The one about staying at home…

By Didier Allouch, host of Rendez-vous d'Amérique

My dear francophiles, francovorous and francophageous friends, we’re back! A month without our little chronicle, I know, I know, but we’re back...

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It took us a little time to adapt to the times we live in but adapting is supposed to be what us, humans, do best. And that’s pretty good because we’re going to have to do a lot of these adaptation things in the next few months, inside and outside our home.

One thing we’re already adapting to is the new way to get our fix of French culture. We used to go to concerts, exhibits, movies, and events of all kinds with French accents. Now it’s time for the concerts, the exhibits, the movies, and events of all kinds with French accents to come inside our home.

We may be living in one of the worst times of our History but we’re also living in the best of times. A time where communication is accessible to all, where we can hear, read or see almost anything we want from our sofa, a time where culture is just a click away, even the French one. Yes, the French culture is on the web.

Looking to visit the Louvre? Their website offers you a virtual visit. Want to listen to live music? The Montreux Jazz festival is proposing more than 50 great concerts that happened on their stage for free. Want to see a good movie in French? There’s all you need on the TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand platform. Want to spend a night at La Comédie Française? Yep, you can do that too on their YouTube channel. Everyone is mobilizing in this strange time to help the culture continue to inspire us, to give us the strength that we sometimes really need, to help us get through this.

At its small level, our show Rendez-Vous D’Amérique, is trying to help too. In every episode, we will give you all the information you need to find these websites, video-on-demand platforms and YouTube channels. We will modestly try to be your guide through the French-speaking culture 2.0 in times of confinement, to keep contact with an essential part of who we are.

And we will also try to entertain by telling you stories about those who are still making French culture part of our lives in America.

It’s true, and we agree, it has nothing to do with the real thing, the real visit to a museum, being in a real movie theater, listening to real live music… No, it’s not the same, we know. The goal is just to keep the fire alive.

And when all this is over, because it will be over, my friends, it will be, our love for French culture will still be burning hot…

To learn more about the “French culture 2.0” in America, tune in to Rendez-vous d’Amérique on TV5MONDE USA. Click here for more information.

Exploring cultural diversity both at home and around the globe, Rendez-vous d'Amérique invites you on a journey to discover Francophone culture in America. Your host on this cultural experience is Didier Allouch - reporter, cinephile, and a familiar face at movie premieres. Click here to learn how you can subscribe to TV5MONDE USA and never miss an episode!