Aux barricades, hmm? Aux fêtes, OUI !!!

Yes, Bastille Day isn’t until the 14th, but, nonetheless, festivities begin this weekend, and will also continue next weekend.  The full list is in the Current Events  section!

If you’re looking for French books, films, music or conversation, look no further:

There are 67 French-related organizations in New York City, under the umbrella of the Committee of French-Speaking Societies  which organizes a fabuleux Bastille Day Ball.  I’m just going to talk about a few of them.

If you’re looking for French film, theatre, lectures, books or even lessons, here are some great places to start:  the French Institute, Alliance Française (FI:AF)  which has all of the foregoing, all year round.   In addition to their midtown facility, FIAF also has language classes in Brooklyn. 

The Maison Française at NYU and the Maison Française at Columbia offer a wide variety of lectures, screenings and exhibitions. 

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in NYC  has been a  force for spreading French Culture in NYC.  You can find out about dual-language education programs here  ; they maintain a robust calendar of film, theatre, readings, festivals on their events calendar 

If you’re looking for books – in both French and English, head over to  Albertine the book store located in the Cultural Services building, or Idlewild  bookstore, which has locations in Manhattan and Brookyn.

If you’re looking for good conversation and good food, the Paris-American Club always has interesting guest speakers at its monthly luncheons.

If you’d like to be part of an on-line community of French speakers and people interested in the French language, check out New York in French.

For more general information about the French in NYC, take a look at French Morning which publishes in both English and French, and covers French activities in LA, Miami, San Francisco and Texas

You also might want to take a look at French District, which has 10 editions in the US (three are also in English), and a large directory of service providers.

To find out about Québecois artists appearing in New York, go to Québec’s international page   then scroll to “Events” at the bottom  

The Consulate General of Luxembourg has events posted on its website 

Belgium Consulate General in NY Facebook page and it’s Twitter feed  

For Swiss events in NYC, you can sign up for a newsletter through the Consulate’s website 

A great source for finding information on concerts by musicians from French speaking Africa and the Caribbean is Afropop  

Amusez-vous bien, mes enfants!