What’s on in April

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Below is a list of French and francophone events on across Australia this April.

06/01 - 07/04SYDNEYIn your dreams - exhibition featuring photos by French photographer Samuel GratacapIn your dreams
21/02-24/06SYDNEYThe Lady & The UnicornThe Lady and the Unicorn
27/02 – 19/08ADELAIDEImperial & Royal Clocks: Romantic & Scientific (David Roche Foundation)Imperial & Royal Clocks: Romantic & Scientific
14/03 - 04/04PERTHAlliance Française French Film FestivalAlliance Française French Film Festival
22/03 - 15/04ADELAIDEAlliance Française French Film FestivalAlliance Française French Film Festival
29/03 - 29/07ADELAIDEColours of impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée D’Orsay Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee D'Orsay
30/03 - 24/06CANBERRAThe Art of Science: Baudin's VoyagersThe Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers
30/03-22/07CANBERRACartier: The exhibitionCartier: The Exhibition
01/04SYDNEYChasse aux œufs de Pâques Chasse aux œufs de Pâques
08/03 - 04/04BRISBANEAlliance Française French Film FestivalAlliance Française French Film Festival
04/04PERTHNatasha Lester Book Launch: "The Paris Seamstress"The Paris Seamstress
04/04 - 08/04MELBOURNEKif Kif SistersKif Kif Sisters
5 April 2018SYDNEYOpening of SCCI Fashion Hub - Dr Emmanuel Coquery, Director of Exhibitions of the Grand Palais, Paris, and former Director of Heritage for CHANELOpening of SCCI Fashion Hub
05/04 - 08 /04PARRAMATTAAlliance Française French Film FestivalAlliance Française French Film Festival
05/04 - 08/04CASULAAlliance Française French Film FestivalAlliance Française French Film Festival
6 April 2018ADELAIDE"Macron 10 months on" Debrief Business BreakfastMacron 10 months on
6 April 2018LOGAN (QLD)Exposing EdithExposing Edith
6 April 2018MELBOURNEBurn City Disco with The Relfex (FRENCH BORN)Burn City Disco
7 April 2018PERTHSparkling and Champagne Tasting ClassSparkling & Champagne Tasting Class
7 April 2018MELBOURNELAMINE SONKO & THE AFRICAN INTELLIGENCE // AJAK KWAILamine Sonko & The African Intelligence
7 April 2018SYDNEYBaby et LuluBaby et Lulu
7 April 2018YEPPOONExposing EdithExposing Edith
8 April 2018ADELAIDEMélange à TroisLa Vigne, Norwood
8 April 2018ADELAIDELexicon: An exhibition of retro pop culture (includes TinTin collectables)Lexicon
8 April 2018MELBOURNEFromage à TroisFromage à Trois
9 April 2018SYDNEYNatasha Lester presents "The Paris Seamstress"The Paris Seamstress
9 April 2018PERTHFACCI Business Seminar: Cultural IntelligenceFACCI Business Seminar: Cultural Intelligence
09/04 - 22/04 (except Tuesdays)MELBOURNEFanny Bouffante French Women do it BetterFanny Bouffante
10 April 2018SYDNEYA little lunch music: Australia Ensemble presents A French AffairA little lunch music
10 April 2018SYDNEYYann Tristant Talk: Revisiting the Pharonic Cemetery of Dendara, EgyptRevisiting the Pharonic Cemetery of Dendara, Egypt
10 April 2018TOWNSVILLEExposing EdithExposing Edith
10-04 - 22/04 (except Monday 16 April)MELBOURNEMarcel Lucont's Whine List Marcel Lucont's Whine List
11 April 2018ADELAIDEAntoine + Manuel ANIMALAntoine + Manuel ANIMAL
11 April 2018BRISBANEMay 68 in France: Students and workers revoltMay 68 in France: Students and workers revolt
11 April 2018SYDNEYWalter Mason — Glamorous Paris: ProustWalter Mason — Glamorous Paris: Proust
11 April 2018SYDNEYFACCI Annual General Meeting and NSW AGMFACCI AGM
11 April 2018SYDNEYSofitel Salon: Paris Dreaming DinnerParis Dreaming Dinner
12 April 2018MELBOURNERhone Ranges Dinner Rhone Ranges Dinner
13 April 2018INNISFAIL (QLD)Exposing EdithExposing Edith
13-14 April 2018BRISBANEMaestro Series: An emotional rollercoaster (incl. Debussy)Maestro Series: An emotional rollercoaster (incl. Debussy)
14 April 2018ATHERTON (QLD)Exposing EdithExposing Edith
14 April 2018SYDNEYFrench Connections Australia EnsembleFrench Connections Australia Ensemble
14 April 2018SYDNEYPassion (Metropolitan Orchestra concert 2) (Bizet)Passion (Metropolitan Orchestra concert 2) (Bizet)
15 April 2018ADELAIDETasting Australia: Great Wine VoyageTasting Australia: Great Wine Voyage
15 April 2018ADELAIDETasting Australia: East End Cellars Masterclass: ChardonnayTasting Australia East End Cellars Masterclass: Chardonnay
15 April 2018ADELAIDEMelange à troisMelange à trois
15 April 2018SYDNEYGauchito Gil's Malbec DayGauchito Gil's Malbec Day
16-24 April 2018ADELAIDEAdelaide Symphony Orchestra: The Pierrot ProjectThe Pierrot Project
17 April 2018SYDNEYFrench Tech Australia Panel Series: Financing Innovation in AustraliaFrench Tech Australia Panel Series: Financing Innovation in Australia
18 April 2018ADELAIDEIntroduction to French EmbroideryIntroduction to French Embroidery
18 April 2018ADELAIDEInternational Organist Series. Olivier Latry, titular organist of Notre Dame de Paris International Organist Series. Olivier Latry, titular organist of Notre Dame de Paris
18 April 2018SYDNEYOur French Impressions Cooking ClasOur French Impressions Cooking Class
18/04 - 16/05MELBOURNEDraw: An exhibition by French Artist François RéauDraw
19 April 2018ADELAIDETasting Australia: Old World vs New World Tasting Australia: Old World vs New World
19 April 2018ADELAIDEFrench Treasures in Australian LibrariesFrench Treasures in Australian Libraries
19 April 2018BRISBANETchin Tchin- Evening with the Queensland Symphony OrchestraTchin Tchin
19 April 2018MELBOURNEUltrafox- French Gypsy JazzUltrafox: French Gypsy Jazz
20 April 2018COROROOKESongs from the Parisian Belle ÉpoqueSongs from the Parisian Belle Époque
20 April 2018HOBARTDjango Grappelli The Early YearsDjango Grappelli
20 April 2018MACKAY (QLD)Exposing EdithExposing Edith
21 April 2018ADELAIDETasting Australia: L Plates: Vive la FranceL Plates: Vive La France
21 April 2018ADELAIDETasting Australia: L Plates: Out of AlgeriaTasting Plates: L Plates: Out of Algeria
21 April 2018PERTHL'amour de Paris - Fundraising CabaretL'amour de Paris - Fundraising Cabaret
22 April 2018ADELAIDEMelange à troisMelange à trois
22 April 2018DROMANABonjour ParisBonjour Paris
22 April 2018MELBOURNEGauchito Gil's Malbec DayGauchito Gil's Malbec Day
22 April 2018MELBOURNERecital with French soprano Laetita GrimaldiRecital with French soprano Laetita Grimaldi
23 April 2018MELBOURNEThe Lady Vanishes: The intrepid Rose de FreycinetThe Lady Vanishes
23 April 2018PORT LINCOLN (SA)Marcel Lucont's Whine ListMarcel Lucont's Whine ListFrench Aussie Drinks
24 April 2018ADELAIDEThe Pierrot Project concertThe Pierrot Project concert
24 April 2018PERTHZaltanZaltan
26 April 2018ADELAIDEFrench Aussie DrinksFrench Aussie Drinks
26 April 2018SYDNEYFrench Aussie DrinksFrench Aussie Drinks
26 April 2018MELBOURNEFrench Aussie DrinksFrench Aussie Drinks
26 April 2018MELBOURNEJazzy JeudiJazzy Jeudi
26 April 2018BALLARATMargaret of AnjouMargaret of Anjou
26 April 2018HOBARTZaltanZaltan
26 April - 20 May 2018CANBERRABlanc de BlancBlanc de Blanc
27 April 2018MELBOURNERixe at Total ControlTotal Control - Rixe
27 April 2018MELBOURNEZaltanZaltan
27 April 2018SYDNEYMurder at the Museum (Alliance Française de Sydney)Murder at the Museum
27 April 2018PERTHFinishing Line for the Grauves-Perth Bike RideFinishing Line: Gravures to Perth bike ride
27 April 2018PERTHFrom Paris with Love Dj Lady StyleFrom Paris with Love Dj Lady Style
28 April 2018ADELAIDESabrage masterclassSabrage masterclass
28 April 2018BRISBANEEnsemble Q concertEnsemble Q concert
28 April 2018BLUE MOUNTAINSBaby et LuluBaby et Lulu
28 April 2018GUNDAGAI (QLD)Exposing EdithExposing Edith
28 April 2018SYDNEYFriends of the Laperouse Museum presentation: Dr Garrick Hitchcock: The Final Fate of the La Perous Expedition: Wrecked in Torres Strait? RSVP: [email protected] or text 0412 303 757
28 April 2018MELBOURNEDJ Lady Style - From Paris with LoveDJ Lady Style - From Paris with Love
28 April 2018MELBOURNERixe at Total ControlTotal Control - Rixe
28 April 2018SYDNEYZaltanZaltan
29 April 2018ADELAIDEMelange à troisMelange à trois
29 April 2018BRISBANEDJ Lady Style - From Paris with LoveDJ Lady Style - From Paris with Love
29 April 2018BRISBANEZaltanZaltan

Also, if there are any events that we have not included in the list, please let us know in the comments below. Merci!

Chatting to Marcel Lucont: Australia’s favourite raconteur and flâneur

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Australia’s favourite raconteur and flâneur is back in Australia for a bunch of shows in Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart and Melbourne. We had a chat with Marcel Lucont ahead of his Australian shows. Ticket links at the bottom of the article.


Who is Marcel Lucont?
Everything you want him to be and more.


You’re bringing not one but 3 of your shows to Australia. How difficult is it to have 3 different shows within the same month?
It seems rude and unnecessary to contain all my facets within the space of one hour, if only there were enough hours in the day for them all. It is not so difficult, fortunately I am a generous man, happy to share these many traits in exchange for money.


Tell us about A Chat Show.
“Marcel Lucont Etc.” is my chat show, which I have done previously at festivals, but this time is with a live band, Les Marcellites


Tell us about Cabaret Fantastique.
Cabaret Fantastique is my late-night ménagerie of acts from the outer reaches of the festival, where I get to introduce the dark, the bizarre, the avant-garde to an audience at a time of night when they should be most susceptible to such things.

Tell us about Whine List.
Whine List” is my improvised show, working through audience members’ past gripes, whines and misdemeanours. Very few solutions are offered, it is like a group therapy experience, but one where everyone potentially leaves more depressed.


What differentiates your shows from the others on offer at the Fringe Festivals?
Mine is of a different class, for those who like to pace their entertainment like an enjoyable feast or a bottle of Chateau Margaux, rather than having their entertainment thrust or barked at them.


You don’t just do stand-up comedy either, you also sing and released an album a few years ago?
Correct. In fact I have released a new album this year, “Flâneur, Raconteur, Bon-Viveur,” the follow-up to 2013’s “Vive Lucont!” This contains five songs and five poems, covering all of the important themes – existentialism (The Only Thing That’s Real Is Me), cuisine (May Contain Traces Of Food), love advice (Fifty Actual Ways To Leave Your Lover), women and wine (Women And Wine), among others.



Your website describes you as a “flâneur, raconteur, bon viveur”. How would you describe yourself in English?
I would describe myself in the exact same way, in the hope that those who understand will be worth conversing with further and those who do not will not.


How many times have you been to Australia to perform?
Australia has been blessed by my presence so often now, my first appearance was in 2009. And, despite, the unforgiving heat and their unforgivable pronunciation of the word “croissant,” still I return…


What do French people think of your shows?
Even the French, so used to premier cultural experiences, walk away from my shows in awe. They are, of course, far more difficult to entertain than Australians, yet the reward for doing so is naturally greater for me.


Tell us about your experience studying under Philippe Gaulier at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier
Gaulier is a bastard and proud of it, there should be more like him. At least he is honest with his bastardry. If he detests something he sees on a stage, he will get it removed from the stage immediately. I imagine him watching a show at the back of a theatre and a bad performer feeling his glare even without knowing he is in there. 

Why should people come to see your shows?
There are so many reasons. Perhaps for Australians they may simply wish to hear a mellifluous accent in contrast to the loud nasal tones surrounding them on a daily basis, perhaps they wish to see humanity in its greatest form, perhaps they wish to be able to brag to their friends and relatives in years to come.


If someone in Perth can only come to one of the 3 shows on offer, which one would you recommend the most?
For those who wish to relive and question their life choices, Whine List. For those who wish to see other performers reliving and questioning theirs, Etc. For those who are not afraid to stay awake when the sky goes dark, Cabaret Fantastique.


You can see Marcel Lucont at the Adelaide Fringe from 6 – 17 March (except Monday 12), in Darwin on 23 March, in Hobart on 28 March and in Melbourne for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival from 10 to 22 April (except Mondays).