Visiting or staying in Paris on Bastille Day, July 14th (aka La Fête Nationale) and deciding which activities to do? Here are 5 ideas to make your day fun and memorable:
1. Catch the spectacular Military Parade & Flyover at 10am at the Arc de Triomphe and then, the parade at 11am along the Champs-Élysée. Get there early for a good viewing spot.
2. Fireworks & Concert at the Eiffel Tower. You can picnic before and catch the free concert at 9:30 on the grassy area of Champs de Mars where you'll also have a great view of the Eiffel Towers fireworks. Get there early, of course!
3. Skip the city altogether and head to Versailles for the very special water fountain show. Best to buy tickets to Versailles ahead of time.
4. Views from Montmartre: Find a hotel with a view and catch the fireworks show from Montmartre! It's lovely just to wander and see the views from Sacré Coeur as well.
5. And finally, how about a dinner cruise on the Seine to see the fireworks and the city? What a memory, right?? Click here to find out more.
Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful holiday weekend in Paris!
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Fashion in the Marais, Guided Tour
July 8, 2019 // 2-4pm
Location: Meeting point TBC in advance
WICE Members & Their Guests – €30.00
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You will learn to be aware of your surroundings and keep a lookout for moments while walking on the street, through a market, or in a crowd during a day of national celebration. You will train your eye while learning about the photos of great masters, such as Robert Doisneau, Saul Leiter and Martin Parr.
Students can expect to:
Your instructor, Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manuel works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, dance and fine art photography. (Photo credit: Juan Manuel Abella)
July 6, 2019 // 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Six different wine from six different regions will be served during this session. Taste Champagne, white, rose, red, and sweet wines, while discovering their unique attributes. This favor tour of sorts will take through Champagne, Alsace, burgundy, Provence, Bordeaux, and the Loire Valley. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about wine. Small nibbles will be served.
Instructor, Hélène Goble, comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
Jul 2, 2019 // 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Instructor's Residence, 75016 Paris: metro BoissièreWICE Members & Their Guests – €70.00
Beginners to advance photographers curious about various modes and camera settings are welcome to join this course, where you’ll dive deep into understanding and shooting with different modes. Each class will focus on elements of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Get practical knowledge on the how and why – explore your new knowledge and obtain friendly critiques of your work.
Instructor, Juan Manuel Abellán, specializes in Photography and Contemporary Art. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Juan Manuel works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, dance and fine art photography.
June 7 – June 21, 2019 (3 Sessions)
* Session 1: 07 Jun 2019, 9:30 AM 1:30 PM* Session 2: 14 Jun 2019, 9:30 AM 1:30 PM* Session 3: 21 Jun 2019, 9:30 AM 1:30 PM
WICE Members & Their Guests, €195.00
The following post is student work from the WICE feature-writing course – Paris, Mai 2019
L Adieu a la Nuit (Farewell to Darkness)
film review by Mo. Amaudry
Andre Techine’s latest movie, which stars the iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve, is an intense and poignant thriller about a dysfunctional family facing contemporary cultural issues.
Inspired by journalist David Thomson’s series of interviews with French radicalised youth, the film tells the story of an attractive and well bred young man, who comes to visit his grandmother before taking off to seek his fortune in Canada, or so we are led to believe.
Deneuve is his only family left and as a grand mother, the actress breaks away from the ice- queen image, for which she is known since appearing on the cover of Time magazine a couple of decades ago as the most beautiful blonde in the world. Here she plays a dark-haired grandma ‘to look more authentic’ she claims, wearing riding boots and plaid shirts, running a ranch in the wild Basque country.
The story is set against the rough, sunny and beautiful coastline in Southwest France. We initially watch a lunar eclipse quickly clearing up to show a large cherry tree orchard in full bloom where Deneuve is stalking a wild boar with her rifle. She intimidates them but lets him get away.
The carefully crafted story line shows sunny life on the ranch, where young kids riding thorough bred horses are celebrating a horse race. But Deneuve’s grandson Alex, is conspicuously absent, as he is planning his pending departure to new horizons.
We soon discover the dark menace ahead when Alex goes to meet his muslin girlfriend. She is a social worker, but has also become a member of a group of jihadists. She is the leading force behind Alex’s indoctrination to radical Islam.
Techine s film flows smoothly from one scene to another to set off the intergenerational conflicts, in today’s society. Deneuve tries everything to prevent her grandson from leaving, while Alex is determined to do whatever it takes to pursue his goal.
The beauty and intensity of the movie is found through cinematographer Julian Hirsch camera which criss-crosses the emotional and physical paths followed by the protagonists, while the tension and the passion mounts on both sides to lead to a conclusion which will leave both sides deeply bruised but with a ray of hope.
Techina, who is 76 and has previously shot 8 movies with Deneuve, sticks successfully to his detached approach to story telling and does not pass judgement on the characters, leaving the viewer to think hard and long about the issues facing a dysfunctional society.
Deneuve gives a poignant performance as a grandmother attempting to save her grandson from his deadly fate. She leads the film with grace and dignity and her unabashed determination. Turning 75 this year, still attractive and ageing gracefully, she is one of the most important actresses of our time having worked with the greatest film directors such as Luis Bunuel, Roman Polanski, Jacques Demis, and Francois Truffaut. Today, she keeps playing leading roles in films dealing with serious societal and cultural issues with the talent and skill that have infatuated her viewers for the past 7 decades!
L’ Adieu a la Nuit, (Farewell to Darkness) DVD will be out next August.
New date: June 20 2019 // 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location : Meeting point: Le Centquatre entrance, 4 rue Curial
WICE Members & Their Guests – €35.00 (Bring additional €6 for entry fee)Registration >
Examples of architectural works by Le Corbusier, Guimard, and Mallet-Stevens are represented in the 16eme district. With ornate 19th century building, large avenues, museum, and various parks, the 16eme has been one of French high society’s favorites residential neighborhoods. The walk and visit will take you to the house “Maison la Roche” and to Rue Mallet-Stevens, which demonstrated many examples of his style. You’ll also discover the Art Nouveau work of architect Hector Guimard. This visit is guided by the knowledgeable art historian, Catherine Estivalezes.
June 6, 2019// 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: 55, rue du Docteur Blanche, 75016 PARIS
WICE Members, €35.00
Jamika Ajalon is an Inter-disciplinary artist working as a poet, songwriter, performer and artist. She's published and performed internationally both solo and collaboratively. Jamika's words display a particular reverence for the sheer musical quality built-in to words. Often in both her writing and spoken word, she sculpts language into unique objects that come fresh to our ears. As result, her texts encourage us to meditate on tone and the percussive nature of words as single note or a connecting phrase – and of course, the overall meaning and power within the alternating delivery of her language.
Jamika will be presenting selected works from her latest book of poetry at WICE Saturday, April 13, 6-8pm combining spoken word alongside improvised electronic soundscape. Refreshments will be served. Words will be served to your ears!
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