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The French Minister Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC
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The International Shorts Film Festival Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC

Winter Edito

As 2017 draws to a close, we have begun to turn our focus to an array of exciting events slated for the New Year. A Night of Philosophy and Ideas—taking place over the course of an entire night, from January 27 at 7pm to January 28 at 7am—will take over the Brooklyn Public Library, the co-presenting institution for the event, along with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The all-night marathon of ideas will focus on Imagination and Power this year and honor the 50th anniversary of France’s May 1968 protests—a landmark moment for civil rights. Established French and international philosophers scheduled to speak throughout the 12-hour night include Frédéric Gros, Abdennour Bidar, Geneviève Fraisse and Cynthia Fleury. Not limited to lectures, the Night of Philosophy will also include a performance by acrobats, film screenings, concerts, and a philosophical breakfast as the sun rises. If you won’t be in New York, tune in on Livestream to watch selected conversations throughout the night.

January will also ring in a number of thrilling dance and theater performances, such as the U.S. premier of Displacement by Mithkal Alzghair, a Syrian choreographer who has been exiled to France, taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio, and The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, and a French-American collaboration between Nadia Lauro and Antonija Livingstone at the Gibney Dance Center in Brooklyn. The shows coincide with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) 2018 NYC conference, an event that celebrates and advocates for performing artists and their industry.

In February, The Roots by Kader Attou and What the Day Owes to the Night by Hervé Koubi will play at the Joyce Theater in New York. And also in February, Pollock, a play by Fabrice Melquiot, will play at the Abrons Arts Center and plunge viewers into the eponymous painter’s relationship with his wife, Lee Krasner.

In March, the third edition of Tilt Kids Festival promises to delight little ones and parents alike with a Philosophy for Kids workshop by Simon Critchley, an original interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood by legendary French theater director Joël Pommerat, and a whimsical exhibition by Yto Barrada and Julie Klear at FIAF, co-presenter of the Festival with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Also in March, Miami will welcome the first edition of the Tout-Monde Festival—a French Caribbean Art Festival—from the 1st to the 4th. Coinciding with the start of Francophonie Month, this multidisciplinary celebration aims to promote exchange among artists and Francophone Caribbean cultural partners. The program will include art instillations, street performances, music, and other literary and academic initiatives.

Education will continue to be on our minds in 2018 as the French Dual Language Fund, inaugurated in September 2017 by Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France, has just announced the results of its first call for applications for a number of grants that total $150,000 yearly. The Fund aims to support American public schools in developing French-English dual language programs and strengthening existing ones. The Fund has declared its support for schools in Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Utah, Arizona, and California. American public schools can apply for future grants on the FACE website.  

If you’ve resolved to read more in the New Year, we suggest diving into the five books shortlisted for the Albertine Prize 2018, a reader’s choice award for best French fiction in English, whose second edition has just been launched by our eponymous bookshop located within the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Showcasing the diversity and inventiveness of contemporary French fiction, the nominated books include Incest by Christine Angot (Tr. Tess Lewis), Compass by Mathias Enard (Tr. Charlotte Mandell), Not One Day by Anne Garréta (Tr. Emma Ramadan), The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis (Tr. Michael Lucey), and Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou (Tr. Helen Stevenson). Voracious and casual readers alike will enjoy following along on Albertine’s Facebook page where each title will be explored in depth, month-by-month. And for those in New York: become a member of Albertine and gain access to the Albertine Prize book club, which will also cover the five chosen books. And of course—don’t forget to cast your vote before May 1 on Albertine.com!

Plus, mark your calendars for a series of exciting literary talks at Albertine in January, February, and March with Adam Gopnik, Judith Miller, Annie Ernaux, and Pénélope Bagieu.

If you missed Festival Albertine 2017, curated by Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan and focusing on feminism, don’t hesitate to relive the panels at livestream/frenchembassy.

If your thirst for French culture remains unstated, find even more on visual arts, performing arts, literature and ideas, music, cinema, events for kids and families, French classes, and grants and programs at FrenchCulture.org—and Albertine.com, for Albertine’s events.

I hope that you’ll join us for many of these festive moments and wish you a joyful holiday, wherever you may be.

Bénédicte de Montlaur
Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the U.S.

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