19 & 21.04.18 : Jacques & Claude sing Brassens

Jacques et Claude belong to a group that gives concerts regularly in Le Havre where they live and in the Normandy region.
They are particularly noted for their interpretation of the songs of Georges Brassens, a contemporary of Edith Piaf.
Acclaimed as a wonderfully original, singer, songwriter and poet, Georges Brassens enjoyed a huge reputation in France but rarely ventured outside.
For Jacques et Claude performance a screen will display translations into English for those less fluent in French !

You can hear them on

Thursday, April 19th ~ THE LANSDOWN, CLIFTON, BRISTOL 8
Saturday, April 21st ~ ST JAMES WINE VAULTS, BATH


FREE ENTRY ~ Venez nombreux !

Contact Email Jacques & Claude :



15.04 and 22.04.2018 : Conversation & French Movies at the Watershed

We have the opportunity to get together this month to see a film in French and have a chat beforehand !

There are TWO FILMS coming up in April at the Watershed

Sunday 15.04
CUSTODY at 19.50pm
Meet at 18.50pm

Sunday 22.04
Meet at 19.10pm

We hope you will be able to join us.
We meet an hour before the film starts for some conversation in the bar, and don’t worry if your French is a bit rusty !

Everyone is welcome ! Look forward to seeing you there !

And don’t forget that Bristol Bordeaux Partnership members can claim a £1 discount on all tickets for these two showings.


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Poppy’s report – Intern for 5 months at the Association Bordeaux-Bristol

Poppy Madaras-Smith has now finished her placement in Bordeaux with the Association Bordeaux-Bristol.
Thank you Poppy for this report !


“This past term, as part of an Erasmus year, I spent five months in Bordeaux working at the Association Bordeaux-Bristol. As a modern languages student with the Erasmus scheme behind me I had various options as to where to go and what to do but I can say, in all honesty, that I could not have picked a better placement. The Association, which is right on the river Garonne with a view of the Pont de Pierre, is the kind of place that, despite having spent September to January there, I find difficult to describe. The sense of community is wonderful.


 Even though everyone there was a volunteer and popped in only when they had time, the twinning committee and all its members could not have been more welcoming and supportive towards me. By the time I left after Christmas, weighed down by presents, good wishes and offers of somewhere to stay next time I’m back, I really felt a part of their team and personally invested in the future of the twinning between Bordeaux and Bristol. It was brilliant to work in a place where people were so passionate about what they were promoting. Everyone that I met had a nostalgic story to tell about Bristol and something good to say about the British … Brexit only seemed to be motivation to work harder to create and nurture friendships.


It was a pleasure to help with the preparation for the school exchanges and I really hope that future generations will continue to see the value in them as I now do. As the level of interest on the Bristol side is a little lower, I will happily do my best once back in Bristol next September to help generate enthusiasm in local schools. Bristol’s link with Bordeaux can offer so much not just to children but anybody who is interested. The opportunities I got whilst there were invaluable in terms of work experience and I got the chance to live in a new country and feel like a local rather than a tourist. That said, I definitely recommend Bordeaux as a tourist destination! As a small city, with a good selection of small museums (such as the Musée des Beaux Arts), fantastic food and a compact city centre with amazing things to see all within walking distance of each other, it’s a great place to go if you have no more than a weekend free.


I would like to thank everyone at the Association Bordeaux-Bristol for being such generous employers and hosts and look forward to my next visit which hopefully won’t be too far away. Lastly, I would also like to thank Alix Hughes for helping to make this placement possible. It just goes to show how chatting to the person you sit next to in the Bristol Cathedral can lead to great opportunities!”



Mini Assistants Scheme 2018 : Future teachers from Bordeaux welcomed into Bristol primary schools

Since 2004, as part of the “Mini Assistants Scheme”, some primary schools in Bristol host some French students from Bordeaux.

During two weeks, the future teachers have the opportunity to discover the English education system and to participate in lessons.

Photo above with Florine Facon, French student welcomed by Ashton Gate School


Florine’s comments : “Ce stage fut une expérience très enrichissante pour moi, j’ai appris plus en deux semaines à Bristol qu’en six mois de fac. Et avec ça, les enfants, les professeurs, les membres de l’association : tout le monde était vraiment adorable avec nous et tellement bienveillant que cela n’en rendait le séjour qu’encore plus agréable !
Je suis revenue de ce stage pleine d’idées nouvelles pour enseigner, et je suis contente d’avoir pu voir comment fonctionnait une école de l’autre côté de la Manche ! J’ai beaucoup aimé divers aspects de l’enseignement là-bas, notamment cette bienveillance qui est aussi très visible en classe. Les enfants sont à l’aise avec leurs professeurs et cela fait vraiment plaisir à voir.
Outre cette proximité, j’ai également été marquée au premier abord par les classes en elles-mêmes : si colorées !
Le système d’affichage m’a beaucoup plu : une affiche dédiée à chaque matière, dont le contenu change en fonction de ce qui est fait en classe. Tellement ingénieux et pratique !
Le système d’assemblées, que nous n’avons pas en France, est également très avantageux pour que les élèves des différentes classes apprennent à se connaître et pour entretenir une cohésion de groupe, à l’échelle de l’école ! J’ai trouvé cela très surprenant et toujours très bien mené. Les enfants sont également extremely well-behaved, especially when compared with French students at their age. En France, rassembler autant d’enfants dans une même pièce conduirait à l’anarchie et à Ashton Gate, tout le monde restait sagement en place et était attentif. Cela était vraiment très impressionnant à voir.
J’ai également apprécié de voir la sécurité déployée à l’entrée de l’école et l’importance accordée à la lecture, ce sont deux choses qui ne sont pas assez mises en avant à mon goût dans nos établissements français.
Comme je disais plus haut donc, je reviens la tête pleine de nouvelles idées à mettre en place en France et très confortée dans mon choix de devenir professeure des écoles.
Ashton Gate étant une grande école, j’ai passé la très grande majorité de mon séjour à passer de classe en classe, à faire une présentation de la région et à enseigner des chansons ou quelques notions de Français. Cela m’a donc permis de me confronter à des classes de tous les niveaux et je sais désormais avec certitude que ce métier est vraiment fait pour moi. En France, on nous cantonne principalement à de l’observation et bien évidemment, cela n’offre pas la même expérience”.

(Thank you Florine for your report !)


Additionally, one of the regular fixtures of this scheme is a meeting with the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Lesley Alexander. It was the opportunity for these future teachers to find out about the Lord Mayor’s role. They also told her about their experiences in the Bristol primary schools and how it is different to France. They thought that on the whole the primary school students were very well behaved !!


A social programme has also been organised  : a Street Art Tour, an interactive tour of the BBC, a sightseeing City Tour across Bath by bus and the visit of the Roman Baths.

The French students enjoyed the BBC Tour !


8 FEB. 2018 : French Member of Parliament Alexandre Holroyd in Bristol

French MP Alexandre Holroyd was in Bristol to meet with his constituents. He represents all the French nationals in the UK as well as in other northern European countries. He was welcomed to Bristol by Honorary French Consul Josette LeBrat and Bristol City Council’s international team kindly provided a meeting room for him to meet with Councillors to discuss BREXIT and other issues. He also met about 30 French nationals and heard their concerns.
Alexandre Holroyd is also President of the France-United Kingdom parliamentary friendship group and he pledged his support for the twinning between Bristol and Bordeaux.

Thank you Salvatore Berger for the photos



02-06 JAN. 2018 : The cultural cooperation Bristol-Bordeaux highlighted in the newspaper ‘SUD OUEST’

Christophe LOUBES, journalist for the local newspaper SUD OUEST from Bordeaux, has dedicated some press articles on artistic projects between Bristol and Bordeaux.
Five interesting articles to read !!!

Thank you Christophe LOUBES.


Bedminster Lantern Parade 2017 : workshops with the children

Bordeaux & French themes for the Parade 2017

The Bristol Bordeaux Partnership would like to thank Quartet for their generous support towards the Bordeaux/French elements of the 2017 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade (BWLP). Thank you to the whole BWLP committee and in particular chair Malcolm Brammar and schools artist Alan May. It was Alan’s creative genius and enthusiasm for Bordeaux and its artists which inspired the children to produce hundreds of amazing lanterns including the six giant ones which wowed the crowds lining the streets of Bedminster.


Southville Primary created Matisse themed lanterns. Over 60 children contributed to the making of 4 large white dove silhouette lanterns, based on the later works of the French painter Matisse, featuring white doves on a blue background. 60 individual lanterns were also created by all the children using paper cut-out techniques.


Ashton Gate Primary worked on their Urban Art lantern inspired by Bordeaux artist Lady JDay who took part in the 2017 UPFest.  The children used new spray paint techniques to create backgrounds for their individual lanterns (90 in total). LadyJDay’s artwork which Alan May asked her to produce on acetate paper during UPFest, was used imaginatively to create a 3m high spray can lantern which the children loved carrying in the parade.The 90 pupils researched local street art and were inspired by a number of artworks featuring the human eye – these would be the central theme for the design of the 90 small lanterns. With the assistance of a local stencil artist, Stewy, they were able using spray paint techniques to create the backgrounds for their lanterns. The giant spray can lantern sprayed out the illuminated letters of the school !


Victoria Park Primary chose a Bordeaux Cubism theme and constructed a 3m high Bordeaux gate, L’Hote cubist-style, based on one of the main medieval archway entrances to the city. The children were stimulated by a more modernist approach. They decided to use Cubist techniques to create portraits on 90 small lanterns. They had an idea to create a 3D chateau, also using Cubist techniques  and research led them to an image of Bordeaux’ Porte Cailhau in the Quartier Saint Pierre, which was then redesigned. One of the conical roofs was replaced by a wine bottle and windows and gates became eyes and mouths. They also used messages and words celebrating the Bristol/Bordeaux link.
An accordionist accompanied them on the parade adding an extra French cultural element. The children made 90 individual Cubist portrait lanterns with messages in French.


BWLP Director Malcolm Brammar said : “This year’s Parade was the longest in BWL’s six year history, attracting more than 2,000 people to local streets. The now established Parade route is closed to traffic for the safety of participants and spectators alike and is south Bristol’s largest community event of the year.  It was great that we were able to introduce exciting and stimulating Bordeaux and French elements this year to celebrate the 70th anniversary of our oldest twinning

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Bristol&Bordeaux 2017, a friendship which has lasted for 70 years



Come to the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade next Saturday !
This year there will be lanterns specially designed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Bristol Bordeaux twinning, and the city’s link with Oporto in Portugal.
As part of the pre-Parade entertainment, you will discover Cecile, French-born singer and songwriter living in Bristol.
She will sing on the North St/Raleigh Rd junction from 16.00.
See you next Saturday !!

To discover Cecile on youtube :


20 young footballers from Bristol all around their Twin City of Bordeaux

Three Days of September sunshine takes group of young Bristolians all around their Twin City of Bordeaux thanks to Community of Purpose and the Bristol Together Championship

Meeting with children from Bordeaux’s Dupaty School and Chantecler Football Club


A warm welcome at the Association Bordeaux-Bristol, with Valérie Bonnet.



On the morning of Tuesday 26th August, 20 footballers from four different Bristol primary schools arrived at Bordeaux Airport to warm sun and a warm welcome from their twin city.
They spent the following three days being shown some of the most interesting and exciting things Bordeaux has to offer.

From an open top bus tour to a reception at the City Hall, where the group was privileged to meet Bordeaux’s Mayor, Alain Juppé himself, these young Bristolians had the chance to see all around a completely new city during what was for most of them their first time in France.

They met children from Bordeaux’s Dupaty School and Chantecler Football Club and a number of them remarked just how similar their French peers were despite having imagined that they would be unlikely to get along. Football and fun and games sufficed as a common language as Chantecler and Dupaty put the children into mixed teams and a number of new friends were made.

Having been greeted at the Association Bordeaux-Bristol, who helped to make this visit possible, where they tried all sorts of new French snacks, the group wandered around the city, buying souvenirs and making memories, finishing their trip with a private tour of the new Matmut-Atlantique Stadium and an afternoon in the sunshine swinging through the trees at Acrobranche, ‘the scariest but coolest place ever’ according to one boy arm in arm with a new friend from a different school in a different part of Bristol.

‘It was really brilliant to see kids from Bristol, some of whom were outside the UK for the first time, splashing around in the Miroir d’eau and climbing through the trees at Acrobranche. They didn’t let the language barrier hold them back from having an amazing time and they were inquisitive and gracious throughout the three days.

They threw themselves into every activity and were a credit to their schools as well as the city of Bristol. It was especially great to see girls being given a chance to play the sport they so clearly love and it was so much fun to see kids from different schools making friends with each other and learning about a new country together. Community of Purpose has done a wonderful thing in setting up this trip – Amy Kington’s hard work has definitely paid off as the group of kids and adults alike discovered life in Bordeaux and how valuable the twinning between Bordeaux and Bristol really is’.

Article from Poppy Madaras, Intern at Association Bordeaux-Bristol and group guide.


Thanks to the Quartet Foundation for their support.