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Online French Cultural Content Selection by the Cultural Service in Houston

From visual art, books, cinema, music and performing art, the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston is sharing with you its June picks of online content to enjoy more of French culture from home!

Marie's picks
Marie Lozón de Cantelmi, Cultural Attaché

Every year, France celebrates music in June, with a big outdoor event called La Fête de la musique.

The Fête de la Musique, also known in English as Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration that takes place on June 21. On Music Day the citizens of a city or country are allowed to play music outside, in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. Free concerts are also organized, where musicians play for fun and not for payment.

The first all-day musical celebration being held on the day of the summer solstice was originated by Jack Lang, Minister of Culture of France, as well as Maurice Fleuret; it was created in Paris in 1982. Music Day was later celebrated in 120 countries around the world.

Do you know that Daft Punk is a French duo ? Discover more French and Francophone music on this link and don't miss Marc Rebillet's tour in Texas to celebrate Music in June !

French electronic music duo Daft Punk

Marion's picks
Marion Autones, Deputy Cultural Attaché

In my youth I would always picture myself as an adventurer that would explore unknown lands and lost monuments. I grew up drawing all day long pyramids, sarcophagus and even started learning the hyeroglyphs when I was not even ten years-old. Archeology as the study of ancient buildings, tools, graves and objects to better grasp their owners' society and culture fascinated me. In the image of Adele Blanc Sec (adventurous comic book heroine first put on paper by French artist Jacques Tardi in 1976), I dreamed of living subsequent exploits as I would get older. The taste for history learning never left me. My parents set an example of travel willingness and thanks to them my sister and I had the chance to visit worldwide known monuments and unearthed cities like Pompeii, the Leaning Tower of Pisa or even the Mayan ruins in Cozumel.

For this month's newsletter favorites I introduce you to the fabulous resources of the archeological sites from the French Ministry of Culture website as well as the main references to learn more about the history of archeology and the French archeological places listed by the French National Institute of Archeological Preventive Researches (INRAP). Finally, let yourself be carried away by France Culture's dedicated podcast to archeology every Sunday, or through Charlie Danger's Youtube Channel Les Revues du Monde.  

French Ministry of Culture webpage dedicated to Archeology and its webpage to learn more about submarine archeology.

National Institute of Archeological Preventive Researches (INRAP)

France Culture's Dedicated Podcast 

 Les Revues du Monde's Youtube Channel

Source: https://archeologie.culture.fr/france/fr/mediatheque 

Amandine's picks
Amandine Castillo, Cultural Service Coordinator

Every year at this time, with the summer season, rising temperatures and vacations coming up, hundreds of thousands of French people long to take a break, to finally enjoy cultural and outside events with family and friends. And they do have a great selection of cultural events to choose from! Dance, theatre, film and music festivals of all kinds, are blooming throughout hundreds of stages set up all over the country. From big events held in huge countryside fields, medium ones in city parks or cultural venues, or smaller festivals happening in the heart of historical villages, the choice is vast.

This summer however, in the framework of the current social distancing measures, hundreds of thousands of festival-goers (touslesfestivals.com actually counted more than 7.5 millions of people attending a French festival last year!) will get to enjoy a totally different experience thanks to virtual performances, podcasts and other activities offered online.

Many festivals have been giving access to a great variety of digital contents on their respective websites these past weeks. Have a look at the list here below and make your own selection of festivals to explore!

Festival d’Aix en Provence : opera
Festival Les Suds à Arles : World music
Festival 1001 notes en Limousin: classical music
Festival Baroque de Pontoise : baroque music
Festival Jazzdor Strasbourg & Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin : jazz & musical improvisation

Performing Art
Festival Suresnes cités danse : hip hop & contemporary dance
Festival d’Avignon : theatre & performing art

Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand : short films
Festival Utopiales de Nantes : science-fiction cinema
Poitiers Film Festival (Piou Piou à la maison | Séance canapé) : cinema

Visual art
Festival Little Circulations in Paris : photography (for children)

Festival Correspondances Manosque La Poste : literature

Massiwa ©Dan Aucante (Festival Suresnes cité danse)