Incorporated into the architecture of the renovated museum since 2005, the Petit Palais auditorium has 182 seats and offers a regular programme of events, providing a venue for several special partners. The programme also includes other occasional events.
Our special partners are:
The House of Writers and Literature (Mel)
• Literary Wednesdays at the Petit Palais
The aim of the Association of the House of Writers and Literature (Mel) is to unite, represent and defend writers, and to promote literature through them. They host “Literary Wednesdays at the Petit Palais”, offering two different types of event each Wednesday at 12.30 am and 1 pm:
“Hearing and seeing: is literature soluble in television?” Contemporary writers revisit literary highlights on television.
On the 1st Wednesday of the month from 1 pm to 2.30 pm, in partnership with the National Audiovisual Institute (Ina) and the Magazine Littéraire, the Mel hosts a meeting where contemporary authors pick highlights from the history of literature on television from the Ina archives, and offer their own personal interpretation of these. After a screening of the archive images, François Aubel, Editor-in-Chief of the Magazine Littéraire, interviews the guest author, who closes the session with a reading from a text commissioned specially for the occasion.
“Poetry, what’s it for?”: a seminar of poetry and contemporary literature
Poetry has pride of place at this meeting, once a month from 1 pm to 3 pm, with what could be termed a kind of “popular university” of poetry. This is a seminar organised by the Mel and Paris West University, which looks at the meaning and value that the poetic experience can take on in every person’s existence. As a place for meetings and study, open to all, the main aim of this seminar is to help people understand the issues and forms of current poetry, which is often thought of as difficult to grasp; to introduce people to contemporary works and authors; and to clarify the essential concepts of literary history. The key question, “Poetry, what’s it for?” is put to the series of guest poets who attend the sessions.
Conversations “in affinity”
Finally, literary dialogues take place on Wednesday once or twice a month from 1 pm to 2.30 pm. These are conversations “in affinity” where the guest writer is questioned by another author or a literary critic. The principle of this meeting is based on the manner in which the questions are asked. The aim is to ask the author about their work as a whole, and their close personal relationship with creativity, while giving them the time they need to expand on their thoughts.
• Literary Saturdays at the Petit Palais. A highlight of the Mel’s calendar.
These afternoons take place once a month, from 3 pm to 5 pm, and generally bring together a panel of several authors or literary critics. The meeting encompasses all literary genres and can focus on the work of a major contemporary author or a particular theme, or can be a tribute to a writer from our literary heritage.
Radio France, Musical Thursdays at the Petit Palais
The Petit Palais is a place for freedom, meetings, cooperation and more. I am delighted to take part in these with Arièle, Julien and the musicians. In the rooms at the Petit Palais, paintings, sculptures, art objects and graphic arts take on their full resonance, period by period. Contemporary art has also joined them on occasion since 1998, and will do so again in the future. And at the heart of the palace of the arts, the auditorium offers music, literature and theatre, independently or in connection with the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Gilles Chazal
From one bank to another, a series of concerts put on by Arièle Butaux, every Thursday at 12.30 am (admission fee applies):
Gathering of musicians from various musical backgrounds, new musical alliances, and new talents who found stardom after taking their first steps on France Musique.
Information and ticket office online at concertdunerivealautre.com
Admission fee: 12 Euros
The History Committee of the City of Paris, Petit Palais History Fridays
The History Committee of the City of Paris was founded in July 2007 by the Mayor of Paris. Chaired by Jean Favier, a member of the Institute and recognised mediaeval specialist, it is formed of 40 academics and lecturers who work in all the periods and cover a wide variety of subjects.
During its series of conferences, it explores: programme online soon