Icons of May 68

May 68 anniversary magazine covers

They painted slogans in the streets such as “sous les pavés la plage” and “soyez realiste demandez l’impossible.” Some carried Chairman Mao’s red book others took inspiration from Guy Debord’s  “La Société du Spectacle.”  Change was blown’ in the wind in May 1968 as students and workers took to the streets with demonstrations, massive general strikes and occupying universities and factories. For many “soixante huit” remains a major French reference point. And as Alain Geismar —one of the leaders of the time— later pointed out, the movement succeeded “as a social revolution, not as a political one.” Continue reading “Icons of May 68”

English-speaking Paris


Paris actress Vivienne Vermes impersonates Queen Elizabeth II discussing BREXIT. The spoof was written and acted by Vermes and filmed by friends using a Samsung 6. Very drole… check her out //www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSy8iAbk6kI

The Tower Theatre returns to Paris performing Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” (June 5-10, 2018) at the Théâtre de Verdure Jardin Shakespeare. The play (performed in English) is a life affirming classic where romance and love triumph over hearts frozen in perpetual winter. Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare, Pre Catalan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris. Tickets 20E.  Info: //www.towertheatre.org.uk/curseason.htm

Bibs & Bubbles calls out to all native English-speakers with a nice singing voice, a taste for playacting and a bubbly personality, to perform in front of little ones (under 3 years old).  Bibs & Bubbles organises English-language concerts and sensory development workshops for babies and small children in Paris. Our events offer a blend of popular music, rhymes and storytelling, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. For weekly workshops we are keen to work with artists on the long-term (6 months minimum commitment). This is important for children to feel at ease in a setting that will take them a bit out of their comfort zone.

Workshops will start in September 2018. For more information or to express interest, please reach out to Hortense at bibsandbubbles@outlook.com  You can also visit our website www.bibsandbubbles.fr and our Facebook group //www.facebook.com/groups/561015167612592/

Comedy Night at the Irish Cultural Center in Paris. Double bill with comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Jarlath Regan. Prepare for a hilarious evening of tips for ‘Success without a Sextape’ and what to do when your brother needs a kidney and you’re the only one who can give it to him! 27 – 28 June, €10 ( €7 for students and unemployed). The Irish Cultural Center is located at 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. Full details on //www.centreculturelirlandais.com/en/agenda/eleanor-tiernan-brjarlath-regan

English guitarist singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock in concert with guest Emma Swift Friday June 8 at 8PM. Two truly great musicians in an intimate Paris setting. La Chapelle des Lombards, 19, rue de Lappe Paris 11. Tickets: 22E.



Espace EDF Revisits Video Games

Tribute to video game developers

Over the last fifty years video games have gone from scientific curiosities to fads to becoming one of the most popular forms of entertainment earning billions world wide dwarfing the film industry. The exhibition “Game, le jeu video a travers le temps”  (History of Video Games) at the Foundation EDF revisits video games from Ralph Baer’s legendary “Brown Box” (1967) to Pac Man to mobile gaming and immersive virtual reality (until August 27). Continue reading “Espace EDF Revisits Video Games”

British Expats Get New Voting Rights

The British government recently announced plans on how it will deliver on its commitment to allow all expats to vote in parliamentary elections. The Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore, announced the new policy which sets out how the government will remove the current 15-year time limit on British citizens who live abroad registering as overseas electors. Continue reading “British Expats Get New Voting Rights”

Coluche Revisited

Paris’ Hotel de Ville pays homage via video clips, photos and memorabilia to the beloved French actor and comedian Coluche (1944-1986) with an exhibition marking the thirtieth anniversary of his death. The exhibition (until January 7, 2017) revisits his stage, television and movie career up to the announcement of his presidential candidacy. His “campaign” was supported by “Charlie Hebdo” with slogans such as “Before me France was divided in two, now it will be folded into fourths.” He wasn’t taken seriously until the Journal du Dimanche published a poll showing he was supported by 16% of the French voters. Under pressure from serious politicians he withdrew. Continue reading “Coluche Revisited”