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The Cultural Services is a division of the French Embassy in the United States.  The Cultural Services was created in 1956 by Paul Claudel, the then-ambassador to the US. Claudel appointed Claude Lévi-Strauss as the first Cultural Counselor and the mission was to provide Americans with access and resources to engage with French culture and promote it within their own communities.

Today, under the leadership of Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy and Permanent Representative of French Universities in the United States, the French Cultural Services promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, language, and higher education in the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, educational and university programs to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts.

The French Cultural Services is interested in new and challenging ideas that will bring French and American people together in creative collaboration. Programs are offered either directly by the Departments or in conjunction with the Embassy’s non-profit partner FACE (French American Cultural Exchange). The French Cultural Services also coordinate nominations and award ceremonies for French official distinctions given to Americans and U.S. residents in recognition of exceptional artistic and academic accomplishments.





Dorothée Munyaneza at Baryshnikov Arts Center

September 21-22, 2017
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Rwanda-born Dorothée Munyaneza, currently based in France, is an artist whose work examines the scars of history.

Dorothée Munyaneza | U.S. Tour of “Unwanted”

September 15-27, 2017
Various locations
Rwanda-born Dorothée Munyaneza brings her transcendent, cross-disciplinary theater piece "Unwanted" to United States (Portland, New York and Princeton) throughout September 2017.

Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival 2017

September 15-30, 2017
Princeton University
Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival, brings celebrated French actors and directors as well as promising early-career artists to Princeton University and the local community to present their work, introducing American audiences to dynamic and engaging French productions.

Bouchra Ouizguen | U.S. Tour of “Corbeaux”

September 9 - October 1, 2017
Various locations
Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen brings her hypnotic performance "Corbeaux" to United States (Portland, Cicinnati, Minneapolis, New York) throughout September 2017.

In the Solitude of the Cotton Fields - BM Koltès at NYU Skirball

October 5 & 8, 2017
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Modern French classic by playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès, In the Solitude of the Cotton Fields, will be presented on the steps of the Kimmel Center' s Grand Staircase, with Becca Blackwell and Tory Vazquez directed by Roland Auzet.

Strong French Presence at NYFF' 55

Sept 28 - Oct 15, 2017
Film Society of Lincoln Center
The New York Film Festival, the most prestigious cinema event in New York will have its 55th edition this Fall (from September 28 to October 15) at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival highlights the best films of the year and has once again included many French films and French coproductions in every selection.

Brochure 2017-2018

Les écoles publiques avec filières bilingues français-anglais à New York pour l'année 2017-2018

In the Beginning: Illustrated Stories from the Old Testament

Wednesday October 24 | 7pm
Albertine Books
Join us for a conversation and a live drawing with illustrator Serge Bloch and writer Frédéric Boyer in honor of their book In the Beginning, Illustrated Stories from the Old Testament!

Hunter College offers Master's in Bilingual Education with a French Track

As French Dual Language programs are booming in New York City, Hunter College opened two new Master’s in 2012 in order to answer the growing need for French bilingual teachers.

New York's Bilingual Fair presents everything you should know about bilingual education

Dual language programs are becoming increasingly popular in New York City. More and more parents are now interested in a bilingual education for their children.
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