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Tuesday 4 August

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

Several weeks after Bastille Day, let’s discover in those articles why it can be relevant to consider the history of the French Revolution as a very burning issue still present in our society.

Article here (FR) : https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2015/07/14/1789-une-revolution-toujours-actuelle_4682373_3232.html
And here (EN) : https://aeon.co/essays/what-can-we-learn-from-the-french-revolution-today

Thursday 6 August

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

Today we invite you to watch “Ariadne of Naxos” recorded during the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence" in 2018. It has been produced by Katie Mitchell and directed by Marc Albrecht.
This piece is a collaboration between Richard Strauss and the Wiener Moderne poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It has been created in 1912 and the opening night was a big failure as the first version of the piece was far too long. And so, the 1916 version encountered a great success until nowadays!

The show is available thanks to France Musique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8hOWjWVKis

Monday 10 August

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new.

Radio RFI proposes a podcast called « Les mots de l’actualité » meaning “the words of the news”. In fact, every day, they explain a certain word which has a link with the current situation in only three minutes. 📻🎙

So, if you want to enrich your French vocabulary, plug your earphones and click on this link : http://www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/mots-actualit%C3%A9/

Wednesday 12 August

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée ?

Philiswa Lila is the winner of the 2018 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award thanks to an imaginative sculpture known as “Self-Titled”. This award is given every year to a talented emerging artist from South Africa.

Lila’s work is inspired by her name Philiswa, which means “to be healed” in the Xhosa language. In addition to the winning sculpture she produced a series of self portraits that you can discover clicking on the link below. "I use my name to explore the nuances of language, meaning and experiences of individualism," she said. "Self-Portraits is an ongoing project about individual experiences as recognisable or familiar to collective frameworks of culture – mainly in isiXhosa but also aware of the interconnectedness of cultures in South Africa".

Click here to start the visit: https://bit.ly/3bKPvK6

Monday 17 August

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

Today we (re)discover the Youtube channel called: PALMASHOW
This French duet is a must-know in the French humour field. David Marsais and Grégoire Ludig create famous French songs, advertisements, tv shows, films etc pastiches which are hilarious and sometimes they invite well-known French artists as Alain Chabat, Bérengère Krief or Florence Foresti.

To have a good laugh, click here: https://www.youtube.com/user/Palmashow

Tuesday 18 August

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

The famous Emperor Charlemagne is well-know in France to have “invented school”. But, is it really the truth? Read the articles below to discover it. 📚📖

Article here (FR) : https://www.historia.fr/charlemagne-na-pas-invent%C3%A9-l%C3%A9cole?fbclid=IwAR2HSUZm1HbgUwFid10vMqOF6W1BkaifwlcANxwppnaNu3rLjW2W6w-M6Fs
And here (EN) : https://www.livescience.com/4892-charlemagne-changed-world.html?fbclid=IwAR3bZMP0tNYZctwKvKiQiPqP7wZGwR7LTFKYfrp6yVz4F79Y8RPc0Cg8MiM

Thursday 20 August

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

Today we invite you to watch Henry Purcell’s The Indian Queen produced by Guy Cassiers and directed by Emmanuelle Haïm and her ensemble Le Concert d'Astrée.
The Indian Queen is an unfinished opera from the 17th century as Henry Purcell died when he started writing it. But his brother decided to finish it. This piece is a new kind of opera called “semi-opera” as the narration and the music are really important, they cross over without mixing. The dramatic action is evolving in parallel which highlights the fights and passion inside the family.

The show is available here and is being played in the Opéra de Lille: https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/opera-et-musique-classique/1086369-the-indian-queen-a-l-opera-de-lille.html

Monday 24 August

Every Monday, we invite you to learn something new.

Here, be prepared to be a bit lost, watching this INA Archives video about the language youngsters used in High School but in the 1980s in France! The question is: isn’t this “argot”, this slang, relevant nowadays?

The video is here (in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STh3LOM1ZPA

Wednesday 26 August

Are you ready for the Wednesday/Musée?

Let’s discover today La Cinémathèque française.

In 1936, Henri Langlois decided to create it in order to save films, decors, costumes, posters etc. from destruction. He was the only one at the time to consider cinema as an art one must show, restore and preserve! Nowadays in a very modern building entirely dedicated to the “7ème art”, the Cinémathèque does not hesitate to put forward the art of cinema thanks to numerous activities offered to its visitors and also its amazing collections.

Click here to start the visit: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/la-cin%C3%A9math%C3%A8que-fran%C3%A7aise

Friday 28 August

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

Today we (re)discover the Youtube channel called Val Och. If you do not know what shows (theatre plays, films, dance shows, operas etc.) you want to see and go to, you have to watch this lady’s videos. She critiques the shows, but also some points of the cultural industry in France, sometimes she even invites some other French youtubers or famous artists. 🎬🩰🎭🎼

If you are interested, just click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsBn7qgVkx3jAtWQi-1stlQ