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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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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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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