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Sportive June

With a culinary end to May, the month of June is the time to get a balanced inner and outer well-being in perspective.

In the second half of June, Péniche Cinéma invites you to a voyage to little India with its 3-day long festival Extravagant India. Short films and documentaries from India will be screened. There would also be animations, Indian snacks, dances etc. building a festival like ambience.




The first week of June invites us to don the sportive outfit and enjoy the fresh air. In addition to the ongoing French Open, Paris is host to sportive events- Roland Garros in the City, Festival of Cycling and Nordic Walking Day. Getting back in harmony with the exhibition promoting healthy living- Naturally Paris is also on the cards for the first weekend.

Not to forget the pampering of aromas from back home, the Association India Calling invites you to its Indian Cuisine workshop- Intoxicating tastes of India. If you have time amidst such a busy agenda, try the 120 years of the Eiffel Tower- a lot of reason to be at the exteriors this June! 

With French Open in full swing in the city, it is no wonder that all of us are inclined to do our sportive bit! For the tennis enthusiasts who have not been able to grab a ticket for the Roland Garros, there is no need to despair. The city brings tennis at the Parvis of Hôtel de Ville with its initiative Roland Garros in the city. Play mini-tennis or watch live action from Roland Garros on the giant screens, see exhibition matches or get initiation, take your pick at this mini tennis festival right in the heart of the city.

It has been two years since Velib made its way in Paris for the bike enthusiasts. With more than 50 Mn rentals later, Velib has come to represent an economic, green and healthy mode of transport for the Parisians for shorter distances. The municipality keeps coming with attractive initiatives for 'converting' more commuters to try the bicycles ! The Festival of Cycling will be in its 3rd Edition this year with two days devoted to amateurs of bicycle and roller skates. From animation and games, presentations by various organisations on the safe and optimal use of bike and rollers, bike and roller treks through the city etc., the festival promises to make this weekend a collective summer outing.

Starting the second week, don't forget to have your dose of Bollywood at the 5th Festival of Indian Cinema. During the second weekend Free trek through Paris and the Open door day of the Vipassana Center of France. 

Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar will sing morning ragas in a small concert on June 7th. Maison des Indes proposes mini-conferences on Shiva by Vikas Harish on June 2nd and on Ayurveda by Brigitte Martin on June 9th. The subject of Myths and Gods in Hinduism is explored further in various mini conferences at the Musée Guimet on June 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th. Dhamma Mahi- the Vipassana Center of France is located 200 kms South-East of Paris. For the second time since its inception, it is opening its door to the general public through Vipassana Open Door Day on June 14th. Groupe de Réflexion Frasco-Indien celebrates its Annual day at Maison de L'Inde on June 21st.This association has been operating for the past 19 years to promote bilateral cultural relations and understanding. 

Nordic Walking Day invites you to a day full of activities built around walking. A sport accessible to everyone, it can be enjoyed with friends and family too. Read more for details in Nordic Walking in Paris. On a musical note for the month, the summer solstice combines with music in the air. Music festival or Fête de la Musique is just round the corner on June 21st. The city comes alive with music from the streets and free concerts all over the place. 


Fête de la musique 2009


Over the years, Eiffel Tower has come to symbolize Paris- imparting its creative essence to one and all- artists, film makers and lay persons alike. Each year, it attracts more than 7 Mn visitors from all over the globe. Last May marked the 120 years of Eiffel Tower from the time it was first exposed to the public. Commemorating this landmark, there are several exhibitions on offer giving us a glimpse of the journey in time- its beginnings, construction and saga recounted through various presentations, animations, photos, images, videos etc. 

The weather has been playing hide and seek between overcast sky and extremely clear and hot days. We are not complaining, this is Paris as we know it! A sun-screen cream and a water bottle are the order of the day!