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!
December 4th, at 3:00pm
Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory
Diana Damrau has been called the “leading coloratura soprano in the world.” She continues to amaze audiences with her unique voice and arresting stage presence. Xavier de Maistre is redefining what is possible with his instrument, appearing with major orchestras and eminent conductors and collaborating with a range of chamber music partners.
December 2nd, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Harvard Book Store
Join Susan Suleiman for a reading of her book, The Nemirovsky Question. A fascinating look into the life and work of controversial French novelist Irène Némirovsky.
Tuesday December 13th, at 7:00pm
Barker Center, Harvard University
This event is free and open to the public. The reading will be in French and will follow with a Q&A.
The Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Boston is proud to host director Guy Ben-Aharon and actor Nael Nacer for a staged reading of Kamel Daoud's prize-winning novel Meursault, contre-enquête (The Meursault Investigation).
In November, four members of the French Embassy's Cultural Services presented at the 2016 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, in Boston, Massachusetts.
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
November 16, 2016 – March 26, 2017
The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
Each artwork in of the Artist’s Museum at the ICA reconfigures established narratives, asking each of us to find our place amongst newly imagined worlds. Pierre Leguillon accompanies a collection of artworks and photographs of dancers with a lightshow and soundtrack by Amy Winehouse.
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.