17.9.12

A local cultural event

Since ten years, during a September weekend, a local association of volunteers, called Rififi, organizes different festivities in our part of Paris, Batignolles, in general with reference to art and culture, of which the area is rich of references, especially with regard to painters (the future impressionists), poets… You can read about this is several of my previous posts.

This year I decided to follow a homage to one of the best known French 20th century poets, Louis Aragon, admired by many, less by others. The first part took place in a little square in front of a for our area typical 19th century building. In the sun, later the shadow, a wonderful and warm summer afternoon, we could listen to some locals interpreting some of the more well-known poems by Aragon, some of which have been set to music. Names like Georges Brassens, Léo Ferré,  Jean Ferrat are definitely linked to Aragon, as composers, interpreters.  Two samples below.



We could then follow a fascinating lecture (for almost three hours) by Lucien Maillard, journalist, historian, telling us the life of Aragon, whom he had had the previlege to know during his last years. We got some nice musical interludes. This took place in the beautiful little street Cité des Fleurs (see previous posts).




13 comments:

Gunn said...

Fantastisk!
Takk for at du deler dette med oss som ikke kunne delta.

Starman said...

Always so much to do and see in Paris, and you seem to do and see it all!

Thérèse said...

Poète parmi les poètes, bien mis en images ici. Cela a du être bien symapthique cette petite virée.

Olivier said...

superbe idee et bel hommage. Voila ce que j'aime , ces petites reunions entre amis. J'aurais adore etre la

ALAIN said...

Du Rififi aux Batignolles...C'est un titre de polar.

ohma said...

Always is interesting to come to your blog and to learn things about Paris.
Besos, Peter.

Ola said...

besides the culture, I can see that you are still enjoing summer in Paris:)

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Cergie said...

Aragon le chantre de l'amour ?
Quel bel endroit que cette cité des fleurs ! Tu es très inspiré toi également par cette charmante après-midi que tu as passée, il me semble que tu t'es un peu attardé ? J'espère que tu as eu une chaise...

hpy said...

Aragon chanté par Ferrat est à écouter toute la journée.

Anonymous said...

Precioso articulo en todo sentido:

Con sol...

Con poesia...

Con Jean Ferrat cantando...

Mil gracias!

Synne said...

How nice! I love how the French seem so in touch with their cultural heritage.
Also: It was a pleasure meeting you on Thursday! I am looking forward to joining you in the City of Lights!

Cezar and Léia said...

They did a great working preparing these events!
Very nice selection of pictures, thanks for sharing!
Léia

claude said...

Brassens, Aragon, Ferré, Ferrat, quelle belle brochette ! Et tout cela parmi les fleurs, Que du bonheur !
J'aime bien le com d'ALAIN.