The Paris-New York Tandem 2016 launched on June 7, at the opening of the Films on the Green festival in Central Park. The outdoor French film festival launched in 2008, will celebrate Paris this year through an eclectic selection of films that are emblematic of the capital. Ten films will be shown during the festival, one every Friday at sunset, through July 31st, in different parks of New York including Washington Square Park, the Columbia University campus, Riverside Park, and Transmitter Park (Brooklyn).
From June 3rd through July 23rd, France Rocks SummerFest will showcase a series of French music concerts across 20 parks and multiple high-profile venues in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. With a program that mixes cutting edge electronic music, pop/rock, jazz, and world music, the France Rocks SummerFest enables New Yorkers to discover over 30 fashionable French bands and musicians, including Ayo, Dahlia Dumont, Emile Parisien, Cyrille Aimée, and Rachid Taha. The festival will culminate on June 21st with a concert featuring CharlElie Couture, La Femme, Yael Naim, and General Elektriks for the Fête de la Musique in Central Park.
The Centquatre (the 104), Paris's multi-disciplinary cultural establishment, will offer a 104 Night (Nuit 104) on New York and its culture to Parisians and tourists. This 104 Night invites us to discover every nuance of this legendary city. Thurston Moore, an American musician and member of the rock group Sonic Youth, is the curator of this New York night. He will share his perspective on the New York of yesterday and today. The night will include shows, concerts, films and poetry readings, along with food trucks. Tyondai Braxton, The Stepkids, Brian Turner and James Murphy will perform at the 104, and an exhibition will let visitors discover illustrations by Richard Mc Guire, frequently featured on the cover of The New Yorker, and leader of the musical group, Liquid Liquid. Photographs of New York by rock music journalist Alain Dister, never exhibited before, will also be on display.
La Place, a unique cultural center devoted to hip hop and located in the heart of Paris, in the new Canopée des Halles, will be proposing a program focusing on dance, rap and graffiti. Through dance masterclasses in connection with Street Style Lab, a cultural establishment in New York, and four concerts on the history of rap with artists from Paris and New York, La Place will showcase new artists as well as renown and established hip-hop stars. A New York artist will paint a wall in Paris as part of the project voted for by Parisians in the 2014 participative budget: "Les œuvres d'art investissent la rue" ("Works of art fill the streets"). Organized by La Place, this project involves the creation of a work of graffiti art to be displayed on large gable end walls.