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  • Paris will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 and in the run up, the City is accelerating its plans to embed culture across its whole metropolitan area.
  • Set to open in early 2019, the Bourse de Commerce Collection Pinault will host French billionaire François Pinault $1.4 billion collection of modern art in the centre of Paris.
  • Paris is conscious of itself as an actor on the international stage, able to intervene in some of the most pressing political issues, such as the refugee crisis and climate change, demonstrating its values of inclusion and free speech through its work alongside artists and activists.

City data: Key facts

  • Geographical area: 12,012 sq. km
  • Total population: 12,246,200
  • GDP (PPP) million: $821,816

For centuries, artists have cherished Paris, it was the place where they could find freedom and inspiration. One of the most-visited city in the world, it remains attractive for millions of international visitors who come to visit the art galleries and the museums, the architectural heritage, to enjoy the food, the fashion, the night life, cinemas and much more. The cultural offer is large and all fields of artistic creation are widely represented, from both the private and public sector.

The City-Region continues to grow rapidly, reflecting its economic and creative dynamism. The city centre has been undergoing a major renovation in preparation of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition, the Île-de-France Region has started the revision of its master plan, which will provide the main development guidelines to 2040. This new plan, to be adopted in 2023, will respond to the social and economic issues facing the whole Paris region, as well as meeting the major environmental transition issues, such as improving air quality and achieving zero net carbon emissions. Culture will be integrated into various areas of the plan. A priority for the City and the Region is to support artistic creation in all forms and places, by artists from all over the world.

Fair access to culture, in all neighbourhoods, and accessibility for young people is central to Paris’ cultural priorities. The City and the Region work with educational and cultural entities to provide every child with direct access to art, artistic practice and artists.

Priorities for the environment, local procurement and sustainable development are encapsulated in the “fifteen-minute city” concept, a scheme that has received a fresh focus, and international attention, following the pandemic. In many cases, what were initially considered temporary interventions and responses are becoming permanent, and culture is an important part of this. Across the city, a network of cross-cutting, multi-purpose cultural venues is emerging. These consist of local facilities, in many cases existing buildings and industrial sites, which are dedicated to artistic practice, rehearsal and performance, gathering amateurs and professionals, indoors or outdoors, and which can take very different forms depending on the location and the partners.

Over the next two years, the City and Regional government’s will focus on preparing for the Olympic Games and ensure that the Cultural Olympiad is a central part of these preparations. It is expected that the Cultural Olympiad program will contribute substantially to the impact, scope and merits of the entire event. As a showcase for France and Parisian culture in particular, it is expected that the artistic activities will be both year-round and multidisciplinary and will be in line with contemporary societal changes, sustainable development, inclusion, gender equality and diversity.