The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Bureau Export and SummerStage welcomed nearly 4,000 music fans to Central Park SummerStage on June 21st for free performances from La Femme, General Elektriks, Yael Naim, and CharlElie Couture to celebrate la Fête de la Musique, a global tradition dating back to the early 1980s in France.
In 2016/2017, the FACE Contemporary Music Fund will support a great deal of ambitious, high-quality contemporary music projects. Twelve were selected through a competitive process and each received up to $14,000 in funding, with total grants to all projects amounting to $100,000.
After a stand-room-only performance from Ayo last week, France Rocks Summerfest is proud to present the following FREE shows at Lincoln Center Atrium: Emel Mathlouthi on June 30th and Ginkgoa on July 7th.
Playwright Rosary O'Neill, is proud to be a seventh generation, bilingual, New Orleanian. Though she now lives and works in New York City, she maintains a soft-spot for people who were associated with Louisiana, such as the famous voodoo witch Marie Laveau. At present, Rosary is working on a project involving the famed French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas, who visited New Orleans in 1872.
On June 14, 2016, Michele Amar, Head of the Music Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, opened the first annual France Rocks Summerfest—the largest French music festival in the United States, which includes 30 concerts across Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx—with the following remarks. Part of the Paris-New York Tandem transatlantic cultural exchange initiative, France Rocks Summerfest takes place at Lincoln Center Atrium, LPR, MoMA PS1, Pianos, Arlene's Grocery, Drom, National Sawdust Factory, Knitting Factory, Matte Projects, and Baby's All Right and many other venues.
By Julien Wacquez, editor of Angle Mort and Blind Spot« Science Fiction stands as a bridge between science and art, between the engineers of technology and the poets of humanity »
On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur welcomed guests to the opening night cocktail reception for the 9th annual Films on the Green Festival which coincided with the launch of the first Paris-New York Tandem at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. The reception was followed by a screening of Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" in Central Park.
On March 19, 2016, as part the Tilt Kids Festival, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York initiated a one-of-a-kind event for children, inspired by the French books "Les Goûters Philo". Under the starry ceiling of Albertine Books, 80 children gathered in small groups to deep dive into philosophy and express their thoughts on subjects such as friendship and the infinite. The workshops were led by Critchley’s PhD students, who shared their experiences with us following this first-time event.
On June 9, 2016, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault visited the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York on the occasion of the Franco-American Children’s Book Publishers Conference, presented by the International Bureau of French Publishing (Bureau International des Editeurs Français).
The French-American Digital Lab—a creative and an economic development program for startups and content creators of the cultural sector—is now accepting applications from French start ups and entrepreneurs wishing to take part in its second edition this fall.