The answer is, quite a lot. Apart from the numerous exhibitions at the city’s host of galleries, March sees a veritable poetry bonanza take over the city. Called the ‘Printemps des Poètes’ this poetry festival takes place from the 7th-21st of the month with over with over 5000 events taking place in the streets, cafes and museums of the French capital. It involves poetry recitals, debates, exhibitions and competitions too. Even if your French is a little rusty or indeed pretty much non-existent, you can’t fail to be drawn into the dramatic atmosphere of the literati. Visit the Poets' Springtime Website (www.printempsdespoetes.com)
March will also see the start of the 28th Banlieues Bleues festival in Paris' Seine St Denis suburb. Check www.banlieuesbleues.org for exact dates nearer the time but this superb, month-long jazz-cum-blues festival usually runs from mid-month. The festival features both traditional and modern jazz and blues music and attracts big names to venues throughout the area.
And if you feel like a laugh, the annual Paris Comedy Festival also begins in March, with established comedians and up-and-coming stand-ups sharing the limelight at over 35 venues across town. Some 300 artists perform in the capital’s major venues such as L'Olympia and Le Grand Rex as well as smaller bars and cafes. Choose from one-man shows, comic pairs, troupes and mime artists. Check www.parisfaitsacomedie.com for details.
So hop on a fast train from central London, or board a flight from any of the capital’s airports. Paris couldn’t be easier to get to, so there’s simply no excuse not to go. Bon Voyage!