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How do artists and writers see the world? We take you to the crossroads where culture meets the news and engages with what's happening in our lives today. From Monday to Friday at 12.15 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2013-03-22

Behind the Scenes of One of the World’s Deadliest Borders

You’ve heard the statistics about drug violence deaths along the US-Mexico border – more than 70,000 lives lost in the last six years alone. Acclaimed journalist Ed Vulliamy spent years travelling the frontier to write his book "Amexica". He takes us behind the scenes and tells Catherine Nicholson why he thinks we’re all implicated.

Also on the show, we discover a Mexican artist who’s making his own "call to arms" against the cartels, by turning seized weapons into musical instruments.

Finally, the B-boys of Mumbai are breakdancing across our screens, with their own, American-inspired, escape from poverty and boredom. 

By Catherine Nicholson



2017-07-20 culture

The best of the summer's exhibitions in Paris

We take a spin around the must-see shows in the French capital's galleries and museums this summer. From the pensive pose of The Thinker to the romantic flourish of The Kiss, the...

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2017-07-19 culture

Film show: 'Dunkirk', 'Tom of Finland' and 'Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict'

France 24 film critic Lisa Nesselson joins Richelle Harrison Plesse to talk about the latest news from the world of cinema. Hitting the big screen this week is "Dunkirk", a...

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2017-07-18 Africa

Avignon Festival: African artists grab the spotlight

Encore! has decamped to the sunny south of France to check out the country’s oldest arts festival. Every summer Avignon attracts thousands of visitors to its official selection...

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2017-07-17 Africa

'Blitz, The Ambassador': Breaking African Spirituality, Struggle and Culture into Beats and Bars

Born and bred in Accra and based in Brooklyn, visual artist and hip-hop star "Blitz, The Ambassador" aka Samuel Bazawule is on a mission to reconnect the scattered sounds of...

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2017-07-13 culture

Django Reinhardt festival: Gypsy Jazz come rain or shine

Jazz lovers in Paris almost had to dig out their umbrellas and anoraks when the annual Django Reinhardt festival was threatened with wet weather. The celebration's usual home in...

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