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Online French Cultural Content Selection by the Cultural Service in Houston

From virtual reality to visual art, books, films, music and cultural heritage, the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston is sharing with you its July picks of online content to enjoy more of French culture from home!

Marie's picks
Marie Lozón de Cantelmi, Cultural Attaché

Summer has always been a time of discovery and trips into nature. Last year when I was back to France I had the immense pleasure to visit for the second time the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire in the Loire Valley and to see its last Festival des jardins. I had tremendous memories of my first visit. This year's festival is focused on earth and ecology, major themes for France. The unique blend of history and contemporary art in Chaumont is amazing. I invite you to discover the castle, the art commission program, the gardens and much more, enjoy.

Festival des Jardins - Chaumont-sut-Loire

Marion's picks
Marion Autones, Deputy Cultural Attaché

Long days and warm temperature rhythm summer time. Now that we all want to stay as much time in the cold as possible, it reminded me how I love exploring caves during this particular time of the year. For this summer edition I selected a few French caves you can visit thanks to virtual reality:

The Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc is located in Ariège and was discovered back in 1994. It was granted the World Heritage status by the UNESCO Agency in 2014 for being one of the most significant prehistoric art sites. Fun fact; Daisy Ridley's voice is going to guide you in the cave when choosing the English version of the visit.

The Lascaux Caves in southwestern France (Dordogne). Discovered in 1940, the latter houses the most famous marks of prehistoric cave paintings; namely almost 600 paintings.

The Chauvet Pont-d'Arc Cave

Amandine's picks
Amandine Castillo, Cultural Service Coordinator

The month of July in France is undeniably associated with joyful moments in the heart of French people: musical summer nights on Bastille Day, long afternoons watching on TV the Tour de France, quality times with friends and family away from work and worries, as well as passionate memories of the 1998 and 2018 soccer World Cup victories.

If your summer trip to France is being postponed this month, virtual reality, films, TV/radio broadcasts and photographs can take you back to France and get you virtually immersed into French summertime in a blink of an eye. Here below is a selection to enjoy.

► Tour de France (Virtual Reality) 

The postponement of the 2020 Tour de France has led Zwift – a multiplayer online cycling and running physical training program – to launch the world’s first Virtual Tour de France.

Broadcasted to 130 countries worldwide, the virtual competition will start on Saturday, July 4 for three consecutive weekends and take the riders through the virtual landscapes of Nice, North-East France, South-West France, Mont Ventoux and Paris Champs-Elysées.

The race will feature 40 competitors (individuals or teams) including the past three winners of the Tour de France Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, Greg Van Avermaet, legend Marianne Vos, World Time Trial Champion Chloe Dygert, Kirsten Wild, and Olympic gold medallist Anna van der Breggen. 


► Soccer (French Films)

Put on your cleats, Netflix is taking you to the soccer field!

Get to experience the day of July 12, 1998 once again as France earned an historic win in the Wold Cup final, through the documentary film The Perfect Day (Le jour parfait), directed by Jean-Pierre Devilliers.

Exactly 20 years after winning their first star, the French soccer team won its second title during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 2019 documentary film Antoine Griezmann: The Making of a Legend (Antoine Griezmann: Champion du Monde), directed by Alex Dell, follows the soccer player’s path from Real Sociedad in Spain, to Atletico Madrid, and all the way to winning the FIFA World Cup with France in 2018.

If you are more into comedy fiction, A Mighty Team (La Dream Team), directed by Thomas Sorriaux and starring Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Timsit, should be your fit.

► Bastille Day (Music)

To conclude the Paris Bastille Day celebrations on July 14th, a concert is scheduled to take place on Champ-de-Mars, featuring the Orchestre National de France, the Maîtrise de Radio France, and the Choeur de Radio France, as well as several international soloists. The concert will be filmed and broadcasted live at 2:10pm Central Time (9:10pm French time) on France 2 and France Inter.

► Vacation Time with Family and Friends (Book/Visual Art)

The first paid holidays in France made their appearance during the summer of 1936, after the electoral victory of the Popular Front. The duration was then of two weeks per year. This huge change in the life of the French workers and their families has been immortalized by 1,500 photographs taken by France Demay, between 1934 and 1939. They are gathered in the book “Un parfum de bonheur”, published by Gallimard. 60 of them are presented in the Collection France Demay website. In addition, French newspaper Le Monde dedicated in 2016 a series of 6 articles around these photographs: 01-02-03-04-05-06.

Collection France Demay - Un dimanche à la campagne