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September 2013

Dublin Theatre Festival: GERMINAL by Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort (FR)
26 - 28  September  2013
In the beginning there was nothing. Then there was light. Then darkness. And then light again…
Germinal is a playful and inventive production in which four performers draw from sources as diverse as philosophy, strategy video games and the films of Jacques Demy to conjure a universe in a black box. Using simple theatre tools they discover telepathy and invent speech, moving quickly to construct the very foundations of social interaction. 

Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort move freely between visual art, music and interactive performance, combining their eclectic interests to create constantly shifting visions of theatre.

With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland and the Institut Francais

Germinal by Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort 
26 - 28 September 2013, 7.30pm
Project Arts Centre (Space Upstairs), Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Performed in French with English surtitles
There will be a post-show discussion with members of the company following the performance on
Thursday, 26 September. 
Tickets €25/€30
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"1689 - 2012, The Irish and France: Three Centuries of Military Relations"
 in County Mayo
Until 29 September 2013
The French Embassy in Ireland in association with the National Museum of Ireland is delighted to present "1689 - 2012, The Irish France: Three Centuries of military relations", an exhibition produced by the Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum, Paris). This exhibition shows Irish and French military cooperation since the 17th century. From the "Wild Geese" to the First World War to Samuel Beckett’s time in the French resistance, the exhibition retraces the history of the close relations between the Irish and France.
This exhibition, first displayed in Dublin's National Museum of Ireland-Decorative Arts & History as part of Culture Connects â€“ Ireland’s EU Cultural Programme 2013, is now on display at the Country Life branch of the National Museum of Ireland, in Castlebar until Sunday 29 September 2013.
From October to December 2013, the exhibition will be hosted in Collins Barracks, Cork.

Until Sunday, 29 September 2013
The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo 
Tel. +353 (0)1 708 8308
"Turing, From Formalism to the Emergence of Forms" by Jean Lassègue

7 September 2013
The French Embassy in Ireland, Blackrock Castle Observatory, and CNRS Images are pleased to present a lecture by Jean Lassègue, researcher at CNRS, on Turing – From Formalism to the Emergence of Forms. The talk will begin with a screening of a short-film produced by CNRS Images entitled ‘The Turing Machine Comes True’ followed by a discussion with Jean Lassègue.

"Turing – From Formalism to the Emergence of Forms"
A lecture by Jean Lassègue
Saturday, 7 September 2013, 8pm - 9.30pm
@ Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork - (021) 435 7917
Admission Free
Café Scientifique
"What is life at -60°C" with Claire Le Calvez 

10 September 2013
Concordia is the French-Italian Research Station located on the Antarctic plateau where temperatures can reach -80°C during winter time. During these 9 months of winter, 15 people live and work there. During Summer time, the population can grow up to 90 people both scientists and technicians.
Life has to be organised taking into account the environmental constraints, the community constraints, the scientists projects, ...
Quite a big challenge which has to be renewed every year !

Claire Le Calvez, ‘Paul Emile Victor Institute’ senior staff member, is Technical & Logistical Manager at the Concordia Research Station.

This event is organised by the French Embassy in Ireland and the Alliance Française.

"What is life at -60°C" with Claire Le Calvez 
Tuesday, 10 September 2013, 6.30pm
@ Alliance Française Dublin
Admission Free, RSVP essential -
Antarctica - 'Furious Fifties'
An evening with French Explorer Jean-Louis Etienne 

11 September 2013
Dr Jean-Louis Etienne, Polar explorer, North Pole first solo on skis in 1986, co-leader of the International TransAntarctica expédition 1989-90 explorer, is designer and captain of the schooner now named “Tara”. As a doctor specialising in sports biology and nutrition, Jean-Louis Etienne has taken part in numerous expeditions to the Himalayas, Greenland and Patagonia. In advance of his next expedition, a year of exploration on the Southern Ocean aboard the ‘PolarPod’ a manned oceanographic platform designed to drift around Antarctica in the infamous ‘furious fifties’ winds, Dr Etienne will share stories of his past adventures and details of his upcoming trip.
The presentation introduced by the Ambassador of France to Ireland will be followed by a round table including Claire Le Calvez, Concordia Station Technical & Logistical Manager in Antarctica, Chris Bean, Director, UCD Earth Institute, Eimear Carlin, 2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador, Charlotte O’Kelly, CEO, Techworks Marine, Franck McGovern, Head of Climate Change Research & Science, EPA
During the evening “Concordia, Austral Sciences” a film produced by CNRS will be screened in partnership with CNRS Images

This event is organised by the French Embassy in Ireland, the Alliance Française and UCD Earth Institute.

Antarctica - ‘Furious Fifties’ 
An evening with French Explorer Jean-Louis Etienne
Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 6.30pm
with welcoming reception
@ Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street,
Dublin 2
Admission Free - places are limited: Register Here!
Info: 01 708 8309 -

Visual Arts
Exhibition: "Analysing Cubism"

13 September - 30 November 2013
Analysing Cubism explores the early decades of Cubism and features the work of such celebrated Cubist artists as Albert Gleizes, André Lhote, Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett. The exhibition looks at the work of a number of pioneering Irish artists who travelled to France and further afield to study modern art.
After its presentation in Dublin at the Irish Museum of Modern Art,  and in Cork, at the Crawford Art Gallery, the exhibition will be on display at the  F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge, Co Down.
Analysing Cubism is co-curated by Seán Kissane and Riann Coulter and is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the French Embassy in Ireland.
Analysing Cubism
13 September - 30 November 2013
F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge, Co Down 
Admission Free
Campus France, making studying in France easier!

18 - 20 September 2013
Campus France, the French National Agency for the Promotion of Higher Education Abroad, will host a stand at the Higher Options Fair on 18th, 19th and 20th September 2013 at the  RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin 4.
Do not hesitate to stop by and ask any question you may have on studying in France!

Campus France Office in Dublin
French Embassy in Ireland
4th Floor, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 - 01 708 83 07

Education's easy! Discover the new website 'Parlons français, c'est facile!'

Free & Online
Parlons français, c’est facile is the French cultural network’s new website raising awareness of French. It has been financed by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Discover and learn French ... it’s easy! Let yourself be guided by the webdocs and discover life in France through the eyes of four characters. As you go, workshops and games will help you to understand, learn and practise French.
Click here to visit the website!
"Chinese Sky Treasures" by Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud

28 September 2013
The Dunhuang Star Chart is a spectacular document relating to the history of astronomy which was brought back to light by a recent study from a group of scholars led by Dr. Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud.
Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud is an astrophysicist at the Astrophysical Department of the French Atomic Energy Commission (C.E.A.), a specialist in high energy astrophysics and in the study of highly condensed stars in the Galaxy (white dwarfs, neutrons stars and black holes).
To accompany this talk Blackrock Castle Observatory will also screen two films from CNRS images– the French National Agency for Scientific Research. The Dunhuang Star Chart is a documentary on the work carried out by Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud and his team and the Draconids Encounter 2011 is a documentary on one of the most famous meteor showers, the Draconides, from the comet Giacobini-Zinner.
For more information click here
"Chinese Sky Treasures"
A talk by Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud

Saturday, 28 September 2013, 7pm - 8.30pm
@ Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork 
Admission Free - (021) 435 7917
Science & Academia
Ulysses Research Programme for 2013/2014

Deadline for Applications: 7 October  2013
The Ulysses programme supports new research collaborations between Ireland and France. It facilitates the exchange of innovative ideas and approaches between Irish and French researchers.

This year, the Call for Ulysses Awards for Travel in 2014 opens on 2nd September 2013. The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 7th October 2013at 5pm.

The programme funds applications across all fields of research, except clinical medicine.

Visit for further details.
Digital Cinema
The Digital Platform of the Institut Français

Free Online Download Platform
The Institut Français, France’s International Agency for Cultural Policy affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers IFCINEMA, an Internet portal that enables to download films to organise NON-commercial film clubs easily across the nation (Universities, Cultural Centres, Associations, …).

This exclusive service is free and allow access to movies in the most diverse areas, with or without ADSL and presents a varied selection of films (feature and short films, fiction, documentary, animation), French film and World cinema, thematic cycles and content additional bonus such as video, photos, articles, and educational kits.
IFCINEMA offers 160 films in 2012 subtitled in 14 languages.
If you wish to avail of this service, please contact the Cultural Service of the French Embassy with your project.
To see the online catalogue visit:
Cultural Service
Embassy of France in Ireland
66 Fitzwilliam Lane
Dublin 2,

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