Artist Danielle Jacqui sure knows how to get attention! Her home has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in the town of Roquevaire because its entire facade is covered with colourful art (that has changed in appearance at least four times now).
Food wastage is getting out of hand these days, but the French national assembly has just voted unanimously to pass legislation that forces supermarkets to give away unsold food to charities (or for animal feed) to make sure nothing goes to waste.
If you live in France and planning to name your baby girl Nutella, you’re out of luck. A French court recently barred a couple from naming them after the hazelnut chocolate spread, saying that ‘the first name Nutella, given to the child, is that of the commercial brand of a spread’.
The majestic Château les Merles in southwest France has everything you could require in terms of luxury, relaxation and good-eating. Located in the region of Dordogne, so named for the mighty river that runs through its hills, Château les Merles is perfectly situated among the famous vineyards and medieval landscapes that have so entranced European […]
If you plan to conquer your fear of heights in the near future, head on over to the French Alps and do it like the French. Located atop the Aiguille du Midi mountain is a glass structure that peers out over the ledge, letting you walk over and see the kilometre long drop. It’s called […]
French newspaper Libération recently replaced all the pictures of its Nov 14 edition with white space to illustrate just how important good photography is at a time when everyone is taking pictures. As the paper explained, ‘To choose Paris Photo’s opening day to ‘install’ these white images highlights our commitment to photography. It’s not a […]
Nowadays, everyone calls the paintings and writings done in the streets generically ‘street art’ and no longer ‘graffiti’. But it´s time to go back to the roots and to take a closer look at the original graffiti style. The term was officially established during the 1980s and characterized artworks mostly done illegally and with spray-paint.
A mobile library has popped up in the southern French town of Istres on the beach of Romaniquette. Dubbed Bibliotheque de Plage, it’s the creation of industrial designer Matali Crasset, who worked with the Istres municipal library to encourage book reading and borrowing. Nothing beats basking in the sun by the beach with a book […]
This amazing 2,000-piece installation at Place du Bouffait in Nantes is a stunning’”metaphor for the collapse of capitalism and the side effects of progress’. The installation is especially powerful at night, with the businessmen figures taking on an almost haunting presence. It’s a beautiful artwork with an important social message.
French outfit Phoenix recently performed a session for the website La Blogothèque’s long-running Take Away Shows series, in which the band perform a stripped-down rendition of their track, Entertainment, off their fifth studio album Bankrupt!. The video was filmed at dawn in the empty gardens of Le Chateau de Versailles. It was filmed with a drone, in one continuous […]
If you haven’t put up your hand to volunteer four hours of time in exchange for a ticket to the RockCorps gig at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, you really should. Guy Sebastian, The Script and Tinie Tempah are coming to Sydney on April 11 to play a gig for all of the volunteers that […]
My trip to Paris brought me to some incredible realizations. One, Parisians are crazy. Two, they know how to throw illegal parties. This particular event was entitled Zen Guerrilla and it took place in some farmlands 45 minutes outside of Nantes. We arrived in the afternoon; the circus tent had been erected earlier that morning. […]
French artist Michel Blazy staged his Bouquet Final installation at a French medieval chapel with foam spewing forth from a metal structure that generates foam non-stop. It’s supposed to convey the message that art cannot be pickled and canned — it has to be experienced. Wonder if anyone skipped past through these skimpy Do-Not-Cross barriers […]