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Cherry blossoms in Giverny. © Paris Update

 

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Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Contemporary art fair

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"Le Port de Carnon" (2016), by Vincent Bioulès, at Galerie La Forest Divonne, Art Paris.

> Art Paris: 144 galleries. Grand Palais, Paris, March 30-April 2.

Celebrating crafts
> Artisans open their studios, hold exhibitions and give demonstrations of such crafts as jewelry-making or woodworking for Les Journées des Métiers d'Art. Various locations, Paris, March 31-April 2.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, March 23-May 28.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Thierry Fremaux's Lumière, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, March 31.

Documentary film festival
> Cinéma du Réel showcases documentaries from around the world. Various venues, Paris, March 24-April 2.

Suburban blues
> The Banlieues Bleues festival brings major French and international jazz acts to the Paris suburbs. Various venues, through March 31.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 13.

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Madame Mai in her Paris restaurant. Photo: Mélanie Challe


On the blog Chroniques d’un Instant, photographer Mélanie Challe and journalist Sonia Ghezali present their photo-slide/voiceover Web documentaries that give a voice to Parisians who are rarely heard from. So far, they have profiled Sidiki, a political refugee from Afghanistan who made the long trek to Paris after attacks on his pro-democracy organization and now lives in the streets while trying to help other Afghan refugees; and 81-year-old Madame Mai from North Vietnam, who fled the Communists in 1954 after they decapitated her father and imprisoned her, then came to France in 1967. She still runs a tiny Paris restaurant by herself.