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 French Trio SR9 promotes a creative vision of contemporary western drumming. Their special way of reviewing and transcribing the works of the great composers shows how actively they commit to classical and contemporary musical heritage. It led them to study closely the complete works of Johann Sebastian BACH and they worked on a specific piece of it. They released their first CD "Bach au marimba" in October 2015 under the Label Naïve. They are currently on tour in the US
The Higher Education department of the French Embassy is pleased to inform you that the Chateaubriand Fellowship Call for applications for the academic year 2016/2017 is now open. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 9 months.
Enhance your knowledge of French culture while improving language and teaching skills...
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!
Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Live-streaming from Albertine Bookshop in NY, Ta-Nehisi Coates - best-selling author of Between the World and Me - leads a discussion on French politics, race and identity; with guests Pap Ndiaye, Benjamin Stora, Iris Deroeux & Jelani Cobb. Join us for this special PAGE & SCREEN collaboration with the Coolidge Corner Theatre!
June 22 at 6:30pm, June 24 at 10pm and June 25 at 3pm
Geno's Rock Club
A true story about war and memory represented as a Greek tragedy for our time. One morning of February 1917, two soldiers, Redonnet's grand-father and his brother-in-law find themselves face-to-face at an intersection of front trenches. A complete surprise.
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
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.
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.