Aretha Franklin Honoured with a Pulitzer Prize

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 17 April 2019 > In the News

Soul singer Aretha Franklin has been posthumously honoured with a Pulitzer Prize. The 2019 winners list revealed on 15 April also included Richard Power’s extraordinary novel The Overstory and The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal for their investigations on President Donald Trump. Aretha Franklin  (pictured) died in August 2018, at the age … Continue reading “Aretha Franklin Honoured with a Pulitzer Prize”

Take Your Students to “An American in Paris”

Posted by Speakeasy News > > Pedagogy

The Châtelet Theatre in Paris is re-opening in September and returning to its tradition of putting on large-scale musicals, in their original language. The opening offering is George and Ira Gershwin’s An American in Paris. There are special matinée performances for schools on Thursdays 12 and 19 December at 3 p.m. An American in Paris … Continue reading “Take Your Students to “An American in Paris””

Christchurch Students Perform Haka for Shooting Victims

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 18 March 2019 > In the News

Students from across the New Zealand city gathered for a vigil in honour of those who were killed or injured in the Christchurch mosque shootings. They performed an emotional haka together. The vigil, one of several which have taken place, was organised by Okirano Tilaia, the Head Boy of nearby Cashmere High School. At least … Continue reading “Christchurch Students Perform Haka for Shooting Victims”

Screen Tourism: “Game of Thrones” Fans Flock to Northern Ireland

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 11 April 2019 > Celebrate

Game of Thrones may be set in the imaginary Seven Kingdoms, but it was filmed in real locations around the world. Many locations, and all the studio work, were done in Northern Ireland and the country is attracting crowds of tourists anxious to walk in the footsteps of their heroes. As well as studio tours … Continue reading “Screen Tourism: “Game of Thrones” Fans Flock to Northern Ireland”

Dancing Nina Simone

Posted by Speakeasy News > > What's On

Britain’s celebrated modern dance company, Rambert, is celebrating singer Nina Simone with a dance-theatre piece featuring musicians live on stage. Simone, who died in 2003, was one of the great, and unclassifiable, popular singers of the 20th century, and a strong proponent of Civil Rights. Simone was born in North Carolina in 1933. She had … Continue reading “Dancing Nina Simone”

Winter is Here

Posted by Speakeasy News > > What's On

After 8 seasons, Game of Thrones is finally coming to an end…. until a series of prequels hit our screens. It’s been a long time coming. The last episode of season seven aired in August 2017. But the final season has apparently been a vast amount of work. It only includes six episodes, but each … Continue reading “Winter is Here”

Destination: Moon

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 02 April 2019 > Pedagogy

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, take your pupils on a guided visit in English of the Moon exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris before the summer holidays. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon. But the Moon has been part of our collective imagination … Continue reading “Destination: Moon”

Discovering Oceania

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 08 April 2019 > What's On

A new exhibition at the Musée Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac explores the vast continent of Oceania, where water is omnipresent in real and metaphorical senses. The exhibition was originated at the Royal Academy in London to commemorate the journeys of James Cook in search of a mythical southern continent. Cook never found the inexistant land mass … Continue reading “Discovering Oceania”

Save the Date: Rockwell in Caen

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 26 March 2019 > Pedagogy

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, the Mémorial de Caen is hosting a touring exhibition dedicated to Norman Rockwell’s depictions of President Roosevelt’s vision of a post-war future. Franklin D. Roosevelt first formulated the “Four Freedoms” in 1941 for his State of the Union speech: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, … Continue reading “Save the Date: Rockwell in Caen”

Singing the Great Famine

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 27 March 2019 > What's On

One of Ireland’s most popular folk singer-songwriters, Declan O’Rourke, spent fifteen years writing a song cycle of stories about the Great Irish Famine. He’ll be presenting his award-winning songs at the Irish Cultural Centre on Thursday 4 April. Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine has been hailed as O’Rourke’s masterpiece, and he received the prestigious … Continue reading “Singing the Great Famine”