TOURS IN ENGLISH

 

Bonjour everyone,

My name is Kévi Donat, I am a licensed Tour Guide and founder of Le Paris Noir. I mostly provide walking tours about the Black History of Paris and there are multiple options:

A) Street Tours 

  •  Pioneers of the Left Bank (2 hours)

The tour begins in the Latin Quarter, a beautiful historic neighborhood, home of the most prestigious schools in town for almost a millennium. It is also where « La Négritude » (a Pan-African literary and political movement) was born. We talk about a hidden French colonial History and later on head to Saint-Germain, an area many iconic African American Expats stayed/worked/loved/lived in after WWII.

  • Swing of the Right Bank (2 hours)

The tour starts in front of the famous Moulin Rouge. First we walk through the streets of Pigalle, a place Parisians used to call « Harlem sur Seine », in honor of its early Jazz scene! Next, we go up to Montmartre to chat about the artistic tradition of the hill and finally end up in La Goutte d’Or, the biggest African neighborhood in town, between multiculturalism and gentrification.

  •  Half Day Tour (3 and a half hours)

A combination of both previous tours. We first explore the Left Bank (Latin Quarter to Saint-Germain) and then hop on the subway for a 15 minutes ride from Saint-Germain to La Goutte d’Or (the African neighborhood) on the Right Bank.

 

B) Museums and Monuments

  • Impressionism and Négritude (3 hours, tickets included)

This tour is both an introduction to the Impressionist movement and an analysis of the representation of People of Color in two major Parisian institutions. We start our exploration in Orsay Museum, a former train station, holding gems of European art dating from 1848 to 1914. Later on we will cross the River Seine to see how the contact with « the Black World » inspired a new generation of artists. We end up our journey in the Orangerie Museum, a smaller gallery paintings located by the Tuileries Gardens. Until February 19th 2018 they have a fantastic exhibition about the influence of African Arts on the Dada Movement.

– For groups over 6 people, reservations must be made 3 weeks in advance.

– Orangerie is closed on tuesdays, Orsay is closed on mondays.

  • Panthéon and Abolition(s) (1 and a half hour, ticket included)

This walking tour starts in the Luxembourg Garden where, every year on May 10th, France pays tribute to the slaves of its former colonial Empire. We question the way the Nation faces the legacy of slavery, rebellions and abolitions with a walk through the Pantheon, an impressive neoclassical monument, where the Republic honors its greatest heroes.

– For groups over 6 people, reservations must be made 3 weeks in advance.

  • (De)colonial Louvre (2 hours, ticket included)

Simply the greatest art museum in the World. We focus on the images of People of Color in the galleries and enjoy masterpieces from Ancient civilizations to the mid-19th century (and of course Mona Lisa!).

– For groups over 6 people, reservations must be made 3 weeks in advance.

– Le Louvre is closed on tuesdays.

 

C) Other

You want to explore another neighborhood? Another museum? A Full day tour? Let me know if you need something more « tailored » and I will be happy to help!

My fares depend on the number of people. For a quote, send me an email: leparisnoir@gmail.com

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Orsay Museum

Ps: Here are some reports (in English) about my tours.

Strolling/Flâner with Cecile Emeke

10 minute report on Radio France Internationale English