Lunch Beat, Paris
“If it’s your first lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance. If it’s your second, third or fourth time lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.” And dance we did.
This week saw the 4th Lunch Beat Paris take place at the Swedish Institute in the 4th arrondissement, bringing a little slice of Stockholm to our otherwise mundane lunch breaks. The concept is simple, when better to dance off your worries, letting go of all inhibitions, than during a mid day- mid week party during work?
Lunch Beat was a forward thinking concept put into motion by Molly Ränge in Stockholm in June 2010, with only 14 people attending the first event, Lunch Beat now has more than 50 international branches with a huge global following.
Nestled in a quiet corner of the Marais, the Swedish Institute, a beautiful old building itself, sporadically throws these lunch time parties. For 8 euros you are provided with a sandwich, a bottle of water, great music and great company. If it was not for the well groomed business men and the smoked salmon sandwiches you could easily mistake the dance floor for that of any other cool underground Parisian party.
The drug- free alcohol- free environment is incredibly refreshing, and it does not seem to make any difference to the energy that these revellers throw into their dancing, fist pumping and hip wiggling for an hour straight.
Once you have attended one Lunch Beat, you will be itching for another, struggling to feel justified in paying 8 euros on lunch in the local boulangerie. Lunch Beat promotes 3 key objectives: playfulness, participation & community, if you embrace this ideology not only will you return to your days work with a smile on your face but this exercise in dance therapy will clear your head encouraging maximum productivity. What more could you want?
To learn more about Lunch Beat and all of its international locations, visit the website HERE.
by Jessica Saxby
Gloobbi Representative based in Paris