Bulletin mensuel, octobre 2017

Chers Amis,
The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast will be …
on Mardi (Tuesday) 10 octobre 2017 à 19h.30 
in Dark Horse Coffee House, 

Topic: Les Ballets Russes
Speaker: Rachel Tracey
Rachel Tracey returns to share the story of Les Ballets Russes, the company originally formed by Diaghilev, and its several incarnations following his death. 
She will discuss how the company revolutionised both dance and art, and how its influence continues to this day. Rachel's talk will include a short ballet exercise.


Bal Feirste: Bal

Bal Feirste, the music group featuring both French and local musicians, invite you to their monthly session. As you probably know Bal Feirste have been promoting French music and dance for a number of years.
Their next Workshop/Bal  will take place on 

Date: Sunday, 08 October 2017
Venue: Sunflower Club, Union St, Belfast (upstairs)
Dance workshop: 17.00-17.30
Bal: 17.30 - 19.00 
(this is a free event, donations welcome)

Remember no experience or partner needed.  The Bal is a time to practise your moves and guidance will be given at the start of each dance.

À bientôt, Philip

Culture Night Belfast 2017

Chers Amis,
Culture Night is Belfast's largest, most exciting and inclusive cultural celebration. Now in its ninth year, Culture Night brings together over 300 free events across 150 locations in Belfast City Centre in a single day. The event attracts over 85,000 visitors from Belfast, Northern Ireland and beyond. 
Our friends in Bal Feirste will bring a note of French culture to Belfast's Culture Night with a session in Writer's Square from 9-10pm. Why not come along and join in the fun?

À bientõt, Philip

Bulletin mensuel septembre 2017

Chers Amis,

I thought that you might be interested in the following events with a French connection happening in, or not too far from, Belfast.

Films at QFT.

A big thank you to Hélène for pointing out that the film 'Ce qui nous lie' will be showing at QFT this month. 

Ce qui nous lie 
Back To Burgundy
Fri 8 – Thurs 14 Sept
Dir: Cédric Klapisch • 2017 • France • 1 Hr 53 Mins • Subtitled

The vineyards of Burgundy are the stunning backdrop for this French drama about estranged siblings putting resentments aside to save their family estate.
After leaving the family home and wine business in search of adventure, Jean (Pio Marmaï) returns from a five-year absence when his father falls ill. Reentering a world and lives he left behind, Jean must re-establish a sense of trust with his angered family. Filmed over four seasons and taking full advantage of the alluring scenery, Cédric Klapisch (Chinese Puzzle) brings together emotional family drama, romance and mouth-watering wine into a winning combination.

On looking through the QFT programme I see that 'Bell de jour' is also showing ...

Belle de jour
Fri 8 – Tues 12 Sept 
Dir: Luis Buñuel • France/Italy • 1967 • 1 Hr 41 Mins • Subtitled
Luis Buñel's classic of desire and fantasy celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new 4K digital restoration.

For more information and to see QFT's complete programme for September go to ….

Both Sides

Our friend Jane Coyle has been in touch to let us know that her play “Both Sides”, previously stages at the Dark Horse as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, is going on tour from 6 to 9 September visiting Old Courthouse in Antrim, Heaney HomePlace, Duncairn Centre on the Antrim Road, Belfast and Down County Museum in Downpatrick.
For more information click on the link below.


French Piping.

Caoimhin Vallely emailed to let us know about a special concert of French piping he is organising in Armagh as part of November's William Kennedy Piping Festival. Musicians from 5 different regions are performing and will also be serving food and drinks from each area. Tickets and more information available from www.wkpf.org. If you would like to know more please don't hesitate in contacting Caoimhin at caoimhinvallely@gmail.com

And of course do not miss our own first event of the season …

Soirée d’accueil et inscriptions suivies par ...
La Francophonie : Worldwide French  Jonathan LYONS
Jonathan explores the network of French organisations around the world and the annual celebration of the French language and culture.

On Wednesday 13th September 2017
In The Dark Horse Coffee House
30- 34 Hill Street, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast BT1 2LB (directions attached) 
At 7.30pm

A bientôt, Philip

Summer events with French connection

Chers Amis,
Information on some events with a French connection taking place over the summer ….

Bastille Day in Belfast

On 14th July 1792 the Belfast Volunteers marched through Belfast accompanied by many citizens and assembled 5,000 strong in the central courtyard of the White Linen Hall where they passed a resolution unanimously supportive of the French Revolution.
To mark the 225th anniversary of this event “Reclaim the Enlightenment” will recall that extraordinary assembly in …
First Presbyterian Church, 
Rosemary Street, Belfast
The programme involves dramatic re-enactment by Paula McFetridge and Vincent Higgins, music and songs from Maurice Leyden and Jane Cassidy, debate and discussion. 
All are welcome and admission is free.
Please see attached press statement.

If you find yourself in Dublin on 14th July the Alliance Française Dublin is organising some special events …

Bastille Day Celebration at La Petite Boulangerie Friday 14 July 8.0am-3pm – 9 Camden Street, Dublin 1 – Admission free
Bastille Day Celebration at The Church
Friday 14 July 4.30pm-3am – 
Mary & Jervis Street, Dublin 1 – Admission free
For Further details see … http://www.alliance-francaise.ie/

Clandeboye Festival 2017

Thanks to Jonathan who brought to my attention the fact that, a little later in the summer (11th – 19th August), Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland will present 'A Festival of French Music'.

With concerts in the evening as well as at lunchtime and in the afternoon the Festival is set to be a celebration of all things French with a feast of Gallic artists and composers.  Tickets are on sale from the Grand Opera House box office, and will also available on the night on the door.
For more information see …. http://www.camerata-ireland.com/clandeboye/

Have a lovely summer and “Bonne fête

La Fête de la Musique 2017

Chers Amis,
La Fête de la Musique
The first Fête de la Musique took place in France on 21 June 1982 when between 8.30 pm and 9 pmmusicians, professionals and amateurs, came onto the streets in all the cities of France to play music. The event has enjoyed growing success year after year and has spread throughout Europe and indeed around the world.  This year in France and in around 130 countries and over 340 cities the Festival of Music will be celebrated on or near to 21st June

For more information on La Fête de la Musique see ....

In keeping with the spirit of La Fête de la Musique, Bal Feitste have scheduled an extra Bal to celebrate the arrival of summer!

Venue: Sunflower Club, Union St, Belfast BT1 2JG (upstairs)
Dance workshop: 19.30-20.15
Bal: 20.30-22.30
Cost: £3 to members, and £5 to non-members 
Live music throughout from the House Band

Dance workshop - no experience or partner needed.
Bal - a time to practise the dances we have covered to date guidance will be given where necessary.

À bientôt,