Officially known as Paris Nord so as not to mix it up with the Porte de Versailles trade fair venue, the Parc des Expositions at Villepinte was created in 1981 and enlarged in 1999.
With its eight halls and a huge 200,000m² of space, it can be tiring just getting round it!
Main trade fairs include Maison et Objet, Premiere Vision, the SIAL and the Emballage packaging show. In a different genre, Japan Expo also draws large crowds.
Situated just one stop from Roissy airport - which now has its own mainline train station for high-speed travel to the rest of the country - the site is easy to travel to and from, and is increasingly used as a base for large businesses.
If you love photography, then you will surely love the exhibition “Camera in Love” which is hosted by the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume from June 13 to September 24, 2017.
The exhibition showcases the works of Ed van der Elsken who is widely considered one of the most famous Dutch photographers of the 20th century.
The show aims to reveal the poetic nature of Ed van der Elsken, his solidarity with others and the empathy that he showed towards all living creatures. It spotlights a large selection of his iconic photographs which he captured in the streets of Paris in the 1950s and on his trips to Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and Tokyo in the 1960s. It also features some of his books and excerpts from his movies.