On March 18, 2020, the French Ministry of Culture launched the #CultureChezNous operation (in English: #CultureAtHome) to offer digital cultural content to all audiences.
The Institut français du Nigeria, closed to the public until further notice, is taking part in this unprecedented initiative. As of today, we will share regularly online cultural resources, conscientiously selected by our team!
On our website, you will find content published by the largest French and international cultural institutions, recordings of concerts and various shows, links to resources dedicated to young audiences, stories of artists and partners of the Institute… and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook & Instagram!
Stay tuned, the cultures of France and elsewhere are just a few clicks away!
/ VISUAL ARTS & HERITAGE /
Exhibition at Institut des Cultures d’Islam: Explore their current exhibition from your sofa! Titled BELIEFS: UNRAVELING THE INVISIBLE, the exhibition explores the evocative power of the religions, superstitions, and myths of the African continent. This cultural establishment, located in Paris, promotes the diversity of Islamic cultures and their dynamism in contemporary creation by offering exhibitions, concerts, conferences, screenings-debates and workshops.
Château de Versailles: Take a private virtual tour of the former home of French Royalty. Explore the Château de Versailles’ stories, secrets and artworks from home. We started with a solo wander around the Halls of Mirrors (in French: la Galerie des Glaces). What about you?
Palais Garnier: Travel to Paris, and visit the prestigious Palais Garnier, one of the 2 stages of Opéra national de Paris, the primary opera and ballet company of France. This 19th-century architectural masterpiece, which opened in 1875, is a key symbol of Paris and an unmissable part of the French cultural scene.
/ CINEMA /
HUMAN: This documentary features real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Directed by the French environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2015), a web version is freely available in 3 volumes.
Les Indes Galantes: Enjoy a modern adaptation of a short section of “Les Indes galantes”, an opéra-ballet by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1735). This short film was directed in 2017 by the French filmmaker Clément Cogitore with the assistance of 3 choreographers, including Bintou Dembélé, one of the leading artists from the Hip Hop movement in France.
/ MUSIC /
Concert by Tony Allen and Jeff Mills: As a tribute to Tony Allen – who died on April 30, 2020 – we invite you to watch the concert he gave at New Morning in Paris 4 years ago, with Jeff Mills, one of the biggest American names in techno.
Concert by ASA: The singer, whose real name is Bukola Elemide, was born in Paris, divides her life between France and Nigeria. She spent her childhood in Lagos and then returned to Europe to launch her career. From this atypical background, the artist draws a music style that combines folk, soul and reggae. An uncommon mix that was truly appreciated by a Parisian audience in September 2019, at Institut du monde arabe.
/ DANCE /
Pixel: This 1-hour mesmerizing show was created in 2014 and is performed by the French modern dance troupe Cie Käfig (direction by Mourad Merzouki). It incorporates a host of digital projection mapping techniques, was designed in collaboration with the company Adrien M & Claire B.
Cassa, Cassa: Discover “Cassa cassa”, a 52-minute documentary directed by Elodie Lefebvre, about the Danced Encounters organized in 2007 by the Ecole des Sables in Senegal under the direction of Germaine Acogny.
/ KIDS CORNER /
My Hero is You: A new illustrated book by Helen Patuck, which brings the story of a young girl, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. This beautiful storybook was released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19. It is free and available online in French and English (among other languages).
ScratchJr: this is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5 and up) to create their own interactive stories and games. Help them create their own animated content. The free app is available on your Android or iOS devices.
E-books for kids: Did you know that illustrated albums are available on Culturethèque, in English? If you are not a member of the e-library of INSTITUT FRANÇAIS, sign up now and you will have access to this unique platform for 3 weeks, free of charge.
/ FRENCH SONGS /
“Canopée” is a 2016 song by the DJ duo Polo & Pan who has been electrifying French audience with their dreamy and vibrant music for the past 5 years. And as you know, song is an excellent medium for discovering a new language… Practice your French “en chanson”, downloading the learning sheet of the song on the platform Culturetheque. It’s free and accessible to all.
/ Literature /
Printemps: a poem by Victor Hugo, a 19th-century French Romantic movement poet and novelist. This short poem celebrates the hope and happiness brought by springtime, in March and April.
Voici donc les longs jours, lumière, amour, délire !
Voici le printemps ! mars, avril au doux sourire,
Mai fleuri, juin brûlant, tous les beaux mois amis !
Les peupliers, au bord des fleuves endormis,
Se courbent mollement comme de grandes palmes ;
L’oiseau palpite au fond des bois tièdes et calmes ;
Il semble que tout rit, et que les arbres verts
Sont joyeux d’être ensemble et se disent des vers.
Le jour naît couronné d’une aube fraîche et tendre ;
Le soir est plein d’amour ; la nuit, on croit entendre,
A travers l’ombre immense et sous le ciel béni,
Quelque chose d’heureux chanter dans l’infini.