The French Cultural Service office in Boston develops cultural and educational projects and initiatives. Under the direction of the French Ambassador to the United States and the Cultural Advisor in New York, its mandate is to promote and sustain high-spirited exchanges between the most promising French and American artists, writers, thinkers and educators in the jurisdiction: Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Programs, projects or initiatives benefitting from the support of the Cultural Office, in conjunction with the Embassy of France in the United States are usually also supported by the non-profit partner FACE and Institut Francais.
FRENCH CONSULATE BOSTON
From April 6th to April 24th
Kendall Square Cinema (& other venues)
This month, all the tastes are represented in French cinema: whether you want to see the Dheepan, winner of the Palme d’Or 2015, or Fatima, the true story of a poet and a single mother, whether you are curious about the new Olivier Assayas movie starring Kristen Stewart, or you want to discover a film about famous French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline in attendance with director Emmanuel Bourdieu, there are plenty of opportunities to see French films in New England!
April 24th at 5:30PM
Amherst College (Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry)
Don't miss your opportunity to see Ivan Jablonka on tour at Amherst College on April 24.
Ivan Jablonka’s talk is adapted from his book "A History of the Grandparents I Never Had".
April 24th and 25th, 2017
As journalism struggles to respond to social media’s proliferating role, fresh social scientific and philosophical perspectives are required to comprehend news in relationship to the pursuit of truth. Experts will examine the current situation and consider likely future trajectories. Speakers include Bruno Patino, Arte's Editorial Manager and director of the Sciences Po Journalism School, and Dominique Cardon, a sociologist and Professor at Sciences Po and at MIT Medialab.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM
St. Mary - St. Catherine of Siena Parish
This Tuesday, Gigi Mitchell-Velasco will be playing the second of two organ recitals in complete fulfillment of the degree of Master of Music in Organ Performance, 2017, Boston University College of Fine Arts. Featured are works by French organ composers César Franck, Gabriel Pierné, Louis Vierne, and Henri Mulet, as well as organ transcriptions of two works by Claude Debussy.
Saturday, April 29th at 8PM
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Natalie Dessay returns to Boston for the first time since her phenomenal sold-out 2014 debut. Her program, “Portraits of Women,” explores a kaleidoscope of women – heroines, lovers, witches, and more – through her sublime vocal artistry and deft characterizations. The program features musical pieces by Debussy, Mozart, Schubert, and more.
This month, some fantastic French artists will be performing throughout New England! You don't want to miss out on this opportunity!
Saturday, April 29th, 6:00PM ; Monday, May 1st, 7:30PM
Barker Center, Harvard University
Don't miss the chance to see this underrepresented French play. Written in the wake of the Seven Years War, Pierre-Laurent de Belloy’s Le Siège de Calais was hailed by its author in 1765 as France’s “first national tragedy.”
March 2nd to May 2nd 2017
French Cultural Center in Boston
This very intimate exhibit features a selection of previously unpublished photographs brought together for the first time in the United States.
May 2nd from 5PM-7PM
John Hay Library at Brown University
Don't miss this chance to see the celebrated French author Anka Muhlstein deliver the Annual Mel and Cindy Yoken Cultural Series Lecture, entitled, “The Pen and the Brush.”
Wednesday, May 3rd at 7PM
Laurent Gaudé’s Cris (2001) is a polyphonic narrative that plunges into the trenches of World War I to trace the anguish of enlisted men of all ranks. Soldiers struggle to survive the horrors of war while retaining their humanity. Through their voices — their cris — Gaudé gives us a striking and poetic picture of the madness of combat, the dehumanization of war, and the devouring violence of history.