Le 104 is a cultural centre that has, I think, primarily been launched to send good vibes into its slightly rough neighborhood in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. But its good vibes radiate much further than that, even down south to my distant left bank of Paris, making me travel to the other extreme of my city – which is quite an effort.
The centre exhibits occasional artworks, includes several shops and cafés, has an organic market on Saturdays, and seems to be the place to be to practice dancing. Whenever I go there, there are always always people dancing: hip hop, tango, salsa, you name it. I sometimes go dancing myself on the monthly Ball Pop’, organised on Saturday evenings. This phenomenon brings together all ages – kids just old enough to dance to adults that are still able to dance. The concept is simple: a live band plays danceable French music, and a garland of coloured lights gives a campagnarde feel to the venue. The time schedule (the ball usually ends at 23:30) and lack of entrance fee truly make this party accessible to anyone.
Another free idea: if you happen to visit on a Saturday, you can also join a free yoga/relaxation class at 12:00 which happens in the main hall.
You can check the programme on the Ball Pop’ and other events here.