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France is a hub of culture, and of all kinds of art. Whether in Paris or beyond, Culture in France, relays the latest performance events.

France is a hub of culture, and of all kinds of art. Whether in Paris or beyond, Culture in France, relays the latest performance events.
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France is a hub of culture, and of all kinds of art. Whether in Paris or beyond, Culture in France, relays the latest performance events.






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Paris summer festival offers culture for all ... for free

Still a busy cosmopolitan city, Paris winds down in the summer. But in July the annual performing arts festival, Paris l'été, occupies some of the spaces vacated by schoolchildren and holidaymaking Parisians in public buildings and outdoors, including one of the municipal swimming pools. As if France's winning the football World Cup wasn't exciting enough, Paris was gearing up for the opening events in the Paris summer festival on the very day President Emmanuel Macron celebrated the victory...


Olivier Py addresses the challenges of this year's Avignon Festival

The Avignon Festival is one of the biggest collective annual theatre events in Europe. The programme will see the whole spectrum of performing arts take place in and around the south-eastern French region. In this week's Culture in France, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams talks to festival director Olivier Py and some of the artists whose work has marked the first of the three week-long international showing.


Revived Paris Arab Cinemas Festival rewards emerging talent

A festival of cinema from the Middle East and Gulf, organised by, and at, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris has been revived. The 10-day Festival des Cinémas Arabes programmed films from across the Arabic-culture countries, giving a boost to the Institute's regular cinema programme. At a lively ceremony at the Institut on 8 July, prizes rewarded emerging talents especially. The Festival des Cinémas Arabes awards at the Arab World Institute (IMA) in Paris were as follows: Fiction category:...


What's happening at the Champs-Elysées film festival

The Champs-Elysées film festival is underway at some of the many cinema halls on and around the famous Parisian avenue. The festival focus is American and French independent cinema. One of its highlights are its retrospectives. One of the special guests is British actor Tim Roth. A man of many faces, and even an ape's as RFI's Rosslyn Hyams reports in this month's Culture in France.


Au Fil du Siècle tapestry exhibition weaves French history in colour since WW1

In this week's Culture in France, Christiane Naffah-Bayle curator of an exhibition of official French tapestry called 'Au Fil du Siècle' - 'A Century-long-thread' talks about textile works which have recorded French history, art and social trends from 1918 up till today. Some of the best pieces in the collection of the famous Manufacture des Gobelins, from 1918 up to today, are showcased in the Galerie de Gobelins until September 2018.


Bringing Middle Eastern food to the heart of Paris

Two Syrian cooks living in France offer a unique take on classic recipes from the Levant. Inspired by memories of their childhood in Aleppo and Damascus respectively, their food creations also bear a marked French influence. Myriam Sabet, owner and founder of Maison Aleph in the Marais neighbourhood of Paris opened her patisserie shop in July 2017. People from Tokyo, Los Angeles, Astana or Berlin stop by to taste her pastries and ice creams (only in summer), infused with Middle Eastern...


Remembering La Belle Ouvrage of Mai 68 during Canne's Director's Fortnight

The Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, The Directors' Fortnight opens later today (Wednesday, 9th of May, 2018) in Cannes. In it's 50th anniversary year, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams looks at one the documentaries from the first Quinzaine in 1969, a documentary which harks back to the origins of the parallel programme.


France May 68: the art of revolution

Political posters with slogans like "It's forbidden to forbid" or "Under the paving stones, the beach" were a driving force in the May 68 Paris uprisings. The vast majority were designed and printed at Paris's Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts school) by the Atelier Populaire collective. Fifty years on, the school is showing that art work at the Images en Lutte exhibition. This exhibition on the visual culture of the far left from 1968 to 1974 includes posters, painting, sculptures, films, photos,...


The Calais Jungle brings culture to the French capital

The Good Chance Theatre builds temporary theatres of hope promoting freedom of expression, creativity and dignity for everyone. It gives people the opportunity to express and empower themselves, to engage in dialogue and debate, and to experience the enriching and transformative power of art. They first set up in the Jungle in Calais in 2015. And now they've come to the French capital. Sophie Gorman has this report.


The Prisoner, Peter Brook's meditation on prison punishment

The Prisoner is a play co-written and directed by 93 year-old Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne. It's on until 24 March at the Bouffes du Nord Brook's old theatre where he also housed a theatre laboratory. In this week's Culture in France RFI's Rosslyn Hyams speaks to Brook about his play, and to Ery Nzaramba, who plays one of the main parts.


Exploring South African photography at the Paris Pompidou Centre

The Georges Pompidou Centre this spring is hosting three photographers from South Africa. David Goldblatt's critical work during apartheid and emigré South African photographers Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg, in their conceptual work. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams has this report.


Revamped Chaillot brings Norway to Paris

Culture in France presented by RFI's Rosslyn Hyams visits a revamped theatre space in the Palais de Chaillot opposite the Eiffel Tower in Paris where a Norwegian dance season opens this January.


La Monnaie de Paris reopens as a stylish factory museum

La Monnaie de Paris, the French national Mint, on the banks of the River Seine in Paris, reopened this autumn... in style. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams reports on a new Parisian museum in this week's Culture in France.


Paris kids' film festival breaks down generational barriers

Cinema can break down the barriers between generations. Mon Premier Festival, or My First Festival opened last week with Rachid Hami's La Mélodie (The Orchestra Class) and ended last night with a classic for all ages, Jacques Tati's 1949, Jour de Fête. Both films are particularly sound-rich. Véronique Boursier chair of the association behind the event which throws in a couple of ciné-concerts for the youngsters said, "The live music during silent films is contemporary and lots of fun. We...


Jack London from South Pacific to Marseille

American adventurer and writer Jack London and his wife Charmian set off from California in 1907 to tour the world. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams follows their journey in the then-well-hidden South Pacific in a new exhibition in the French port of Marseille. The exhibit Jack London dans les mers du Sud (Jack London in the South Seas) will run from 8 September, 2017 to 7 January, 2018 at the Centre de la Vieille Charité in Marseille, France.


Agnès B.'s art collection, Anselm Kieffer, Leila Alaoui and Keith Haring in Avignon

No fewer than four exhibitions have been drawing crowds to Avignon's contemporary art hang-out, the Collection Lambert. Hundreds of works collected by French fashion designer Agnès B, images by photographer Leïla Alaoui, 30 of Keith Haring's paintings and painted objects, and a rarely exposed piece by Anselm Kieffer, The Secret Life of Plants. French fashion designer Agnès B is also famous as an art collector and gallery owner. Her collection is eclectic and as international as she herself...


Visa Pour l'Image photo festival 'a necessary eye-opener'

In this week's Culture in France, we head down to the Visa Pour l'Image international photojournalism festival in Perpignan on the French Mediterranean coast. Jean-François Leroy established the festival in 1989. He told RFI’s Rosslyn Hyams that this event is like an oasis for the news photographers, as well as a necessary eye-opener for all visitors.


Avignon Festival international and challenging in its 71st year

The Avignon Festival, France's large yet discreet annual performing arts event, persists with its international scope as well as challenging theatrical subject matter and form. In 2017, more space than usual is reserved for artists from Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Festival capitalises on growing female exposure in the arts world. The Avignon Festival's grande finale in the mediaeval Popes' Palace on 26th July puts women and Sub-Saharan African artists to the fore. This year, the Festival...


Centre National de la Danse goes Camping - but it's not what you think

France's National Dance Center (CND) opens its studios and halls to choreographers and dance students once a year in an exercise called Camping, which as become a festival. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams speaks to the CND's director and one of the featured choreographers in this year's event, Simon Mayer from Austria.


Independent films highly represented at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival

The Champs-Elysées Film Festival brings together old and new movies from France and the US with the accent on independent US filmmakers. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams tells us more in this week's look at the arts scene in France. Folk from the film world in France take little or no rest. No sooner had the Cannes Film Festival wrapped up at the end of May than the animation film specialists headed off to Annecy in the east of France for a dedicated event in early June. Romantic films were the theme...