Following the cancellation of all our cultural activities due to the Covid 19 outbreak, the Alliance Française of Johannesburg has decided to launch a digital cultural program : #CulturalTakeAway. Everyday we will share with you idiomatic expressions, fun facts, online museum visits, videos and much more to keep you busy during this time of social distancing and lockdown. Do not hesitate to click and share and to experience France !

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A la suite de l’annulation de notre agenda culturel due à l’épidémie de Covid 19, l’Alliance Française de Johannesbourg vous propose un programme culturel en ligne : #CulturalTakeAway. Tous les jours nous proposerons des expressions, anecdotes, visites de musées virtuelles et plein d’autres surprises pour vous occuper durant cette période de confinement. N’hésitez pas à cliquer, partager et apprécier.

Musical Snack

Brunch Menu - French Expressions

Brunch Menu - Fun Facts

Today's special

Wednesday 18 March

Are you ready for the first Wednesday/Musée ?

Today we invite you to an original visit of one of the most famous museums in the world.

Originally the residence of the French Kings, Musée du Louvre became a national museum in 1793 and is now home of more than 35,000 artworks of historical and artistic importance. Click and get the chance to visit 3 sections of the museum:
Egyptian Antiquities, Remains of the Louvre's Moat and the Galerie d'Apollon.

http://musee.louvre.fr/visite-louvre/index.html?lang=ENG

Thursday 19 March

Every Thursday, we will propose an online performance thank to one of France’s leading cultural institutions.

For the first Thursday/Spectacle, we invite you to a performance of Richard Wagner’s famous opera Le Vaisseau Fantôme (The Flying Dutchman - Der Fliegende hollander), interpreted and played by the Chœur d’Angers Nantes Opéra (Direction Xavier Ribes) / Chœur de chambre Mélisme(s) ( Direction Gildas Pungier) and with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne.

The opera was recorded and shared by France Musique:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ai6v0LnMnM

Friday 20 March

Every Friday, we will highlight a new facet of the francophone culture.

Today, we invite you to discover Thomas Gauthier, a youtuber and musician from Quebec.

On his YouTube channel, he speaks about love, politics, history and his songs convey a delightful dark humor.

https://www.youtube.com/user/TomliVlogs

Monday 23 March

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new, starting with the TEDx talk of Arnaud Hoedt and Jérôme Piron titled “La faute de l'orthographe”.

In this video they will highlight all the comic potential of the French language and how we see it.

This conference was hosted and recorded by TEDxRennes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YO7Vg1ByA8

Tuesday 24 March

Every Tuesday, you will be invited to explore one of the facet which makes the francophone culture what it is.

Today, let’s focus on cheese. A simple but yet iconic french table delicacy.

Honouring the restaurant Les Grands Buffets in Narbonne, which holds the world record with a selection of 111 different cheeses, we invite you to consult the website: https://about-france.com/cheese, where you will learn more than you should about Camembert, Roquefort and many more.

Wednesday 25 March

Here is the second Wednesday/Musée !

Today we invite you to an original visit of the Palace of Versailles.

Built in 1623 by Louis XIII as hunting lodge, the Chateau de Versailles later became the marvellous palace it is today under the rule of the Sun King, Louis XIV.

Click here to start the visit and get more information :

https://artsandculture.google.com/project/versailles

Thursday 26 March

Every Thursday, we will propose an online performance thanks to one of France’s leading cultural institutions.

Today we invite you to watch “Futurisme”, a street dance show created by Géométrie Variable and El Squad and recorded at Maison de la Dance de Lyon.

https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/1136087-golden-stage-tour-a-la-maison-de-la-danse-de-lyon.html

Friday 27 March

Every Friday, we will highlight a new facet of the francophone culture. Today we put our focus on Les Parasites, a group of artists specialised in creating short films. Their stories and themes are rooted in our world which makes their work very

interesting and impactful.

Founded by former students of the International School of Audiovisual Creation and Direction in 2013, they decided to distribute their short films free of charge on online video platform.Their collective has won numerous awards, in particular during the 48 Hour Film Project, mainly in France. In order to maintain their independence, Les Parasites is mainly funded through Tipeee.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqS1gDNHEX3FgJ8dPfSuRoQ

Monday 30 March

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new.

Today we invite you to watch the video of Etienne Klein, physicist and philosopher, titled “Peut-on voyager dans le temps?” (Can we time travel?).


This video is part of the programme “Tu mourras moins bête” of Arte

The video is here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vnBTs66ViQ

Tuesday 31 March

Every Tuesday, you will be invited to explore one of the facets which makes the francophone culture what it is.

As France celebrates indoor the passage to the Summer Time, let’s focus on the history of “le Changement d’heure” (Daylight saving time) with this article (In French) of www.Quelleenergie.fr :

https://www.quelleenergie.fr/magazine/economies-energie/passage-heure-ete-connaissez-vous-son-origine/

And for the wikipedist : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time

Wednesday 01 April

Today we invite you to an original visit of

the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels.

Part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), the museum was founded on 31 March 1846, as a descendant of the Musée de Bruxelles of 1802. It was based on the collection established by Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, dating from the 18th century.

Click here to start the visit and get more

information :

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/royal-belgian-institute-of-natural-sciences

Thursday 02 April

Every Thursday, we will propose an online performance to one of France’s leading cultural institutions.

Today we invite you to a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous opera Don Giovanni, directed by Jérémie Rhorer and played by the Orchestre Le Cercle de l'Harmonie.

The opera was recorded during the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and shared by France Musique

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnd5ULYG2no

Friday 03 April

Every Friday, we will highlight a new facet of the francophone culture.

Today we put our focus on Gloomy Eyes, a fiction in virtual reality created by Fernando Maldonado and Jorge Tereso (France/Argentine/USA/Taiwan, 2020, 3x10mn) and told by Colin Farrell (English) and Tahar Rahim (French).

“When the sun grew tired of humanity,

it hid, never to rise again.”, this poetic VR mini series immerses us into darkness that awoke the dead from their graves. In the midst of chaos, a zombie kid named Gloomy and a mortal girl, Nena, fall in love and form a deep connection that not even the most powerful man in town can destroy. Together, they might hold the key to make the endless night come to an end.

More information here:

https://www.arte.tv/sites/en/webproductions/__trashed/

 And the first episode in French here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV0aU-hecfk

 

Monday 06 April

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new.
Today we invite you to discover 1 jour, 1 question, which answer in 1min 30 to a children’s question, with two videos:
What is the Eiffel Tower for? What does it mean Liberté Egalité Fraternité ? (In French)