Culture

New-Look American Institution in Paris Gets the Once-Over

The recent renovation of the American Library was done with the user in mind, Director Charles Trueheart told an early bird group of AAPA members and their guests over coffee and viennoiseries on Oct. 11. We met before the opening to the public at 10 AM in a spacious, carpeted downstairs book-lined meeting area, formerly a dark and forbidding basement for books. "The new plan provides a…


Young Audience Gives Standing Ovation at Paris Opera

Most of the audience looked as though it would have been better suited to a rock concert. Certainly not a preview of a new, modern-day production of Camille Saint-Saëns’ 19th-century opera Samson and Delilah at the Paris Opera Bastille on October 1. Not only were they young (under 28 years of age), but they had all bought tickets at the rock-bottom price of 10 euros each. The performance was…


AFP’s CEO Briefs AAPA on N. Korean Expansion

Opening a bureau in North Korea, arguably the world’s most secretive state, inevitably involves making compromises, Emmanuel Hoog, the CEO of Agence France-Presse, conceded in a meeting on Sept. 20 with the AAPA. AFP inaugurated its bureau in Pyongyang in early September in a deal with KCNA, North Korea’s official news agency, and it has a permanent staff there of a North Korean photographer and…


AAPA Gets the Lowdown on Art Risks, Antiquities Theft

AAPA members and their guests now understand the illegal trade in cultural objects and the natural and human risks that owners of art works must address after meeting with senior insurance company executives and a senior police officer over breakfast for a panel discussion on May 25. The meeting was hosted by AXA Art, a division of leading French insurer AXA, in the Hotel de La Vaupalière, an…


Philharmonie Seeks to Break Down Social Barriers

  AAPA members enjoyed a rare privilege on March 25 when they visited the Philharmonie de Paris, the city’s brand-new classical music concert hall.   Located in the north east of Paris near the Porte de Pantin, a popular, working class area known better for its “Zenith” rock and pop music venue, the Philharmonie opened in January to resounding success, confounding critics who predicted…


AAPA Meets Culture Minister Pellerin

Getting big multinational corporations like Google Inc to pay more to local internet providers for the bandwidth they use was just one of the topics when Culture and Communication Minister Fleur Pellerin met the AAPA on March 11.   Speaking off-the-record to around 20 AAPA members in the gilded Salon des Maréchaux of  her ministry near Palais Royal, Ms. Pellerin touched on a number of…


AAPA Gets A Sneak Preview of Châtelet’s “Singin' in the Rain”

Some 30 AAPA members and their guests now have a better idea of what goes into producing a world-renowned musical after their privileged behind-the-scenes visit to the Théâtre du Châtelet's production of “Singin' in the Rain" on March 6.   We enjoyed an hour-long tête-à-tête with the show’s director Robert Carson, choreographer Stephen Mear, dramatist Ian Burton, musical director Gareth…


France's top rabbi alarmed by anti-Semitic attacks

  After a summer heated by protests over the Israeli offensive in Gaza and the growing clout of militant Islam, France's chief rabbi is raising the alarm over rising anti-Semitism in the country - and the public silence that is greeting it.   "What has stuck us is the sense of indifference on the part of society," Grand Rabbi Haim Korsia told AAPA members on Sept. 16 in wide-ranging…


AAPA Pays Tribute to John Morris

Many more images of the John Morris event are available at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106700829338050700067/photos/+ClaussenFinksCreativeUlm/albums/6080839223978580305 British Ambassador Sir Peter Ricketts pays tribute to John Morris   It was a memorable evening when some 80 friends, colleagues, AAPA members and their guests paid tribute to the Association's 97-year-old doyen member,…


JACK LANG INVITES THE AAPA INTO THE ARAB WORLD

  Former Culture Minister and recently-appointed President of the Arab World Institute (IMA), Jack Lang hosted some 30 members of the AAPA at the IMA on Dec. 17 for an interesting and stimulating visit that included a 90-minute question-and-answer session with Lang, himself.   The enthusiastic AAPA group was firstly treated to some historical explanations on the make-up and evolution of…