MARCH 2020
Cultural Agenda

March is the Month of Francophonie! Did you know that French is an official language in 29 countries?

Join us as we celebrate the French language and the diversity of French-speaking countries. Check out all the events taking place this month as part of Atlanta's Francophonie Festival!

We are still looking for information about your French and Francophone artists. Please send us at

For more information on upcoming cultural programs, visit our website.

French Embassy’s Cultural Services team in Atlanta


Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 6:30 - 9:00 pm | Consulate General of Ireland, 3414 Peachtree Road, Suite 260, Atlanta, GA 30326

Double Screening of Samuel Beckett's play La Dernière Bande with Roland Bertin (in French - no subtitles) followed by the English version, Krapp's Last Tape.

Samuel Beckett translated and directed many of his own plays which were written in French and English. He did not give interviews, but he did grant permission for this filmed record of his own direction of En attendant Godot / Waiting for Godot; Fin de partie / Endgame; La Dernière bande / Krapp’s Last Tape. The productions are intended to be films of benchmark productions, rather than film adaptations of stage performances. From the series, Beckett Directs Beckett, these films of productions in the France and the United States were authorized by Samuel Beckett, and directed by Walter D. Asmus.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Alliance Française of Atlanta, 1201 Peachtree St NE, Building 400, Suite 1104, Atlanta, GA 30361

Québec City (Québec, Canada) musician Ariane Roy proposes a pop/soul alternative project. She is known to be contrasting, free and spontaneous. Singer and guitarist, she plays with her voice and words with a sometimes soft, sometimes harsh poetry. Ariane performs primarily in French, with some material in English.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Alliance Française of Atlanta,1201Peachtree St NE, Building 400, Suite 1104, Atlanta, GA 30361

Screening of the film "Couleur de Peau: Miel" (English: "Approved for Adoption"), 2012, 70 min. In French, with English subtitles.

French-Belgian animated memoir by Laurent Boileau and Jung Sik-jun.

This remarkable animated doc traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Sepia-toned animated vignettes - some humorous and some poetic - track Jung from the day he first meets his new blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents. The filmmaker tells his story using his own animation intercut with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film. The result is an animated memoir like no other: clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous and wry, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart.

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Saturday, March 14, 21, 28, 8pm | Sunday, March 15, 22, 29 at 3pm | Friday, March 20, 27 at 8pm | Back Stage Black Box, 1105 Euclid Ave, Atlanta , GA

Circus, song, and puppetry merge in this whimsical retelling of the fables of Jean de La Fontaine, in French and English. TdR’s biggest hit,
back by popular demand!

If you’re a teacher interested in school bookings, contact Lauren Rekhelman at for booking and show information:

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Alliance Française of Atlanta,1201Peachtree St NE, Building 400, Suite 1104, Atlanta, GA 30361

Screening of the film "Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes" (English: "Hochelaga, Land of Souls), Québec, 2017, 100 min. In French, with English subtitles.

Historical drama from award-winning director François Girard and starring famous Swiss actor Vincent Perez.

Synopsis: A tremendous downpour hits Montreal, and a spectacular sinkhole opens up at Percival Molson Stadium in the middle of a football game. Centuries of history are revealed beneath the field. Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny begins investigating and he will discover the multitude of generations who have occupied this land, each with buried secrets.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11 - 1pm | ATL Airport Domestic Terminal Atrium

Born and raised in the South-West of France, in a small town called Mont de Marsan, situated in the very heart of la forêt landaise, Matthieu Clavé's passion for music started at a very young age. At the age of 9, his parents enrolled him in the local music conservatory, le conservatoire des Landes, where he earned, after several years of studies the Premier Prix (Bachelor of Music).

After his graduation, Matthieu moved to Paris and studied at l'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where he earned a Master's in Music Performance and Pedagogy under the tutelage of flutist Pierre-Yves Artaud.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:00 - 3:00 pm | St. Martin's Episcopal School, 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30319

This workshop is intended only for French teachers and coordinators.

It's about the DELF (Diploma of Studies in French Language), the preparation of the pupils, tools for the teachers and to place this certification in the context of the Seal of Biliteracy. Participants are invited to take part in the discussions.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Venkman's, 740 Ralph McGill Boulevard Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

Created at the beginning of 2019, Baron.e (French for Baron and Baroness) is a French-speaking Swiss musical duo. Influenced first by rock in all its forms and then by current French-speaking pop music, these two 22-year-old friends very quickly created a musical and textual universe in line with themselves and their era, where a wide range of influences can be felt. Baron.e generates a French-speaking electro-pop or indie pop form, which emanates a "festive melancholy" or a "violent fragility"; so many oxymorons are captured in the audience during the concerts of the two young artists.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Alliance Française of Atlanta,1201Peachtree St NE, Building 400, Suite 1104, Atlanta, GA 30361

With his deep baritone voice, Yao charms us into us in his warm poetic world by his bold creativity. His musical style crosses over Slam and Soul, emphasized by Groovy, Funk and Pop sounds. True to his rich, visual and rhythmic writing with a unique vulnerability, Yao offers sophisticated lyrics in a personal show, somewhere in between the powerful performance of French rapper Oxmo Puccino and the intimate lyricism of Leonard Cohen. After several tours overseas (France, Belgium, Madagascar, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco…) Yao is eager to meet a new audience in Atlanta!

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Sunday, March 29, 2020, The Westside Warehouse, 996 Huff Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30318

Celebrate Francophone cultures and gastronomy at Atlanta's annual Francophonie Brunch at the unique Westside Warehouse, in the heart of Atlanta’s west-midtown creative district, boasting soaring cathedral ceilings, handcrafted rustic details and antique French doors.

You will be able to taste culinary specialties from the Francophone world in a friendly environment. You will also discover the colorful designs of Ivorian designer Fa'ody during an exclusive fashion show.

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Feb. 11, 2020 - Sept. 13, 2020 | SCAD FASH, 1600 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30309

Masters of Cut brings together sleek designs and impeccably tailored looks by beloved French designer Azzedine Alaïa (1935–2017) and American designer Gilbert Adrian (1903–1959). Garments on view display the intricate detailing of Adrian’s suits — the mitered stripes, clever seaming, and unexpected appliqués — in dialogue with Alaïa’s body-celebrating designs. Pairing their work, the exhibition reveals the designers’ intertwined and enduring legacies.

Alaïa-Adrian: Masters of Cut is curated by French fashion historian and curator Olivier Saillard and organized for SCAD FASH by Rafael Gomes, director of fashion exhibitions.

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Now - July. 19, 2020 | SCAD FASH,1600 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30309

Patrick Kelly, The Journey emerges from artist Derrick Adams’ extensive exploration into the archive of the influential African-American fashion designer Patrick Kelly (1954–90). Kelly was the first American to be admitted to the Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter, the prestigious governing body of the French ready-to-wear industry. Adams immersed himself in the Kelly archive at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, where he discovered a trove of correspondence, sketches, swatches, photographs, and other memorabilia, including a proposal for a book about Kelly’s life written by his friend, the esteemed poet Maya Angelou. Adams’ works reference Kelly’s legacy as a formalist who infused social context and humor into his creations. The exhibition presents Adams’ abstract collages and sculptural works that incorporate Kelly’s vintage clothing patterns, iconic fabrics, bold and colorful geometric forms, and embellishments.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:30 - 2:30pm | High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Browse through the High’s collection galleries to spark creativity, then learn the fine art of floral arranging with expert florists. Take note of colors, textures, and compositions used in your favorite artworks—the very same artistic elements applied in floral arrangements.

From Paintings to Petals: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

In the words of Claude Monet, “I must have flowers, always, and always”—and so should you! Join us to learn the fine art of floral arranging and look closely at the magnificent Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in our new Doris and Shouky Shaheen Collection. Featuring works by renowned artists Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, and others, the collection offers plenty of inspiration.

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Until Sunday, March 8, 2020 | High Museum of Art,1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA, 30309

This fall, the High presents the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of Virgil Abloh, the modern, genre-bending artist and designer who became creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear in 2018.

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” offers an unprecedented survey of Abloh’s creative work over nearly two decades and pulls back the curtain on his process. The exhibition presents prototypes alongside finished artworks, product designs, and fashion to reveal his myriad inspirations—from centuries-old paintings to commonplace construction signs. Running throughout the exhibition is an emphasis on dialogue, which Abloh creates through his inventive use of language and quotation marks, turning the objects he designs and the people who wear his clothing into “figures of speech.”

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Friday, March 6 - Sunday, August 16, 2020 | Telfair Museums, Jepson Center, 207 W. York St, Savannah, GA 31401

In the 1870s, a radical new style of painting made its debut: Impressionism. Artists associated with the Impressionist movement broke with tradition by focusing on the effects of light and atmosphere, featuring a bright palette of vibrant colors and choppy, textured brushstrokes, and by taking modern life, rather than scenes from history or mythology, as their subject. This avant-garde style of art making quickly spread from its epicenter in Paris to other artistic hubs throughout Europe, the United States, and the world. In Savannah, Telfair Museums began acquiring and exhibiting canvases by French, German, and American Impressionist painters as early as 1906, often purchasing works directly from the artists themselves.

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Still on view | 223 James P Brawley Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Guy Gabon: L'Autre Bord (The Bridge of Beyond ) and Michi Meko: Black and Blur

Guy Gabon is the inaugural Black Optics resident artist at Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. She has been invited to create a new body of work that responds to the geography of Atlanta and interrogates our conceptions of the "South." This culminating multimedia exhibition features sculpture, video, and interactive on-site installations. It takes its name from the 1975 novel, L'Autre Bord by Simone Schwarz-Bart to frame Gabon's reference to the knowledge of Caribbean women's ways of being to begin healing the world.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020 - Sunday, July 5, 2020 | North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women is the first major exhibition of Senegalese gold jewelry to date that focuses on the history of Senegal’s gold, from past to present, and the beauty and complexity of the way Senegalese women use ornament and fashion to present themselves. A key theme of the exhibition is the Senegalese concept of sañse (a Wolof word for dressing up or looking and feeling good). Good as Gold explores how a woman in a city like Dakar might use a piece of gold jewelry to build a carefully tailored, elegant fashion ensemble.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020, 10:30 am | North Carolina Museum of Art, East Building, SECU Auditorium, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

Artist Lina Iris Viktor converses with Amanda M. Maples, NCMA curator of African art, about her dark canvases filled with 24–karat gold. Working across multiple mediums, Viktor uses blue, black, white, and the ancient practice of gilding to create dark canvases embedded with “layers of light” in the form of symbols and intricate patterns.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 3:30 - 5:20pm | Ciné, 234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA

The true story of two young Jewish brothers in German occupied France. With a mind-boggling mix of mischievousness, courage and ingenuity, they are forced to fend for themselves in order to survive the enemy invasion, as they work to bring their family back together.
This film, directed by Christian Duguay, is the second time the French author Joseph Joffo’s 1973 autobiographical novel, “Un Sac de Billes,” has been adapted into a movie. (The first version, directed by Jacques Doillon in 1975, never found a U.S. release.)

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Ciné, 234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA

How did Sarah and Victor manage to put up with each other for more than 45 years ? And who was actually this mysterious woman, living in the shadow of her famous husband ?
Love and ambition, treason and secrets blend together as we follow the odyssey of this extraordinary couple, within the greater story of the past century.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 3:15 pm | Vanderbilt University, Buttrick 206, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, Tennessee

The Department of French and Italian, Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries, W.T. Bandy Center, and Cinema & Media Art present an ongoing series this spring called “Censored: Controversial Art in Modern and Contemporary French Culture”. There will be several film screenings and lectures throughout the semester.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020, 5:30 pm | Vanderbilt University - Central Library Community Room, 419 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

CENSORED: Controversial Art in Modern and Contemporary French Culture – Film & Speaker Series – Spring 2020. There will be several film screenings and lectures throughout the semester.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020, 5pm | Emory University, Oxford Road Building, Druid Hills, GA 30307

As part of our Écrivain.e.s d'Aujourd'hui (Writers of Today) program, the Department of French and Italian at Emory University has invited French poet, author, and critic, Jacques Laurans, to give a lecture (in French, with a translator) and workshop at Emory University on the 2nd and 3rd of April 2020. M. Laurans is an author and critic whose diverse interests intersect with many disciplines, as well as with the broader raison d’être of the humanities. His prolific career as a critic was launched in 1975 with the publication of his article on the poet and novelist Joseph Delteil (“La chambre forte de Joseph Delteil”) in the journal Études. He has since contributed articles to cultural and literary journals such as La nouvelle Revue Française (N.R.F., Gallimard), Obliques, Recueil, Camera/Stylo, and Jazz-Magazine and published books on poetry, cinema, jazz, and art in the form of brief autobiographical tales and personal essays. While his reflections on literature inspired M. Laurans to write, he is careful to point out that the same attraction to the (cinematic and pictorial) image that oriented his initial critical approach continues to be present in all of his works.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:00 pm | Georgia Tech, Ferst Center For The Arts, 349 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

Hear the most innovative and creative new instruments in the world at the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Concert. More than 100 applicants from 20 countries applied to the competition this year, and we're presenting the ten best. The French musician, Alexandre Berthaud is one of the finalists with " Playing with machines ". This event is made possible by funding from Institut français and ville de Rennes.

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YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA is a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French films with no US distribution to art house cinemas, film societies, the Alliance Française network, and American universities.

Young French Cinema offers a selection of today’s best French films and filmmakers. The program focuses specifically on rising talents from France, from high-profile independent works, to powerful documentaries and quirky discoveries. This program stands as proof that this young generation of contemporary French filmmakers is—more than ever—a genuine melting pot with a global vision and an amazing capacity to combine cultural influences. Across a wide range of subject matter, their work is innovative in both style and storytelling. Most of the films selected in this program have premiered in the US in one of the top US festivals, but do not currently have US distribution.

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8 universities in the Southeast have been selected by the Tournées Film Festival committee. Stayed connected to discover their films selection and dates of screening.

This program of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, aims to bring French cinema to American colleges and university campuses. Our objective in providing nearly $200,000 in Tournées Film Festival grants every year is to fund festival endeavors that can eventually become permanent and self-sustaining.

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Dispositif de soutien au tissu associatif des Français à l’étranger (STAFE) supports associative projects whose purpose is educational, charitable, cultural or socio-economic and contributes to the influence of France and the support of French people abroad and French-speaking audiences.

When and how to apply?

By withdrawing a grant request file from our services before May 4, 2020. Complete files must be submitted to the consulate before May 11, 2020.

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