September from the French Legation to Cedar Park

September is heritage month. In Europe and the US, the public heads out to the monuments and museums each third weekend of September. And the 2015 edition of Museum Day will be a special one in Austin, since the French Legation Museum kicks off its 175th anniversary celebrations on that occasion. The former representation of France’s 175th anniversary will actually take place next year, but it’s never too soon to have fun, during the free visit of the French Legation itself and the games that will follow on Sunday, September the 20th.

Among other special events for the French speaking and francophile community in Austin in September, Austin’s French speaking welcome, Austin Accueil, will hold its yearly back to school potluck picnic on Sunday, September the 27th, at Brushy Creek Park. It’s open to all French speakers and francophiles. The only rule is to bring an item to share with the others.

I think this is the first time a major Austin Accueil event takes place in Cedar Park, the city that just got a pétanque court. It looks like there are more and more French speakers in that Austin suburb… We’re everywhere!


French in Austin in August: getting ready to get back to school!

Following Bastille Day celebrations, it seems like all francophiles are getting ready to get back to school these days.
The school of the Alliance française d’Austin announced that its next 7-week session would start August 31st (registration on Thursday the 27th from 5:30 to 7:30pm or Saturday the 29th from 1 to 4pm);
and Freestyle Language Center will hold an open house on Friday the 28th from 6 to 8pm;
while the different French schools in Austin prepare to resume classes (see the French In Austin directory of French schools).

But summer fun is not over, starting with an Under the Oaks concert tomorrow at the French Legation museum.

And the most exciting recent development for French fun is the relaunch of the Alliance française “ciné-club”, or a monthly screening of a French movie on the third Sunday of every month.
It was relaunched last weekend at the Austin Film Studios screening room by a French volunteer of the Alliance française d’Austin that is a movie professional, Julia Podgorsek McMahan, with a screening of La bataille de Solférino in French with English subtitles. So the new start of the Alliance française ciné-club was typically French: political, passioned, but also very far from the long and slow French movies stereotypes.
When I interviewed her for French Morning Texas, Podgorsek McMahan said her only criteria to select the movies from the French Institute catalog that the Alliance française can access for free was the “uniqueness” of the movie, so the selection should be pretty diverse.
Next screening, on August the 16th, will be of Grand Central by by Rebecca Zlotowski. Tickets are just 5$ (at the door; 4$ in advance), and only cover the cost of renting the Austin Film Studios screening room.
Like the Alliance française d’Austin ciné-club Facebook page to keep up with their news!

French Bistro serving its first clients


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!

The French’s program at SXSW

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

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.