Forthcoming Events


Phemina Photo Festival in Fontainebleau

L’etang aux carpes. Château de Fontainebleau

12th-30th March 2022. A photography exhibition in Fontainebleau, on the theme of women, organised by the “Association Arts et Culture Solidaire.”  

Submissions by three REA members, Jan Lee Johnson, Paul Douglas & Carol Wain, have already been selected for exhibition.

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Information in English

Information in French

Sunday 3rd April. Entries are invited for the Imperial Half-Marathon in Fontainebleau.

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7th-10th May 2022. REA’s equivalent association in Fontainebleau, which is called ARCIF, will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. The culmination of the celebrations will be a performance by the European Youth Orchestra on 10th May.

Members of ARCIF & REA in Fontainebleau in 2018.
Robert Schuman

Monday 9th May is Europe Day when, along with our fellow Europeans, we will be celebrating 77 years of peace since the Second World War. 9th May 2022 also marks the 72nd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. 

On 9th May 1950 the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, proposed the creation of a European Coal & Steel Community  in order to prevent another European war. Its founder members were France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg. Membership of this community gradually grew & it is now known as the European Union.

After centuries of conflict, none of its members has been to war with one another for 77 years & this Pax Europa is celebrated throughout Europe on 9th May each year.

For further information please click on the following link:

Schuman Declaration

REA Annual Garden Party

Saturday 11th June

Members pose for a group photo at the garden party in 2021

The annual garden party will be held in East Sheen on Saturday 11th June from midday onwards. A delicious buffet lunch will be provided as usual. Cost £10 per person.

The garden party is one of the highlights of the social calendar & provides a relaxed opportunity to get to know other members. Further details to follow.

Das Europakonzil

Gemeinsam für den Klimaschutz

26th-28th September 2022

The Europakonzil, which comprises youth delegates from Konstanz & its twin towns of Richmond, Fontainebleau, Tabor (in the Czech Republic) & Lodi (in Italy), promotes the benefits of European co-operation. The next meeting will take place in Konstanz from 26th-28th September & the theme will be, “Gemeinsam für den Klimaschutz.” (Together for climate protection). 

Delegates in 2017
Oberbürgermeister Uli Burchardt with delegates & representatives of the twinned towns.

15 youth delegates from each town have already been selected & they are being paired with a youth delegate from another country. English will be the lingua franca.

Two decision makers, (senior council officials or councillors), from each of the 5 twin towns will also be invited, as will two representatives from each of the town twinning associations.

The last meeting  of the Europakonzil took place in 2017. So successful was the Konzil in 2017 that it was nominated for two awards in Germany & won prize money totalling €1250.

For a press report about the award winners in 2017 please click on the following link.

Press Report

The victorious team.

If you have any questions about the 2022 Europakonzil please contact Slavica Stella

A tour of Farnborough Abbey

Napoleon III, the last Emperor of the French, died in exile in England & his body lies in the Imperial crypt of St. Michael’s Abbey Farnborough. At a date to be confirmed in the spring, David King, will lead a tour of the abbey for REA members.

Napoleon had very strong connections with both Fontainebleau & Konstanz. As Emperor, he refurbished his favourite palace at Fontainebleau & he spent his childhood at Arenenberg on the shores of Lake Constance, overlooking the town of Konstanz itself. It was said that, as a consequence, he spoke French with a slight German accent.

The villa at Arenenberg where Napoleon spent his youth.

If you missed David King’s lecture on Napoleon III you can view a recording on the REA YouTube channel by clicking on the following link.

REA YouTube Channel.

Foreign Language Films

Watermans in Brentford screens films in both French & German. 

Richmond Film Society meets at the Exchange opposite Twickenham Station. Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Tickets £5 (students £4)

The Exchange Cinema, 75, London Road, Twickenham

All films not in English are shown with subtitles.

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Curzon Richmond also screens films in French & German with English sub-titles.

For further details please click on this link.

Film Reviews

Please click on the following links for reviews of films seen by REA members. 

Villages, Visages (2017)  by Carol Wain