There is no more delightful European city to visit in the fall than Paris. Not only is the summer heat and humidity gone, so are most of the tourists. Yet there is no lack where concerts, events, festivals, and other indoor or outdoor attractions are concerned. Paris is by far one of the most targeted tourist destinations in Western Europe. If you’re looking for an event or festival that encompasses dance, film, opera, and the performing arts, the Festival d’Automne à Paris or Autumn Festival of Paris is just the ticket.
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The Autumn Festival of Paris runs from mid-September until late December on an annual basis with over 40 different events on the agenda. The festival in 2011 attracted well over 100,000 individuals, domestic and international, so be prepared for large crowds throughout the duration of the event. You want to be sure and choose the events that you want to attend wisely as there may be language barriers involved. The most common languages heard at the festival are English, French, German, Japanese, and Russian.
The festival was originally founded in 1972 and is a non-profit event. It operates while being backed and supported by the Regional Council of Greater Paris, the Paris City Council, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as well as numerous friends of the festival and sponsors. Suffice it to say, the Autumn Festival of Paris features more events than other European cities witness in an entire year. It is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that deals primarily with contemporary art and features artists from around the world.
The huge variety of exhibitions and shows is sure to please every taste imaginable as there is an abundance of dance, movies, music, painting, sculpture, and theater events to attend. Special attention is paid to a wide range of cultures, empiric works, guests from outside of France, and plenty of new talent. Artists are allowed to create individual or original works of art, all of which are extremely interesting. This year’s Autumn Festival of Paris runs from the 15th of September until the 31st of December.
One of the best reasons to plan your vacation and take in this event is that you will have a completely different perspective of Paris when you visit this city in the fall. With the changing colors of the leaves and light hues, Paris in the fall is truly a specter worth seeing. The decrease in brightness of the daytime sky as the season changes from summer to fall gives it more of a somber, tranquil appearance while at the same time being very romantic. You’ll want to venture out to enjoy the cool evenings and cruise the Seine River, too.
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