Fall Edito

As autumn begins, we are eager to return to the lively rhythm of the cooler months. In New York and around the country, our cultural programming is back in full swing with events that offer space for thoughtful exchange and debate.

Jean-Marc Ayrault Launches France Alumni USA

On Wednesday, September 21, 350 students, alumni, university representatives, CEOs, and high-ranking France Alumni professionals gathered at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York for the launch of

Lecture by Jean-Marc Ayrault at Columbia University

On Thursday, September 22, Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, will give a lecture at Columbia University on The World Today and the Future of France-U.S. Relations.

Jean-Marc Ayrault launches France Alumni USA

A new online platform and network for students and professionals who completed part or all their studies in France.
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About Phoenix

How can the handsome, congenial Mr. Smith be the same man who terrorizes Phoenix and her sister? Should you get into the car of someone you barely know? Hard to resist when the driver is Jessup Smith, the best-looking teacher in school. That night, he drives sixteen-year-old Phoenix and her little sister Sasha—both brilliant misfits—home.
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Giving Life, Giving Death

Although women alone have the ability to bring children into the world, modern Western thought tends to discount this female prerogative. In "Giving Life, Giving Death", Lucien Scubla argues that structural anthropology sees women as objects of exchange that facilitate alliance-building rather than as vectors of continuity between generations.


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The Pen and the Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels

A scintillating glimpse into the lives of acclaimed writers and artists and their inspiring, often surprising convergences, from the author of "Monsieur Proust’s Library".
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Montaigne: A Life

One of the most important writers and thinkers of the Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne helped invent a literary genre that seemed more modern than anything that had come before. But did he do it, as he suggests in his Essays, by retreating to his chateau, turning his back on the world, and stoically detaching himself from his violent times? In this definitive biography, Philippe Desan, one of the world’s leading authorities on Montaigne, overturns this longstanding myth by showing that Montaigne was constantly concerned with realizing his political ambitions—and that the literary and philosophical character of the Essays largely depends on them.
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Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life

The definitive biography of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture, leader of the only successful slave revolt in world history.
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Good Morning, City

It's dark and quiet.The moon still glimmers in the sky. While the baker, the ferry boat captain, and the TV anchorman are busy at work, most people are cozily snuggled in bed. Then dawn's first light peeks through the tree branches. Wake up, city! There is much to be done in neighborhoods all across the metropolis. As the morning gets brighter, the city streets bustle with people ready to start the day.
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.

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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.



Young Concert Artists presents : Rémi Geniet

October 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Embassy of France
The 38th Young Concert Artists Series presents, with the support of the Cultural services of the French Embassy, French pianist Rémi Geniet for his Washington, DC debut.

Upcoming Performances from Harpist Melanie Genin

Hailed by the Epoch Times as a “singular virtuoso with an exquisitely sensitive playing” Mélanie Genin, is a French harpist currently based in New York. She has recently made her debut at Carnegie Hall as a soloist in the Debussy Dances for harp and orchestra as the first prizewinner of the International Shining stars series. An international representative of the French harp school, she is the only harpist finalist of the 2014 prestigious Concert Artist Guild competition of New York and a semifinalist of the 2014 International Young artist competitions. A passionate and dedicated chamber music player, Ms. Genin is also very dedicated to gaining a larger audience for the harp and developing its repertoire. A fervent advocate of new music she has commissioned several pieces, and premiered several works of composers such as Wei-Chieh Lin, Jules Matton and Yuri Boguinia.

Christine and the Queens on Tour

Christine and the Queens has had a huge year: they’ve performed at New York’s Webster Hall and Terminal 5 in November on a tour supporting Marina and the Diamonds then slayed in April at Coachella in California and Governor’s Ball in June in New York. Now Christine and the Queens returns for a tour that will bring her to Terminal 5 in New York in October and Treasure Island Fest in SFO, among others.

Piaf! The Show Touring the US; Carnegie Hall in January

With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide PIAF!, THE SHOW – a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse – returns to America as part of the extended world tour. Tickets are on sale now. The highlight of the American leg of a 400-performance global tour is the special presentation at Carnegie Hall on January 6, 2017, at 8pm on the 60th anniversary of Edith Piaf's last performance at the famous venue.

Brodinski Announces US Tour

French electro producer Brodinski is coming back to the US in September and October for a tour that brings him from Philadelphia to Seattle. In New York the Bromance DJ will play Brooklyn’s Output club on September 24th. His mixtape that explore the Atlanta rap scene, ‘The Sour Patch Kid’ will be released on September 9th.

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.

Visual & Performing Arts


Interview with Sharon Fantl, Assistant Director, Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, NH

Sharon Fantl, Assistant Director, Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, NH, attended the Dance Focus 2016 organized by Institut francais and ONDA (office national de diffusion artistique) from September 21 to 24, 2016, at the Lyon Dance Biennial. The 2016 edition of DANCE FOCUS -- designed for international presenters and curators - brought together more than 280 professionals from 50 different countries. Professionals had the opportunity to see new works by Christian Rizzo, Bouchra Ouizguen, Olivier Dubois, Francois Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea, Olivia Grandville, and recent works by Rachid Ouramdane, Vincent Dupont, and meet with artists developing new work, such as Radhouane El Meddeb, Dorothee Munyaneza, Fanny de Chaille, Lafifa Laabissi, Melanie Perrier, Ali Moini, Amala Dianor, Antoine Defoort, and more.

Anne Nguyen at Crossing the Line Festival 2016

Sept 23 - Oct 1, 2016
Multiple locations and Gibney Dance - Agnès Varis Center for the Performing Arts
Breakdance world champion Anne Nguyen has spent the past decade bringing the art of hip-hop and dance battle from the street to the stage. Throwing abstracted choreography into collision with geometry, architecture, and human experience, she celebrates hip-hop dancers’ technical and expressive prowess. A rising star in France, Nguyen makes her U.S. debut at Crossing the Line with two works.

Hubert Robert, 1733–1808

June 26 - October 2, 2016
The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art presents Hubert Robert, 1733–1808, an exhibition organized with the Musée du Louvre in Paris that celebrates the prominent French painter and draftsman.

Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault Launches New Projects for Fieldwork Marfa

Joint Project in Contemporary Art between the Nantes School of Art, the University of Houston School of Art and Geneva School of Art and Design

La Commission Centrale de l'Enfance, a play by David Lescot at Fordham University, October 5 at 3 PM

Oct 5, 2016 at 3 PM
Kehoe Theater, Fordham University at Lincoln Center
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fordham University presents "La Commission Centrale de l'Enfance" a play by the French author-director-musician, David Lescot, at Fordham University, on October 5th at 3 PM at Kehoe Theater - Fordham University, New York.

Kader Attia's 'Ghardaïa' featured at the Guggenheim

Apr 29 - Oct 5, 2016
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
From April 29 to October 5, 2016, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present 'But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa'.

Film, TV & New Media


"Soundhunters" : Immersive storytelling experience at NYFF

October 1 & 2, 2016
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Created by François Le Gall and Nicolas Blies, this multifaceted project does more than make music from the audio of everyday life; each uploaded sound is a window onto its author’s world, and every song created by the Sound Hunter community is as much a remix of distinctive life experiences as of unique audio elements.

Director Abbas Fahdel presents “Homeland: Iraq Year Zero” in a special tour of US Universities

Director Abbas Fahdel will be presenting his latest film Homeland, Iraq Year Zero, in multiple universities on the East coast of the United States.

"Filming at the Borders: Migrating to Europe Today" film series at Columbia Maison Française

October 13 - 28, 2016
Columbia Maison Française (East Gallery, Buell Hall)
The world today counts more displaced people than at any time since 1945, and Europe is facing the most significant arrival of migrants in the postwar period. Though politicians and the mass media often depict this phenomenon as a threat, filmmakers have created important works that propose alternative perspectives. This special series presents screenings of ten recent films followed by in-depth discussions with the filmmakers and academic specialists in disciplines ranging from philosophy and history to film studies, sociology and legal studies. Ten films offering new perspectives on the migrant crisis in Europe, curated by Nora Philippe and presented by the Columbia Maison Française.

TV5MONDE Voyage and TV5MONDE Cinema Now Available

TV5MONDE Cinema--providing travelers with the best in recently released French films.

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.

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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