NOVEMBER 15, 2017


On November 15th at 7:00 p.m., the French-American Cultural Foundation will be hosting a major concert “JAZZ MEETS FRANCE,” at the Lisner Auditorium in downtown Washington, DC as part of the centenary commemorations of the U.S. entry into WW1.   The concert will celebrate the courage and bravery of the African-American soldiers and musicians, known as the Harlem Hell Fighters, who introduced jazz to France in 1917.  The concert will feature both American and French jazz musicians, including the famed French gypsy jazz guitarist, Christian Escoudé, the Alvin Queen trio, the U.S. Air Force’s “Airmen of Note,” and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra ensemble.  The evening will begin with a videotaped welcome by the concert’s Honorary Chairman, Wynton Marsalis, and David Skorton, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will act as Master of Ceremonies.  A special exhibit of WW1 memorabilia linked to the Harlem Hell Fighters will also be on display.  The program will be filled with popular American and French jazz standards and melodies that remain in the playbook of many jazz artists.   Tickets are available at www.gwutickets.com, or at the Lisner box office.  Special discounts for groups, students, military and veterans.  

World War 1 Symposium


 The French-American Cultural Foundation, with the National World War 1 Museum and Memorial, will be hosting a special morning symposium on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the French Embassy commemorating the centenary observance of the US entry into the Great War.IMG_1239





The French-American Cultural Foundation is once again delighted to join with the famed French film director, Jacques Perrin, as he embarks on his newest project, “The Photographer.” Perrin’s new film will tell the story of the American West seen through the eyes of the early photographers who risked their lives to capture the beauty of the landscapes and the wildlife in the late 1800’s. Because of them, the American public discovered these amazing places and asked Congress to create the National Park system to preserve them. Jacques Perrin, with the generosity of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and the help of the French-American Cultural Foundation will begin his exploratory research for this new film in 2018.  After filming and post-production Perrin’s newest film will introduce new audiences to the natural wonders of our country and the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and wilderness areas for the future. The French-American Foundation is accepting donations for this project, and hopes every American will help to make this new film project a reality.