French cultural life: Big musical numbers in Paris

A round up of the arts and culture stories creating a buzz in France

1. Concert hall makes a big noise

The Philharmonie de Paris, which serves primarily as a classical music concert hall, celebrated its fifth anniversary in January by announcing that it had received 1.6million visitors in 2019.

This represented its best ever year, though the figure includes not just concert-goers but also participants in educational activities and exhibition visitors.

It is the non-classical music gigs that keep the turnstiles moving, say bosses: “If I have a 100% classical music model, it goes round and round in circles,” said general manager Laurent Bayle. “You have to come ...

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