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 artsarena@aup.edu. 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.

March 20, 2019

THIERRY HUAU

AWARD-WINNING LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, ENVIRONMENTALIST, URBANIST

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

Founder of Atelier Interscene, Thierry Huau has left his mark from Beirut to Hanoi: city planning, green spaces, green infrastructures, city parks, theme parks, golf courses, resorts, botanical gardens, zoos, for clients and partners such as the Conseil Régional d’Ile de France and Ministère de la Culture, Pierre & Vacances,… View More

March 27, 2019

L'Europe autour de l'Europe

European Film Festival

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

For the eighth year, the Arts Arena will participate in the European Film Festival L’Europe autour de l’Europe. Focused on “films d’auteur,” the festival features works produced or co-produced by member countries of the Conseil de l’Europe. Its aim: to create links between the classics of European cinema and today’s… View More

April 3, 2019

PALLAVI MAHIDHARA, pianist

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

In the rotunda of La Monnaie de Paris, Pallavi Mahidhara performed a brilliant program as the 2017 laureate of the Arts Arena Curtis Institute of Music Award. Praised for her uniqiue artistry and charismatic stage presence, she has appeared in solo and orchestral concerts across five continents and in such… View More

April 12, 2019

HELENA RUBINSTEIN: THE WOMAN WHO INVENTED BEAUTY

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

Polish-born Helena Rubinstein was an immigrant who became an international avant garde businesswoman and art collector, and who founded one of the world’s great cosmetic empires. This Spring, Paris’s Musée de l’histoire du Judaïsme presents a major exhibition devoted to the woman Jean Cocteau called “l’impératrice de la beauté.” Michèle… View More

May 12, 2019

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL (UNAFF)

Location: Cinema Grand Action, 5 rue des Ecoles, Paris 5e

For the tenth time, the Arts Arena presents the UNAFF Traveling Film Festival in a specially curated selection of films over two days. Conceived in 1968 at Stanford UNAFF screens documentaries by international filmmakers dealing with topics such as human rights, the environment, women’s issues, children, refugee protection, homelessness, racism,… View More

May 19, 2019

ROBERT WILSON IN CONVERSATION

MARY SAID WHAT SHE SAID

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

« A towering figure in the world of experimental theater » (NYT), visionary artist Robert Wilson is among the world’s foremost theater and visual artists, creating productions that have decisively shaped the look of theater and opera since the 1960s. He is also the founder of the Watermill Center, a… View More

June 13, 2019

SOPRANO KALLEN ESPERIAN

ON FILM AND IN PERSON

Location: George C. Marshall Center, Hôtel de Talleyrand, 2 rue Saint-Florentin, Paris 1er

Kallen Esperian was just in her twenties when she performed some of the most famous roles in opera, appearing opposite Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras at world-renowned venues such as La Scala and the Met. Yet soon after her triumphs, her life began to unravel : divorce, depression,… View More