« 4 Kouleurs Grafik » : A week in Saint Lucia

 

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At the end of January 2014, the Alliance française of Saint Lucia was pleased to take part in a very unique project : the coming of renown guadeloupean artists from « 4 Kouleurs Grafics », a street art organization. A coherent team composed by four graphic art and urban arts lovers ,strongly influenced by hip-hop culture. This meeting could have never been held without the crucial initiative of the Nobel Laureate Committee and the supports from OECS and the UWI Open Campus. This unique project aimed at forging new paths and bringing new perspectives and opportunities, as a way to promote dialogue between caribbean islands through artistic expression.

The first event which was held  on January 23rd, at the Alliance française building, was a big affair: starting early afternoon with the set up of their exhibition, the group then led an introduction to graff through a workshop with the youth. Following was held a public projection of their documentary « Nou Yorkers, » which ended with a discussion between the audience and the performers. Finally, in the evening, visitors and students gathered to witness a great live artwork, the creation of a mural. A very intense and inspired performance, during which was displayed a powerful chemistry of colors, which added to the delight. In doing so, they graced the audience with a unique performance which highlights the potential of a connection between Guadeloupe – Saint Lucia. A strong message that the Alliance française of Saint-Lucia had the honor to share. This first even was only the beginning, in order to introduce and showcase the group to St. Lucian community.

Indeed, in the days that followed, the group visited communities working on workshops with the youth, still with the aim to generate awareness and interest in this street art culture. The project, led by both the cultural coordination of Alliance française and Kentilla Louis (Theatre Arts Curriculum Officer Ministry of Education), was meant to create a contact with troubled youth, particularly knowing  the context of violence and high juvenile crime that presently experiences Saint Lucia. The strength of this approach is the awareness that we can bring  to young people with a positive, useful, creative and virtuous message. The goal is social and behavioral changes, with a promotion of knowledges, peace and respect through culture and visual art.

The 4KG collective concluded its work in Saint Lucia with the production of a large mural in Conway, on the walls of the Methodist school of Castries. This work was carried out with the participation of young people who have worked hand in hand with the team. The official inauguration of this mural was done at school in the presence of the Governor General, the youth,  4KG themselves, and all project partners.

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Street art | 23rd of January, exclusive Graffiti live show @ Alliance Française

4KG AFFICHE LDCreated in 2003 by Myki, Yeswoo, Nywo and Tryspa, “4 Kouleurs Grafik” (4KG) is one of the most important collective of graffiti artists in Guadeloupe.
For the 4KG, Graffiti is above all, a passion for the Hip-Hop culture ! More than a style, Hip-hop is a way of life. Created in the United States in the early 70s, this culture with 4 components (DJing, Bboying, MCing, and Graffiti) combines social claims and festive aspect. Nowadays, it’s a global movement really powerful especially in the French territories.

With the support of UWI Open Campus, the nobel Laureate weeks, the OECS and Alliance Française, the 4KG will be facilitating artistic workshops with a panel of Saint Lucian youth and local artists. A mural will be created at the end of next week in central Castries !

Come and discover their universe on the 23rd of January at Alliance Française for an exclusive graffiti live performance!

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Ciné-Club | Festival du court métrage, short film festival ! 11th of DEC

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During the month of december, the Alliance Française joins the Short film Festival « Le jour le plus court ». To promote this international meeting in Saint Lucia, an exclusive projection will be held at the Pyramid on December 11th from 4.00pm to 7.30pm. It will be a great opportunity to discover the artistic diversity and different viewpoints between French films and international cinema.

4pm – 5pm : Ciné-Class : A la découverte du Français !
Come and learn french with a selection of french short movies! For All level

5.30pm – 7.30pm : Ciné-Marathon
Come and discover an exclusive selection of short movies from France, the Caribbean and the world. Vote for your favorite movie!

FREE ENTRANCE – DRINKS & SNACKS AVAILABLE

Until the 21st, follow the festival online and get acess to exclusive short films on the official Facebook page of alliance Française.

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Cine-Club | Special international campaign against the death penalty | Violette Nozière

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A french movie by Claude Chabrol , with Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean Carmet

Date of release 1978
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Duration : 130min
Genre : Drama, Thriller

Violette Nozière de Claude Chabrol est un film basé sur l’histoire vraie d’une jeune fille de 19 ans, Violette Nozière, qui dans les années 1930 a été jugé et condamné pour l’assassinat de son père et tentative d’assassinat sur sa mère. Jouée par Isabelle Huppert (qui a remporté plusieurs prix pour sa performance), Violette est une jeune fille à la recherche de sensations fortes qui tombe amoureuse d’un bon à rien, Jean Dabin, dans les faubourgs de Paris. Violette cherche à s’échapper de son quotidien familial qu’elle juge trop étriqué, elle veut vagabonder, vivre ses rêves dans le Paris de son temps. Soucieuse de donner de l’argent à son amant, Violette commet le parricide afin d’hériter de la fortune de son père. Mais la mère de Violette, jouée par la superbe Stéphane Audran, survit quant à elle à l’empoisonnement. C’est son témoignage qui condamne Violette, d’abord à la guillotine, puis à une peine à perpétuité commuée.

Claude Chabrol’s Violette Nozière was based on the true story of 19-year-old girl,Violette Noziere, who in the 1930s was tried and convicted for the murder of her father and the attempted murder of her mother. As played by Isabelle Huppert (who won several awards for her performance), Violette is a thrill-seeking girl who falls for a no-good slug from the slums of Paris,Jean Dabin, in the suburb of Paris. Anxious to escape her daily family life that she judge too incommodious, she wants to wander, live her dreams in the contemporary Paris. Anxious to give money to her lover, Violette hatches the patricide scheme in order to inherit her father’s fortune. But Violette’s mother, played as an deglamorized drudge by the otherwise stunning Stephane Audran, is not so easily disposed of; it is her testimony which helps convict and condemns Violette, first to the guillotine, then to a commuted life sentence.

 

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From the 1st to the 14th, Philippe Bourgade | La Martinique des mornes | photo exhibition @ Blue Coral Mall, Castries

MARTINIQUE DES MORNESSi Philippe Bourgade avoue n’avoir découvert la photo que tardivement, à l’occasion d’un voyage à Cuba au cours duquel un appareil photo lui avait cruellement fait défaut, sa passion de l’art photographique n’aura, depuis lors, jamais dévié. Une passion qui l’anime, le nourrit, l’aspire, le transcende, depuis ses premières expositions en 1986, « La canne à sucre », à la Villette, à Paris, « Ombres et lumières », sans jamais trahir sa quasi-obsession, sa Martinique, celle des mornes. Une Martinique des mornes qui nourrit son travail et prend sa source dans les hauteurs de Bezaudin, à Sainte-Marie.
A travers Martinique des Mornes Philippe Bourgade entend rendre justice à une Martinique que nous ne savons plus voir, entendre, percevoir, respecter. Celle de la campagne qui alimente non seulement les ventres des citadins mais aussi leur imaginaire, leurs réflexes enfouis, leur être profond. Et Dean est venu lui donner raison, nous obligeant à retrouver de naturelle façon les gestes oubliés, « charroyer » de l’eau depuis la rivière ou la source, faire cuire le fruit à pain vitement-pressé dans le koko-nèg avant qu’il ne devienne « dou», faire la lessive à la rivière et la mettre à sécher au grand air, transformer nos abrutissantes soirées-télé en veillées ludiques à la lueur vacillante d’une bougie, etc.

Notre campagne méconnue –celle que nous ne verrons plus (délices du Kalibanjo égalant tous les toboggans du monde) comme celle des gestes éternels, inoubliables, se déploie sous nos yeux. Ce sont les mornes qui travaillent dur, pêchent le mulet ou l’écrevisse, s’acharnent à bâter un mulet plus que rétif… Ce sont les mornes des actes de l’évidence quotidienne, faire cuire son riz dans une vieille casserole et le regarder cuire comme si l’on avait pour cela toute la vie… Les mornes dédiés aux plaisirs simples, balancer un sèbi, frapper un domino, chalouper un bèlè, sauter à la corde, jouer au cerceau, se baigner, etc…

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« On joue sur la Terre » / « Playing on Earth » |INTERNATIONAL PHOTO CONTEST 2013/2014

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The Alliance Française of Saint Lucia and the Fondation Alliance française are running a new international Photo Contest! The theme is: « On joue sur la Terre! » (“Playing on Earth”). This contest is held locally and internationally.


CONDITIONS

This event is free and open to everybody over 18 years old resident in St Lucia. This competition is open to amateur or semi-professionals photographers.

Each participant must send two pictures around the theme « On joue sur la Terre / We play on earth » to the Alliance Française of St Lucia. The goal is to showcase the various social and cultural functions of games in all possible settings (games, gambling, video games, outdoor games, children games, competitions etc. This photo contest will also provide an opportunity to discover the evolution of recreational practices worldwide.

Each participant shall submit their 2 photos in TIFF file format (preferred) or JPEG format (as an alternative) with a resolution of 300 dpi, minimum 30×40 cm, and 3543×4724 pixels.

The following information must also accompany the 2 photos submitted by each participant:

– Brand, model and reference information about the camera used

– The f-stop used

– The shutter speed used

– If a negative was used, information about the film (brand, Iso number).

Each participant must provide original and exclusive pictures (no reproduction allowed).

Each participant must have read the attached rules and agree to the terms by sending back to the Alliance Française a signed copy of the RULES & REGULATIONS .  Rules and regulations available here


DATES

– 2nd December 2013: Deadline to submit your pictures.

– Between 3rd of December and 3rd of January: The winning pictures will be selected by a jury of the Alliance française de Sainte Lucie and sent to the Fondation Alliance française in Paris.

– 25th January 2014: Final decision by the jury of the Foundation AF: 40 worldwide laureates will be selected for a collective exhibition, and among them, the jury will distinguish a final winner and 19 other finalists.


PRIZES

Saint Lucian contest

Prizes will be given out to the 3 St Lucian finalist of the local contest by Alliance Française of St Lucia. The photos from the St Lucian contest will be displayed at Alliance Française in 2014 within the framework of a local exhibition.

International contest

A selection of the work from the internationals finalists will be exhibited in a Parisian art gallery and/or at the Fondation Alliance française’s own gallery.
The winner’s pictures will be displayed individually in a Parisian art gallery.
Some pictures will be selected and published in French art magazines.
The Fondation Alliance française will also offer the winner a return plane ticket to Paris, as well as accommodation in the French capital for a week.

 


ADVICE

  • You must have the consent of the people photographed
  • Remember that photographs of buildings (new or historical) are subjected to ownership rights
  • Do not show objects (clothing, furniture, objects) with a brand or signature

Rules and regulations available here

September the 4th | The Alliance Française of St. Lucia presents a Caribbean Photography Exhibition « Metiers du monde / Jobs around the World »

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The 4th of September at 6.30 p.m at the Pyramid, Pointe Seraphine, The Alliance Française is hosting the opening ceremony of the Caribbean edition from the international photo exhibition entitled “Jobs around the World”
This exhibition is the result of an international competition held in 167 Alliances Françaises in 74 countries and 5 continents . The Parisian jury met at the Fondation Alliance Française in Paris last February and they did not miss to underline the high quality of the presented photos.
The Caribbean edition of this contest features the works of photographers from St Lucia, St Vincent, St Kitts and Jamaica. This regional exhibition will be held at the Alliance Française of St Lucia for the entire month of September and will tour in other Alliances Françaises of the region (St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Grenada and Jamaica).
We warmly encourage the public to come discover and support the works of talented local and regional photographers! Professional photographers, personalities of the diplomatic corps and from the government will be in attendance. The ceremony will be followed by a cocktail.

FREE ENTRANCE | FREE COCKTAIL

Winning photography for this contest can be seen on the Fondation Alliance Française website.

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Educational trip of Anses d’Arlet Secondary School from Martinique in Saint- Lucia

collegiens972The co-operation for education agreement signed in July 2012 between the Academy of Martinique and the Minister of Education of Saint –Lucia has provided new dynamic and allowed more exchanges to be organized between Primary and Secondary schools from both side of the Channel.

A group of 29 student and 5 teachers from Anses d’Arlet , a  Southern city of Martinique visited St Lucia from the 2nd to the 9th of June. Thanks to the support of the Alliance française and the French Embassy, the trip was organized with linguistic, cultural and educational objectives. Lodged in Gros Ilet, the Form 5 students were welcomed in the Alliance française to  do some revision for the “Brevet des Colleges” (equivalent to the CXC in France) during the morning and go on excursions in the afternoon ( visiting Castries and its market, Pigeon Island Historical Landmark ,shopping at  Baywalk, playing golf in Cap Estate ..) Lire la suite

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Roots of Carnival: From Samba to Calypso | Projection and exhibition, 10th of July, 5.00 p.m. @ Alliance Française

CARNIVAL2 Carnival is the major Caribbean and Latin American cultural form. Within the framework of the Saint Lucian Carnival, Alliance Francaise in  collaboration with the Brazilian Embassy and Youth SPAC will be exploring the origins of the music of Carnival in an activity entitled: “Roots of Carnival, From Samba to Calypso”.
The event will included portrayals by carnival bands, as well as an exhibition examining the French and Caribbean carnivals and a film by the french filmmakers Ariel De Bigault entitled “Cariocas” exploring the Brazilian Samba.
Samba is a Brazilian dance and musical genre originating in Bahia by the enslaved African descendants. It has become one of the major components of the Brazilian Carnival. The film will explore this component with some interviews and demonstrations. It will be the stimulus for the panel discussion with representatives from the Saint Lucia Steel Pan Association, the Saint Lucia Calypso Association, music and carnival experts and a Brazilian representative.

The event will end with a cocktail.

Focus on the movie : Eclats noirs du Samba, Cariocas | By Ariel de Bigault

CariocasTraditional music from Brazilian Carnival, samba is a part of the Brazilian culture since the late 19th century. The movie “Cariocas” reveals the various facets of Samba in Rio de Janeiro. During the twentieth century, from the sambodrome to the hood, from the north and south of the city, the samba has evolved and multiplied in different genres: samba enredo, samba canção, pagode, partido alto, choro …. Gran Othelo, storyteller and witness, guides us in the city to discover its culture.
Martinho da Vila reveals the secrets of his famous sambas. The various Cariocas musicians express Rio de Janeiro flavors, stories, colors and feelings. Featuring : Martinho da Vila, Great Othello, Paulo Moura, Rosinha of Valença do Fundo Quintal Miguelzinho, Zé da Velha, Velha Guarda da Portela, Nelson Sargento, Wilson Moreira, the Schools of Samba Portela, Mangueira, Vila Isabel, as well as documents de Pixinguinha and Candeia and some extracts from the movie “Rio Zona Norte” (Nelson Pereira dos Santos).

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