Forthcoming Events


Richmond Art Society Winter Exhibition

Thursday 1st December. REA members are invited to a private viewing of the RAS winter art exhibition. RAS is twinned with Art Fontainebleau.

The exhibition is also open to the public on Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Annual Christmas Dinner

The Christmas Dinner at Stein’s in 2019

Friday 9th December. 7.30 p.m. The Richmond in Europe Association Christmas Dinner will take place this year once again at Stein’s Restaurant in Kingston.

(We alternate between French & German restaurants each year. Sadly there was no dinner in 2020 because of the pandemic).

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Monday 19th December 2.30 p.m.  The Brandenburg Traditional Christmas Concert in Holy Trinity Church, Kensington.

Entrance is free for members of the U3A. Mince pies & mulled wine will also be provided free of charge. There is no booking fee. Once you apply the discount code BETTY there is no charge whatsoever.

For further details please click on the following link:

Brandenburg Concert Details


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. David King will lead a tour of the abbey for REA members on a date which has yet to be confirmed in early 2023.

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 famous portraits of both Napoleon & Eugenie hang in one of the magnificent rooms of their summer villa at Arenenberg.

The villa at Arenenberg where Napoleon spent his youth.
The spiral staircase in the entrance hall to the villa.

Eugénie continued to visit her beloved villa long after the death of her husband. Her last visit was in 1906.

She died in 1920 at the age of 94 & was interred in the Imperial Crypt in Farnborough with her husband & son.

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.


February 2023.

REA members are invited, as always, to the Fasnacht celebrations in Konstanz.

This year Schmotizer Dunnschtig is on 16th February.






10th Anniversary Concert by the European Youth Orchestra

The European Youth Orchestra performing in the Live Room at Twickenham Rugby Stadium in 2017.

20th May 2023. A concert to celebrate its 10th anniversary by the European Youth Orchestra in the Municipal Theatre in Fontainebleau. Young musicians from Konstanz, Lodi, Richmond, Alba Iulia & Krakow have been invited to participate. 

Ein Frühlingskonzert am Bodensee

18th-21st May. The Thames Philharmonic Choir will be performing with the Sinfonischer Chor in Konstanz.

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.

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