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.

Back into networking mode in October, but first: French Legation 175th kickoff!

Before French humorist Gad Elmaleh gives a show in English at The North Door on November 7, October will be the month to resume networking with French speaking and francophile professionnals. Beyond next InterFrench networking session on Monday at Departure Lounge, a delegation of French startups from Montpellier will be visiting Austin next week for Austin Startup Week. Send an email to Ludovic[dot]Charbonnel[at]ServicesYou[dot]com if you’d like to get an invitation to the events planned at Capital Factory on Tuesday and Tech Ranch on Wednesday.

But before getting in networking mode, let’s not miss the French Legation Texas French Market on Saturday, from 9 am to 4 pm. The event will kickoff the museum’s 175th anniversary.

And it might be interesting to note that French immersion school Jean-Jacques Rousseau proposes to entertain your children while you have fun tonight. Check their MeetUp. French speaking and francophile MeetUp groups like this one or the Austin French Circle keep being very active in Austin, just like the French in Austin group on Facebook!

And then on Sunday, the Heart of Texas pétanque club that just inaugurated new courts in Cedar Park has an Open Triplette Tournament.

So, as usual, October will be packed with French speaking and francophile events. This was just a list of what to expect during the next few days. I invite you to check the other events at FrenchInAustin.com/calendar and look forward to see you at one or another of those events!

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!

Results of the pétanque singles tournament

Winners of the recent Heart of Texas Pétanque Club singles tournament are:
First place, Clarck Orwick
Second place, Rick Armstrong
Third place, Thierry Amisse.
See pictures on the club’s website!

The Heart of Texas Pétanque Club

Hello everyone and welcome.

The first Singles Tournament in Austin just finished.  Twenty two players showed up.  It was a fabulous day.  We started at 8:30 am and finished by 3:30 pm.   Even so, the games were not timed and played up to 13 points.  That was great, because  we had a full day of petanque and still went home early.  The winner is Clark Orwick from the famous Ded Bob Show.  I taught the game to my friend Clark about 15 years ago.  He kept on playing casually at every Renaissance Faire where he performs.  But today he showed his talent and  left no chance to any of us.  He won against some of the top players in Texas.  The final was against Rick Armstrong.  Clark started strong with a 4/0 4/2 4/4 Rick took over with a 7/4 Clark came back  7/7 and started 8/7 10/7 Rick battled…

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June calendar online!

I just updated French In Austin’s calendar for the month of June and invite you to check it out!

With the usual pétanque games, apéritifs, French students outings, cooking classes at Central Market North Lamar (plenty of them!), but also French opera, D-Day 70th anniversary, French chamber music, a Matisse exhibit opening in San Antonio, the soccer World Cup and a scheduled launching meeting for Austin’s French-American Business Council, June is Frencher than ever in Austin!