Stuttgart ‘French Weeks’ Explore French-German Cultural Cooperation

Every year, artists, institutions and associations discover cultural exchange between France and Germany

November 14th, 2016
Roberta Capelluti, CD News

The ‘French Weeks’ are the highlight of the Franco-German dialogue and annual cultural exchange in the region of Stuttgart. They include a versatile program with many partners and more than 70 projects. During recent years, interest in French literature, movies and arts has been increasing.

Since 1999, the ‘French Weeks’ in the Stuttgart area have strengthened the friendship and connection between France and Germany and helped the neighbors to get to know one another better. The focus is not only on Germany and France, but also on intercultural exchange.

From 12th to 23rd October, the ‘French Weeks’ will be held in Stuttgart. The event is organized by the cultural institutes François in Stuttgart and is focused on the relationship between the two cultures, expressed through art, film, photography, theater, dance and even food.

The program includes consideration of artworks made in Paris in 1900, which are seen as the city’s most important art and which have inspired several artists in Stuttgart, including Käte Schaller-Harlin.

There will also be consideration of the encounter between the two cultures. There is a tribute to Johan Sebastian Bach, German composer and musician of the Baroque period who is considered one of the greatest geniuses in the history of music. His works are noted for their intellectual depth, mastery of technique and expression and artistic beauty.

A group of three French percussionists are reinterpreting his works using African percussion. This award-winning trio formed in 2010 and manages to involve the crowd with charm, wit and energetic sounds.

The week of the French program also provides other interesting events on French and German expression, such as a play starring two French actors, Alina Martin and Jilan Rorrain, who recite ethical theories to the accompaniment of the cello. The theories include those by Albert Schweitzer, a Franco-German doctor, musician, musicologist, philanthropist, philosopher and winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize.

There will also be a photographic exhibition focussing on Marseille, and an exhibition of designs which portray the beautiful city and its architecture and modernization.

Throughout the summer, the Institut Français has been exhibiting numerous creative photos in the ‘Next stop: France’ exhibition. Finally, there will be a reading by the former French Minister of Equal Opportunities, Azouz Begag, who will present his book ‘Le Gone du Chaaba’. The book is an autobiographical story about his youth which also refers to the cultural differences between the Arab and the French communities.


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