Applications are being accepted through April 29, 2016 for fall 2016 admission to Le Fresnoy Studio National des arts contemporains.
Student organizations that have won France on Campus Awards are beginning to launch their projects, which explore and promote French culture in new and creative ways.
Book lovers will get their reading lists ready! Independent libraries across the United States and more specifically in Los Angeles (Book Soup) and Denver (Tattered Cover Book Store) will soon be providing curated "French Corners", designed to bring you the best of French and Francophone literature!
Celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants explore the hedonistic side of the French Baroque with the rarely staged opéra-ballet Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, by André Campra (1660-1744), famed successor to composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Gamblers, carnies, gypsies, and jilted lovers—baring lots of leg via scanty updates on period dress—populate a series of stories in this crimson-hued carnival of courtly music, dance from Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and Venetian decadence, originally conceived in the anti-authoritarian ferment surrounding the Sun King Louis XIV’s final days. Play-within-a-play plot devices, melodies borrowed from Lully’s opera Atys, gliding gondolas, and dancing sheep round out Campra’s whimsical nod to French libertinism. They will perform in New York at the Guggenheim on April 11th and the Brooklyn Academy of Music from April 14th through 17th, as well as select dates around the country.
On March 20, 2016, Dr.
Alain Mabanckou delivers his first lecture at the Collège de France; Paris hosts the 36th annual Salon du Livre; Presses Universitaires de France bookstore has a new location and a new way to sell books; The French-American Foundation has announced their 2015 translation prize finalists; a new union for literary agents promotes and defends the profession in Francophone publishing; upcoming American releases; MEL Publisher aims to renew interest in living but under-appreciated comics artists.