All classes are currently taking place online via Zoom. When we reopen, students will have the option of finishing their class online or in-person.
French Street Culture Series
Friday MAY 29th, June 5th & June 18th FROM 6-7:30pmPM
Lovers of street culture, here’s a workshop series made specifically for you! This is your chance to gain a better understanding of street culture in France, and explore its place within broader French culture. The series will cover three distinct but interlinked topics: French Hip Hop, street art and the film de banlieue genre. We’ll explore the birth and influences of the French Hip Hop scene, how street art became such an important part of French cities’ visual landscapes, and discuss some of the best films de banlieue and their social message. Joining us for each workshop will be a guest knowledgeable in the day’s topic.
Hop on the Hip Hop train with this workshop on French rap where we will explore its history and the influence of US Hip Hop on local French artists. Who are the best rappers in France? Who has the best lyrics? What are the biggest rivalries? Who is the most influential? Join us for a dialogue with real-life French rappers and friends of Coucou teacher Aurélien, and discover some dope music!
Come discuss the influence of art de rue on everyday French life. Who are some of the most famous French graffiti artists, dancers, parkour practitioners etc? How does street art intersect with sports and fashion? How does it compare to the urban art scene in the US? Join us to share some insights with Aurélien and his friend, a French graffiti artist who will offer awesome personal anecdotes!
La banlieue is a term used to describe the ethnically diverse, culturally rich but economically disadvantaged neighborhoods on the outskirts of all major French cities. In this workshop, we’ll explore the concept of the banlieue as a trope within French cinéma through some of the best films de banlieue, such as the classic La haine and the recent Les misérables. This will be an occasion to engage in meaningful discussions about the underlying social issues represented in these films. Join us to discuss these must-see films with Aurélien and his friend, both film studies majors who grew up in the banlieue!
* This class will take place online via the video conference platform ZOOM *
Please note: our classes have limited capacity and often sell out fast, don't wait too long to book your spot!