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Mai 68 Exhibition at l'Alliance Francaise de Brisbane

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Bonjour, l'Alliance Francaise de Brisbane invites you to the opening night of a unique exhibition about the infamous Mai '68 Riots in France in the Alliance's premises at 262 Montague Road, West End. The evening commences at 6.30pm on Friday, 29 May, 2015 and the exhibition will continue on display at Alliance Française until Friday 31 July, 2015.

Entry to the exhibition is FREE.

Opening hours for the Exhibition are:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 6.45pm; and
Saturday 8.00am to 12.30pm (Closed Saturdays outside teaching terms).

This unique exhibition is made up of original posters, lithographs and other documents that will transform you back into the midst of the mass riots in France during 1968. You will see and feel the angst and passion that led to the infamous Mai '68 Riots as they occurred all over France in May, 1968. Your feelings will be for real as these riots still have resonance in France today.

The riots leading to the production of the posters in the exhibition came about when University students in Paris rioted for social liberties during May of 1968. Before long, most of France joined the protest searching for social liberty and workers' rights. The nation-wide riots spanned two months and included strikes, demonstrations and even some physical conflict. Eventually, the riots came to symbolise the anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism and anti-Gaullism (against right-wing politics, headed at the time by Charles de Gaulle).

The poster campaigns developed as a means of promoting the social ideals that led to the riots, and to encapsulate the sentiment of the leftist movement. The posters you will see in the Exhibition are the actual posters and come from the same printing presses as those put up all over France during the period of the riots.

Although the posters were not meant for display in galleries, their historical and political importance warrants their place as a social exposition here at the l'Alliance Francaise de Brisbane. You will also see the different results emanating from the various techniques like screen-printing and lithography used to produce these historical artefacts.

The posters on display come from Brisbane's Ian Thompson's private collection. Ian has been collecting pieces in this genre for over 7 years and now has over 60 original posters and over 200 other documents including tracks, newspapers and books. The display will be a selection of 15 high impact and influential posters from his extensive collection.

l'Alliance Francaise de Brisbane is a non-for-profit organisation and has been a part of the Brisbane cultural scene since 1907. The Alliance conducts an ongoing programme of cultural events from its West End premises. Please take a look here at other events being held in conjunction with the Mai 68 Riots Exhibition.

You will not want to miss opening night on Friday 29 May, 2015. In addition to the fantastic display of posters there will be a wonderful opportunity to learn all about the posters' importance through talks and discussions about their influence and impact on French history. As well as, Ian Thompson will be displaying more of his collections of newspapers, magazines and posters. It is truly an inspirational display of French political and social history.

Finally, opening night has the magnificent advantage of giving you the opportunity to do, see and hear all of this while you enjoy wine and canapés.

For more information on this fantastic experience check out the l'Alliance Francaise de Brisbane webpage here, as well as the Alliance's Facebook page. You can also telephone the Alliance on 3844 4460 or email at
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Why? To satisfy the radical living in all of us.
When: Opening night 6.30pm on Friday, 29 May; other times are Monday to Friday 9.00am to 6.45pm and Saturday 8.00am to 12.30pm
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: l'Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End
Cost: FREE
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