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)

The videos are here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IiT4dmr2_M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL9T05a3NYU

Tuesday 07 April

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

Today, we speak about the famous Macaron, iconic dessert of France and its lifestyle. Colourful, pillowy, and delicately flavoured, this meringue-based sweet comes in many tastes and colours, from classic salted caramel to lavender and honey to the wildly fanciful fig and foie gras.

Discover its history here (EN) : https://theculturetrip.com/europe/france/paris/articles/the-history-of-the-delicious-macaron/
Or here (FR) : https://www.lcf-magazine.com/lhistoire-du-macaron/

Wednesday 08 April

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée ?
Today we invite you to an original visit of the Château de Chenonceau, one of the best-known châteaux of the Loire valley.
Built in 1514–1522 on the foundations of an old mill and later extended to span the river (1556-1559) by the French Renaissance architect Philibert de l'Orme, Château de Chenonceau, with its architectural mixture of late Gothic and early Renaissance, is the second most visited château in France (After Versailles)


Click here to start the visit and get more information :
https://artsandculture.google.com/par…/castle-of-chenonceau…

Thursday 09 April

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

Today we invite you to a live performance of the south African band BCUC and the legend of Afrobeat Femi Kuti for an explosive cocktail of traditional music, punk-rock voices and wild rhythms. A unique show live from the Jazz à la Villette festival.

The concert was recorded by FranceTV:
https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/festivals/jazz-a-la-villette/971775-bcuc-feat-femi-kuti-a-jazz-a-la-villette-2018.html

Friday 10 April

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

Today we put our focus on the YouTube channel E-penser. They invite you to ask yourself regularly question you would never have thought about, thanks to short informative videos, interviews etc….
Why is yawning contagious? What is a black hole? How are rainbows formed? Was Aristotle right at least once in his lifetime? Why 42? Doctor who? What was Einstein really useful for? The Higgs boson?! Schrödinger's lolcat ... 🐱

All the videos here :
https://www.youtube.com/user/epenser1/videos


Monday 13 April

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new.
Today, listen to a podcast from France Inter called “Popopop”.

On the occasion of the theatrical release of "Radioactive", Antoine de Caunes and Charline Roux receive the famous cartoonist and director, Marjane Satrapi on her Marie Curie biopic. (In French) 🎬👩‍🔬

The podcast is here:
https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/popopop/popopop-11-mars-2020

Tuesday 14 April

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

Today, we speak about the wonderful world of Francophone Music, with 2019 being a record year for French music export. Polo & Pan, Aya Nakamura, Angèle, are among the top sellers of music ‘made-in-France’.

Article here (EN) :
https://www.lebureauexport.fr/en/news/2020/02/world-2019-has-been-a-record-year-for-french-music-export

Or here (FR) : https://lepetitjournal.com/expat-business/les-voix-francaises-sexportent-273930

Wednesday 15 April

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée ?

Today we invite you to an original visit of the Musée d'Orsay. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a railway station built between 1898 and 1900 and the architectural style of which was influenced by the Beaux-Arts. 👩‍🎨🏤

The museum holds mainly French artworks dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe.

Click here to start the visit and get more information : https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/mus%C3%A9e-d%E2%80%99orsay-paris/KQEnDge3UJkVmw?hl=fr

Thursday 16 April

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

Today enter the comic and strange universe of the Cirque Le Roux company with their disturbing story of "La Nuit du Cerf" performed at the Théâtre Libre de Paris.

Following "The Elephant in the Room", the creation "La Nuit du Cerf - A Deer in the Headlights" surprises with its originality. Inspired by news stories, the piece mixes New French Wave and Grindhouse, a movement from the 70s. The story features three children, whose mother has just died, who meet in the family home to prepare for the funeral. A reunion turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious shaggy stranger ... Now, the funeral will take a completely different turn.

The concert was recorded by FranceTV :
https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/1141895-la-nuit-du-cerf-par-le-cirque-le-roux-au-theatre-libre-de-paris.html

Friday 17 April

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


Today we invite you to (re)discover Cyprien, a French comedian, actor, dubber and blogger known for his short movies and comic YouTube videos. 🎬

He came to prominence on Dailymotion as Monsieur Dream before producing videos on YouTube and becoming for many years the first French Youtuber. In his videos, he invents entertaining stories full of originality and creativity.

All the videos here : https://www.youtube.com/user/MonsieurDream

Monday 20 April

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new.
Today we discover Omar Victor Diop. 🤓📷

He is one of the names that now counts in the world of photography. Senegalese Omar Victor Diop signs the visuals for Saison Africa 2020 the season for African cultures in France. His photographs, like all of his work, show a modern, optimistic Africa, but nourished by its history.

The video, made by France 24, is here (In French) :
https://www.youtube.com/watch…

Tuesday 21 April

Every Tuesday, you are invited to explore one of the facets of the francophone culture.

When 'Time' magazine declared that French culture is dying, the home of Cocteau, Proust and Monet reacted with a mix of fury and self-examination. But could it be true?
With two articles, let’s see if French culture is very in declined.

Article here (EN) : https://www.irishtimes.com/news/is-french-culture-dead-mais-non-1.899104

Or here (FR) : https://www.lefigaro.fr/debats/2008/10/14/01005-20081014ARTFIG00110-en- declin-la-culture-francaise-.php

Wednesday 22 April

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée ?
Tomorrow will be the International Day of Books and Copyright, let’s discover today the Library/Museum of the Opéra national de Paris. It is housed in the Palais Garnier in the Rotonde de l'Empereur. This pavilion located on the west side of the theatre was originally designed to be the private entrance for Emperor Napoleon III.

Click here to start the visit and get more information :

https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/biblioth%C3%A8que-mus%C3%A9e-de-l-op%C3%A9ra-biblioth%C3%A8que-nationale-de-france/VQHnCTLwWiDjMQ?hl=fr&sv_lng=2.331447007630004&sv_lat=48.87162816308707&sv_h=344.43&sv_p=-13.299999999999997&sv_pid=8EnEjPWhQ1oAAAGusiq2PA&sv_z=1

Thursday 23 April

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

Today revisit Jean Racine’s ancient and universal masterpiece with “Phèdre!”, An interactive monologue full of humor staged by François Gremaud and interpreted by Romain Daroles. A play to enjoy with the family!

The play was recorded by La Compagnie des Indes and broadcasted by FranceTV :
https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/opera-et-musique-classique/1140853-phedre-de-francois-gremaud-au-theatre-de-lausanne.html

Friday 24 April

Every Friday, we highlight a new facet of the francophone culture.
Today we invite you to (re)discover Gastronogeek, a French Youtuber and Chef who revisit all the recipes of your favourite TV show, cartoons, video games, movies…

You like food and pop culture; this channel is made for you.

All the videos here (In French) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfI1q93ZYNR_mJYKFEqxfrA/videos




Monday 27 April

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new.

Today Let’s talk about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Historic document that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 as Resolution 217 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, the Declaration consists of 30 articles affirming an individual's rights which, although not legally binding in themselves, have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, economic treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and other laws. The

Declaration was the first step in the process of formulating the International Bill of Human Rights, which was completed in 1966, and came into force in 1976, after a sufficient number of countries had ratified it.

The video, made by TV5 Monde, is here (In French) : https://culture.tv5monde.com/histoire/la-grande-explication-sur-les-evenements-qui-ont-marque-l-histoire/la-declaration

Tuesday 28 April

Every Tuesday, you are invited to explore one of the facets of the francophone culture.

Let’s discover the history of the French photography and its many facets, between engagement and political consciousness, poetry of the ordinary or documenting urban agriculture.

Article here (EN) : http://traduction.culture.gouv.fr/url/Result.aspx?to=en&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.culture.gouv.fr%2FActualites%2FLa-photographie-francaise-entre-enchantement-et-information

Or here (FR) : https://www.culture.gouv.fr/Actualites/La-photographie-francaise-entre-enchantement-et-information

Wednesday 29 April

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée ?

Today, let’s cross the Atlantic and visit the
historical city of Québec. Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America and the only fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist. It is home to the earliest known French settlement in North

America, Fort Charlesbourg-Royal, established in 1541 by explorer Jacques Cartier with some 400 persons but abandoned less than a year later due to the hostility of the natives and the harsh winter.

Click here to start the visit and get more information : https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/arrondissement-historique-de-la-ville-de-qu%C3%A9bec/9AGHau7ET2zTZw?hl=fr&sv_lng=-71.20510017965341&sv_lat=46.81141778104222&sv_h=336.3800493079299&sv_p=-3.2331708644231867&sv_pid=tnpFFq2zR5J_RHlH-fjWSA&sv_z=1.253437788157079

Thursday 30 April

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

After having been praised in the north of Europe, the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, led by Damien Jalet, takes over the Théâtre de Chaillot for a performance that defies gravity ...

Damien Jalet, a Franco-Belgian choreographer, is used to prestigious collaborations, whether for theatre or opera. We particularly noticed his meeting with the choreographer Cherkaoui who allowed him to win numerous awards thanks to his choreographies imagined for various shows.

In "SKID", Jalet masterfully creates an incredible scenography where seventeen artists move on a stage tilted at 34 ° above the ground.

The show was recorded by Les Films Figures Libres and broadcasted by FranceTv:
https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/theatre-et-danse/985989-skid-de-damien-jalet-au-theatre-de-chaillot.html

Friday 01 May

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

Today we invite you to (re)discover le Fossoyeur de films, a French Youtuber who revisits movies in entertaining and accurate videos.

Recommendation of the day; The first Blade Runner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXajPKu4F0M&list=PLHT4ZvmtRHiJfq3Hcg7yEZk7EVI_IIMX6&index=38

All the videos here

(In French) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwbV8cTR4yBgFdfa_BXV2OA

 




Monday 04 May

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new.

The language of Moliere can sometimes be difficult, so today let’s discover 10 of the most unpronounceable French words with this video made by Babbel France :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2qyouyBTX0

Tuesday 05 May

Every Tuesday, you are invited to explore one of the facets of the francophone culture.

Today we put our focus on the World Laughter Day. It is celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year to spread happiness in the whole world. In 2020, it was on 3 May. Let us have a look in detail about World Laughter Day, its history, significance, and health benefits of laughter.

Article here (EN) : https://www.jagranjosh.com/general-knowledge/world-laughter-day-1556967559-1

Or here (FR) : https://www.rtbf.be/lapremiere/article/detail_rire-le-remede-a-tout?id=9939784

Wednesday 06 May

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée ?

Today we visit the Musée de l'Orangerie. Built in 1852 by Napoleon III, today the museum is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The museum is most famous as the permanent home of eight large Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet, and also contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Alfred Sisley, Chaim Soutine, Maurice Utrillo, and others.

Click here to start the visit and get more information :
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-de-lorangerie?hl=fr

Thursday 07 May

Every Thursday, we propose an online performance to one of France’s leading cultural institutions.
Unique, the Symphonic Hip-Hop concert mixes the Hip-Hop and classical scenes for an exhilarating meeting at the Radio France Auditorium. Prepare for an extraordinary musical journey.

For its fourth edition, the Symphonic Hip-Hop concert returns to the Radio France Auditorium for an explosive evening full of surprises. Four figures from the rap scene surrounded by sixty classical musicians for a creation that meets genres. CHILLA, Ninho SDT, Rim'k officiel, Sch Mathafack, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and The Ice Kream will be present, under the artistic direction of Issam Krimi

The concert was recorded and broadcast by FranceTv
https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/hip-hop-jazz/1109927-le-concert-hip-hop-symphonique-a-la-philharmonie-de-radio-france.html

Friday 08 May

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

Today we invite you to (re)discover Notabene, a French Youtuber and Historian who revisits History, its mysteries and failures, in entertaining and accurate videos.

Recommendation of the day; Leclerc and the 2nd Armoured Division: the most reckless of the French generals?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5632g8qCgM

All the videos here (In French) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP46_MXP_WG_auH88FnfS1A

Monday 11 May

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new.

Let’s discover the Promenades imaginaires (imaginary walks), a podcast series where a writer chooses famous paintings and use them to invent a short story. Today we are following Beatrice Fontanel in her visit at the Musée d'Orsay.

At the museum in front of the painting, or at home with your eyes closed, on the way for a journey through time ...

Podcasts here 🤓🤓
https://www.petitsmo.fr/promenades-imaginaires

Tuesday 12 May

Every Tuesday, you are invited to explore one of the facets of the francophone culture.

While people are more and more concerned about the environment and their carbon footprint, many French cities are investing into cycling facilities.

Article here (EN) : https://www.thelocal.fr/20180316/these-are-the-best-and-worst-towns-and-cities-in-france-for-cyclists

Or here (FR) : https://www.lesechos.fr/industrie-services/tourisme-transport/les-villes-de-strasbourg-grenoble-et-la-rochelle-sacrees-capitales-du-velo-11699

Wednesday 13 May

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée ?
Today we discover together one of the masterpieces of Claude Monet, Le bassin aux nymphéas (The Water Lily Pond). If Claude Monet’s water-lily Grandes Décorations represents the pinnacle of his career, then Le bassin aux nymphéas represents a fundamental stage in their evolution. Created in 1919, the painting is now on display at the National Gallery in London, which proposes this virtual tour.

Click here to start the visit and get more information :
https://artsandculture.google.com/story/monet-le-bassin-aux-nymph%C3%A9as/WgIS72lKcegxJQ?hl=en

Thursday 14 May

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

Today, discover Madama Butterfly, the Opera created by Giacomo Puccini, the Italian opera composer, performed at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
"The most sincere and the most expressive" is how Puccini considered his opera "Madama Butterfly" among all the others - recognized following the success of Tosca.
Inspired by true facts, the story was originally written by playwright David Belasco. This tragedy makes us discover a disastrous romantic adventure between a Geisha and an American officer in Japan defeated after 1945.

The concert was recorded and broadcasted by FranceTv https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/opera-et-musique-classique/opera-royal-de-wallonie-liege/1072855-madama-butterfly-de-puccini-par-l-opera-royal-de-wallonie.html

Friday 15 May

Every Friday, we highlight a new facet of the francophone culture.
Today we invite you to (re)discover the Linguisticae chain, where you can understand where words come from, languages, and how language is made and evolves. Between scientific popularisation of a discipline that is too little known and the overturning of preconceived ideas, everyone benefits!

Recommendation of the day; Why do we say mom and dad in all languages?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxPdmEmNCaU

Monday 18 May

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new.

Let’s discover the concept of objectivism. Highly popular amongst the technological tycoons, how could objectivism, a philosophy developed by the novelist Ayn Rand and advocating the pursuit of personal happiness as the only engine of life (to the detriment of altruism), be found as the basis of thought in many authors, artists and intellectuals?


More information in this Arte video (in French) :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-54oWWvw-k

Tuesday 19 May

Every Tuesday, you are invited to explore one of the facets of the francophone culture.

Haute cuisine has been for a long time a world of men, but a new generation of highly skilled women is now changing the game, let’s discover 10 of them.

Article here (FR) : https://www.marieclaire.fr/,femmes-chefs,820961.asp

Or in here (EN) : https://www.francetoday.com/food-drink/female-chefs-in-france/

Wednesday 20 May

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée ?
Today we go on a journey through the World's Oldest Art Gallery. Let’s discover the 36,000-year-old history of the Grotte Chauvet. Situated in the Ardèche department of southern France, this cave contains some of the best-preserved figurative cave paintings in the world, as well as other evidence of Upper Paleolithic life.

Click here to start the visit and get more information :
https://artsandculture.google.com/story/sgUB9Mfa0DpmPA

Thursday 21 May

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

Today, discover Queen Blood, a dance show created by Ousmane Sy.
Ousmane Sy (aka Babson) made his debut in hip-hop in the 1990s and quickly became a major figure of house dance, into which he integrated the Afro-house spirit with gestures inspired by traditional African dances. With Queen Blood, the choreographer continues his creative work on house dance through a show that explores what femininity can be. The seven dancers respond with virtuosity through personal journeys danced in distinct musical universes (acoustic and electronic).

A demonstration of grace and power to live in replay on France.tv : https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/1136885-queen-blood-a-l-espace-1789-st-ouen.html

Friday 22 May

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

Today we invite you to discover Les Boloss des Belles Lettres, an amazing youtube channel where Jean Rochefort, a paragon of French culture and elegance, describes in street slang some of the most iconic books of our time.

Recommendation of the day; Romeo et Juliette
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yk48TEGIao


Tuesday 26 May

Every Tuesday, you are invited to explore one of the facets of the francophone culture.

Today we are speaking about one of the most iconic French specialities : parfume, and a strange fact: Napoleon was addicted to it. Napoleon I is credited with using a bottle of cologne a day, from which he was said to drink a few drops before each battle. In 1810, there were average consumption of thirty-six to forty bottles of cologne per month.

Article here (EN) : https://perfumesociety.org/history/napoleon-josephine-and-a-giant-bill-for-cologne/

Or here (FR) : https://www.parismatch.com/Royal-Blog/royaute-francaise/L-empereur-Napoleon-Ier-etait-completement-accro-a-l-eau-de-Cologne-1676524

Wednesday 27 May

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée ?
Today we are visiting the most iconic Parisian monument, the Eiffel Tower ( Tour Eiffel)
Constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015.

Click here to start the visit and get more information :
https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/tour-eiffel/sAHt5Gv4YGH84Q

Thursday 28 May

Every Thursday, we propose an online performance in the French frame for you to have a good time.

Today, discover Paul Taylor for his first stand up show, #Franglais. British, he’s been living in France for many years, describing his daily life and struggles amongst French people in hilarious and brilliant videos. 🇫🇷💂‍♀️🇬🇧

Click here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pae2AMnmUVA

Thursday 28 May

Every Thursday, we propose an online performance in the French frame for you to have a good time.

Today, discover Paul Taylor for his first stand up show, #Franglais. British, he’s been living in France for many years, describing his daily life and struggles amongst French people in hilarious and brilliant videos. 🇫🇷💂‍♀️🇬🇧

Click here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pae2AMnmUVA

Friday 29 May

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

Today we invite you to discover Bref, a series of short videos telling the story of an ordinary man portrayed with ingenuity and intelligence by Kyan Khojandi. Brillant in its format and narrative, the 82 episodes are still considered as a gem of French television.

Recommendation of the day; Bref. Je remets tout à demain.

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

Tuesday 02 June

Every Tuesday, you are invited to explore one of the facets of the francophone culture.

Today we are speaking about wine. Not just the product in itself, but where it’s produced. What makes the French wine so special? What is the specificity of each region? Bordeaux or Bourgogne? 🍷
Everything you wanted to know, and more, in one article.

Article here (FR) : https://www.hachette-vins.com/tout-sur-le-vin/regions-vins/

And here (EN) : https://www.thespruceeats.com/french-wine-regions-3511287

Wednesday 03 June

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée ?
Today we are visiting a temple of grace and charm, the National Opera of Paris. Home of some of the most avant-gardist artistic productions of the past centuries, the Opéra was founded by the Sun King Louis XIV in 1669.

Primary opera and ballet company of France. It was founded as the Académie d'Opéra, and shortly thereafter was placed under the leadership of Jean-Baptiste Lully and

officially renamed the Académie Royale de Musique, but continued to be known more simply as the Opéra. Classical ballet as it is known today arose within the Paris Opera as the Paris Opera Ballet and has remained an integral and important part of the company. Currently called the Opéra national de Paris, it mainly produces operas at its modern 2,723-seat theatre Opéra Bastille which opened in 1989, and ballets and some classical operas at the older 1,979-seat Palais Garnier which opened in 1875. Small scale and contemporary works are also staged in the 500-seat Amphitheatre under the Opéra Bastille.

Click here to start the visit and get more information :

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/op%C3%A9ra-national-de-paris

Thursday 04 June

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

Let’s discover together « Pierre et le loup », a work composed by Serge Prokofiev in 1936, with Lambert Wilson reciting and The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Giedre Slekyte. 🐺🎼

The concert was recorded on June 15, 2019 in the Auditorium of the Maison de la Radio : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN4Iyb8HKjM

Friday 05 June

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

Today; let’s add some vibes with the dynamic Duo French Fuse. The music band became highly popular on YouTube with their Mix & Mashup of pop culture music from movies, TV shows and more.

Recommendation of the day; Musiques de films

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ao3Fnuu_I