Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

Cinema Montreuil: Last chance to see…..

Wild Target (Petits meurtres à l’anglaise) is a very funny film in English (with French subtitles) showing at the Cinema Montreuil (the Theatre near General Haig’s statue).

Starring: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Everett, Rupert Grint, Martin Freeman

Showing Saturday August 14 and Sunday August 15 at 20h30

  • Bill Nighy is Victor Maynard, a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, Louisa (Eileen Atkins), despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims, Rose (Emily Blunt). He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring a young apprentice in the process, Tony (Rupert Grint). Believing Victor to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous attentions of his unhappy client (Rupert Everett).
  • Don’t miss this! And take your French friends – they think this sort of thing is “very British”
  • A cultural course for “women of all ages”.

    Some readers might be interested to hear of this further education course which is apparently open to women of all ages.

    Classes are on Saturdays, which makes them accessible to anyone who works during the week.  Graduates of the class will find themselves in demand for employment in many parts of the world.  The only drawback seems to be that the educational establishment is in Paris.  Perhaps they’ll open a branch in the Nord Pas De Calais soon.

    One lives in hope..

    Click here for more details


  • Dutch Orchestra and Rudi at their very best

    Rudi Welle and his Dutch Symphonic Wind Orchestra “Excelsior” are back for their annual concert tour in the 7 Valleys area, and they are in better form than ever.

    The irrepressible Rudy - in fine form

    Last night’s concert at the Salle De Manege in Hesdin was a most entertaining occasion. The programme consisted of a number of “Dutch” classical pieces before the interval – not quite sure how a piano concerto by Chopin sneeked into this section – followed by a programme of upbeat swing and soft rock, including arrangements of Hoagy Carmichael, Jacques Brel, and Michael Jackson pieces in the second half.

    Leon Zwijgers, an outstanding soloist on clarinet, deserves a mention for an excellent Artie Shaw tribute medley.

    This year the band sounded better than I have ever heard it before. The brass section was tighter, more disciplined and more controlled, the woodwind smoother and rounder and the whole orchestra better balanced than in previous years. The percussion section was excellent and it’s interesting that a young French musician from Hesdin, granted temporary honorary Dutch status, was playing in this part of the band this year. Rudy and his band have made a lot of friends here and encouraged many youngsters to become musicians.

    The best show for years. See it at Le Touquet, Tortefontaine (in the open air), or at St Pol this week only.  Details of dates should be at your local tourist office or at branches of sponsors Societe Generale bank, or you can ring Mme Blondel on 0321 90 30 58


  • What are you doing this weekend?

    Fête de la Moule at Wimereux

    20 Jul – 11 Aug 2010

    Wimereux goes moules-mad for a weekend, with restaurants and stands all over the place, from the square to the beach, offering delicious mussels. Wash your moules-frites down with beer and watch the folk-dancing.

    Tourcoing Beach Festival

    10 – 25 Jul 2010

    An explosion of free fun for all the family, the Tourcoing Beach Festival grows in stature every summer. Expect performing arts, concerts, exhibitions, fireworks and sporting activities like canoeing, all jostling for space during a fortnight of colourful culture.

    Website: Tourcoing Beach Website

    Hardelot Classical Music Festival

    20 Jul – 11 Aug 2010

    The Hardelot Classical Music Festival has become one of the Nord-Pas de Calais region’s key summer events, drawing visitors from all over France. The concerts take place in the gardens of the Hôtel du Parc, overlooking the sea.

    Website: Hardelot Festival Website


  • A cinema treat for Frogsiders and french friends

    Frogsiders Sue Sharp and Donna Kerridge have a French friend who does the PR for the cinema in Montreuil… “and for several months we have been gently nagging for an English film…or at least one with English subtitles”.

    And they have delivered with a screening of a gritty British film called ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’ – you can watch the trailer here.

    It will be playing in Montreuil this Saturday 24th at 5.30 pm, Sunday 25th at 8.30pm, and Tuesday 27th at 8.30pm. It will be played with English audio and French subtitles, so bring your French friends too.

  • Last chance to see….

    There’s still time to catch the exhibition of paintings by three highly accomplished British artists at 119, Rue Pierre Ledent, Montreuil.  The “Trois Visions” show is on until Friday, June 18

    One of the James Buchanan Johnston paintings in the show

    The exhibition, which includes paintings of many local Pas De Calais scenes, has been a topic of much discussion and praise on social network sites and has also received enthusiastic reviews in the press, including this one from the Journal de Montreuil.

  • Summer Events in Northern France

    The Moonlight family is well known for its love of the arts, culture, and any excuse to have a good time, especially when the weather is good and there are summer festivals to go to.

    Here are a few summertime events in or within reach of Northern France that will almost certainly attract various family members:

    Cabourg, 9-13 June
    Romantic Film Festival, five days of open air screenings of romantic classics and new talent in Normandy. A pass for five days costs 25 euros.  This sounds like fantastic value and a sure way to impress your wife or girlfriend.

    Paris, 18-20 June
    The Shakespeare and Company Literary Festival The theme of this year’s festival is Storytelling and Politics. There will be readings, panel discussions and book signings in the park René Viviani next to Shakespeare & Company.

    Fatima Bhutto, Mark Gevisser, David Hare, Jack Hirschman, Jack Mapanje, Philip Pullman, Will Self, Erica Wagner and Jeanette Winterson are some of the writers on the agenda.  Sounds like a good excuse for a day out in Paris, which will greatly impress your intellectual friends and arm you with plenty of dining-out material for next winter’s dinner parties.

    Evreux, 25-26 June
    Le Rock dans tous ses États Babyshambles, Pony Pony Run Run, The Black Box Revelation, Bloody Beetroots, Death Crew 77, and the Black Keys will be performing, and the festival is even offering music lessons for children. Unmissable!

    Reims, 13-14 July
    Fête Nationale Reims celebrates the French Revolution with concerts and fireworks.

    Paris, 14 July-15 August
    Quartier d’été A month-long festival comprising parties, concerts and street performances, in parks, squares, and open spaces all over the city.  Another Paris outing excuse, with perhaps a good lunch and a free show thrown in.

    Brittany, 15-18 July
    Les Vieilles Charrues
    Mika, Mr Oizo, Alain Souchon and Jamiroquai are lined up for this festival. Camping is usual.  Say no more!

    Paris 15-25 July
    Gospel Festival Gospel Choirs, Gospel singers and dancers. Some acts claim to mix jazz and hip hop into their acts. Some of the shows will be open air.  Less boring than church, anyway

    Paris, 17 July-22 August
    Cinema en plein air festival Outdoor cinema festival in the Parc de la Villette.  This year’s theme is “Being 20 Years Old”.   François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Maurice Pialat, Leos Carax, Abdellatif Kechiche, Cristian Mungiu, Woody Allen, Sofia Coppola, Stephen Frears, Jim Jarmush and Liu Jie, Hong Sang- Soo are on the programme.  Might make you feel 20 again!

    Etaples & Le Touquet, 31 July-1 August
    Rock en Stock 22 acts on two stages in the Parc de Valigot. There are restaurants, a food and craft market, camping. Bands include Eiffel, Sinsemilia, La Bal des Enragées, Crucified Barbara, Elmer Food Beat, Pigalle and Willie and the Bandits.  Poor Barbara!  What on earth did she do to deserve that?  Go to the show and find out

    St Malo, Brittany, 13-15 August
    La Route Du Rock This year’s lineup includes Massive Attack, The Flaming Lips, The National. Thirty bands will perform in three spectcular coastal venues. One stage is on the beach and another is in the Fort de Saint-Père, an 18th century Vauban fort.

    Local Artists exhibit at Montreuil

    You are invited to an exclusive preview of the “Trois Visions” exhibition, featuring the work of 3 locally based British artists.

    Friday June 11 from 18h00 to 19h30

    119 rue Pierre Ledent,Montreuil-sur-Mer

    The exhibition is open from the June 12 to June 18, 2010 between 15h00 and 18h00 each day, or by appointment: 03 21 05 73 55

    jimmyjohnstonart@hotmail.com

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