France-Atlanta 2017 | Cultural Events [fr]
Home to Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner, cradel of gospel and blues, the southeast has always been a major cultural force within the United States, even more so in recent years as the region becomes progressively more diverse and international. Increasingly global, the southeast is currently home to a significant French-speaking community from France, West Africa and the Caribbean. In line with its mission of continued multi-cultural exchange, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy are proud to present the following events as part of France-Atlanta 2017.
This year, thanks to a partnership with the High Museum of Art and there exhibit “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design”, France-Atlanta will welcome several artists whose work seeks to represent the vitality and creativity of contemporary francophone Africa. Participants include director Alain Gomis, author and director Marguerite Abouet, and photographer Omar Victor Diop. A concert by the Franco-Afro-Cuban Duo Ibeyi at the variety Playhouse in Little Five points will round out the series. A more detailed description of these events, as well as ticket information, is available on the France-Atlanta website.
Other events include the world premieres of two Franco-American cultural collaborations. In the category of contemporary music, Atlanta-based musicians will join soloists from Paris’ Ensemble FA to perform the world premiere of composer Philippe Hurel’s “Trois études pour Atlanta,” written specifically for France-Atlanta. Additionally, Core Performance Company in Decatur will debut their new contemporary dance piece “Human Landscapes", created in collaboration with Montpellier-based choreographer Germana Civera.
Finally, street artist Jo Di Bona will create a new mural in his signature “Pop Graffiti” style in Downtown Atlanta as part of the City of Atlanta’s Elevate public art festival. The Georgia Tech College of Design will host “Nouvelles Richesses”, France’s architectural entry for the Venice Biennale 2016.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy are thrilled to present these events as part of France-Atlanta 2017. For additional information, please visit the following links:
Photos clockwise from top left:
Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse, Courtesy Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
Cyrus Kabiru, photo: Antony Wachira
Photo by Luis Monteiro. Image courtesy of Duro Olowu
© Cheick Diallo