"French Weeks Miami": France showcases its talents in South-Florida ! [fr]

Starting on October 24, 2013, Miami and its surrounding cities highlight the three colors of France by displaying movies, lectures, roundtables, music concerts and social events, until November 15th, 2013.


Keep your agenda open to mark these numerous events, organized under the patronage of his Excellency, François Delattre, the Ambassador of France to the United States.

Thanks to the active and essential collaboration of numerous partners such as universities, economic and cultural organizations, festival producers, and movie theaters, the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Miami, in partnership with this consulate, will open this 6th edition of the ’French Weeks Miami.’



1. Economic focus: Lectures, roundtables and trade shows


The economic program of these ’French Weeks Miami’ edition includes a high-level luncheon focusing on French talent and economic diplomacy with, as the keynote speaker, Ms. Helene Conway-Mouret, Minister Delegate for French Nationals Abroad, attached to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. The program includes as well two trade shows and a fashion show offering products from Martinique, a roundtable with top executives, and an interactive conversation of European Union’s experts concentrating on France.

1.1 - A luncheon focusing on French talent and economic diplomacy with French Minister, Ms. Helene Conway-Mouret

Economic diplomacy is a top priority for the French Government. In April 2013, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, stated that the ministry "should also be, through all its tasks, the home of businesses".
This topic will serve as the central issue in the presentation that will be delivered by the Minister Delegate for French Nationals Abroad, attached to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Hélène Conway-Mouret. Mr. François Delattre Ambassador of France to the United States will accompany the Minister in her official visit to Miami.

Date: Friday November 1, 2013 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Address: Ballroom, Conrad Hotel, Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
(305) 503-6529 1395 - For information and reservations, please log on to frenchweeksmiami.com

1.2 - Discover the beautiful island of Martinique


  • Martinique showcases its products in Fort Lauderdale and Miami

    Several entrepreneurs and professionals are coming to South Florida to meet their counterparts and local executives in Miami Dade and Broward and display their products. For more information, visit frenchweeksmiami.com

  • Martinique Magnifique: your ’Next French Caribbean Retreat’:

    On November 14, 2013, the Region of Martinique organizes a special show to promote the Caribbean island as a tourist destination. The trade show welcomes press and travelers agencies: a beautiful teaser.

  • Fashion Show by "Extreme Chic"

    "Extreme Chic" is a line of timeless clothing designed for women. The French Designer deeply influenced by his Caribbean origin gave to this collection the colors and the feather light materials that invite to travel. Following the "White collection" fashion show, you will have the pleasure to enjoy a nice cocktail with a tasting menu and rum from Martinique.

Date: Wednesday November 13, 2013 - From 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Address: Temple House, 1415 Euclid Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 - For more info: frenchweeksmiami.com - Free entrance on invitations: contact@savourtradex.com

1.3 Economic roundtable with speakers from Pay-Pal and Amazon

"Building Successful Global Teams in the 21st Century New Economy" will be the theme discussed by the two top French Executives of well-known IT companies:

  • Marc Onetto, former SVP Worldwide Operations, Amazon.com
  • Patrick Dupuis, SVP Chief Financial Officer, PayPal eBay Group
Adress: Beacon Council, 80 SW 8th Street, Suite 2400
Miami, FL 33130
Date: Friday November 15, 2013 - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM - For more info, visit frenchweeksmiami.com

1.4 Conversations on Europe: “France as a Global Leader”

Conversations on Europe present "France as a Global Leader”, an interactive conversation in French via video-conference featuring top experts on the European Union that will talk about this subject in a virtual round table. Participants will be able to directly ask questions to the experts in order to expand their knowledge on the topic. This event organized by the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence at FIU is part of ’French Weeks Miami 2013’ calendar.

It will be held at FIU- Green Library (GL—156) on Thursday November 21st at 12:00pm. The event is free and both remote and local audience is welcomed to participate http://casgroup.fiu.edu/miamieuc/events.php?id=2938

2. On Veterans Day: France pays tribute to American soldiers

France will be eternally grateful for the incommensurable effort made by young Americans for its freedom. In order to pay tribute to three of these American heroes who fought on French soil during WWII, a ceremony will be held November 11th, 2013 at 10:00 AM at University of Miami.


During "French Weeks Miami", on Veterans Day, in partnership with the University of Miami, the Consul General of France, Mr. Philippe Létrilliart, will award the insignias of “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur” (“Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor”) to several U.S. veterans who fought alongside France during World War II.

Address: University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Date: November 11th, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 11 AM
For more information, please contact: legionofhonorflorida@yahoo.com

3. Sister cities come together to celebrate jazz


"Miami Nice Jazz festival" launches "French Weeks Miami" 2013.

From October 23rd to November 10th, 2013, enjoy the best of Jazz music throughout Miami. Save the dates knowing that Gregory Porter is on stage Oct. 25th!

While jazz’s history goes as far back as 1910 in New Orleans, in the well-known French Riviera’s town of Nice, jazz has been a part of its musical culture since 1948. Notable acts that have performed at the Nice Jazz Festival have included Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Al Grey, just to name a few.

The Nice Jazz Festival has catapulted itself onto the international stage, joining forces with Miami, its sister city since 1963, in order to create Miami Nice Jazz Festival in 2012.

This year’s festival is set to begin on October 23rd, 2013, and will go on until November 10th, 2013.

In Miami, there are a variety of locations already set to receive the various jazz talents, including the Conrad Hotel in Miami, the Van Dyke Cafe in South Beach, the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, and of course the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, the jewel of local entertainment facilities.

Venue Information

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

  • Performance by: French Horn
Location: Van Dyke Cafe, 846 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Friday, October 25, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

  • Performance by: Gregory Porter and the Stamps Jazz Quintet
Location: South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St, Cutler Bay, FL 33189

Saturday, October 26, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

  • Performance by: Jil Aigrot presents Edith an homage to Edith Piaf, Jil Aigrot as Edith Piaf

Jil Aigrot, a native of Cannes was chosen to be the voice of the great singer Edith Piaf in Olivier Dahan award-winning film, "La Vie en Rose", with which Marion Cotillard won the Academy Award in the leading.

Location: Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center, 174 E Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33131

_ Saturday, October 26, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

  • Performance by: After show concert with Solstice
Location: Soya E Pomodoro, 120 NE 1 Street, Miami, FL 33132

Saturday, November 2, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

  • Performance by: Stanley Clarke with the Harlem String Quartet Orchestra
Location: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St, Cutler Bay, FL 33189

Monday, November 4, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

  • Performance by: Bryan Lynch and the Latin Jazz Ensemble
Location: PAX, 337 S.W 8th Street Miami 33130

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

  • Performance by: Bikini Jazz
Location: Van Dyke Cafe, 846 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Saturday, November 9, 2013

  • Miami Nice Jazz Festival Concert Finale @ 8:00 pm

Performance by: Elaine Elias and the South Florida Jazz Orchestra

Venue: Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center, 174 E Flagler Street, Miami, FL 3313

Saturday, November 9, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

  • Performance by: After show featuring Derek Fairholm Quartet
Location: Soya E Pomodoro, 120 NE 1 Street, Miami, FL 33132

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - Closing Cocktail Party @ 6:00 pm

  • Performance by: Jay Blue Band
Location: Riviera Hotel South Beach, 2000 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139


For more information on the Miami Nice Jazz Festival, log on to miaminicejazzfestival.com

4. Music at FIU for "French Weeks Miami"

French Baroque Music by Stuart-Ivanov Duo


Come to a captivating evening of French Baroque Music on Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall at Florida International University.

This event from French Weeks Miami, entitled «Keyboard Arts Series: “Last Year at Marienbad”» will present a special performance by internationally renowned duo, pianist Svetozar Ivanov and violinist Carolyn Stuart, who will engage their audience in a musical adventure that in addition to traditional French Baroque and 20th Century music, will include footage from Alain Resnais’ film “L’année dernière à Marienbad”.

The concert will open its doors at 7:30 pm. For more information and tickets, visit: http://wpac.fiu.edu/
Location: FIU - 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199 - 305-348-0496

5. "French Weeks Miami" on screen

Immerse yourself in a French cinema experience and be a part of "French Weeks Miami 2013".


A festival, the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival and three different venues will be hosting an assortment of French films to mark this "French Weeks Miami" edition. Movies goers, enjoy the shows in Miami and Fort Lauderdale!

5.1 French movie night at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival

Participating in its 28th year, the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) welcomes you to join its member to the viewing of "Amour & Turbulences" (2013).

  • Sunday, October 27 at 6pm - There will be an opening reception at 6pm and the film will be at 7pm. "Amour et Turbulences" is a romantic comedy about a confident bachelor and a heartbroken woman finding each other in an airport on their way to Paris. The film features Ludivine Sagnier and Nicolas Bedos, and is directed by Alexandre Castagnetti.
The reception will take place outside in the courtyard of Cinema Paradiso and the film will be shown into the theater. Cinema Paradiso - 503 SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale 33301.

5.2 FIU focuses on French Cinema


The European Center of Excellence (MEUCE) at Florida International University invites you to participate at the screening of a series of French-language films.

  • Monday November 4th, at 2pm (at the Graham Center—GC 140), enjoy “Un long Dimanche de Fiançailles” of well-known French Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a movie starring Audrey Tautou and Gaspard Ulliel.
  • On Thursday November 7th, at 2pm also at the Graham Center, same room, you are invited to the screenings of French Short Films.
These events, which will take place at FIU, Modesto A. Maidique Campus, are free and open to all.

5.3 French films at NOVA Southeastern University

Presented by NOVA Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library and sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), “The Tournées Festival” invites you to partake in a wide selection of French-language films.

  • Sunday, October 13th, at 1pm "Amour", by Director Michael Haneke won the 2013 Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Sunday, October 20th, at 1pm "Farewell, My Queen" is Director Beniot Jacquot’s drama set during the French Revolution, the movie is based on a novel by Chantal Thomas.
  • Sunday, October 27th, at 1pm "Monsieur Lazhar" depicts the struggles between teachers and students in a very honest manner.
  • Sunday, November 3rd, at 1pm "Rust and Bone" stars Marion Cotillard and is directed by Jacques Audiard. It was a contender for the 2012 Palme D’or.
  • Sunday, November 10th, at 1pm "The Rabbi’s cat" is a animated film that takes place in the heart of Africa.

All of the featured films will be presented at NOVA’s Knight Auditorium in the Carl DeSantis Building - 3301 College Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314. This event has free admission and is open to the public.


6. French German movie night: Nov. 6th at Società Dante Alighieri

During « French Weeks Miami », France and Germany are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Elysée* with a French German Movie Night on Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Let’s celebrate these 50 years of friendship with the screening of “Hanna Schygulla, Whatever the dream is”, a tribute to German actress Hanna Schygulla who is a legend of German cinema. This 2012 poetic documentary, which was conceived by French Director Anne Imbert is in French with English subtitles.

The event, which is organized jointly by the Consulates of France and Germany and supported by Eurochannel, will be hosted by Società Dante Alighieri. It is free and open to all.


Venue: Società Dante Alighieri, 300 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134- Tel: 305-529-6633 - http://dantemiami.org/main.html
Date: Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 7:00 pm. - For more info regarding « French Weeks Miami », log on frenchweeksmiami.com


On 22 January 1963, French General de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer committed to embark on the road of reconciliation between France and Germany to steer towards mutual understanding and closer cooperation. For the two countries it was a historic moment, charged with emotions. General de Gaulle and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer knew that they would be shaping the future course of Franco-German relations, and of European integration.

In 1963, Adenauer said in French: “Without this treaty, there would be no union in Europe. The methods may change, but the most important thing has been laid down, and that’s why we may never lose the trust of friends”.

Since then, Franco-German relations have grown exponentially in all fields: politics, security, economy, youth exchanges, cultural and intellectual exchanges and sports!

7. Special event: October 30th, 2013: "On the footsteps of French artistic movement Support-Surface"

For one evening only, twelve French-speaking artists (painters, photographs, sculptors…) living in Florida, agreed to work "On the Steps of Supports / Surfaces ".

The Supports / Surfaces movement was established in Nice in 1970 and helped in the development of new artistic approaches. At that time, a wind of revolt runs in France. Of course, art was touched by the wave.

The artists of "Supports / Surfaces", whose founder members are Claude Viallat, Patrick Saytour and Daniel Dezeuze, came closer to the craft practices and moved the process of creating art to the material, giving more freedom to the gesture and leaving aside the subject of the painting. Today, many artists still create with this approach.

For this "French Weeks Miami", local French artist, Benedicte Blanc-Fontenille (enclosed picture), who has organized the event, has selected this theme to highlight the strong relations connecting Miami and the French Riviera’s town, Nice, where precisely the artistic movement of "Supports/Surfaces" has been introduced in the 1970s.

The event reminds us beautifully what this movement has brought to contemporary art.

During the evening dedicated to this approach, the participating artists will be present to discuss and exchange about their work:

  • Aida Tejada (below, the picture of one of her works)
  • Aduni Abubakar Marongiu
  • Anouck Jourdaa
  • Benedicte Blanc-Fontenille
  • Christian Bernard
  • Clara Poupel
  • Geff Strik
  • Guillaume Copart
  • Marian Buswell
  • Marielle Plaisir
  • Nad Thiry
  • Olivier Dubois-Cherrier


Do not miss this great occasion to meet with the artists!

Thanks to this opportunity, you will find out how each of them continues to explore art and its expression by studying and working on different surfaces, with different techniques, and methods.

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - from 6pm to 9pm
Where: Kavachnina Gallery , 46 NW 36th Street. Miami, FL 33127
The cocktail is offered by Swiss Totem.
Contact: Bénédicte Blanc-Fontenillebenbf1@hotmail.com

8. A tour of the Frost Art Museum

Dr. Maria-Antonieta Garcia, French Program Coordinator and Senior French Instructor at the Department of Modern Languages at the Florida International University is pleased to offer you a tour of the Frost Art Museum… in French! This event is free and open to all.


Where: Frost Art Museum
10975 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33199
When: Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
From 5pm to 6pm

9. ‘French Spice’: Taste the flavor of France in Miami!

"French Spice" is the perfect way to showcase the very best of French Cuisine in South Florida for a friendly price. "French Spice" is part of the annual festival “French Weeks Miami”, showcasing cultural, social and economics event in the region. “French Weeks Miami” sets the table from Oct. 24 through Nov. 15, 2013.

What is "French Spice", exactly?

"French Spice" offers a fixed priced menu at several restaurants for lunch and dinner, a two-course meal for lunch priced $19 or $23 and a three-course menu for dinner is $33 or $39. "French Spice" doesn’t leave wine lovers excluded with their "French Spice" wine list starting at $20 a bottle and $6 a glass.

Running its fourth year, "French Spice" has dutifully highlighted the best French dining in Miami. Participating restaurants include: Atrio Restaurant and Wine Room Conrad Miami, La Riviera at the Sofitel, Pierre’s Lounge and Restaurant at Morada Bay, Pascal’s on Ponce, Café Bastille, Angelique Euro cafe, La Gloutonnerie Vintage Kitchen, and Villa Azur Restaurant and Lounge, Le Provencal and L’Entrecôte de Paris (read below the interview of Gerard Herisson, General Manager of the restaurant).

Interview of Gerard Herisson, General Manager of ’“L’entrecôte de Paris”

Question: “L’entrecôte de Paris” is a very well-known destination for all “steak-frites” lovers. Six restaurants are open in Latin America and one elsewhere in the U.S, why the city of Miami was picked to host the second brasserie in North-America?

Gerard Herisson: Miami, and especially Brickell is booming, also some of the partners live and work in Miami, so it was a natural choice to have our first location in Miami.

Question: The restaurant thrives around one main course: its famous “entrecote” siding with French fries. Could you tell us why this restaurant that has developed this unique concept has decided to pair with this other unique concept “French Spice” operated during “French Weeks Miami”?

Gerard Herisson: The concept was first introduced in Geneva in 1912. In the early 30‘s the first restaurant with the name L’Entrecote Cafe de Paris was inaugurated in Geneva, today this restaurant is called Maison Boubier. We, L’Entrecote de Paris, follow on the tradition of this great restaurant, the Swiss origin that made the name of steak-frites be so famous all around the world. Our company is operating six restaurants in Latin America and one in the United States, our first location is Miami, Brickell. We want to be close to the French community, so it was natural for us to join the ’French Spice’ program.

JPEGL’Entrecote de Paris
1053 SE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33130
http://www.lentrecotedeparis.com.br - For more information on "French Spice", please visit http://www.frenchspicemiami.com/

10. Good Golf for a Good Cause: French Weeks Golf Cup 2013

For golf lovers, on Sunday November 10th 2013 Patricia and Antoine Meunier-Lebouc, golf instructors at the Ibiza Golf and Country Club organized an interactive afternoon in which players are invited to participate.

One of the goals of this friendly golf competition is to raise funds for Bella’s Angels, an organization providing assistance and support to families of children who have been diagnosed with CHARGE Syndrome.

This is the third consecutive year this golf cup takes place.
The tournament will begin at 12:00 pm followed by a cocktail hour at 5:00 pm where the prize ceremony will be held.

This tournament brings golfers together and welcomes all interested players regardless of their level in this sport.

The 2013 French Week Golf Cup, which will take place in the Abacoa Golf Club, is part of the calendar of events scheduled for the 6th edition of French Weeks in Miami.

For more information, directions and registration dates for the tournament, log on to “French Weeks” website http://www.frenchweeksmiami.com

11. A Vatel Club’s picnic in celebration of French Weeks Miami

The Vatel Club of Florida, the French- American Chamber of Commerce in Miami (FACC) and the Consulate General of France in Miami invite you to a French picnic in Delray Beach.

This French picnic will take place October 27th only two days after the launching of French Week Miami 2013.

The picnic will begin at 11AM at John Prince Park.

Address: 2700 6th Avenue South, Lake Worth, Florida 33461

Besides the delicious picnic, prepared by the hands of the experts from the Vatel Club, you may also enjoy the magnificent gardens in the park as well as games of petanque organized for the occasion (bring your own equipment!)

The entire French community and all Francophones and Francophiles are welcome with family and friends.

For more information, please visit the French Week Miami 2013 website http://www.frenchweeksmiami.com/

Last modified on 22/10/2013

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