Paris Music kiosks, a touch of Belle Epoque

Music kiosks are such an iconic feature that the City of Paris took upon the full restoration of 33 of them.

Music kiosks - Jardin des Champs-Elysees
Jardin des Champs-Elysees

You’ll find these magnificent Belle Epoque structures in the city’s many public parks and gardens.

Their style is largely inspired from the Chinese pavilions.

Those were a fashionable outdoors feature imported from England by the French aristocracy in the second half of the 19th century.

Music kiosks were built between 1890 and 1920, but slowly fell into disuse.

This was a shame!

In addition to their undeniable aesthetic value, they indeed played a crucial role in the democratisation of music, as they were all located in public parks.

Bands used to play music on Sundays, when Parisians enjoyed a day out in the ‘fresh air’ with their family.

It was therefore disappointing to see these beautiful music kiosks empty and poorly maintained, sad reminders of a bygone era!

Music kiosks - Place de la Nation
Place de la Nation

These original structures obviously didn’t comply with modern day safety standards.

They were therefore fully updated and electrified.

They have become gathering public areas, made available to the city’s cultural associations.

They are used not only for concerts during the summer period, but also as rehearsal areas for artists, mimes and puppet shows among others…

Paris’ music kiosks have been fully returned to their original purpose – bringing people together!

The Parisians  overwhelmingly backed up by the renovation project that amounted to a budget of 3.7 million euros.

After months of work and repairs, the old music kiosks and the new were ready for the season 2016.

Where to find these wonderful music kiosks in Paris?

In all districts, except in the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 13th.

Here is the list of districts and public parks and gardens where you’ll find them: 3rd – Square du Temple
4th – Square Jean XXIII
7th – Champ de Mars
8th – Jardins des Champs-Elysées
9th – Square d’Anvers
10th – Jardin Villemin
11th – Square Jules Ferry – Square Maurice Gardette
12th – Place de la Nation – Square Jean Morin – Square Armand Trousseau – Square Courteline
14th – Parc Montsouris
15th – Square Georges Brassens
16th – Jardin du Ranelagh
17th – Promenade Pereire Laugier Bayen – Promenade Periere Ternes/Maillot – Promenade Pereire Ilot Juin/Rennequin – Square des Epinettes – Square Ernest Gouin
18th – Square Carpeaux – Square Kriegel-Valrimont – Square Paul Robin
19th – Parc des Buttes Chaumont – Square Monseigneur Maillet – Square Place de Bitche
20th – Square de la Salamandre – Square Edouard Vaillant – Square Sarah Bernhardt – Square Séverine – Parc de Belleville

Photo Wikimedia Creative Commons: Jardin des Champs-Elysees

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