My Angers Week picks

There will be so much going on next week as part of Angers Week. I thought I would share my picks. (Although it’s very personal and you should check the full schedule at AngersWeek.com. All events are also on the French in Austin calendar.)

There’s a lot more, and you should check the full listing of events on AngersWeek.com, Facebook or the French in Austin calendar (from which you could easily add all French-speaking and francophile events in Austin to your calendar using the Google Agenda button).

The covers for the different shows are very reasonable given the number and quality of the bands playing, but if you’re short on money and still want to attend, you could volunteer with Austin Angers Creative (the organizer of the festival) as an event floater on SignUp.com. There are also opportunities to put up flyers and posters, and to pick up artists or the Angers chef at the airport. Check them out on SignUp.com!

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Angers Day becomes Angers Week

angers-week“Angers Week takes place Tuesday, November 8th to Saturday, November 12th with programs, concerts and activities featuring French music, film, cinema, art, culture and technological innovation from Angers, France,” announced Austin Angers Creative and Freestyle Language Center, co-organizers of the five-day long event started last year as a one-day celebration of Austin’s sister city in France, Angers.

“Programming for Angers Week includes:

  • Angevine musicians Cherry Plum, VedeTT, Medue and San Carol,
  • visual artists SMOH and Paul Liaigre,
  • Chef & Owner Pierrick Le Drain of Un Brin Folk,
  • Brewer Benoît Durand of Brasserie Angevine
  • and Premiers Plans Film Festival Director Xavier Massé in collaboration
  • with Austin-based artists including Devin James Fry, Project ATX6, Ethan Azarian, Kalu James, Little Mazarn, The ABGB brew-masters, Chef Lynzy Moran and SprATX.

Events range from daytime to evening, free or ticketed, 21+ or all ages.

Participating venues include: Capital Factory, Cheer Up Charlies, Lenoir, Aviary Lounge, Kitty Cohen’s, The Blackheart, The ABGB, Stay Gold, Swan Dive, Freestyle Language Center and the Austin Film Society Marchesa Theatre.

The Vortex & Butterfly Bar will host a family-friendly French “pique-nique” on Saturday, November 12th from noon to 7PM featuring:
– all visiting Angers musicians,
– a photography showcase highlighting the “Austin Week” that took place in September (at the same time as Levitation France) and featured over 50 Austin-based musicians, producers, chefs and artists,
– children’s activities,
– food & drink specials,
– and Francophone community groups.

A full lineup and schedule is available at AngersWeek.com or Facebook.com/AngersWeekinAustin.

Tickets for culinary events at Kitty Cohen’s and film screenings at Austin Film Society at The Marchesa Theatre will be available in advance.

Additional events and participating businesses will be announced in the coming weeks.”

Angers at SxSW 2015

Austin Angers sister cities committee (aka Austin Angers Connect) finally announced Angers’ presence at South by Southwest. It’s part of the French Tech Club, and is organized by a new entity, Austin Angers Creative, bringing together different actors of the Angers tech and cultural scene. Learn more on AustinAngersConnect.com.

Remember that a wine tasting event will give a preview of Angers’ presence at SXSW tonight at Vino Vino (on top of an opportunity to sample delicious Loire valley wines!).

Austin Angers Connect

Image-5From AustinAngersCreative.com:

For the fifth year of presence, Austin’s sister city in France: Angers will present new actors and new startups at SxSW to create a growth and a dynamism between Central Texas and the Angers Loire valley area in Western France:

– Austin Angers Music supports three musical companies from Angers which manage and produce artists.
These companies will meet professionals and learn about their way to work.
Austin Angers Creative will help French artists to play during the SXSW and try to have an opportunity in North America.

– As part of Austin Angers Cinema, a partnership is growing between Austin and Angers with Premiers Plans Festival in Angers, where Austin’s professionals are invited to discover European Cinema.
This Partnership will give a dynamic for the two cities and opportunity for professionals from the two sides.

– As part of Austin Angers Food and Wines, two French stared chefs will come in Austin…

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The French’s program at SXSW

The whole French’s program at SXSW is now published on FrenchTechClub.com.

La French TechWe don’t have all the details of all the events yet, but on top of the French chefs’ popup restaurant French in Austin already announced, I can already tell you there will be conferences at the Hilton Dowtown and the French Tech Pavillion in the Convention center, startup pitches at both the French Legation and the Convention center, an entrepreneurs giant meetup, a presentation of Austin’s ecosystem for French companies and their families, movie sessions, DJ sets, and two full afternoons of live music.

Sunday the 15th might be the best and easiest day to join for the locals. That’s when the giant entrepreneurs meetup and the presentation by the French American Business Council of Austin and the other French American organizations in Austin will take place.

But the French Tech Club’s focus on Monday the 16th will be food, wine & tech, a topic likely to get the general public’s attention, just as much as the intriguing Slip français Very love trip of Tuesday the 17th. It is to be noted that the French Tech Club will close later that night, at midnight, instead of 10PM the other days.

As SXSW transitions from Interactive to Music, Austin’s sister city in France (Angers), will take the lead with the Autin Angers showcase of Wednesday the 18th.

On Thurday the 19th, it will be back to tech, with an intelligent objects afternoon.

Before the French music export bureau concludes those six French days at SXSW on Friday the 20th.