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 a private Chopin recital at the Place Vendôme jeweler Chaumet in the room where Chopin wrote his last music and died, 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.

The Arts Arena and World Monuments Fund – CULTURAL PRESERVATION IN THE FACE OF WAR

 06 March, 2024 at 19:00 - 22:00 on Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 6e

Since the Russian invasion in 2022, Ukrainian cultural heritage has faced immediate threats and risks. From Odessa to Kiev, and Lviv to Kharkiv, attacks on Ukrainian heritage – both physical monuments and cultural identity — have been wide-reaching: and include targeted attacks within historic cities, the destruction of cultural sites, and the kidnapping of Ukrainian […]

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ALEXANDRE LENOIR, visual artist

 28 March, 2024 at 19:00 - 22:00 on Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 6e

An honors graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, at age 31, painter Alexandre Lenoir has been the recipient of the Prix Thaddaeus Ropac, the Prix Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, the Prix Jean François, and the Prix Pierre Cardin de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts for his multi-layered paintings of color washes combined with an elaborate technique of stencilling. […]

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 08 April, 2024 at 19:00 - 22:00 on TBA

For the 13th year, the Arts Arena presents L’Europe autour de l’Europe for a screening and discussion. Founded in 2006 by Irena Bilic, who will be with us, the festival presents art films produced by the countries of Greater Europe with special attention to connections between classic European filmmakers and new talents of contemporary cinema. […]

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 25 April, 2024 at 19:00 - 22:00 on Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 6e

Universally recognized as the father of modern sculpture, Constantin Brancusi and his minimalist style brought about a total break with the artistic canons of the past. He propelled sculpture into the new world of abstraction and became, with Giacometti, the greatest sculptor of the 20th century.  From March 27 to July 1, 2024, Centre Pompidou […]

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 14 May, 2024 at 19:00 - 22:00 on Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 6e

For the 17th time, the Arts Arena presents UNAFF and its Traveling Film Festival Paris (TFF) with a curated series of documentary films. Founded in 1998, by longtime Stanford University educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic, UNAFF has screened documentaries dealing with human rights, the environment, women’s issues, children, refugee protection, homelessness, racism, disease control, […]

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LUCINDA CHILDS AND WILLIAM FORSYTHE a conversation with two giants of contemporary dance

 25 May, 2024 at 18:00 - 20:00 on TBA

Unquestionably a seminal figure in contemporary dance, Lucinda Childs studied with Merce Cunningham, founded the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, performed and choreographed for the legendary Einstein on the Beach with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass, created the iconic Dance, with Glass and visual artist Sol Lewitt, and has also collaborated with John Adams and Frank Gehry. Ms. […]

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 05 June, 2024 at 19:30 - 22:00 on Salle André Marchal, INJA, 56 Boulevard des Invalides, Paris 7e

An outstanding Piano Quartet by alumnae of the Curtis Institute of Music: Shanshan Yao, violin, Haesue Lee, viola, Jean Kim, cello, and in her third Arts Arena performance, Pallavi Mahidhara, piano. Part of Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music, the all-female quartet will play a […]

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 10 June, 2024 at 19:00 - 22:00 on Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 6e

Singer-songwriter-composer Rufus Wainwright will be at the Arts Arena on the eve of the world premiere of his “Dream Requiem,” commissioned and performed by the Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France on June 14.  Called the best songwriter on the planet by Elton John, Wainwright has recorded 11 albums, including the acclaimed “Poses” and “Rufus Does […]

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