Cultural Agenda

We are pleased to announce a series of events.
Here are the details!
The Festival d’Avignon and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States present “Classes d’Art," a free online masterclass series based on festival archives from the past 20 years. The first season of masterclasses will be held from September to December and led by the following eminent artists: Olivier Py (theater director), Caroline Guiela Nguyen (theater director), Angelique Kidjo (singer-songwriter), and François Chaignaud (performer-choreographer).

On Inequity and its Contemporary Forms: A Transatlantic Lecture Series
The Center for French and Francophone Studies at Duke, North Carolina has asked several French-speaking intellectuals, from a wide range of humanistic disciplines, to share their approaches to this concept of inequity and analyze its crucial contemporary relevance.
This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy as part of the Centers of Excellence's network.

The 11th edition of France-Atlanta is here! France-Atlanta is an annual event series, co-founded by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology, designed to foster transatlantic cooperation centered on innovation. The cultural program developed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and its American partners to promote creative exchange between artists and researchers on both sides of the Atlantic, begins with the opening ceremony.

Global Climate Action Symposium
The second-annual Global Climate Action Symposium will bring together a wide range of experts to showcase climate change engagement by local student activists, scientists and engineers, business and policy experts, and artists. Jointly sponsored by Georgia Tech and European consulates during European Climate Diplomacy Week, the event will be held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Atlanta office


Monday, September 21, 9:00am - 3:00pm EST | online

New York University is paying tribute to the late philosopher Bernard Stiegler in a full day celebration of his life and works.

Bernard Stiegler was a French philosopher. He was head of the Institut de recherche et d'innovation (IRI), which he founded in 2006 at the Centre Georges-Pompidou. He was also the founder in 2005 of the political and cultural group, Ars Industrialis, and the founder in 2010 of the philosophy school,, held at Epineuil-Le-Fleuriel. Many of his works were published in the US, where he was a frequent speaker, including Acting Out and the 3 part series Technics and Time (Standford University Press). He has widely explored in his works the question of technology, time, individuation, consumerism, digitization, education, and the future of politics and human society.

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Friday, October 2, 10:00am - 12:30pm EST | online Durham, NC

Harry Halpin, Vincent Puig, Mark Hansen, Yves Citton de Paris VIII

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Starting September 2020, Festival Experiences, a subsidiary company of the Festival d'Avignon will present an online series of historical content from the archives of the past 20 years of the Festival d'Avignon through a program of masterclasses entitled “Classes d’Art du Festival d’Avignon." Free for all, the first series of masterclasses will be held from September to December and led by four eminent artists from the Festival: Theater Directors Olivier Py and Caroline Guiela Nguyen, Singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo, and Performer-choreographer François Chaignaud.

The program is presented in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

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Wednesday, September 23, 1pm EST | online

In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Festival Experiences and Festival d'Avignon present the first Live Talk of the program Classes d'Art du Festival d'Avignon

WITH:  Olivier Py, Director of the Festival d'Avignon, and Joseph V. Melillo, Executive Producer Emeritus of the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music),

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Amid the current pandemic and the climate of rising populism and political tensions, the issue of inequity—be it racial, social, economic, gendered, biopolitical, or intersectional—has become particularly acute. Contemporary Western capitalist societies’ failure both to acknowledge these inequities and to achieve greater equity not only constitutes a common, critical concern within transatlantic contemporary thought, but also represents the most urgent political and philosophical problem of our ages.”

The first talk led by Pap Ndiaye is on September 17 at 12:00 pm and few more talks to follow

-Nadia Yala Kisukidi "Race and Hospitality" on October 29
-Didier Fassin on October 8
-Jean-Luc Nancy  "Les fondements de l'égalité" on November 12

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 12:00pm EST | on zoom

This talk will analyze current French movements against police brutalities and racism (Black Lives Matter and other grassroots organizations) from a historical perspective (1920s-2000s). The French uprisings have most often been viewed as offshoots of the American unrest following the murder of George Floyd. Ndiaye's intervention will highlight more local developments, taking into account their connection to the U.S. as well as their own contextual dynamics and historical trajectories.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy as part of the Centers of Excellence's network.

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Thursday, October 1 - 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EST | on zoom

The Consulate General of France in Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology cordially invite you to the France-Atlanta 2020 virtual opening ceremony, featuring a conversation between the Ambassador of France to the United States Philippe Etienne and the President of the Georgia Institute of Technology Ángel Cabrera. This exchange will be moderated by Rickey Bevington, Georgia Public Broadcasting senior anchor and correspondent.

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Thursday, October 8, 12:30pm – 2:30pm EST| on zoom

Atlanta Contemporary and Les Abattoirs in Toulouse, France will partner for a dynamic conversation between their respective executive directors: Veronica Kessenich and Annabelle Ténèze. The conversation will center on how the two directors steward their organizations through these unprecedented times, with a focus on the relevance of promoting contemporary art and artists during COVID-19. In addition, the two women will speak to how their organizations navigate the importance of gender equity and addressing racism and inequality. This event will also provide an opportunity to further promote friendship and cultural understanding between Atlanta and Toulouse, which have been sister cities since 1974.

This event is co-organized by Atlanta Contemporary, Les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse, the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States, the City of Toulouse, and the City of Atlanta.

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Tuesday, October 13, 9:00am – 11:00am EST | on zoom

During this webinar, co-organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce – Atlanta and Business France, economic and business experts from France and Georgia will share resources, tools and best practices for doing business internationally. The topics to be covered include a comparison between France and Georgia, government grant and tax incentive programs, export and investment opportunities, go-to-market strategies, and more.

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October 12-18 | Virtual Exhibition

From October 12-18, a virtual exhibition will be accessible in order to present excerpts of works and tools that heavily rely on artificial intelligence techniques and that question the relationship between human and machines. The exhibition includes works by such artists and researchers as Daniele Ghisi (composer), Jérôme Nika and Gérard Assayag (researchers, IRCAM), Jason Freeman (Georgia Tech), Carmine Emanuel Cella (professor and composer, CNMAT – CU Berkeley), Alex Ruthman (professor, New York University).

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WEBINARS: Working Creatively with Machines: Wednesday, October 14, 11:00am EST | Performances with Machines: Thursday, October 15, 11:00am EST

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a 1967 poem by Richard Brautigan that describes the peaceful and harmonious cohabitation of humans and computers. Fifty years later – following the technological revolutions brought about by the internet, big data, cloud computing and deep learning – Brautigan’s vision resonates singularly. It compels us to rethink our interactions with machines, even in regards to the intimate act of artistic creation. In collaboration with its American partners, France’s Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) invites participants to discover some remarkable examples of possible artistic relationships between humans and computers during two seminars featuring researchers and artists who are building this new deal.

This event is organized by IRCAM – the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music – and the STMS lab (The French National Centre for Scientific Research, the Ministry of Culture and Sorbonne University), in collaboration with Georgia Tech’s School of Music, NYU Steinhardt – Music Education, the UC Berkeley Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, and the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States.

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Thursday, November 5 | online event

In these times of planetary troubles, works of art and artistic archives can help us to tell historically situated and pluralized stories about contemporary ecological issues. Using the Southern part of the Mississippi River as an emblem of the markers of environmental problems, the project New MississippiS addresses the intersection between exploitation, ecologies, and people in two locales in the American South. This project is a digital and artistic reading of multiple museums’ archives and collections. It is placed in dialogue with the outdoor installation Landscape Symphonies and the gallery exhibition From Black Spring to the Eternal presented at the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum.

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Monday, November 9, 8:45 am – 12:00 pm EST | Tuesday, November 10, 8:45 am – 12:00 pm EST

Artificial intelligence (AI) models are now capable of collecting and analyzing enormously large databases in ways that are challenging fundamental values claimed in Europe and the United States. Throughout their lifecycle, AI programs and algorithms – which are full of promises of increased productivity, efficiency, and quality time; and conceived as an assistant, a peer, a manager, or even as a friend – might be so revolutionary that no one, regardless of whether they are consumers, citizens, operators or stakeholders, will remain unaffected. Nonetheless, AI empowers the machine to such a point that it may jeopardize what is to be human compared to a machine, what it is to have free choice and even what it is to play a role in society. France, the European Union and the United States have not yet clearly defined the approaches they will take to address these ethical issues. The governments are, in 2020, still considering options to maximize the potential of AI and big data while mitigating ethical dilemmas.

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October 6 – Climate & Ecosystems 9 am - 12 pm EST | online October 7 – Environmental Justice & Climate Justice 9 am - 12 pm EST | online October 8 – COVID-19 & Green Recovery 9 am - 12 pm EST | online

The second-annual Global Climate Action Symposium will bring together a wide range of experts to showcase climate change engagement by local student activists, scientists and engineers, business and policy experts, and artists. This free, virtual, event is open to the public, and will be hosted as part of European Climate Diplomacy Week. Learn about interactions between our climate & ecosystems, take action towards environmental justice, and look to the future of COVID-19 & green recovery. 

The Global Action Symposium is made possible through partnership between the GeorgiaTech ’s Global Change Program, gtglobalchange, Serve-Learn-Sustain, servelearnsustain, and the Atlanta Global Studies Center, cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States along with the European consulates in Atlanta of France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Britain, Belgium, and Germany. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Thursday, September 17, 5pm EST| online

On September 17 at 5PM EDT, join the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Americas Program for a conversation on COVID-19's impact on the global creative economy.

The cultural and creative economy has been hardest hit amongst sectors by the current public health and economic crisis and will require targeted initiatives for it to be rebuilt.

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Wednesday, September 30, 6pm EST | online

This September, Brookline Booksmith and City of Asylum Bookstore are hosting a virtual conversation between Scholastique Mukasonga and novelist Maaza Mengiste, as part of their Transnational Literature Series.

Igifu, translated from the French by Jordan Stump,  is a collection of Scholastique Mukasonga’s autobiographical stories, which rend a glorious Rwanda from the obliterating force of recent history, conjuring the noble cows of her home or the dew-swollen grass they graze on.

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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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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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