The Saint-Germain-des-Prés committee in Paris and Chengdu International Finance Square came together earlier in 2017 to form an ‘International Sister Street’. As part of the ongoing twinning initiative, a series of exciting events is taking place in December, continuing into early January.
Head to place Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris between now and 7 January: the Saint-Germain-des-Prés committee has set up a chalet in the square where you can buy soft toy pandas – the panda is the symbol of Franco-Chinese relations. With all profits being donated to the Necker-Enfants Malades paediatric hospital, this is not only a fun outing for young and old alike, but also supports a great cause.
Additionally, from 13 December you’ll be able to see a giant panda sculpture which French artist Richard Orlinski has been commissioned to create for the event. The work of art will be at place Saint-Germain-des-Prés until 7 January; it will then be exhibited at Beauval zoo before being moved to the Parcours Saint-Germain art initiative. From June 2018 onwards, the impressive red sculpture will find a home at the Necker hospital.
Meanwhile, to coincide with the French festive period, Chengdu IFS will welcome a Café de Flore pop-up. Chengdu’s inhabitants will be able to discover a copy of the iconic Parisian café, providing them with a taste of the atmosphere at this historic French establishment.