The UK and France have a rich shared cultural heritage and friendship forged through long standing collaboration and creation. Whether marvelling at French romance, or obsessing over British rock, both countries share a mutual respect and admiration for the other’s culture and creative genius.
Launched in 2017, Le Crxssing is an avant garde festival which celebrates creativity in all its forms: cinema, music, comedy, fashion, gastronomy and art. Emerging and established talents will collaborate throughout the festival, creating exclusive Le Crxssing art forms, and stamping their mark on our shared cultural heritage and history.
The French Chamber of Great Britain is committed to developing and connecting French and British businesses. By providing a platform for exchange and networking for French and British firms in the UK, their 560 members’ interests can be promoted to key decision makers. By helping develop economic and commercial relations between France and the UK they can keep breaking the boundaries of creativity.
“The French Chamber of Great Britain is delighted to be a Partner of the Le Crossing event. The Chamber plays an important role in bilateral relations between France and the UK. This event presents a unique opportunity to come together to celebrate arts and culture on both sides of the Channel and to foster new and exciting future collaboration between our two countries.”
One of London’s most iconic and awe-inspiring buildings is the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Sweeping guests into a world where modern amenities mingle with the extravagance of rail’s golden age, the five-star luxury property, ideally located beside the British Library and St Pancras International Station, is a leading beacon within the stunning regeneration of the King’s Cross area.
“The team at the St. Pancras Renaissance are extremely honoured to be a part of Le Crxssing! We are thrilled to join our local partners in celebrating this unique and innovative event connecting London and Paris.”
Vivendi is a world-class, integrated content, media and communications group with strong European roots. It comprises leading companies such as Universal Music Group, which also owns Abbey Road Studios, Canal+ Group (the parent company of Studiocanal, Europe’s leader in production, right acquisition, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series), communications group Havas, mobile video games publisher Gameloft, and Vivendi Village (home to the Paddington franchise and the ticketing company See Tickets). All of Vivendi’s businesses in London have been brought together in the newly-built area near King’s Cross Station where the best of technology and creativity have been gathering.
“Talent and creativity are the driving forces behind all of Vivendi’s activities. We are delighted to join a group of prestigious companies and organizations to cross boundaries and support an event like no other, mixing arts, cultures and countries, in a celebration of imagination, diversity and talent.”
“Google is a proud founding partner and sponsor for the second year running of this unique celebration of Anglo-French collaboration across the cultural spectrum.”
Central Saint Martins’ forward facing approach places it at the heart of creativity in London. It is one of the world’s leading art and design institutions with a reputation founded on the achievements of its graduates. From ground breaking fashion firsts to mind blowing creative visions, the school is home to some of the world’s most visionary designers. With a community that is constantly curious, they continuously push the boundaries of innovation and creativity. Branching off the University of Arts, its alumni include JW Anderson, Stella McCartney, Steve McQueen, M.I.A, Jeremy Beaven, Sandy Powell and Es Devlin, among others.
“Central Saint Martins is excited to be working as partner on Le Crxssing festival. Art schools, and particularly Central Saint Martins, have a long history of nurturing creative talent, often with and beyond the visual arts. Music, performance, film and other areas of creative practice and entertainment are in the DNA of art and design schools, and the idea of celebrating British and French arts and media talents, through Le Crxssing, is something which Central Saint Martins truly believes in – that culture and creativity must and should operate across borders and boundaries. We look forward to hosting and enjoying Le Crxssing at Central Saint Martins.”
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator and a global leader in low-carbon energy. In the UK, EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.
EDF Energy is applying new technologies and ways of working to help build a brighter energy future for the UK. Through its innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, the company is shaping future technologies and services to help make customers’ lives easier, while its Pretty Curious campaign is helping to inspire teenage girls to imagine a future where they use STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – to help make a difference.
“At EDF, French and British colleagues have been working in partnership for many years. With the UK being the 2nd country of EDF group, we are proud to be a part of Le Crxssing 2018, an exciting initiative that brings our two countries together in celebration of our rich cultural heritage, creativity and future collaboration.”
Eurostar have further strengthened British and French cultures by helping travellers make long-lasting business and leisure connections. Over the last two decades, their high-speed rail operation that connects London with mainland Europe, has allowed them to more than double the number of people travelling between the UK, Paris and Brussels.
Eurostar are thrilled to go beyond the boundaries of creativity with Le Crxssing and celebrate and discover the influence of Franco-British culture on music, art, comedy, gastronomy, cinema and fashion.
“Eurostar has been connecting the UK and the continent for more than two decades, bringing together friends, families, businesses and cultures. We are thrilled to be part of Le Crxssing to recognise and celebrate the influence of Franco-British culture on music, art, comedy, gastronomy, cinema and fashion.”
With a focus on media, technology and telecommunications, LionTree is a differentiated global investment and merchant banking firm. By working across offices in New York, San Francisco, London and Paris, they are able to leverage unique and cutting edge insights and relationships across multiple sectors.
Urban Partners is a voluntary business partnership whose funds, expertise and time are committed to delivering initiatives that benefit people who either work or live in the King’s Cross area. They are made up of organisations in Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras, with members ranging from ambitious global big hitters to awe-inspiring local businesses. Spanning across multiple sectors, including transport, technology, media and publishing, they want to go beyond the boundaries of creativity.
“Urban Partners is very excited to be taking part in the organisation of Le Crxssing 2018. As the business partnership for King’s Cross, Euston and St. Pancras our main objective is to build and sustain a thriving urban neighbourhood that is a good place to work, live and do business. As a co-founder of Le Crxssing 2018, we believe it will help us create the sense of community we are trying to build within the area, especially by getting local businesses involved. We are really looking forward to the festival and are proud to have the chance to showcase our area to Paris, France, the rest of Europe and the World.”
Ascential is the specialist, global information company that enables smart decision-making for business. In an increasingly complex, digitally-driven world, they help their customers understand what’s important and how to act on it – today, and in the future.
Through business-critical intelligence, world-class events and advice, they empower the world’s most ambitious brands to find their focus and improve performance, particularly in the digital economy. From finance to fashion, ecommerce to economic forecasting, Ascential anticipates trends and connects people to market-leading, sector-specific expertise – helping customers to overcome their commercial challenges and unlock value.
When you can see the future, it’s easier to get there first.
“As a global information business, we understand the value of creativity to bring that information to life for our customers. We’re proud to be a founding partner of Le Crxssing – an event that celebrates creativity and the power of cross-cultural collaboration.”
King’s Cross is one of the largest and most exciting redevelopments in London. Before it was an underused industrial wasteland, and it has now been transformed into a forward facing part of the city that holds a rich history. It also hosts a unique setting for homes, shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants, schools, and even one of London’s most prestigious and iconic art universities. In October, King’s Cross will see Coal Drops Yard opening. Global brands, emerging designers and independent retailers will unite to bring something entirely new to London’s shopping scene.
“We are thrilled that Le Crossing will be happening this year in the heart of King’s Cross. As we are the home to Havas and Universal Music Group, it is both fitting and wonderful that such an exciting artistic programme has been devised. We can’t wait to see the event, hear new music and comedy, and enjoy the cultural cuisine.”
Atout France have a sole mission: to boost, increase and develop the quality of travel and tourism in France. As the French government’s sole operator regarding the promotion of all aspects of culture in France, they provide services and events for tourism professionals and information to the general public that help boost creativity in culture.
“We are delighted to be part of Le Crxssing 2018! This is a great opportunity to showcase all the best aspects of French and British Culture. Both Paris and London are bastions of culture and seeing them merge together for one event is going to be hugely exciting. We can’t wait to help bring France closer to London and inspire even more Londoners to make the return journey to Paris.”
The unique technology employed by Blue Solutions, the Lithium Metal Polymer battery (LMP®), is leading a revolution in electrical energy storage solutions and mobile hardware. The engineering of these forward facing batteries has resulted in their use rapidly growing on every continent. Blue Solutions has successfully implemented itself in London and Paris, and other cities over the world, notably with its electric vehicle services, and is playing a key role in a more sustainable future.
“Blue Solutions is very pleased to be joining Le Crxssing Festival 2018 ! It is with great enthusiasm that we participate in this event celebrating Franco-British friendship. Blue Solutions is excited to demonstrate its attachment to the British capital through its car-sharing service Bluecity, also operating in the heart of the King’s Cross area.”
Sassy Cidre is the disruptive face of traditional cider; they started out with the vision to revolutionise the perception of artisanal cider. To develop an innovative product, that also respects traditions, the founders have worked with a renowned cellar master to carefully create and rework recipes so that they are forward facing recipes. Originating in Normandy, at Château de Sassy, the tradition of cider and calvados-making has been preserved by Xavier’s family since 1852. Everything is locally sourced, from the carefully selected varieties of apples and pears, to the bottling. Free of additives, the aromas of the fruit are enhanced to exude a taste of freshness and to reveal a well-balanced flavor.
“Maison SASSY is proud to participate in the 2018 edition of “Le Crxssing”. Such an event combining gastronomy, art and fashion with numerous promising and established talents involved is very representative of what we have been achieving at Sassy since 2014. We have worked with designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, artists like Tiffany Cooper or Jean Julien and renowned chefs such as Gregory Marchand or Alain Ducasse. Le Crxssing is the perfect opportunity for the two countries to showcase their talents. We firmly believe in this project and share the desire to establish a long lasting relationship.”
With decades of knowledge from around the digital world Cylo has become a one stop solution provider for partners sitting across multiple industries and giving access to a large catalogue of content including Music, E-books, Audio books, Film, Magazines, TV Series and News. Cylo brings creative solutions to manage, promote, sell and distribute digital content through customised webstores, app.
“Cylo are thrilled to be part of Le Crxssing 2018, a truly unique event that brings together so many disciplines of artistry under one roof to send a very powerful message. Cylo’s innovative technology will empower all guests with the tools they need to entirely immerse themselves in the experience of Le Crxssing, so they don’t miss out on any exclusive content, performances or moments throughout the day, or in the days following.”
Master & Dynamic is a New York City-based premium audio brand with a deep passion for building beautifully crafted, richly appointed and technically sophisticated sound tools for creative minds. Designed for decades of use, Master & Dynamic products only use the finest materials and are engineered to last.
“Music and the role it plays in the creative process, across all mediums, is at the core of what we do at Master & Dynamic. When you layer in travel, whether it be between two great cities like London and Paris, or New York and Tokyo and others, the outcome can be magical.”
Since its formation in 1865, HSBC’s long history has reflected a plethora of world changes and market developments. During that time, HSBC has remained committed to its purpose: Connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper. Ultimately HSBC helps people fulfil their hopes and dreams in flourishing communities, in which empathy, culture and art play an integral part. One of many demonstration of HSBC’s commitment and support to arts is the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie that has been supporting photography artists since 1995.
“HSBC is delighted to be supporting Le Crxssing, an Anglo-French cultural event for the second year running. A celebration of Franco-British culture and performing arts that will offer clients and participants scope for inspiration and new perspectives.”
The Creative Industries Federation is the national organisation for the UK’s creative industries. They put the sector at the heart of political, economic, and social decision-making.The Federation is entirely independent. Their revenues – and their strength – come from more than 10,000 individuals from creative businesses, organisations and educational institutions throughout the UK. They work with their members to strengthen the voice of the UK’s creative industries, advocate sector priorities, convene their network with thought leaders, politicians, and practitioners, and deliver practical services to support their creative community.
“There have always been intriguing and invigorating creative links between France and the UK, and so it makes perfect sense for Le Crxssing to provide a platform for British and French creativity in all its forms. Some of the most exciting creative projects come from such collisions between different genres and art forms and the combination of established and upcoming talent, and so the Creative Industries Federation, the organisation that represents the entire creative industries, is delighted to support this Festival of Culture.”
The Institut Français du Royaume-Uni promotes French culture and language within its walls in London and Edinburgh and throughout the UK. It supports emerging artists in all fields and develops educational and cultural projects between France and Great Britain. Each year, over 200,000 people benefit from its French courses, film screenings, talks and debates, literary festivals, concerts and activities for children.
“For over a century, the Institut français has been nourishing the Franco-British dialogue in the realms of the arts and promoting the best of French culture in the UK. It was only fitting for the Institut to partner with this wonderful initiative which is a true plateform of artistic expressions from both sides of the Channel.”
L’Occitane makes life beautiful with the treasures of the land and people of Provence. L’Occitane was born in 1976 in Provence in the south of France where the fragrant fields of lavender are a constant reminder of the region’s natural richness. A true story lies behind each of the natural ingredients, almost all of which are gathered in the south of France or the Mediterranean. The brand’s fragrances, skincare, hair care and body and bath ranges are inspired by the quality of their ingredients and the benefits they offer, combined with the unique know-how of the region’s local artisans, making products that stimulate the senses and offer a moment of well-being and sensory delight.
“L’Occitane, a French brand from the heart of Provence, is honoured to be a partner of Le Crxssing. This fantastic festival celebrates artisans, culture and well-being, just as we do and we are delighted to be a part of it this year to share our true stories and our passion for natural beauty.”
Eurotunnel, the vital link between the UK and continental Europe, is concessionaire of the cross-Channel Fixed Link until 2086. The tunnel is a rolling motorway used by 2.6 million cars and 1.6 million trucks every year. High-speed passenger trains and rail freight trains also run through the tunnel.In 24 years, more than 410 million passengers and 380 million tonnes of goods have been transported through the Channel Tunnel.
“Getlink are extremely honoured to be partnered with the Le Crxssing event, and as an organisation that has been connecting the UK and Europe for over 20 years, what a very fitting collaboration. Le Crxssing is the perfect opportunity to showcase the partnership between the Anglo-French cultures as we at Getlink experience every day.”
For more than 65 years, UniFrance has been using its experience of the international marketplace to support French cinema worldwide.
UniFrance is based in Paris and also has representatives in New York, Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo. Its membership brings together around 1,000 French producers, filmmaking talents, agents and sales companies, which are working together to promote French film among foreign audiences, industry executives and media.
“All the efforts need to be made in order to facilitate, intensify and sustain the artistic and intellectual exchange between France and the UK. Le Crxssing is part of those stimulating and necessary initiatives. Without exchange, without confrontation, no creation is possible. At UniFrance, we are proud and happy to participate to this “Crxssing” of ideas and talents.”
Le Bonbon is a media brand present in 9 French cities (Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Nice, Strasbourg). Trendsetting in its nature, it targets the 18-39 age group, it showcases all the cultural news, events and good deals in each city. It highlights the best of food, bars, and best spots. Born in 2009 it is a local monthly magazine, issued in paris, and now present on the web and through an app. It has a digital audience of about 2.5 million visits each month.
Le Bonbon Agency develops events and publicity for it’s advertisers.
Infoconcert is the number one media-service concert information website in France, Switzerland, Benelux and european festivals offering: ticketing, artist alerts, music news, festival passes, touring agendas, live videos, live community and contests… Each month, 3 million visitors use Infoconcert to find their favorite gigs and get excited !