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Great Grants from Greater Paris

The pianist Juliette Journaux, one of the winners of the FoRTE grants. Photo ©Agence Le Philtre. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France —The evening began with projections of art works and segued into a performance alternating theater, music, song, documentaries and even a tiny circus. The show unfolded in the amphitheater of the National Bastille Opera house last November 22nd and featured performances and projections by nine of the 39 young artists who benefitted from a 25,000 euro grant from the regional government of the Ile-de-France or greater Paris region. The show featuring young, emerging talents working in Paris and the Paris region was being held for the fourth time. The grants are awarded from the regional funds for emerging artists whose French acronym is FoRTE. Meanwhile a collective show of the art works by the eight visual artist grant winners is being held in the Frac art center of the greater Paris region in Romainville,  featuring oil paintings, a sound show, wicker baskets, photographs and collages by the awardees. The soirée at the Bastille Opera house was introduced by the president of the greater Paris region, Valérie Pécresse.

Roza a group show incorporating the circus into traditional Mediterranean music. Photo ©PPCM. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The show that unfolded included a rousing performance by the French 7-piece jazz formation Huit Edmi founded by the pianist and composer Raphaël Faigenbaum. A fascinating documentary on the post-revolution golden age of cinema in Cuba by Eytan Jan and Darius Kaufmann  explored this little known period in Cuban culture as well as the current efforts underway to preserve it. Meanwhile classical pianist Juliette Journaux interpreted a song from her solo album l ‘Etranger, which explores the them of the wanderer, on a Steinway piano. And Mélina Vlachos, Lucille Chalopin, Stéfanos Floras, Margherita Mischitelli, Madhi M’Kinini and Bahoz Témaux performed Roza a show incorporating the circus into traditional Mediterranean music. 

Still from the documentary on the golden age of Cuban cinema by Eytan Jan and Darius Kaufmann. Photo ©Eytan Jan. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Created in 2017 by the greater Paris region, the FoRTE grants are open to artists of all nationalities whose only obligation is to create their work in the greater Paris region. The program gives the emerging artists, age 18 to 30, the financial and material means to create a first work in the visual arts, cinema, music or the theatrical arts. FoRTE is endowed with one million euros each year and the winners benefit from a grant of 2500 euros each month for 10 months. Calling all candidates. Applications for the 6th session of FoRTE are open until December 19th. ©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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