An Exciting Night Out in Reims, France

Jalen & Maria
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As American master’s degree students at the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, we spend a lot of our time studying and working. However, we also recognize the importance of carving out time for leisure activities.

Pursuing a degree in France means that there are enriching cultural events to attend at every turn, and this certainly rings true for Reims. Read on to experience a night out with us at the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) Champagne-Ardenne.

May 14th, 2022 marked the 18th European Night of Museums, a pan-European event where museums welcome guests free of charge in the evening hours for special events. Various museums all over Reims participated, and we chose to visit the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne.


Before the main event, we explored the different exhibits housed in the museum. As art enthusiasts, we were enthralled by the diversity of pieces. From an art installation that combined sound, photography, and sculpture, to a collaborative interactive piece, to a mind-bending video, we got to see a little bit of everything!

The recovered manifesto of Wissam [inaudible] by Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Plein Jeu #3 - Pirouettes by Baptiste Meyniel, Jean-Simon Roch, Marion Pinaffo, and Raphaël Pluvinage
Covid David by Andréa Le Guellec

At around 8:00, artist Sarah Korzec arrived to discuss the perpetual calendar that she created in collaboration with the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne. She detailed her residency in Reims that allowed her to depict the history of the city in each month of the calendar. It was fascinating to learn about her artistic process, and we loved that her artwork honors our city’s history.

Calendrier des paysan·nes Rémois·es du Moyen Âge et des saint·es parfois oublié·es by Sarah Korzec
The Month of May, Calendrier des paysan·nes Rémois·es du Moyen Âge et des saint·es parfois oublié·es by Sarah Korzec

The event ended with a complimentary glass of champagne – a custom that we’ve grown to love as inhabitants of the Grand Est region! We had such a wonderful evening pondering thought-provoking art together, and we hope to make attending the European Night of Museums a tradition.

We have no regrets about choosing France to pursue our graduate degrees, and evenings like this exemplify how amazing it truly is to live and study here.

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