Rue David Bowie: Paris names a street in honour of the late singer

In the 13th arrondissement of Paris, a vibrant cultural quarter of the city, a street has been named in honour of the late British icon. Rue David Bowie, found at the intersection with Avenue Pierre-Mendès-France, is to be inaugurated on 8th January. 

On what would have been the influential singer-songwriter’s 77th birthday, the French capital will be officially inaugurating a street in his honour.  

Bowie’s first ever concert appearance outside of the UK was in City of Lights back in 1965, when the then-18-year-old played alongside his band, The Lower Third, at the Golf-Droit, at the time a hotspot for up and comers in the music industry.  

Although the larger-than-life singer died in 2016, just two days after his 69th birthday, his unique style continues to inspire generations of all ages and, in his wake, Bowie has left a trail of fans and admirers that spans the globe, including in Paris.  

His legion of fans there is ever faithful, leading to the dedication of a street name in memory of the icon in the 13th arrondissement.  

“Proud of this long-standing link with the artist, the City of Paris is continuing this legacy by inaugurating a Rue David Bowie in the capital’s 13th arrondissement, eight years after his death,” announced city authorities in a press release published on 3rd January. 

Rue David Bowie will be officially inaugurated on 8th January with a ceremony at the Salle des Fêtes from 7pm. The party is free to attend and will be hosted by Jérôme Soligny, with a concert by Clifford Slapper. 

Additionally, the Galerie Athéna at the local mairie will be holding a free and public exhibition dedicated to Bowie until 14th January. Put together by photographer Geoff MacCormack and painter George Underwood, both childhood friends of the artist, it will offer personal insights into the life of the great man.  

For more information on Bowie-related events in Paris, click here


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