Cultural Agenda

Cultural institutions are beginning to reopen to the public after a prolonged shutdown. They are closely adhering to all the health and safety protocols outlined by Governor and the Metro Public Health Department, including significantly reduced capacity in their building. Museums and theaters are classified as entertainment venues, and like bars and restaurants are permitted to open at 50 percent capacity.

Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite podcast episodes, videos, playlists, French streams, and more so you can take a deep dive into contemporary and classic French and Francophone cultures without leaving your home.

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Wednesday, August 19, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | On Zoom

French Heritage Society is proud to present an evening dedicated to the August 1944 Liberation of Paris.

FHS Board Member and wine enthusiast George Sape will engage the vintner, prisoner, soldier, and former spy Peter M.F. Sichel in conversation about this momentous event in history. Sichel will discuss his personal experiences immediately following the Liberation of Paris. Jean-François Bonneté, co-owner of the Libération de Paris wine, will share the story behind this special family-owned business, including how his father was given a piece of gum and chocolate by a U.S. soldier when his small village in Brittany, France was liberated after the D-Day landing. He will lead a tasting of Libération de Paris Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Tuesday, August 25, 6.30 pm | Online

Join Albertine Books for a lively Zoom conversation on Like Death by Guy de Maupassant, translated from the French by Richard Howard (NYRB Classics).

The discussion will be moderated by Adam Hocker and Sandrine Butteau.

Olivier Bertin is at the height of his career as a painter. And though his hair may be white, he remains a handsome, vigorous, and engaging bachelor, a prized guest at every table and salon. Olivier’s lover is Anne, the Countess de Guilleroy, the wife of a busy politician. Their relationship is long-standing, close, almost conjugal. Everything is as it should be—until the painter and countess are each seized by an agonizing suspicion, like death. . .

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The Alliance Française d'Atlanta is excited to announce a series of virtual cultural events that will be presented!

« Les Nuits de… »   will be a fun and engaging series of virtual cultural evenings, where you can learn more about interesting topics, share your ideas, and meet new francophone friends, led by Martine Tartour Levi.  « Les Nuits de… » will be in French, but whether you are at an intermediate or advanced level of using the language, you will enjoy listening to the presentations and the conversation, speaking when you want to share a thought of your own, and sharing both the culture and the language in a friendly and relaxed setting on the unfortunately all-to-essential Zoom platform that we are used to in this challenging year !   

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Create An Amazing Life With Wellness Practices and the French  joie de vivre !

Paris native, certified yoga therapist and double cancer survivor Elisabeth Perucca leads a 4-session workshop in French, that explores tools you can use to reach a higher level of wellness, vibrancy and clarity. Elisabeth reaches beyond the negative aspects of the pandemic to show how you can refine your daily life so that your whole life becomes the one you most desire. You learn both in the virtual classroom with Elisabeth and from the wisdom you share with other participants. You explore information about the mind-body connection, food, movement and their correlation with wellness, resilience and happiness. Be prepared for four sessions packed with information, introspection, sharing and also many moments of laughter.

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Les Africains d’Amérique est un magazine hebdomadaire consacré aux immigrants Africains vivants aux Etats Unis et au Canada, et abordant des sujets de société, d’économie, de santé, d’éducation, d’immigration et de bien d’autres sujets auxquels fait face la diaspora Africaine.


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The Thing About France is a podcast where cultural figures explore the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and America. Season 3, airing now, features guest host Liesl Schillinger, who interviews Americans in Paris during the COVID-19 pandemic via Zoom from her New York apartment.

In each episode, Schillinger talks with fellow Americans who either live in Paris right now, or have lived there, and who have deep ties to France, personally and professionally. They discuss how these Americans are experiencing their French connection at this unusual moment, when the ways that all of us used to engage with our cities and the wider world are in flux. What attracted them to France, and what still attracts them? And how are their ideas of place, belonging and Frenchness changing at this unprecedented time?

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Listen to the third episode of Season 3, featuring famed writer and European transplant Lauren Collins on parenting in French and in France, daily interactions she missed during “le confinement” (“lockdown” in French), and dealing with grief during the pandemic.


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The Cultural Services of the French Embassy partners with Telescope to present French Streams, a weekly selection of the best of French cinema available online.

Telescope is the definitive resource for finding films and series from around the world. It’s free to use, with a database of 450,000 titles and one-click access to over 100 streaming services.

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Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2020 | Online

TV5MONDE is a global French language entertainment network that showcases premium films and programs from across the world. With more than 1.5 million viewers nationwide in the USA, TV5MONDE is a renowned leader in French language entertainment.

This month, immerse yourself in French culture with the TV5MONDE programming. In addition to offering premium films, including several heartwarming comedies, the program presents a chance to discover new series, fun-filled variety shows, and engaging documentaries.

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From Parisian bistros to the vineyards of southern France, the 2018 Films on the Green lineup explored the profound relationship between French culture and gastronomy, an integral part of France's social fabric.

Below you will find the curated film descriptions as well as links to watch them on U.S. streaming platforms!

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Just like we do every summer, we are offering you a new 100% French Pop Playlist to accompany your holidays!

Discover the artists who will punctuate your summer 2020. Between the deep and sensual voice of Benjamin Biolay, the exquisite softness of Pomme, the poetry of François-Henri and the lyrics of Yelle, you are ready to spend sunny days with French music!

And if you like it, check out all our other playlists on our Spotify account! From jazz to hip-hop and from electro to pop-rock, there is something for every taste. Don't forget to follow us—we add new playlists on a regular basis to offer you a musical journey.

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In the Fall of 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy chose to tackle race as the theme of its yearly festival. Entitled "Every name in the street" in a nod to James Baldwin and spearheaded by award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates the festival explored the changing nature of identity and how the arts question our national, social, and cultural labels today in France and the United States. It addressed issues of identity, representation, race and equality. Since then we have further explored issues of discrimination, social and environmental justice, and striven to showcase authors and artists who challenge the status quo and we certainly hope to continue this essential endeavor in the future.

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The summer holiday season has begun! Heading to the beach, the mountains, or the city, and searching for a book to pack in your suitcase? Staying at home and looking for an exciting literary escape? Summer is always a great time to enjoy a good book, so whether you're into fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, or children's books, have a look at our summer 2020 reading list!

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Special Announcement

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unlikely that Tournées French film festivals will be able to take place in-person on campuses this fall.

We are committed to finding virtual solutions to support you in producing a successful festival or film event, with a possible in-person component. We will keep you updated on our progress as new tools and materials become available.

The call for applications planned for August has been pushed to a later date in the fall. Please stay tuned for additional announcements.

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Call for Proposals
International education and study abroad have been severely impacted by the current pandemic. In response, FACE Foundation, the French Embassy in the US and the US Embassy in France will be supporting institutions which are creatively maintaining French-American collaboration by integrating virtual exchange or other types of global learning in their curricula. Projects need to be implemented collaboratively by at least one US and one French institution of higher learning or international education provider and demonstrate why they have the potential to boost study abroad after the pandemic.

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The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with FACE Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2020 grantees of FACE Contemporary Theater.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all countries and continues to deeply affect the world. The artistic and cultural sector has also been particularly hit by the sanitary crisis. Today, more than ever, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the FACE Foundation are proud to promote and support artistic performances through the FACE Contemporary Theater program.

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Le dispositif de Soutien associatif des Français à l’étranger (STAFE), vient appuyer les projets associatifs dont l’objet est de nature éducative, caritative, culturelle ou d’insertion socio-économique et contribue au rayonnement de la France et au soutien des Français à l’étranger et des publics francophones.

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