France’s art scene comes to your screen – #CultureChezNous

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As some of the cultural industries have been hit hard by the crisis, they have gathered their energies together to propose a common platform for all to enjoy from the safety of our homes.

#CultureChezNous was put together by the French Ministry of Culture to access the arts digitally: museums, live houses, opera houses, concerts halls, have all proposed free access to their collections and shows from visual arts to performing arts. Here is a selection of what to dig for in #CultureChezNous.

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The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations MUCEM

Based in the southern coastal city of Marseille, the Museum of European and Mediterranean CivilisationsMucem stands out as a great museum dedicated to the Mediterranean cultures that recounts, analyses and sheds light on the ancient foundations of this cradle of civilization.

As a platform for discussions about Mediterranean issues, both its exhibitions and its cultural programmes offer a multidisciplinary vision that combines anthropology, history, archaeology, art history and contemporary art to show the public the multiple facets of the Mediterranean world and its ongoing dialogue with Europe.

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Opéra National de Bordeaux

Watch Richard Wagner’s full-length masterpiece Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) performed by the National Opera of Bordeaux. The second part of Wagner’s Tetralogy, premiered in Munich in 1870, The Valkyrie represents the apotheosis of romantic musical drama. Prodigiously lyrical and beautifully human, it is also the ideal gateway to the abundant universe of Richard Wagner, who signs with this piece some of his most fiery and poignant pages.

This new production by the National Opera of Bordeaux is betting on discovery and daring: the young German director Julia Burbach imagined for the Auditorium a device that is both refined and of great visual strength. In addition to the charismatic Evgeny Nikitin, who plays here one of his first Wotan, the cast is distinguished in particular by the Scandinavian duo formed by the Brunnhilde by Ingela Brimberg and the Sieglinde by Sarah Cambidge, but also by the mezzo soprano Fricka by Aude Extrémo.

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Arte Concert

Not a big fan of Opera? Indulge yourself in some electro-pop on Arte Concert with the French band Degage, recorded live at Cabaret Vert Festival in Charleville-Mézières on 22 August 2019.

The French-singing band draws their name from the aggressive command that marked the Arab Spring revolution in 2011-2012, and yet the Gallic foursome’s music is smooth, well-crafted and often delicate. With pleasing electro overtones, could this be French pop’s heir to Air?

Watch their full set online: