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By Irene Fogarty

1. Cannes is canned? Well not exactly!

It’s June which means no more talk about Cannes, film reviews, who wore what, red carpets, Robin Hood, green tights, Polanski, Lindsay Lohan etc. It’s over. Well not so fast. If you’re in the ad world, next up is the 57th International Advertising Festival, the world’s biggest celebration of creativity in communications, takes place June 20-26 in Cannes. While the official site mentions it «offers seven days of award ceremonies, seminars, workshops, master classes, exhibitions, screenings and networking» it forgets to dwell on the seven nights of serious drinking, partying and a lot of creatives trying desperately to behave in front of their big clients. Of course, with recession-depression, many big agencies are not attending or only showing up for a possible speech, should they win a Lion for their tv or print ads. Among the spreakers this year are Sir Martin Sorrell, Maurice Levy, Mark Beeching and Ty Montague. For more details, go here, http://www.canneslions.com/

2. Roger or Rafal?

Whether you like the Swiss man’s charm or the Spaniards biceps, Roland Garros is the place to be for the first week in June. Click here for match times and general info, http://www.fft.fr/rolandgarros/default_en.asp

3. Music to your ears! FREE!

First of all, Féte de la Musique is above all a free popular féte, where any « musician» can perform. It’s the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. It aims at a large audience, working to popularise musical practice for young and not so young people from all social backgrounds. It gives an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music.

What I love is the liveliness on the street as people join in with bands, start singing and as one of the most popular events in the city of light, hundreds of musicians gather in the streets, bars, and cafes of Paris, giving free performances of everything from jazz and rock to hip-hop and electronic music. For a listing of what’s happening on all the arrondissements, Click here, it’s in English too: http://www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr

4. Gay Paris

Parisian gays are spoied! They not only live in a beautiful city but they can openly express their gay lifestyle here more than any other country in Europe. And that’s exactly what they do every year at the Marche des Fiertes LGBT – massive colorful parade with more than 500,000 spectators and participants as well as a series of parties, balls, and other wild events. This year it all takes place on Saturday, June 26, at 2 pm at Place du 18 Juin 1940, by the Montparnesse-Bienvenue metro stop and works its way through the city along Boulevard du Montparnasse, Boulevard St-Michel, Boulevard St-Germain, eventually crossing the Seine at Pont de Sully, and finishing at Place de la Bastille around 5:30 pm. In addition, many gay clubs, hotels, pubs and restaurants will have events and offering special promotions during Paris’s Gay Pride, especially in the Marias, the tres gay district. For a listing of some of the bigger gay évents click here, http://www.patroc.com/paris/

5. Just right!

June is perfect. Sunny, long bright evenings and not too hot. Typically ranging from a low of around 55F to a high of around 70F (and higher) means it’s heavenly to be outdoors. But beware, June is also one of the wettest months of the year in Paris, so bring an umbrella just in case. And don’t even think of asking about AC, you won’t need it, just keep your big windows open all day and night! Bon vacances !

A Savoir:
Help! The well-known distress code ‘Mayday’ comes from the French for help me, M’Aide!

Originally published May 2010
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