; and, much of the art being displayed is also available for purchase. You can also look at art available for purchase through their website here. An amazing thing about this festival is many cultures and regions of the world are represented, not just French works. It truly is a contemporary world festival celebrating the arts of many, and definitely should be enjoyed as a supplemental visit during your time in Paris in November.
To learn more about The Paris Autumn Festival, visit their website at http://www.festival-automne.com/home.html.