Bastille Day is around the corner!

This blog has been mostly silent this year, but couldn’t pass on the Alliance Française d’Austin’s fantastic Bastille Day celebration. It takes place at The Triangle this year. And while food and drink (like crêpes, macarons, but also lobster and grilled cheese sandwiches) are available for purchase, as usual, entrance is FREE at this new location!

Bastille Day party poster

So there’s no excuse for missing it (unless you have a flight to catch that day like me… Poor planning!). Raffle tickets are already for sale and a great way to support the Alliance that brings us a full line up of artists, but also a Bastille Day Market, feats by the Texas Juggling Society, pétanque demos and games, balloon twisting and a Hula Hoop Station, all near a shaded playground and a splash pad. It’s also still time to be a sponsor like the Civil Exchange Project, Trader Joe’s, WCK, Kathie Griffing Consultin and Do 512. Checks to support the Alliance Française Bastille Day Celebration may be sent to: Alliance Française d’Austin, 4101 Medical Parkway Suite 106; Austin Tx 78756.

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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!

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.”

French Bistro serving its first clients

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A French and an American from New York were the first clients to sit at a table of the French Bistro opened by two French chefs from Angers (Austin’s sister city in France) at the French Tech Club that’s just opened on the grounds of the French Legation.
As the Club prepares to host its first conference (on tech accelerators for social good) at 1:30PM, more clients were taking their seats, and the kitchen still smelled amazingly good!

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.

SXSW’s French Tech Club 2015 will be at the French Legation!

“The French Tech Club has published an initial itinerary of their program during the 2015 SXSW”, announced the French American Business Council of Austin, sharing the link to the French Tech at SXSW’s website: FrenchTechClub.com.

French Tech Club 2015“Our purpose is to create a unique event for the festival attendees to discover French Savoir-faire, French Touch and French Tech, in a “havre de paix” , a quiet place to enjoy France,” explain the organizers.

What’s most exciting for me is that, “this year, we will be located on the French Legation Museum grounds,” announced the French Tech Club. The old French legation is going to be French again for a week!

The full program hasn’t been published yet, but here’s what we’ll find at the French Legation from March 15 to March 20:

  • “A stage, providing an area for conferences, meetings and sharing time during the day and a festive area around film screenings and live entertainment during the evening
  • A showroom which will host the best of digital, music and movies, with many connected devices and digital artwork
  • A media room with studios where de the best French media will write, shoot, record and broadcast daily
  • A popup gourmet / gastronomic restaurant and many concession areas and bars.”

Regarding that last aspect, two Chefs from Austin’s sister city in France, Angers, “are going to offer a unique experience: bringing their most delicious food and talented teams to Austin,” promise the organizers. But that’s for just “50 lunches and 50 dinners”, or “100 lucky people”, so the public is invited to “be one of the luck few, and book their table ASAP! You can see a menu sample (and the corresponding price tags…) online.