Arts Arena events are designed as international or specifically French-American cultural interactions. The events are free and open to the public; however, reservations are advised, as many events reach capacity and offer standing-room only for those who have not reserved a seat. To guarantee priority seating at all events, please RSVP to Each event is followed by a cocktail reception with the speakers and audience.

Additional special events are reserved for Arts Arena members as part of our ArtsArenaPLUS program. These have included an haute couture fashion show at the residence of the Russian Ambassador to France, a talk by bestselling author Alan Riding about his latest book, at the home of the Director of the Arts Arena, followed by dinner with the author, and a private concert by the Curtis Institute of Music chamber ensemble at a home overlooking the Luxembourg gardens. For information on becoming a member, please click here.

April 23, 2018

JAMES CONLON, conductor

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

Music Director of the LA Opera and Principal Conductor of Italy’s RAI National Symphony Orchestra, formerly Principal Conductor of the Paris National Opera, his Arts Arena appearance will coincide with his conducting the Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie de Paris.View More

April 26, 2018


From Tannhäuser to Singin' in the Rain

Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

Award-winning opera and stage director Robert Carsen has been commissioned by the world’s most celebrated opera houses and festivals, among them Covent Garden, La Scala, La Monnaie, Glyndebourne, La Fenice, the Salzburg Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, and repeatedly the Opéra national de Paris. His other productions include the blockbuster Singin’… View More

May 6, 2018


Location: Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, 6e

Conceived in 1968 at Stanford University by film critic and educator Jasmina Bojic in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) screens documentaries by international filmmakers dealing with topics such as human rights, environmental themes,… View More

May 16, 2018


Galerie dorée de la Banque de France

Location: Galerie dorée de la Banque de France, 3 rue de la Vrillière, Paris, 1er

Award-winning ensemble recently in residence at Curtis Institute of Music, Zorá has performed, at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Royal Academy of Music, and in master classes from London Haydn Quartet to The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Due to limited space at and high demand for this event,… View More

June 18, 2018

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, singer-songwriter-composer

Location: 2 rue Saint-Florentin, Paris, 1er

He has played Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Covent Garden, London Palladium, Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall, collaborated with artists such as Robbie Williams, Elton John, Paul Simon, ANOHNI (formerly, Antony Hegarty), David Bryne, and Boy George, and now just completed his second commissioned opera, Hadrian. Venue to be… View More

June 19, 2018


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A private cocktail reception bringing together New York and Paris Arts Arena members, patrons, and benefactors, with additional special events for members of the Sponsors Circle and President’s Circle. DATES AND VENUES TO BE CONFIRMEDView More