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.

September 28, 2021

Curtis on Tour Concert

Hôtel de Talleyrand

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

One of the world’s leading conservatories, the Curtis Institute of Music has produced such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber, as well as current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, and Lang Lang.   Now a younger generation of alumni has come together for Curtis on Tour to… View More

October 4, 2021

The Arts Arena Watermill Performance

In Celebration of Robert Wilson's 80th Birthday

Location: 5 Rue des Vignes, Paris, 16e

THEY, a two-man choreography by Marianna Kavallieratos We are honored that Bob Wilson will be with us for this performance to celebrate his 80th birthday on October 4. Marianna Kavallieratos is a choreographer and dancer from Athens, Greece who has worked with Robert Wilson for decades. Wilson himself selected her work… View More

October 14, 2021

Alexander Neef, General Director, Opéra national de Paris

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

When Alexander Neef took up his duties as General Director of L’Opéra national de Paris in September, 2020, he was no stranger to Paris or to its Opéra. Having begun his career at the Salzburg Festival, and later at Germany’s RuhrTriennale, he answered the call of Gerard Mortier, then Director… View More

October 18, 2021

The Arts Arena Concert

Galerie dorée de la Banque de France

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

The Arts Arena is pleased to present The Yale School of Music Recital with an ensemble and vocalist in the magnificent Galerie dorée de la Banque de France.  Details of the musicians and musical program will be posted as soon as they are available. The Galerie dorée is located in… View More

October 25, 2021

Opera Fuocco Encounters Series

The Lyric Universe of Kaija Saariaho

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

  Kaija Saariaho is one of today’s most acclaimed opera composers. After Master Classes with Opera Fuocco, she will participate with the performers in a concert of her music led by David Stern. A coupe de champagne will follow.   Photo: Maarit KytöhaarjuView More

November 12, 2021


The Arts Arena-produced Film Festival

Location: 51 Rue de Bercy, Paris

American Fringe 5, the fifth edition of the Arts Arena-produced festival of ultra-independent American films, curated by Richard Peña, Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival and Professor of Film Practices at Columbia University, and Livia Bloom Ingram, Vice-President of Icarus Films. In partnership with La Cinémathèque française. Each… View More

November 17, 2021

Charles H. Traub: A Life in Photography

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

Charles H. Traub has dedicated himself to photography and photographic education, and has been a chairperson at the School of Visual Arts for 30 years. He has served on a number of non-profit educational boards, and is the president of the Aaron Siskind Foundation. He has had more than 60 major… View More

December 13, 2021

Orléans International Piano Competition, 2020 First Prize

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

In 2020, Moscow-born pianist Mikhaïl Bouzine, educated at the famous Moscow Conservatory, was awarded the First Prize of the 14th Orleans International Piano Competition, as well as the Polska Music Prize, and the Samson François Prize.  As part of his prize from the Orléans competition, he recorded the CD “L’Oiseau… View More