Each year, Paris-based Ouishare hosts an international peer-to-peer festival in Paris. This year, the iconic festival is shifting to a new venue, and features a new theme - urbanization and the city of the future.
Attendees will flock to Paris from around the world to participate in events, workshops and collaborative efforts to improve our cities and societies - it's a "must-attend" event for those who are leaders in the peer-to-peer economy.
With the tagline, "Cities of the Future, Unite!" the event is being hosted this year July 5-7 in Patin, a Paris neighborhood that's often off-the-radar even for locals, but is an authentic and up-and-coming Paris neighborhood - surrounded by canals, parks and local eating options.
The local #OSFEST17 team, including communications lead Fernanda Martin and Helene Vuaraoqueaux, put together an insiders' guide to the FEST on Guidrr - coming off the popular guide created last year for the Fest. With beautiful photos of local street art, and a handy mobile interface, it's a great way to have all the team's suggestions on hand, on your phone, even when you're offline. Download it using the link below.
Fernanda, who took the lead on authoring the guide, enjoyed showcasing the crowd-sourced community tips for a great experience at the event -- which takes place July 5-7 in Paris at Magasins Generaux, the headquarters of BETC, an international ad agency that offers a cultural space for events and new businesses.
For last-minute planners, the team curated a list of places to stay on Airbnb. This Airbnb wish list is based on places the team found that are close to public transport, less than 20 minutes from the venue, and based on insider knowledge of the city. Find these and other practical tips here.
For getting around Paris, the team suggests downloading the City Mapper app, and entering the Fest address in it, to find easy ways to get to the venue and to get around town from wherever you are staying.
For getting to the Fest venue (1, rue L'Ancien Canal, 93500, Pantin, France), they suggest the following:
- Metro - M5, Eglise de Pantin
- Bus - 61 (Paul Bert-Cimietiere); 96 (Lycee Professional Simone Weil - Eglise de Pantin)
- RER E (Pantin)
- VELIB - Station No. 35008
Stuck for what to do before the FEST starts on July 5? The team suggests visiting Parc de le Villette, which is only 15 minutes from the FEST venue and has activities for all ages and is a place where visitors can find local artists and musicians who host exhibits and performances. There's also places to stop and eat or have a drink inside the park.
A tip even for locals is to visit the renovated banks around the Ourcq Canal at Pantin. This is a great location to go for a run or an afternoon walk. Best of all, it's a great apero-hour location that provides a unique perspective of the city, as it links Paris and Parc de la Villette on one side, and Park de la Bergere to Bobigny on the other.
Some local spots recommended include 25 Est for a terrace in good weather; Bar Ourcq at 68 quai le Loire for deck chairs and Petanque bowls (a traditional French way to enjoy your drink). La Rotunde has an urban garden and Paname Brewing Company has a beautiful terrace off the water's edge. Finally Point Ephemere is a culture and exhibit center that also offers drinks and the chance to view a concert if you're lucky.
For an evening of partying, consider a cruise for drinks or music. Two options recommended by the team are July 3 Sunday music cruise Rhizomes; and Saturday July 2, a 4 or 8:30 pm festive cruise "Bon Espirit and La Rotunde". (See more on how to book these here).
If you're a street art fanatic, the team recommends you don't miss Place Stalingrad where you can organize a local walking street art tour. This open-art street art experience is an authentic one not known to many Paris visitors. See more on how to do that here.
If you aren't already ticketed to attend OSFEST but have stumbled on this post, there's still a chance to get day tickets or full passes at the site which you visit here.
Finally, for the post-FEST weekened, there's a brunching cruise featuring Ouishare Fest caterers, Marmites Volantes. This vegetarian cruise will move along Canal de l'Ourcq and takes place Saturday July 8 at 12:30 pm, costing 27 euros for a 2 hour experience including a vegetarian brunch. Book this here before it's gone.
Looking for more Paris tips? Search the @Guidrr app to see peer-to-peer travel guides created by locals around the world - and save them to your phone to use offline while you are visiting the city!