You can't travel to France? It is not a problem! The Alliance Française de Philadelphie has created for you
LA BOÎTE À CULTURE
Thanks to this page, you can read, watch, dance, listen, and even cook... in French.
Here is a non-exhaustive list to explore and discover the French culture from every angle... at home!
You don't know Culturethèque yet ? It's time!
Culturethèque is a digital library for children and adults. Easy to use, you will have access to your favorite French magazines, listen to lectures, introduce your children to French learning material and much more... Over 400 magazines, 1,000 books, 200 comics, 300 videos and 370 learning materials!
During these difficult times you can enjoy a free-access to Culturethèque until May 30 if you register before April 15. It is a great opportunity to test this digital library before becoming a member to have an unlimited and free access!
A list of 609 free-access movies, Ali Baba's Cave of Moviegoers!
“Cinéma du réel” International Festival
Mediapart offers a free-access to the 13 movies of the category “Première fenêtre”, devoted to young authors who did their first masterpiece. You can vote for your favorite!
France Musique replay concerts.
ARTE concerts offers replay concerts and 1 concert per day on their Facebook page.
European Philharmonics open their archives offering a free access to their past concerts.
Starting March 17, The Paris Opera offers a free-access to its archives. Each show will be available for 6 days, and after this delay it will be another show etc. Here is the program:
The 3ème Scène of the Paris Opera: The Internet is a public place, a collective meeting place, a place for expression and creation.After the Palais Garnier in 1875 and the Opéra Bastille in 1989, the Paris Opera has decided to build its 3e Scène (3rd stage) in the digital world. In this new space, the Paris Opera intends to continue its dialogue with the public and also to make new friends. The 3e Scène’s spectators live all around the globe, speak every language, and love art in all its forms.
OperaVision is opera for the connected world. Watch live streams as the operas themselves unfold in the opera house. View your favourite performances, subtitled, on demand. Learn about the art form and specific productions by browsing our richly populated digital library, stories, and articles. Discover resources for young audiences and for artistic career development. In English, French, and German, thoughtfully curated, and free to browse and explore.
Don’t forget to check on your favorite artists’ Instagram and Facebook pages, most of them offer live!
The Digital Library of the French National Library, Gallica
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge. You can have access to billions of documents : movies, texts, live concerts, videos, books etc.
Another way to discover the French theatre with podcasts “Entendre le théâtre” (Hear the theater). The “Hear the Theatre” website is dedicated to telling this story from the perspective of the voice. Inviting a journey through numerous archives, it is organised in four sections covering the technical and acoustic aspects of the performance, as well as the aesthetic and socio-political dimensions of the voice on stage, in particular its accents, or the purely aural modes of existence of the theatre which developed at that time via radio and records.
Apollo Theatre (in Paris) shows are available in live streaming.
The Theatre de la Colline’s director offers a podcast everyday: Journal de confinement (Lockdown Diary). A word from confined human to confined human. Once a day words like windows to slice through the brutality of this horizon.
Pompidou Centre’s podcasts to discover a famous masterpiece or do a virtual visit of a collection.
The Louvre’s resources online with some focus on artists, artworks, technics, restoration etc.
National Centre of the Plastic Arts’ online collections.
Virtual museum tours in France:
The Louvre Egyptian Antiquities, Apollo's Salon, Medieval Louvre... Here's something to keep you busy at home and discover the riches of one of the most visited museums in the world.
The SACEM Discover music with a new eye... This is what the SACEM Museum offers through its collections and other exhibitions. A fully digital museum that invites you to discover history in all its forms through sound.
Paris City Museums Discovering works exhibited at the Musée Cernuschi, the Musée d’Art Moderne, at the Musée de La Libération or at the Petit Palais while staying home? Paris Musées offers you digital access to its collections for free. All in all, over 320,000 works expect you and invite you to discover their history through virtual exhibitions.
Musée du Quai Branly The Musée des Arts Premiers virtually opens via the Google "Arts and Culture" project and invites us to discover its collections while waiting for its reopening. Let's make the most of it to discover the permanent collections from Oceania to Africa via Asian arts.
UMA, The Universal Museums of Art Don’t try and look this museum in Paris, it has no physical address, but the UMA – created by four young French entrepreneurs – offers you to visit its virtual museum including many works of art from private collection, museums from all over the world and from the public record. Ideal to discover art without leaving your couch!
Air France virtual museum To discover everything about the history of the French airline, head to Air France website and enjoy a tour of their virtual museum. A way to travel without leaving your home!
Mucem The Marseilles museum also offers us to discover its collections via the Google "Arts and Culture" project, including many works to enjoy on Mediterranean civilizations.
For the latecomers: Past exhibitions of Paris museums in a virtual visit
Frida Kahlo’s exhibition: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/frida-kahlo
Arab World Institute’s collections.
Versailles Palace’s web series.
Visit the the largest archaeological parks.
Parisian monuments in 2.0 version:
Virtual visits on the rooftops of Paris:
Replay lecture of France Culture (it is possible to slow down the video’s speed).