Culture, accommodation, gastronomy... In 2018, Paris will be more than ever the stage for exceptional events, such as the Paris Motor Show or the Ryder Cup, as well as many new attractions like the Atelier des Lumières or the Palais des Congrès Paris-Saclay. Discover our selection of what’s new in 2018, month by month, to hold all the trump cards for planning your event or group stay in the French capital!
January – Think big for the start of the year
Plan an event or see a concert at the recently-opened U Arena – the biggest modular concert venue in Europe! With a capacity of 20,000 to 40,000 spectators, the venue plays host to the biggest sporting events as well as world-renowned artists like Roger Waters of Pink Floyd in June. The U Arena offers you multiple spaces and options for any type of event, from 10 to 40,000 people! 95 boxes, 8 lounges, a conference room and a multipurpose room may be privately hired, as well as the entire U Arena. What’s more it boasts a panoramic view of the arena from all the lounges and boxes and cutting-edge technology like the incredible Emotion Studio (giant 3D screening on a 4,500 m² surface).
February – Experience an unforgettable gourmet trip
Inspired by his travels, Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse opens Spoon at the Palais Brongniart, in association with GL Events, to offer customers a veritable global gourmet tour. Multi-ethnic and authentic, the cooking at Spoon is sublimated by an original sommelier and an innovative cocktail menu. For a business lunch, for example, opt for a gourmet bento accompanied by a sparkling Tasmanian wine. The colourful and warm setting is conducive to conversation and pays tribute to cultural diversity. Spoon may be privately hired for groups of from 50 people and can accommodate up to 110 people for a sit-down dinner and 130 people for a cocktail party. Two private lounges, separated by large wooden panels, are also available.
March – Brush up on your classics at the Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum, in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents the first retrospective since 1963 of the romantic artist Eugène Delacroix. From 28 March to 23 July 2018, this major exhibition throws a spotlight on the artist’s career with some 180 works, from best-known paintings such as Liberty Leading the People to more mysterious works inspired by his trip to Morocco. An opportunity to discover the many facets of this all-round artist, a painter, an author, and an illustrator.
For a most prestigious event, the museum offers private tours of the exhibition from 6.30 pm on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, followed by a cocktail reception or dinner in one of its many private spaces.
April – Brighten up for spring
Spring spells the opening of the first Digital Art Centre (Culturespaces) in Paris! Housed in a former foundry in the 11th arrondissement, the Atelier des Lumières will offer unique immersive exhibitions, using cutting-edge technology that will cover the 3,300 m² of surface area, from floor to ceiling. Two areas are given over to exhibitions: the Hall, which will show a series of digital exhibitions alternating with a long programme, featuring figures in the history of art, and a short more contemporary programme; and the studio, where visitors can see new digital talents. The venue opens with a focus on the artists Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, and notably an immersion into Klimt’s fresco at the Secession Palace Vienna.
For your events from 50 to 1,200 guests, you can choose between the original industrial setting, the projection of the current immersive exhibition, or a personalized environment. Offer your guests an amazing journey!
May – Fly over the Paris rooftops
In 2018, see Paris as you've never seen it before! FlyView offers a novel experience: a jetpack ‘flight’ over the capital with the aid of a virtual reality device. The technology combines flight simulators and special effects, all in an 800 m² space in central Paris, close to Place de l’Opéra. With take-off, acceleration, panoramic view stop-offs, landing near to a monument ... FlyView guarantees unique sensations. This new cultural and technological attraction will dazzle your colleagues during an unusual teambuilding event!
June – Plan an event at the new Palais des Congrès de Paris-Saclay
A new convention centre (Palais des Congrès) will open in Massy in the first half of 2018, at the heart of the vibrant economic hub Paris-Saclay. Designed by the famous architect and urban planner, Christian de Portzamparc, the Palais des Congrès Paris Saclay (Chateauform’) will be equipped with modern technology and be fully flexible. With an emphasis on comfort, environmental protection, and modernism, it will host all types of events for 5 to 1,500 people, from full-scale conferences to a seminar day, as well as public events such as concerts or trade fairs. The Palais des Congrès will include a 1,000 m² exhibition space, a 600-seat auditorium, 7 meeting rooms, 2 halls and more than 600 m² of conviviality spaces, all some 150 metres from the RER and TGV train stations, and close to numerous hotel rooms.
July – Experience Parisian luxury at the new Fauchon l’Hôtel Paris*****
In association with Esprit de France hotels, the famous Parisian luxury fine food brand opens its first hotel, this summer, in Place de la Madeleine – the historic cradle of the House of Fauchon. Emphasis is placed on the ultra-personalized service: 'Gourmet Bar' and in-room dinner by a Fauchon chef, private tours and shopping, etc. The Café Fauchon (150 places), open to all, illustrates to perfection the art of French cooking and offers a continuous service from breakfast to dinner. The ideal place for a tea-time snack or a refined after-work event ... The winter garden and hotel library are available for your private events.
August – Celebrate diversity and sport during the Gay Games
Paris will host the 10th edition of the Gay Games from 4 to 12 August! Every 4 years since 1982, the Gay Games have represented the largest cultural, festive and especially sporting event in the world open to all and committed to inclusion and respect for diversity. This Paris edition features 36 sports, and 15,000 participants; 40,000 visitors from 70 countries are expected to attend. All the events will be available to everyone, without selection and without discrimination as to disability, age or gender. Fourteen cultural and festive events will also be taking place in the capital, offering a wide and varied programme including fashion shows, concerts, exhibitions and cinema.
September – Start the new autumn season on the golf course with a major sporting event
The 42nd Ryder Cup event will take place from 28 to 30 September 2018 on the spectacular Golf National de Saint-Quentin en Yvelines golf course. Founded in 1927, the Ryder Cup is the largest international golf competition. Every two years, 24 of the world’s best golfers compete in two teams: Europe versus the United States. An autumnal event not to be missed whilst you holding an event in the capital!
October – Blow out the 120 candles at the world’s biggest motor show
The International Motor Show, the most visited automotive event in the world (more than one million visitors in 2016), celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2018! Every year, this global event presents a raft of launches and premières, extraordinary stands and innovative car-related events. At the previous show, 245 car brands from 19 countries presented their latest models. This year’s edition, takes place from 4 to 14 October at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, and includes 6 late-night openings for the general public. New at this year’s show will be the return of the Paris Motorbike Show to Pavilion 3.
November – Enjoy the sound of the king of pop at the Grand Palais
From November 2018 to February 2019, the Grand Palais will show the exhibition ‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall’– the title of the legendary pop star’s fifth solo album. Michael Jackson died 9 years ago and this exhibition explores his influence on contemporary artists and for the first time brings together the works of more than 40 leading contemporary artists like Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd; as well as new works created especially for the occasion. It also looks at why Michael Jackson continues to be one of the most influential cultural figures. In addition to the exhibition, you can take advantage of the many spaces available for private hire at the Grand Palais to hold your event (up to 1,200 people).
December - Rediscover the charm of an iconic Parisian hotel during the Christmas season
After several months of renovation and extension work, the Hôtel Barrière le Fouquet’s Paris is just like new! In 2017, the hotel reopened its doors after a 6-month makeover. In December 2018, 19 additional rooms and suites with stunning views of the Champs-Elysées will be available. Le Fouquet's will now boast 81 entirely-redecorated luxurious rooms and suites, redesigned restaurants and a sublime spa. For your meetings and business events, the hotel has 4 historic prestige reception rooms (up to 415 people), a terrace with magnificent views of the Parisian rooftops (maximum 100 people), and a boardroom (19 seats). The restaurant areas are also available for private hire (300 people in total).