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  • 3 Oct 2019 15:00 | Anonymous

    PADFAS's first monthly lecture of the new season will take place on Thursday, 10th. October, at 3pm. It is entitled

    "Dickens, Lawrence and Zhivago: David Lean's Art of Cinema".

    It will be held at Théâtre du Ranelagh, 5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris

    Neil Falkner will explore how, in the "golden age" of cinema, the British director, David Lean, "imagined" the world he sought to represent and had sets constructed to represent landscapes, townscapes and interiors. Such images constitute modern art forms.

    The charge for non-PADFAS members is €15, payable either by cheque made out to PADFAS, or in cash, on the spot. There is no need to register.

    (For PADFAS members, please not that the AGM will take place before the lecture, from 2pm and drinks will be served after it, before the lecture begins.)

  • 28 Sep 2019 14:15 | Anonymous


    A celebration of the exuberant and heady Années Folles when Paris was at the epicentre of the intellectual and artistic world.

    “The Artists and Writers of the 1920s and ’30s”

    Unfortunately, because of ill health on the part of our Lecturer, Mary McAuliffe, the third lecture in the Glory Days of Paris series has had to be postponed. However, the accompanying guided walk will still take place at:

    14h15 on Saturday 28th September

    Meeting point: 1 rue Campagne Première

    End of walk: La Coupole, Bvd. Montparnasse (approx 16h30)

    Price: €17 per person

    There will be either tea or an aperitif at La Coupole at the end of the walk, although the cost of this is not included in the price.

    “Paris is a feast” wrote Hemmingway. This guided walk, full of interesting and amusing anecdotes, will illustrate the history of Les Années Folles in Montparnasse, an area of Paris already well known for its festivity, its Guingettes and the Rue de la Gaïté. Maud Hacker, our guide, will reveal secrets of the wild evenings that took place enlivened by the rhythms of jazz and the dance of Josephine Baker. We will also discover the painters' studios of Picasso, Modigliani, Foujita, Man Ray… and their muse Kiki of Montparnasse. Hidden courtyards and gardens. The famous cafés around Rue Vavin: Le Dôme, La Rotonde, Le Select and La Coupole. And there we shall stop for a cup of tea or, 1920s style, an aperitif.

    Hope to see you on Saturday 28th September.

    Ticket & Mailing List Application

    To apply for tickets, at €17 per person, for the guided walk on Saturday 28th September at 2:15pm, please go to our website and make your booking.

    If you are unable to access the website, or prefer to complete a paper ticket application form, please contact Tony Banton, The Society's Hon. Secretary, and he will send you a PDF version of the booking form.

  • 18 Jun 2019 14:01 | Anonymous

    The Oxford and Cambridge Club of Geneva have kindly extended an invitation to OUSP members to their 70th Anniversary Celebration: a cruise on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) with dinner and dancing on the evening of Saturday, 6th. July.

    Please join us on Saturday 6th July to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of our founding.

    Tickets are CHF 110 per head for a four hour cruise on Lac Leman.  Apèros as we sail from Geneva, a fine buffet meal and an excellent local band. Wine and soft drinks available until after dinner when there will be a cash bar. Please separately advise Don Birch if you have any dietary requirements. 

    We will be sailing aboard the CGN’s fine vessel the Henri Dunant which is well appointed, with external decks, two large internal areas, and plenty of room for dancing!

    We will be joined by representatives from the British Embassy in Berne, both of our Universities and other associations with whom we have close links.

    Dress code - cocktail chic or college blazers will help us celebrate in a fitting way. Check the weather before you come - will be cooler later in the evening.

    We depart at 6pm sharp from Geneve CGN Vieux Paquis - see below for map. Returning to the same place at around 10.30 pm.

    This event is being organised using Eventbrite, so please register and pay now through this Eventbrite link so we know how many members and guests can come. You are welcome to bring up to 3 guests. Cancellations and full refunds are possible until 7 days before the event.

  • 17 Jun 2019 09:19 | Anonymous

    University of Kent alumni have kindly invited OUSP members to their annual "potluck picnic" as a prelude to the Fête de la Musique this Friday 21 June.

    The event starts at 6:30pm on the Pelouse du Luxembourg (opposite the Palais du Luxembourg). The Kent group will be clearly identified - and it is a bring-your-own event.

    The Jardin closes at 9:30pm so those attending will be expected to go musically on their way.

  • 13 Jun 2019 08:31 | Anonymous

    Glory Days of Paris - A celebration of the exuberant and heady Années Folles when Paris was at the epicentre of the intellectual and artistic world

    Complimenting the lecture “The Philosophical Framework, Dadaism and Surrealism" the Cambridge Society of Paris is organizing a private guided tour, also at Christie's, of the Destribats Collection on Tuesday 2nd July at 9am.

    The Destribats Collection is an Avant-Garde library which has never been available to the public and which is to be auctioned by Christie's in the days following the tour.

    This really is a special opportunity to see these works that have been kept secret for so long and you can attend the guided tour whether or not you come to the lecture on Friday 28th June.

    You and your friends are very warmly invited!

    To attend, kindly complete the registration form here and follow the instructions within.

  • 13 Jun 2019 08:28 | Anonymous

    Glory Days of Paris - A celebration of the exuberant and heady Années Folles when Paris was at the epicentre of the intellectual and artistic world

    The Cambridge Society of Paris is launching its Glory Days of Paris series of lectures and events. You are warmly invited to the second lecture, "The Philosophical Framework, Dadaism and Surrealism" on Friday 28th June at 19h.

    To be held at: Christie's, 9 Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris

    Aperitifs and light snacks will be served after the lecture.

    You and your friends are very warmly invited! To attend, kindly complete the registration form here and follow the instructions within.

    About the event:

    The modern world that burst upon Paris during the inter-war years was not just an artistic revolution that questioned and destroyed perceived convention, it was also the fruit of philosophy. First, the Dada movement founded in Zurich by artists such as Tristan Tzara and Hans Arp, and then Surrealism under the aegis of André Breton, drawing into its vortex artists and intellectuals including René Magritte, Man Ray, Max Ernst and Salvador Dali.

    About the speaker:

    Dr Alyce Mahon, fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Reader (Professor) in Modern and Contemporary Art History. Dr Mahon specialises in the dynamic between the body and the body politic in modern art, photography and film, from Dada to Surrealism and the sixties. Author of Surrealism and the Politics of Eros, and curator of a major exhibition now showing at Tate Modern on Surrealist Dorothea Tanning.

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