The Musée Carnavalet is the location of a fascinating exhibition until July 4th. Displayed are 340 photos taken inside the prisons of Paris from 1851 to the current day, an undertaking which was judged 'impossible' by Catherine Tambrun, the curator of the exhibition. Impossible because authorisations to take photos inside a prison are so difficult to obtain (there are nevertheless three recent photo-reportages of life inside the Prison de la Santé, the last remaining prison in Paris), and impossible because a photo can never truly capture the sensation of imprisonment. As well as visions of contemporary conditions in the city's penal institutions, the exhibition also offers a rare insight into the historical jails of the city, such as the St Lazare Hospital/Prison.
23 rue de Sévigné, 75003, M° Saint-Paul
10am - 6pm daily except Mondays, 7€
Le Festival international des sports extrêmes
Strange as it may seem, the city of Paris is home to one of the biggest indoor skate parks in Europe. This weekend it will be the scene of a series of BMX, skateboard and roller competitions with professional entrants coming from Brazil, the USA and the UK as well as France. Competitions are also open to amateurs if you fancy a go, or if not, entrance is free for spectators.
54, bis boulevard Ney 75018, M° Porte de la Chapelle
Saturday 20th, 9.45am - 8.30pm, Sunday 21st, 9.45am - 6.30pm
6 rue Planchat 75020 M° Avron
Oddity of the week, an orchestra that performs music solely on instruments made of vegetables! Carrots, leeks, pumpkins, courgettes, cucumbers - everything is put to use, creating sounds that are remarkably similar to drums, clarinets or a double bass. A very natural, primitive experience!
Saturday 20th, 6pm