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Summer Edito

Earlier this month we kicked off Paris-New York Tandem 2016, a major collaboration between Paris, New York, in partnership with the Institut français, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the American Embassy in Paris. The program offers more than fifty cultural events in both cities and encompasses a range of disciplines, including music, dance, film, literature and theater.
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Borderlands: Towards an Anthropology of the Cosmopolitan Condition

The images of migrants and refugees arriving in precarious boats on the shores of southern Europe, and of the makeshift camps that have sprung up in Lesbos, Lampedusa, Calais and elsewhere, have become familiar sights on television screens around the world. But what do we know about the border places these liminal zones between countries and continents that have become the focus of so much attention and anxiety today?
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The Song of the Dead

Written in the aftermath of World War II in northern France, where Reverdy was a partisan in the Resistance movement, "The Song of the Dead" is a remarkable document of dissociation and shattering, refraining from documentary or narrative in favor of revealing troubled states of soul.
news

Join France Alumni USA and Expand Your French Network in the US

Launched on June 21, France Alumni USA is a platform and network of professionals who have completed part or all of their studies in France and live in the US.
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The French Embassy and IIE strengthen their partnership with a new Benjamin Franklin Scholarship

The French Embassy provides more funding and modifies its existing Benjamin Franklin Scholarship Program to increase study abroad in France as part of the Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative and IIE's Generation Study Abroad Campaign.
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Lafayette Debates 2016 - The balance between Security and Civil Liberties in Democracies

Since 2013, the French Embassy has partnered with The George Washington University to organize intercollegiate policy debates which invites students from the best universities in the country to engage in the discussion.

books

authors on tour

Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier

November 5-17, 2016
US Tour

Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier is a queer activist and theorist. He teaches cultural studies, queer and gender studies at the University of Lille.

authors on tour

Pap Ndiaye

November 4-13, 2016
East Coast

Pap Ndiaye is a historian, specializing in the social history of the United States with a focus on its minorities.

authors on tour

Vinciane Despret

October 29-November 8, 2016
US Tour
Vinciane Despret is currently Maître de conferences at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Liège, and at the Faculty of Anthropology and Social Sciences and Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education at the Free University of Brussels. Her first field work was in the Negev desert, where she explored the possibility of doing an ethology of the ethologists - similar to the anthropology of the laboratories Bruno Latour had proposed.
authors on tour

Antoine Volodine

October 11-18, 2016
West Coast

Antoine Volodine is the principal pseudonym of a French novelist, born in 1950 in Chalon-sur-Saône and raised in Lyon, who has published twenty books under this name, several of which are available in English translati

authors on tour

Ananda Devi

September 16-30, 2016
US Tour

Ananda Devi is a novelist and scholar born in Trois-Boutiques, Mauritius in 1957. She has lived in Ferney-Voltaire, France (near Geneva) since 1989, after having spent some years in Congo-Brazzaville.

authors on tour

Cyril Pedrosa

September 12-18, 2016
New York, Washington DC

Born in 1972, Cyril Pedrosa was interested in comics and drawing from childhood.

music

news

FACE Awards Twelve Contemporary Music Fund Grants

In 2016/2017, the FACE Contemporary Music Fund will support a great deal of ambitious, high-quality contemporary music projects. Twelve were selected through a competitive process and each received up to $14,000 in funding, with total grants to all projects amounting to $100,000.
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Paris-New York Tandem Transatlantic Cultural Exchange Kicks Off

Paris and New York—two cities with deeply intertwined cultural roots—are renewing their historic bond this summer through a five-month transatlantic cultural exchange. Kicking off on June 7th, the Paris-New York Tandem will feature over fifty events in both cities that incorporate artists, artworks, and themes native to the other.
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Les Arts Florissants in the United States

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.
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Open Call For Applications: French American Jazz Exchange (FAJE)

The guidelines and online application for the next grant round of the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) program are now available. Co-administered by FACE Foundation (French-American Cultural Exchange) and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue and contribute to the dynamism of jazz as an art form.
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Caravan Palace Announces Tour

Parisian 7 piece electronic big band Caravan Palace is set to tour the U.S. this spring in support of their critically acclaimed third full-length album, <|°_°|>, out now on Le Plan Recordings. See below for a full list of dates.Since its release, <|°_°|> has received extensive critical praise. In premiering the record, KCRW noted that “this new album keeps the good times coming, with a potent mix of fun-loving genre mashups.” Host Marco Werman of PRI’s “The World” commented on air, “you can see my body moving, because…it is!” and PopMatters named the album the “#2 Pop Record of 2015.” The record also saw chart success, reaching #3 on Billboard’s Electronic/Dance Album chart and #5 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart; it has remained on the Billboard Electronic/Dance chart for over 20 weeks.
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Asaf Avidan on Tour

International creative force Asaf Avidan is a unique voice in today’s music scene. A bestselling, Platinum certified, mass followed star across Europe, he will be winning the hearts of a new audience this April on a nationwide US tour. Living all over the world, Avidan left the continent of America untrodden until just two years ago, and so was less known state side. Once introduced, he quickly garnered the attention of critics. Described by the New York Times as “an artist that writes like Leonard Cohen, sings like Robert Plant, and has the charisma of a cabaret performer” and NPR drawing comparisons to Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Bob Dylan “but they add up to a wholly original sound, with songs that are beautifully written and fervently performed”, Avidan is set to continue building his following across America with the upcoming tour dates.

Visual & Performing Arts

events

'GLMAOUR': Renaud Jerez's Exhibit at Fahrenheit

May 14 - July 30, 2016
Fahrenheit | Flax Foundation
From May 14 to July 30, 2016, Fahrenheit will present GLMAOUR, an extensive installation produced by Renaud Jerez, in collaboration with artist Anina Troesch and writer Hardy Hill. It is the result of a one-month working process, realized on-site at Fahrenheit.
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17 designs by Le Corbusier added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites list

The UN's cultural organisation has listed 17 works by pioneering Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier as world heritage sites.
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Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora - French artist William Adjété Wilson presents "The Black Ocean"

April 16 - September 4, 2016
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, present exhibition "Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora" and French artist William Adjété Wilson's work "The Black Ocean".
interview

Philosophy for Kids

On March 19, 2016, as part the Tilt Kids Festival, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York initiated a one-of-a-kind event for children, inspired by the French books "Les Goûters Philo". Under the starry ceiling of Albertine Books, 80 children gathered in small groups to deep dive into philosophy and express their thoughts on subjects such as friendship and the infinite. The workshops were led by Critchley’s PhD students, who shared their experiences with us following this first-time event.
news

Paris-New York Tandem Transatlantic Cultural Exchange Kicks Off

Paris and New York—two cities with deeply intertwined cultural roots—are renewing their historic bond this summer through a five-month transatlantic cultural exchange. Kicking off on June 7th, the Paris-New York Tandem will feature over fifty events in both cities that incorporate artists, artworks, and themes native to the other.
interview

Interview with Playwright Israel Horovitz

Read our interview with playwright, screenwriter and director Israel Horovitz, whose new play 'Out the Mouths of Babes' will be presented at The Cherry Lane Theater from June 7 to July 17, 2016.

Film, TV & New Media

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TV5MONDE Voyage and TV5MONDE Cinema Now Available

TV5MONDE Cinema--providing travelers with the best in recently released French films.
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Paris-New York Tandem Transatlantic Cultural Exchange Kicks Off

Paris and New York—two cities with deeply intertwined cultural roots—are renewing their historic bond this summer through a five-month transatlantic cultural exchange. Kicking off on June 7th, the Paris-New York Tandem will feature over fifty events in both cities that incorporate artists, artworks, and themes native to the other.
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Sandtown Murals

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to present the project Sandtown Murals led in partnership with CrossCurrents Foundation.
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French Films Extravaganza

Back by popular demand! Under The Milky Way will again be offering a collection of 50 French films at discounted prices for the month of May.
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ARTE, the European culture channel, now available in English and Spanish

ARTE, the European culture channel, now offers a selection of programmes subtitled in English and in Spanish, alongside French and German. Thanks to these two free offerings, ARTE in English and ARTE en español, web users can watch new, high quality programmes every week throughout the world.
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Le CiNéMa Club: a new free online cinema

Le CiNeMa Club is a new form of online theater. It presents one film at a time, screening it for a week, for free. Le CiNeMa Club showcases gems from independent cinema — works of new directors, rare films, and selected documentaries.
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