Vidéo de présentation du fest-noz, pour l’inscription à l’UNESCO / Presentation video of the fest-noz for the Unesco inscription
Fest-Noz is a festive gathering based on the collective practice of traditional Breton dances, accompanied by singing or instrumental music. The strong Breton cultural movement has preserved this expression of a living and constantly renewed practice of inherited dance repertoires with several hundred variations, and thousands of tunes. About a thousand Fest-Noz take place every year with participants varying from a hundred to several thousand people, thousands of musicians and singers and tens of thousands of regular dancers. Beyond the practice of the dance, the Fest-Noz is characterized by an intense camaraderie among the singers, musicians and dancers, significant social and intergenerational diversity, and openness to others. Traditionally, transmission occurs through immersion, observation and imitation, although hundreds of devotees have worked with tradition bearers to compile the repertoires and lay the groundwork for new modes of transmission. Today, the Fest-Noz is at the centre of an intense ferment of musical experiences and has spawned a veritable cultural economy. Many meetings are held between singers, musicians and dancers from Brittany and different cultures. Moreover, many new inhabitants of Breton villages use Fest-Noz as a means of integration, as it is heavily implicated in the sense of identity and continuity of the people of Brittany.
You guys, Breton dancing is really fun. I miss Brittany! (Sorry the video is only in French)
France in the Year 2000 (XXI century) – a series of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the year 2000. There are at least 87 cards known that were authored by various French artists, the first series being produced for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris.
France’s relationship with women continues to confuse me. But I like things like this.
The lower house of the French Parliament voted on Friday to fully reimburse all abortions and to make contraception free for minors from the age of 15 to 18. France’s national medical insurance pays for abortions for minors and the poor, while other women are reimbursed for up to 80 percent of the procedure’s cost, which can be as much as $580. Contraception is partly reimbursed. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is likely to pass.
America is my country and Paris is my hometown.”
— Gertrude Stein (via youknowyoureafrancophilewhen)
Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!
France I love you, despite (including) your craziness.
La Liberté guidant le peuple - Eugene Delacroix
(I’m very aware this is not a depiction of the first Revolution, but paintings don’t really get much more French than this.)
Jumping around France
Interesting article on France’s memory laws, and the intersection of history with politics and culture.
How to Pretend You’re French Without Actually Speaking French Part II.
Although it’s missing some “Bahhhhhhh ouai”s and (although this might just be for Brittany) a lot of “quoi”s at the end of sentences.
looky what I bought… (!!!)
yes those are cute boys on my wall. no I have not changed anything in my room at home since I was 15.
Yep. I live in France, alright.
After three months of being here, I’m just discovering that I have access to an online space for the teachers at my school, a work email, and the national education website. Do I find this out because someone in the administration alerts me and gives me my code? Of course not. I find out because teachers have started asking me if I’ve read the message they sent me. I went to the secretary this morning to ask about it and of course, she was able to give me my id/password in about 5 minutes, along with a demonstration of all of the websites. How many unread messages do I have, you ask? 111.
I really appreciate the laid-back French attitude and the significantly less amount of stress everyone seems to have here, but I also like when shit gets done in a timely manner.
C’est la vie.