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.
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The SPCD (Stages Pédagogiques de Courte Durée) program of the French Embassy awards 40 grants each year to qualified primary and secondary school teachers of French. Congratulations to the 2014 winners for the Southeast!
Teachers and administrators of K-12 public schools, school districts, and state agencies across the United States are invited to apply for $1,000 to $10,000 grants to support the development of French dual language and immersion programs
Saturday, June 18th 4:00-6:30pm
For the fourth year, Fête de la Musique will be celebrated in the South End, with live musicians filling the streets with a wide variety of music for all ages. Area businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups have partnered to deliver a diverse line-up of music to be freely enjoyed by the neighborhood, visitors and passersby.
Bring a picnic, travel between locations and enjoy music as you visit the colorful businesses, galleries and restaurants of the South End.
Sunday, May 8th at 4:30 pm and Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30 pm
West Newton Cinema and MFA
Featured in the National Center for Jewish Film festival, it will be the Massachusetts Premiere of Christian Faure's 2015 movie about Simone Veil’s intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France in 1974. The movie stars César Award-winning actress Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) who delivers a smoldering performance in the lead role. The welcome speech will be delivered by the Consul General of France in Boston Valéry Freland and the Q&A will be conducted by NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Leader.
Thru June 26th
Museum of Fine Arts
This dossier exhibition centers on pairing and juxtaposing works by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). A loan of four major works from the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, and loans from private collections will complement the MFA’s holdings of painting and sculpture by the artist, looking at different stages of his career and his exploration of form.
Friday, April 29 at 8pm
Church of the Good Shepherd
Join vocal ensemble Blue Heron for an evening of songs about Hope (Esperance), the allegorical character from the world of the Romance of the Rose who sustains a courtly lover through the thousand pains of lovesickness, enables him to perservere, and teaches him to find delight in his suffering. The program presents a complex of 14th-century songs which draw from each other's words and music, including En amer a douce vie, which is sung by Esperance in Machaut's Remede de Fortune.
April 16 at 8pm and April 17 at 7pm
Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music of Bard College
The Night's Tale is an enchanting narrative of combat and courtship in medieval France, staged and directed by French-born soprano Anne Azéma. Boston Camerata’s musicians are joined by gifted young professionals from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in an intense, musical evocation of longing and fulfillment.
Thursday, April 14th at 5:30pm and Sunday, April 17th at 11am
St Paul Church, Cambridge (Thursday) and First Church Boston (Sunday)
Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg is a French children's choir coming from Strasbourg. Created in 2001 by Philippe Utard, the choir is part of the musical organisation of the Opera National du Rhin since 2009. They are on a tour in New York and Boston.
Last December, in the context of the Paris Conference on Climate change (COP21) happening from November 30 to December 15, 2015, the Mission culturelle et universitaire française aux Etats-Unis organized an Instagram photo contest open to all students of French in middle schools, high schools, and universities from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The theme was "D’une rive à l’autre - From one shore to another", as one of the major issues discussed at the COP21 conference was water, a very precious resource for the planet. Participants were encouraged to take a picture of water, bridges and shores and to write a text related to the photo and the theme of the contest.
August 3-7, Wednesday through Saturday 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 2pm
Jacob's Pillow Dance @ The Ted Shawn Theatre
In their Pillow debut, this company of 12 outstanding men from Algeria and Burkina Faso deliver a jaw-dropping performance in What the Day Owes to the Night, packed with backflips, head spins, and a transcending emotional intensity.
Thursday, March 10th at 4pm and Friday, March 11th at 7pm
Smith College and Brandeis University
A sociology professor at the University of Nanterre, Colin Giraud's research focuses on urban and gender sociology, with special interest in the sociopolitical effects of the reorganized Western metropolis. Quartiers gays, published in 2014, compiles his research on these subjects in France and North America.