September 2015

Culture Night at the French Embassy!
Friday 18 September 2015
The French Embassy is delighted to participate for the first time in Culture Night and the Downstairs Dublin initiative in Merrion Square, organised by the Irish Times and the Merrion Square community.

The new location of the French Embassy at 66 Merrion Square will host “Urban Light Contacts”, an interactive sound and light installation by French artists Scenocosme.

“Urban Light Contacts” is a sound and light interactive installation with body and skin in the public space. In a sensory staging, spectators’ bodies are transformed into sonorous human instruments. When a first person puts his hand on the shiny ball, his body turns reactive to other living bodies.

We invite you all to come along, adults and children, and take part in this engaging digital experience!

Friday 18 September 2015, 17:30- 22:30
Outdoor Installation - Admission Free
@ The French Embassy, 66 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Full details:

Climate Change
Breakfast conference on Climate Change
11 September 2015
In the light of COP21, the Embassy of France, in partnership with Trinity College Dublin and the France-Ireland Chamber of Commerce, is organizing on Friday 11th September a breakfast conference bringing together private sector industry and researchers working on innovative solutions to climate and water challenges. 
Friday 11 September,  8:30 - 1pm
@ Trinity College Dublin - Biomedical Sciences Instiute
Full programme:
Visual Arts
Exhibition: "What We Call Love"
11 September 2015 - 7 February 2016
Curated by Christine Macel, Chief Curator at Centre Pompidou, with Rachael Thomas, Head of Exhibitions at IMMAWhat We Call Love features almost 200 works, including over 30 works on loan from major collections such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate, London; Museé Picasso, Paris; Andy Warhol Museum to name a few.

Love in the 20th Century, according to the poet Arthur Rimbaud, had to be reinvented. Nowadays, in a world full of crisis and conflicts, tensed between opposite ideals, and submitted to increased individualism and intense consumption, love is seriously threatened and regularly challenged.

What We Call Love explores how the notion of love has evolved within the 20th century.

Featuring modern and contemporary masterworks from the world’s leading collections by ABRAMOVIĆ, BRANCUSI, DALÍ, DUCHAMP, ERNST, GIACOMETTI, OPPENHEIM, PICASSO, WARHOL, YOKO ONO, and many more.

Don't miss the Exhibition Opening Party on Friday 11 September

@ Irish Museum of Modern Art
Exhibition Admission:
€8.00 full price, €5.00 concession (senior citizens and the unwaged), under 18’s and those in full time education free.
Info 01-612 9900 -

Preview Lecture by Christine Macel
Friday 11 September, 5.30 - 6.30pm, Johnston Suite, IMMA

Book here

Exhibition Opening Party
Friday 11 September 2015, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Open to All - Admission Free
More Info

Call for projects: Ulysses 2016
Deadline 11 September 2015
Are you a researcher? Are you planning on or are currently working with France: the Ulysses Scheme is there to help you! See more information about the call for the 2016 Ulysses scheme.
Closing date for applications: 11th September.

Fashion & Technology
"The Futuristic Beauty" - Closing event of the Dublin Fashion Festival!
13 September 2015

A first in Ireland - LA Fashion Tech (France) presents: Sustainable Fashion Tech Show - When technology meets fashion!

LA Fashion Tech is a French organisation that seeks to bring together the ecosystem of fashion and technology in a sustainable development perspective.

French FashionTech designers Jeanne Bloch, artist choreographer and fashion tech entrepreneur, Nancy Boehm, E-Textile designer and Alice Giordani, designer focusing on the latest innovation trends within Textile and Electronics, as well as Teresa Almeida, researcher at the Culture Lab Newcastle (UK),  will come for the first time in Ireland to showcase their unique creations… Wearables LED and intelligent textiles…They want to show the Future of fashion!
Along with  Claire Garvey (world winning designer) launching her 1st ever Menswear Collection, Students' Design Competition with outfits made with recycled materials and a spectacular futuristic Bodypainting dance entertainment.

This is a fundraising event in aid of Cradle, an Irish non-governmental organisation helping children in war-torn countries and regions of the world hit by environmental crises. 

Sunday 13 September 
Doors 6.00pm – Show starts at 7.30pm
@ Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
Admission: €15 – discounts available for groups 10+
Contact: Delphine Sire, Event Co-ordinator 

Music & Sports
French Friday Rugby:  France plays at The Church
19 September 2015

Let's support FRANCE together during the WORLD CUP 2015!

Big screen plus many TVs will be set up for the occasion at The Church (Outside and Inside).
Pastis is back for Ze Aperitif and French food is planned during the match!

After match PARTY: Djs mixing Classic French + International Tunes + Electro!

Following up the successful Bastille Day celebration, The Church, in partnership with French Friday, and the French Embassy are delighted to organise further French Craic !
Saturday 19 September 2015, 7pm
France vs Italy

Admission Free
Full details here 
French Shows @ Dublin Theatre Festival
24 September - 11 October 2015
The Dublin Theatre Festival is back again this year with an impressive line up. Dont' miss your chance to see some of the best contemporary French shows! A French Focus including theatre, conferences and music is on the programme this year!
Clôture de l’amour by Pascal Rambert
28-29 September, 7.30pm
@ Samuel Becket Theatre, TCD Dublin 2

Winner of a French Drama Critics’ Association Award, Pascal Rambert’s play presents a couple in the final stage of a broken relationship.
Corps Diplomatique by Halory Goerger
1-3 October, 7.30pm
@ Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Creator of festival favourite ‘Germinal,’ French theatre-maker Halory Goerger asks what would happen if artists were left to drift in space to write a play.
French Focus
Super talks Conferences 

26 & 27 Septembe
Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
- American Rock Trip – The USA through its rock museums and other pop cabinets of curiosity
26 Sept, 1.15pm
Created by Stéphane Malfettes

- WiFi, from Antiquity to Today
27 Sept, 1.15pm
Created by Marie Lechner
French Focus
Dj Night « Quoi de neuf ? » 
3 October
@ The Grand Social, 

A one-off performance by Kilkenny drummer and multiinstrumentalist Rarely Seen Above Ground (R.S.A.G.) and Parisian DJ, producer and label owner, Cosmo Vitelli – together known as Teleoke.

Also on the night Nialler9 will host a DJ set in The Garden of the Grand Social alongside special guest selectors, featuring French-tinged music spanning the past 30 years.

Win Tickets!
For a chance to WIN TICKETS to one of the French shows, email your full contact details, the preferred show and date along with the code DTF to
Winners will be picked at random from all qualifying entries.
Digital Library
New digital library at TV5 Monde
TV5 Monde is offering an exciting new digital library that contains a choice selection of classics in French literature. The digital library offers not only online copies of the full texts, but also educational resources containing reading and literary analysis strategies.

They will also be publishing news reports from the francophone world every Friday, accompanied by bonus teaching materials to help approach these news reports in a classroom setting.
Both resources are free of charge.
Pedagogical ressources
Digital library's books
The Remembrance Trails of the Great War guide you through the remembrance sites of Northern France and provide an insight into a major event of European history that affected the entire world.
Writing Contest
Call for the 32nd International Prize for young writer in French language
Deadline 1 March 2016
The International Prize for Young Writer in French Language is an annual prize for unpublished works of imagination in prose (news, stories, narratives), written in French by young authors aged 15 to 27 years.
Application deadline: 1 March 2016
For more information, read carefully the rules
For additional information: / 33 5 62 23 20 99
Bringing quantum wells to light

Henri Bachau, from the University of Bordeaux and Lampros Nikolopoulos, from Dublin City University, have been working together on quantum physics for more than ten years, trying to bring quantum wells to light. Find out more here:
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