CULTURE, DANCE, DRAMA, MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Is there an English-speaking arts or cultural organization not yet listed here, but catering to the British Community where you live in France? If so, we’d like to hear from them. Why not ask their Chairman or a committee member to contact the British Community Committee by e-mailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Association France – Grande-Bretagne
The Association, formed in 1916 to promote exchanges between France and the UK, generally emphasizes Franco-British co-operation. It organises lectures and debates and arranges group tariffs for visits to British cultural events.
Délégué général : Gérard Hocmard OBE
02 38 62 06 51
Secretary - Mrs Dominique Letellier
Fondation de la France libre. 59, rue Vergnaud. 75013 Paris
Tel. : 06 27 63 45 60 (Tuesdays, office hours, Wednedays a.m.)
Outside these hours : messages : 01 34 60 60 09 & 02 38 62 06 51
Fax : 01 53 62 81 82
The Paris Branch of the Franco-Scottish Society was founded in 1895. Its aims are to promote good relations between Scotland and France, principally by the exchange of goodwill visits, lectures, research work in the historical and cultural, as well as economic, relationship between the two countries, etc., and to welcome Scottish students.
Honorary President - Georges Dickson OBE
President - Jacques Leruez CBE
65 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris
Information - Pierre de Baecker
01 42 22 30 78
The UK's international organisations for educational and cultural relations working in over 100 countries, our purpose is to create international opportunities between the people of the UK and other countries and build trust with them worldwide.
We provide English language courses in Paris and its suburbs, and in Lyon and Marseille, and a broad range of exams and tests of English. We also work in the fields of Education and Society, English and the Arts. In our Paris centre we run bilingual classes for Anglophone children.
Dear Conjunction Theatre Company
Dear Conjunction, an English and French language theatre company based in Paris, has produced well over 40 plays since its foundation in 1991. DC is still run by its founder members but works with many other professional actors and directors.
As well as productions, DC regularly gives play and poetry readings and is happy to perform at special event throughout the year. We are always eager to welcome new performers, administrators, supporters...
01 42 85 09 57
Is a vibrant international choir based in St. Nom la Bretèche open to any interested Anglophone singers.
We perform two main concerts and a Xmas concert each year in Paris and the St. Germain area.
Rehersals are every Friday night from 20.30 - 22.30 in member's homes in the St. Nom la Bretèche area. Our choral works have included many classical works and contemporary works by Carl Jenkins and Eric Whitacre. If you live in the West of Paris please join us!
Paris Decorative and Fine Arts Society (PADFAS)
This Franco-British society offers a series of monthly lectures, in English with visual illustrations, during the season from October to May.
Lectures, by experts in their field, are held on Thursday afternoons.
Other activities include visits to museums, etc.; musical evenings; a book club; half or full day outings; and an annual 3 or 4 day trip to an interesting area further afield. The annual subscription includes all lectures : single €95, couple €170, student €40.
Honorary Secretary: Douglas Wells
Royal Academy of Dance
The Royal Academy of Dance exists to promote knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally.
The Academy is a worldwide educational, examining and membership organisation founded in 1920 to advance the standard of teaching in classical ballet.
The Academy operates in 80 countries, has a membership of over 15,000 and annually holds over 250,000 examinations. Our Registered Teachers provide standards of excellence in ballet and dance teaching.
Please contact the National Director for France and the Benelux for information about the Academy in France.
Royal School of Church Music, France
RSCM France is an autonomous “area” of the Royal School of Church Music, an educational charity working in over forty countries since 1927
Its mission is to foster and promote high standards in varying styles of music for worship by training and educating musicians (lay people and clergy).
Churches, schools and individuals may all become members of RSCM France (subject to acceptance). Membership gives access to the RSCM’s regular publications, its training schemes for singers and musicians in France and abroad, and a valuable discount on all RSCM materials.
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
ABRSM is the world's leading provider of music exams and assessments; run professionnal development courses, workshops and seminars for teachers; and publishes a wide range of supporting music books and CDs, and a quaterly magazine "Libretto".
ABRSM make donations to allow promising young musicians to continue their musical studies at one of four royal Schools of Music; and sponsors festivals and composers
Practical graded examinations are available for all instruments (including voice), at all levels as well as written Theory examinations from grade 1 to grade 8.
British and Commonwealth Women’s Association
The BCWA is open to British and Commonwealth nationals and those who are married to British or Commonwealth nationals.
It offers both cultural and social activities in and around Paris. These range from guided museum visits to group activities.
Full details can be found in the monthly newsletter or on our website.
The British School of Paris
The British School of Paris (BSP), a non-selective co-educational school, proudly provides quality British education for students, aged 3 to 18 years, from all over the world. The BSP, founded in 1954, is situated in the picturesque suburb of Croissy-sur-Seine, 25 minutes from Paris.
The BSP offers an extensive range of academic, cultural and sporting opportunities for each of its students. The Junior and Senior Schools are situated alongside each other on the leafy banks of the river Seine.
The cacademic programme is largely based on the English National Curriculum adapted to the special circumtances of the international clientele. The School embraces the high degree of flexibility within its well-balanced curriculum. Being a holistic educator the BSP has a strong extra-curricular base with a special focus on music and drama as well as a large variety of sports. The school strives to build strength in mind and body in all members of the community, Validus, Corpore, Animoque being the sub-text in its logo.
38 quai de l’Ecluse, 78290 Croissy-sur-Seine
01 34 80 45 90
2 rue Hans List, 78290 Croissy-sur-Seine
01 34 80 45 90
01 34 80 45 96
The Caledonian Society of France
Founded in 1922, the Caledonian Society of France centres its annual activities on St. Andrew’s Night in late November and Burns’ Night, held around January 25th. A 'May Day Picnic', with Scottish music and ceilidh dancing to live music, is held in the Shakespeare Garden (Bois de Boulogne).
The Society also organises ceilidhs for deserving charities based in Scotland, and other events (Quiz Night, excursions...).
Anyone interested in Scottish culture and traditions may apply for membership.
The English Cathedral Choir of Paris
The Choir is conducted by counter-tenor and composer Christopher Wells, who was a cathedral chorister under the choir's patron Sir David Willcocks.
For more than twenty years the EEC has been promoting English cathedral music throughout France's churches and cathedrals, taking part in religious ceremonies, services, weddings, carols; as well larger orchestral works, festivals, TV and radio brodcasts.
Members include former English cathedral choristers and university choral scholars, but good musicians of all nationalities are welcome.
The English-Speaking Union France
The ESU is an international educational charity present in some 50 countries worldwide, whose aim is to promote understanding and friendship through the use of English as a common language.
The activities of the four French branches include monthly cultural programmes, trips and exchanges, and participating in the ESU Public Speaking Competition in London. Every year, an internship programme for an English-speaking student and a French student is organised between Westminster and the Assemblée Nationale.
National President - Béatrix de Montgermont-Kei
21 rue Michel Ange, 75016 Paris
01 46 51 55 24
Loire Valley President - Margaret Coleman
53, Grande rue, 49400 Saumur
02 41 38 54 24
Bordeaux President - Florence Cartigny
24 rue d’Audenge, 33000 Bordeaux
06 10 10 48 51
Strasbourg President - Erik Harremocs
4 rue de l’Ablette, 67000 Strasbourg
03 88 31 64 03
The Improfessionals Show
The Improfessionals Show is Paris's longest-running comedy show in English.
A creative cocktail of spontaneous sketches improvised by Paris's premier international impro troupe The Improfessionals. Back for a fourth season at the Essaion Theatre in central Paris, The Improfessionals play every 2nd Wednesday (fortnightly) from 9th September 2015 until 29th June 2016. Tickets from 10€ from the theatre or on billetreduc.com. Anything can happen in this comedy show that reinvents itself every time!
The International Players
The International Players are a friendly group of over 60 members of all ages and nationalities with a variety of talents, from acting and singing to designing sets and costumes.
We put on English-language productions which cover a range of very different styles from musical and pantomimes to serious plays and comedies.
The group rehearses and performs mainly in St-Germain-en-Laye and Le Pecq. New members are always welcome, even if in France for a short time.
The Open University
Britain’s largest university, with about 200,000 students a year, offers a wide range of courses to be studied individually or within programmes leading to recognised qualifications such as BA, BSc, LLB, MBA, MA and MSc. All courses are taught in English using the Open University’s proven method of supported distance learning.
The Paris Welsh Society - Cymdeithas Cymry Paris
The Society was founded to foster knowledge of Wales, its language and culture.
The highlights are the St. David’s Day celebration and Owain Glyndwr Dinners. Lunches and other events are also organised during the year. A Welsh-speaking group meets and we go to the pub to watch sporting events featuring Welsh teams.
Everyone who is Welsh or who has an interest in Wales is welcome to join us. Croeso i bawb sydd â diddordeb yng Nghymru.
President - Thomas Roberts
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Paris Branch
The Paris Branch of the Society was created in 1984 in order to promote Scottish Country Dancing and to offer the opportunity to learn and practise Scottish Country Dances in France. The Branch organises classes; half-day schools for beginners, intermediate or advanced dancers. There is a dance every Monday night from 8 to 10 pm, and occasionally a ball on Friday or Saturday night. Everybody is warmly welcome.
The University of London Institute in Paris
The University of London Institute in Paris is part of the world-famous University of London, and the only British University where English-speaking students can study French and literature in French and in France. We offer a three-year University of London BA in French Studies and an MA in Paris Studies.
Tower Bridge's priority is helping the Tower Theatre Company, who present a Shakespeare play annually in the Bois de Boulogne open-air Théatre - in 2016, this will be Romeo and Juliet, directed by Penny Tuerk, from 7th to 12th June.
Each year a talk about the play is arranged for Tower Bridge members, they attend their choice of performance as the Company's guests, can meet the Tower Theatre Company cast and crew and buy tickets for TTC's shows in London and Paris at concessionary prices.
BRITTANY, NORMANDY & PAYS DE LA LOIRE
Amicale Culturelle Européenne
The association was formed in Basse-Normandie in 1996 under. Its aim is to promote friendship amongst British residents in Normandy and to facilitate their introduction and communication with French and other European nationals living in the area.
To this end, ACE organises monthly events; these include visits to museums, one or several days’ leisure excursions, country walks, trips to other places of interest, talks or conferences on various matters of interest, and regular luncheons.
Opéra de Baugé
Opéra de Baugé presents a summer festival of grand opera in the Centre Culturel of Baugé-en-Anjou (49150).
Opéra de Baugé performs its own productions each season.
A notable feature of an evening at Opéra de Baugé is the 90 minute dining/picnic modelled on Glyndebourne.
Many of the soloist are the stars of tomorrow, and this claim is proved by the careers of many past soloists. Ther is a full orchestra.
Before the beginning of July you will most likely hear a voice mail message.
Please do not hesitate to leave a message and we will call you back quickly
+339 62 31 79 26
NORD - PAS-DE-CALAIS
The British Community Association, Lille
The British Community Association of Lille is a dynamic organisation with an active committee and a loyal membership, supplemented by a constant flow of English speakers on short-term postings.
We organise a variety of social and cultural activities for our members, their families and their friends, ranging from dinners and hikes to the Summer Barbecue and the Christmas Party at which Santa Claus has never failed to appear.
International Singers, Lille Métropole
Formed in 2006, we are a high quality vocal group working uniquely in the English-language.
Based in south-west Lille and with a repertoire strong in the roots of the Anglophone world, we sing a mix of traditional 4-part music.
Now 45 strong, we sing at events for the benefit of raising funds for good works and over the years has raised several thousand Euros for all kinds of projects.
POITOU-CHARENTES & LIMOUSIN
Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts
The National Gardens Scheme in the UK is an initiative which aims to encourage owners to open their gardens to the public, the entrance fees for which are given to charity. The concept is intended to be enjoyable for all concerned, in that it enables people with an interesting garden to share this with other people, whilst simultaneously benefiting charitable concerns.
In 2013, all of the gardens were British owned but, as the project expands, more and more French owners are signing up and the balance is now 40% French : 60% British and this will inevitably change still further with each successive year.
Association France – Grande-Bretagne – Lyon & Rhône
The Lyon & Rhône branch of the Association France - Grande-Bretagne aims to promote Franco-British relations through cultural activities, including a monthly luncheon, talks by visiting speakers, a book circle, an English Scrabble group, a poetry reading group, cinema outings to see films in English, conversation groups and a group which organises social events & outings. A monthly newsletter sent to members contains details of our programme, which can also be found on our website.
Grapevine Association, Aix-les-Bains
The Association was founded in 1992 to encourage members to practice their spoken English, to widen their knowledge of traditions of the U.K. and to promote the British heritage in Aix-les-Bains.
AT the monthly meeting, held from October to June, activities include talks, games and musical evenings. There is also a book club, Scottish country dancing classes, a Christmas Carol Concert in Saint Swithun’s church, and an annual celebration near the statue of Queen Victoria.
President Joy LORCERY
Contact Claire Delorme-Pegaz
04 79 35 49 81
Royal Scottish Country Dance Sociey (Lyon Branch)
The object of RSCDS Lyon Branch is to preserve and further the practice of traditionnal Scottish Dancing as it danced today; we are mainly involved in Scottish Country Dancing, but also hold occasionnal classes in Highland Dancing. We have a weekly class on Friday nights, with 3 levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced); we also organise ceilidhs, balls, social dancing, day classes (usually 3 times a year on Saturdays) and weekend schools (usually twice a year), with live musicians whenever possible. We accept beginners all year round, come and join us !