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!

French music at SXSW beyond the French Tech Club

stromaeBeyond the three full afternoons of free and open to the public live music at the French Tech Club from Wednesday to Friday, and almost daily DJ sets there, plus the Kitsuné Club night at Vulcan, there are many SXSW venues where you can catch French artists. The FranceRocks.com website listed them. Visit the SXSW 2015 page for the full list and details about the artists. And prepare to meet many French fans if you’re going to try to catch Stromae at the Spotify Houston tonight (Sunday), or at Stubb’s on Tuesday. He’s a big star in France, and the French in Austin are very excited about the shows!

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.

March : “le mois de la francophonie”

This March might be the best time ever to be French in Austin.

French Tech Club 2015When it arrives from Paris and beyond for South by Souhtwest, La French Tech is going to take over the French Legation again for a week, from March the 15th to March 20th (compared to three days for the last -and first- edition, at a downtown location) with a French Tech Club that will feature dozens of French artists and speakers, but also two French chefs from Austin’s sister city in France, Angers, French musicians, and digital artists. Details on FrenchTechClub.com.

And for the first time, a couple of events are going to offer the locals a preview of SXSW fun.

fullloungesmallerA first InterFrench speed business meeting is going to take place on Monday March the 2nd at Departure Lounge, where the newly created French American Business Council of Austin will present the French Tech Club. Details on the event page.

Vino Vino 2While a wine tasting at Vino Vino on March the 9th will give the Austin Angers sisters cities committee (alias Austin Angers Connect) an opportunity to introduce Austinites to the delicious wines of the Loire Valley, and to the Austin Psych Fest showcase at the French Tech Club (the Austin Psych Fest, organizer of the Levitation France festival in Angers, being Angers’ partner in Austin). Details on the event page.

La Belle

In the meantime, the Alliance française of Austin will have launched its own festivities with a very special apéritif at Café Express on March 4th in company of art registrar and installation specialist Thierry Vincent, who will lead attendees in a discussion focused on La Belle, the last ship in a fleet commandeered down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico by 15th century French explorer La Salle.
siteon0That will only be the beginning of the month long celebration of the International organization of la francophonie’s anniversary by the Alliance française. “Le mois de la francophonie” (or French Cultures Festival as the French Consulate in Houston advertizes it) will involve a visit of the La Belle exhibit at the Bullock Texas state history museum, a family day at Central Market North, a movie night at the Marchesa theater, etc. Details on the upcoming events page of the Alliance française of Austin’s website.

a month of la francophonieThe Austin public libraries will also celebrate “a month of la francophonie” this year by showing a French film every Tuesday of the month:
Amelie (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain) on March the 3rd at the Terrazas Branch
The Chorus (Les Choristes) on March the 10th at the Hampton Branch
He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not (A la folie… Pas du tout) on March the 17th at the Howson Branch
Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) on March the 24th at the Manchaca Road Branch
– and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon) on March the 31st at the North Village Branch.
This month-long celebration of French culture will culminate with a French afternoon of live music by Euro lounge folk jazz accordion band Rumbullion and complimentary refreshments at Wooldrige Park on March the 29th. Details on the programs page of the Austin public library website.

Image1Despite spring break, activities at Austin French schools will also be in full swing, since both Austin International School (the French curriculum school in Austin) and Education française Austin (or EFA, a French after school) have planned French immersion spring camps. Only the EFA one still have spots. People interested should write to info@efaustin.org.
And before spring camp starts, Education française Austin invites us to their first “Foulées” on March the 8th: a fun run that will help the nonprofit finance French books. Details on the event page (in French).
Prior to EFA’s Foulées, there will be an opportunity to learn about the new French public school project during an info session directed to potential volunteers. This is about convincing the Austin area school districts that French-English bilingual education is worth considering for our community. Details on the project’s website.

The list goes on:

Partnering with the new boutique company Sojourner Tours, the Freestyle language center is offering its students A francophile view of Austin tour in French (that Sojourner Tours also proposes in English on a regular basis).

The Austin French Circle MeetUp group will have its first French games night on March the 3rd.

After organizing a march in solidarity with France following the recent terror attacks, the Austin group of the South Central USA branch of Français du Monde, a French organization representing the French living in the area with the French Consulate in Houston, is planning a French-Arabic party “to fight intolerance”, invites us to a planning meeting on March the 7th, and is planning to see French-Mauritanien movie Timbuktu on the rise djihadists in French-speaking Africa when it releases on March the 13th (go to the event page to find the showtime).

French and Vietnamese locally owned coffee shop Café Crème will launch a French movie night on March the 27th.

And our very own French In Austin is thinking of doing something special for our second French Friday, on March the 20th, after realizing it fell on the exact day chosen by the International Organization of la Francophonie to celebrate te French language.

We’ll keep you posted on that!

But what’s clear, from all the March events programmed on top of the multiple conversation hours, pétanque sessions and Austin’s French-speaking welcome organization monthly “Café Accueil” (welcome coffee) each last Tuesday of the month, is that the month will be litterally FILLED with French events. So I hope you take advantage to be French in Austin, and to see you on many occasions this month!

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.