The Consulate General of France in Atlanta and Georgia Tech are hosting the 4th annual France-Atlanta event today, Oct. 23, through Nov. 9, offering more than 20 French-American events centered on innovation and cooperation in the Southeast.

Since its inception in 2010, France-Atlanta has led to numerous transatlantic cooperations, including the agreement  signed between Paris airports and region and the City of Atlanta to develop the two airport zones, the structured scientific cooperation between Georgia Tech and CNRS on graphene, the artistic residencies of Pierre Gonnord, Mohamed Bourrouissa and Pierre Rigal, and the construction of a Habitat for Humanity house by members of the local French community in Atlanta.

France-Atlanta 2013 will offer a fresh, dynamic program of over scientific, business, cultural and humanitarian events. Some of the highlights include:

– A scientific workshop on technology as a driver of economic development at Georgia Tech;
– A scientific symposium on aerospace engineering and the life sciences at Georgia Tech;
– The signing of a medical agreement between the city of Toulouse and Emory University on haematology;
– A business roundtable on the free trade agreement project between the EU and the US at Georgia Tech;
– A live broadcast of the Sustainable Airport Area International Seminar in Paris at the Metro Atlanta Chamber;
– A theatrical performance of Aimé Césaire’s Notebook of A Return to My Native Land by Jacques Martial at the Rialto Center for the Arts;
– A contemporary dance performance by Association Manifeste in downtown Atlanta;
– A concert by the Orchestre National de Lorraine and Sonic Generator at the Ferst Center for the Arts;
– An African film series and conversation with director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun at the BronzeLens Film Festival;
– A community service project helping the refugee community in Georgia;
– A series of presentations in French by NGO leaders in Metro Atlanta high schools about humanitarian aid;
– And much more!

On the occasion of France-Atlanta 2013, the City of Toulouse will send several high profile delegations to attend the Atlanta events in order to further strengthen cultural, scientific, and economic cooperation and exchange between the sister cities Atlanta and Toulouse. To find out more about the event, visit www.france-atlanta.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.