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Every weekend we report on what's happening in France's cultural life: exhibitions, theatre, music and more.

Every weekend we report on what's happening in France's cultural life: exhibitions, theatre, music and more.
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RFI France


Every weekend we report on what's happening in France's cultural life: exhibitions, theatre, music and more.






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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.

Duration: 00:11:14

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...

Duration: 00:09:53

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.

Duration: 00:09:44

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...

Duration: 00:10:57

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.

Duration: 00:10:06

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...

Duration: 00:10:32

Conceptual artists Almendra and Nyandoro at Paris' Palais de Tokyo

In this week’s look at the art scene in France, RFI’s Rosslyn Hyams meets conceptual artists Wilfrid Almendra from France and Gareth Nyandoro from Zimbabwe whose solo works are part of the Parisian Palais de Tokyo’s summer exhibitions. Almendra has created an evolving space tailored for children, Light Boiled in Liquid Soap, which will be in situ for three years. In Stalls of Fame Nyandoro crafts paper and wooden boxes, which are one of the French capital’s visual identity.

Duration: 00:10:30

Centenary events in Paris show great French sculptor Auguste Rodin's secret of immortality

Queues to see the sensual works of sculptor Auguste Rodin at Hôtel Biron in Paris are usually long in any season. This year they are longer as the Rodin Museum is leading the events to commemorate the 100th year of the artist's death. His creative and for the time, daring, genius brought marble, bronze and less noble materials - plaster and terra-cotta - to life in his sculptures such as the Burgers of Calais, or the hive of characters in the Gates of Hell, a tribute to the Italian writer...

Duration: 00:10:40

Indonesia's Mouly Surya talks about Marlina the Murderer in 4 Acts

For this week's look at the Arts in France, we go to the 70th Cannes Film Festival. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams talks to Indonesian director Mouly Surya about her third film which is in the programme at the Director's Fortnight, one of the parallel sections.

Duration: 00:10:27

Celebrating art history and historians at Château de Fontainebleau

In this week’s Culture in France, RFI’s Rosslyn Hyams goes to the forest of Fontainebleau, where art historians are preparing plenty of surprises to mark the beginning of June for the 7th Art History Festival around the theme of nature, with this year's guest country: the United States.

Duration: 00:10:30

Using theatre to promote peace and neutralise extreme nationalism.

In this week’s Art in France, RFi’s Rosslyn Hyams meets young director Justine Wojyniak who has staged a recent Polish play in French with an international cast. Our Class or Notre Classe at the Epée de Bois in Vincennes, takes place mainly in a village in Poland, and spans seventy years from the pre-World War Two years of the 1930s and up to the early two thousands. It’s about preserving peace and the undesirable effects of nationalism.

Duration: 00:10:32

Doisneau: The Vogue Years exhibition

Robert Doisneau is one of France's best-loved 20th century photographers. Doisneau: The Vogue Years exhibition at Versailles shows the artist's initimitable flair for capturing magic moments even if he's better known for his portraits in the streets of Paris, and its suburbs than in ballrooms and chateaux. RFI's Rosslyn Hyams speaks to Doisneau's daughter and granddaughter.

Duration: 00:10:51

Femininity in the Alicia Koplowitz collection

In this week's look at the arts in France, RFI's Rosslyn Hyams discovers part of a private painting and sculpture collection with a distinctly feminine touch.

Duration: 00:10:10

Fledgling Russian cinema festival attracts crowds with music, song and the 1917 Revolution

The third Festival of Russian Film in Paris challenges film buffs to take in an almost 100-year panorama of Russian and Soviet cinema through 30 features and six short films in just nine days. Professor Jean Radvanyi and the team have concocted an attractive mix for anyone who is curious about films, film history, Soviet and more recent Russian history, as well as those simply curious about what tickles Russians at the cinema. Among the musicals they chose is a popular film made in 1956...

Duration: 00:12:12

Four cities star in Indian Express, a film programme with urban pull at Paris's Forum des Images

Rosslyn Hyams reports on the Forum des Images film centre's 2017 City Series and its programme of movies and events featuring four cities in India. Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkota and New Delhi feature in movies from Indian and French directors being shown at Paris City Hall's film library, the Forum des Images, until the end of February 2017. The Indian Express cycle of 60 films about or shot in some of India’s major cities include some of the colourful and dramatic commercial films, like...

Duration: 00:10:07

Multilingual Theatre Footsbarn's caravans roll into Paris

The Footsbarn Travelling Theatre Company based in the centre of France, is celebrating Shakespeare and delivering their version of writer Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Far from the gilded sophistication of the 19th century four-tier theatres in Paris with their big curtains and brightly lit foyers, a circus ring is the stage for the Footsbarn Theatre Company's Shakespeare Celebrations and Cuckoo's Nest (Nid de Coucou) which is playing until the end of February. Inside the...

Duration: 00:10:42

Monteverdi’s Orfeo revisited at Bouffes du Nord theatre

Mythical Orpheus and Eurydice are the only more or less classically performed characters in Orfeo: Je suis mort en Arcadie (Orfeo: I am dead/died in Arcadia), the latest opera-theatre piece from La Vie Brève (Short Life) Company based in Valence in southern France and directed by Samuel Achache and Jeanne Candel. Jan Peters who plays Orfeo in a collectively created production says, “Orpheus is voice, music. He has to be the central element… he only sings.” The story of the two lovers takes...

Duration: 00:10:57

Rembrandt up close and kind of personal in Paris

Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is the subject of a small but fascinating exhibition at Paris's Jacquemart-André museum called Rembrandt in Confidence or Rembrandt Intime. The cosy temporary exhibition rooms in the former mansion of the 19th-century art-loving couple, the Jacquemart-Andrés, offer detailed viewing of Rembrandt's paintings, drawings, etchings and other prints from his youth to his old age. The exhibition, which includes some magnificent and intriguing pieces from other...

Duration: 00:10:02

My French Film Festival opens online

A programme of 28 films in French, features and short-films are doing the rounds on the internet, in an online-event called My French Film Festival which started on 13 January 2017. For its 7th year, UniFrance, the French film promotion and export office, has organised its programme of French-language films around six themes : 1. Coming of Age Peur de Rien (The Parisienne) by Danielle Arbid Le Nouveau de Rudi Rosenberg Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) by Eva Husson Les Démons (The Demons)...

Duration: 00:10:23

Chantilly Grand Stables stages horseback version of Donkey Skin

Shows tailored for children are popular in France in general. At the end of the year, they simply mushroom. Fairy tales where the magical creatures are under and over toadstools, and one where the fairy, a lilac fairy is flying on a trapeze in an 18th century ballroom for horses: Peau d’Ane (Donkey Skin) at the Grand Stables of Chantilly Chateau. Peau d’Ane is about a princess whose lovely mother dies and whose father, the king, wants to marry his own daughter, because to him she’s the...

Duration: 00:10:49

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