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.
Since its launch in 2017, Le Crxssing is quickly becoming one of the most unique, cutting edge events in London. Our avant-garde festival celebrates the collaboration of French and British culture, showcased in a multitude of creative forms. Through the collaboration of both emerging and established talents, we are showcasing futuristic art that goes beyond the boundaries of creativity.
Avid music lover and enthusiast, Antoine de Caunes is a celebrated Canal+ presenter, actor, producer and writer. As a true anglophile, Antoine has successfully become one of France’s most popular cultural exports. Antoine De Caunes creatively expresses his love for all things art and isn’t afraid to break the boundaries.
Son of journalist and French TV presenter Georges de Caunes and of Jacqueline Joubert, Antoine de Caunes first appeared on television in the 1970s in the rock show ‘Chorus!’. He continued to forge his career in musical rock shows with Houba-Houba in ‘Enfants du Rock’.
Antoine continued his career on Canal+ from 1977 onwards with the hit show ‘Nulle part Ailleurs’ and launched his cinema career in 1989, appearing in a number of key roles in cult French films, culminating in his direction of the biopic ‘Coluche: l’histoire d’un mec’ in 2008.
Antoine is a great explorer, who continuously pushes his own boundaries to discover new cultures, talents and creative outlets. He travelled throughout the US and launched a travel series on Canal+ while also hosting a number of shows on the BBC.
Antoine continues to focus on his love for uncovering new talent, and contributing to pop culture with his daily radio show POPOPOP. Antoine de Caunes perfectly embodies the ideals of creativity beyond boundaries that are at the core of Le Crxssing.
Eddie is a world class comedian, fashion icon, political campaigner, runner and tireless supporter of charity. His surreal style is inimitable and unique. He sold out shows in France and Germany where he performed his individual style of comedy in multiple languages with extraordinary ease.
Eddie Izzard is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer. Eddie is also well known for his love of politics and political activism. He has been a long-standing supporter of the Labour party. Eddie’s Force Majeure comedy tour has played in over 30 countries and in all 50 US states.
He now tours his show in four languages (English, French, German and Spanish) and recently spent two months in Paris devising his new stand up show in French. Eddie recently received critical acclaim for his performance alongside Judi Dench in the film, Victoria and Abdul. In 2010, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story received an Emmy® Award nomination.
His recent autobiography Believe Me entered the top ten in the Sunday Times Best-seller list. On March 20th 2016, Izzard completed running 27 marathons in 27 days in South Africa as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and raised over £2.6 million for Sport Relief. He is currently working towards a world tour of an exciting new live show.
- Magda Danysz
- Paul Taylor
- Joel Dommett
- Magda Danysz
- La Femme
- General Elektriks
- Fern Brady
- Jordan Mackampa
- La Femme
- La Fémis
- Eddy de Pretto
- Gregory Marchand
- The Kills
- Claire Laffut
- François-Xavier Demaison
- Central Saint Martins
- The Kills
Direct from the Parisian overground, French pop connoisseurs La Femme have made a huge mark on modern Paris’ cultural landscape, by engraining in their music the two sides of the city : the glamour and the grit. Since the release of their debut album, Psycho Tropical Berlin, they have gained momentum and a growing young audience. They won French Best French New Band of the Year at The French Music Awards and topped the French charts. Their music was also used for three major worldwide TV adverts for Apple, Renault and Sonos which has brought them great attention. They have toured three times in the UK, including a support tour for Maximo Park in 2012. Returning with a more psychedelic sound and numerous female guest vocalists that slice through the starkest of electro beats, La Femme celebrates their wonderful city and tackles the enigmatic question of falling in and out of love. Mystère is indeed a compendium of short stories describing love and loss and each song breaks down language barriers through an inventive and astute knack for melody.
For a decade and a half, The Kills have mastered the savage balance between chaos and equilibrium, salvation and obliteration, 10,000-watt voltage and intense darkness. They have reimagined the possibilities of modern duality, unleashing artful detonation and subtle vocal and guitar violence.
For their latest attack, the Domino artists The Kills re-wired the circuits of Saul Williams’ “List of Demands (Reparations)” to create a wounded, volcanic, and urgent anthem. An opaque but powerful litany that could incite the most apathetic to action, a wake-up call capable of being interpreted as personal or political. The song comes backed with a dazzling cover of Peter Tosh’s “Steppin’ Razor”.
Paul Taylor has a passion for making people laugh. From an early age, he has been exposed to multiple cultures and languages and embraced them. With an English dad and an Irish mum, this British comedian, currently living in Paris, is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Using his multicultural perspective, he started his stand-up comedy career in January 2013, performing on English-speaking comedy shows in Paris. Later he was able to perform abroad in multiple countries including the USA, Spain and China. Drawing inspiration from his daily life, he created a bilingual one-man show called #FRANGLAIS where he shares with his audience, in both French and English, his hilarious experiences as a British expat in France and his unique take on French cultural habits. After performing on stage for a number of years, he decided to take his comedy to the screen. Paul was soon after contacted by Canal+ and Studio Bagel to work in partnership with them for a mini-series on TV.
Paul Taylor is redifining the bicultural approach to comedy.
Born and raised in east London, 22 year old rapper and musician Jeshi is making it difficult to shackle or pigeonhole music. Ranging from ultra minimal and alternative monotone crooning to ethereal drum-lead songs filled with compact, tightly woven raps, he has already started to map out his own, idiosyncratic path. With an open approach to collaboration and a firm desire to continuously build and improve, his new mixtape ’The World’s Spinning Too Fast’ lands as 23 minute-long statement, meshing together Jeshi’s complex and abstract sound design with tight, thoughtful lyricism. Recorded in various studios, bedrooms and kitchens across London as well as an apartment in Marrakech where the idea first blossomed, it serves as a compelling introduction to one of London’s brightest new rap stars.
Claire Laffut is both mysterious and transparent in her artistic essence. Her tattoos, drawn with intricacy and endless imagination, are part of her unique self-expression and reveal a little piece of her as an artist. Never motivated by fame or a desire to shine, it’s art, history, poetry and her personal quest of self that drive her to create.
Sharp, groovy, surprising, modern and instantly endearing, her music is built from emotional milestones, fortunate accidents and a telescoping of ideas, sounds and memories. A product of deep collaboration with the producer and multi-instrumentalist Tristan Salvati, she has the freshness of pop yet does not shy away from soul, jazz, reggae and bossa nova. Her first album shares her own truth, and it is both beautiful and unsettling.
Airnadette is an Airband who combines lip-synching with a dynamically energetic stage show. This unique concept reinterprets the last 50 years of pop culture, covering the hits of your youth [including those you hoped you’d forgotten] right up to the latest buzz on YouTube. Each of the six-strong team (Jean-Françoise, Scotch Brit, M-Rodz, Chateau Brutal, Gunther Love and Moche Pitt) incarnates the look and style of a particular time period.
In the past 6 years they have performed over 400 shows in over 7 countries, perfecting their art to claim the title ‘Masters of Lip-synch’. Today, Airnadette presents its latest creation “We Will Dub You”. Part theatre, part rock, part musical, the show combines multiple aspects of the musical culture to break the boundaries of creativity.
With these two it was destined to work, a story of timing, energy, the essence of their individuality. On one side, Nicolas Dacunha, suburban Paris native, and on the other Faty Sy Savanet, born in Kinshasa, raised in Lemba, the hip neighborhood of the Congolese Capital, who landed at nine years old in the suburbs of Paris, before being discovered in the garage rock band Jaguar. The name of the band, Tshegue, has a double meaning: it is the singer’s nickname, and it is also the name given to street boys of Kinshasa. From the start, her deep voice and soul gives the tone and the rough atmosphere, intense sentences, boosted by the epileptic rhythm, with tribal references. There is no doubt, Faty Sy Savanet drops punchlines that hit and slam you in the head. Urban, that’s one certainty, their music is a witness to an attachment to ambiguity, freed from the laws of labeling music into categories.
Thinking differently to everyone else, General Elektriks blends impressionist touches and a carnal dimension with the electronic sounds and seminal influences of great black music. His knowledge of more than one language allows him to use multiple influences in his music. Described as versatile and thrilling he uses multiple cultures, multiple languages and multiple genres. One man and his keyboard is all it takes to create a stunning amalgamation of funk, electro and pop. His attempt to create an alchemical musical melting-pot creates a dazzling effect when shared with the crowd.
Gregory Marchand, who obtained the nickname “Frenchie” whilst working under Jamie Oliver, began his culinary journey in western France at the age of 15. At the orphanage he grew up in, Gregory first learned his trade by helping the nuns cook. From there he trained and worked in France, England and Hong Kong.
It is believed that his early cheffing days are the reason for his inevitable and eventual return to London. Frenchie Covent Garden opened in January 2016 and has already won Squaremeal’s Restaurant of the Year award. The globally-influenced menu echoes its Parisian counterpart with simple yet generous flavours and dishes inspired by Gregory’s travels, from London to New York through to Spain and Hong Kong.
Jordan Mackampa is often described as a troubadour, gorgeously soulful, someone who can tear at your heartstrings whilst filling you with joy. Over the past year Jordan has sold out 3 headline shows in London, played support slots for Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks, whilst also packing out stages and venues at multiple festivals where his powerful live show is imbued with rich potential. Join us at Le Crxssing to see him break the boundaries of creativity.
Joel burst onto the comedy scene in 2007 and quickly established himself as one of the most exciting comedians on the circuit. He has become a regular face on TV, from being a finalist in 2017’s “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” ITV, to Comedy Central’s “Joel and Nish vs The World” and as a panelist on Sky 1’s Bring the Noise alongside Nicole Scherzinger, to presenting Live In Chelsea, the live E4 after-show to hit series Made In Chelsea.
Joel boasts a constantly increasing array of TV credits for Comedy Central, Channel 4 and BBC Three participating in a number of successful shows.
The last year has been huge for Joel after his highly memorable performance on ITVs “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here”. He gained thousands of new fans due to his unique brand of humor and his lovable personality while on the show; so much so that he went onto finish second on the show. After hugely successful time in the jungle he took over hosting duty’s of ITV2s spin off Show.
Hailing from Créteil, young Eddy de Pretto brings a breath of fresh air to the French music scene. Amongst his influences are Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Claude Nougaro. By intertwining their styles, he is venturing into new territories, blending together traditional French Chanson with cutting-edge new-R&B. His unfiltered, raw and sexual style, where he evokes nightlife, parties and drugs in a very direct way led to a sensational win at the Le Printemps de Bourges’ award last April. The sudden announcement of him being nominated at the Victoires de la Musique before the release of his first album only increased the frenzy around his forward facing, cutting edge music.
François-Xavier Demaison has had a passion for comedy since he was young. After witnessing the attacks on the World Trade Centre, he decided to make a difference in his life, count his savings, and invest them in a show he wrote and financed himself. After seeing this, Samuel Le Bihan decided to produce it in a concentrated version. This was a huge success for Francois-Xavier and after playing a number of small roles in films, Antoine de Caunes chose him to embody the lead role, Coluche, in his film Coluche. This role earned him a César nomination for Best Actor. He has since played roles in films that have been hugely successful at the box office with more than a million entries. Francois-Xavier is now at the head of the acclaimed Theatre de l’Oeuvre in Paris.
Magda Danysz is a gallery owner in Paris and Shanghai. She organised her first exhibitions aged 17 in 1991. Since then she has continued to present major street artists like Shepard Fairey, JonOne or VHILS as well as contemporary photographers such as Erwin Olaf, Julian Schnabel and Charles Petillon. She also introduced Chinese contemporary artists such Maleonn, Yang Yongliang, Zhang Dali and the famous Wang Keping to a worldwide audience. In 2007, she was awarded the title of Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. Magda Danysz’s commitment for art is not confined to the walls of the gallery. She is a curator for many exhibitions in La Condition Publique in Roubaix in France for example, the Centquatre in Paris, the ArtScience Musuem in Singapore or the Cafa Art Museum in Beijing. She also participated in the Executive Committee of the Shanghai Biennale in 2010, for which she produced the project Wrinkles of the City by artist JR on the city scale. In 2013, she was also the curator of a new project of artist residency that met during 4 months, including 50 major figures of Street Art in the Bains (the legendary Parisian nightclub). She also participated in many art fairs around the world from Brussels to Hong Kong, New York or Miami.
Magda Danysz has also written several books, monographs and specialized works on Street Art. Magda Danysz is a recognized expert in Street Art and contemporary Chinese art. She lectures regularly on the subject.
Fearless writing and lightning fast wit make Fern an exceptional comedian. While writing her own sitcom, she has performed stand-up comedy on numerous successful TV shows. Her quick thinking is not only clever but provides forward facing entertainment for her audiences.
IAMDDB is a 21 year old artist, who makes music that naturally balances between the yin and the yang of the intrinsic human experience. She is the lovechild of trap and jazz, soaking up influences from her Portuguese and Angolan roots, and has taken inspiration from samba, Bob Marley, Nat King Cole and her stint playing with bands in Africa. She rides spiky hip hop beats with a drawling, elastic flow that glides between singing and speech giving her sound the feel of urban jazz.
Founded in 1986 and chaired since 2010 by Film director Raoul Peck, La Fémis trains every year over 50 students in 10 filmmaking skills: directors, screenwriters, producers, editors, DoP, sound engineers, production designers, continuity supervisors, distributors and exhibitors. In 2013, La Fémis created a new department training students in TV series’ writing. Every year, La Fémis produces around 260 short films and 60 of them are selected and awarded in 100 national and international film festivals.
The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is one of the world’s leading film, television and games schools. Thanks to a recent £20 million investment, the NFTS boasts state-of-the-art facilities and operates like a production house with its own industry standard film studio, 4k Television and rehearsal studios, and cutting-edge workspaces for all courses, resulting in an unparalleled student experience. With its specialist and practical courses led by industry professionals, NFTS provides fast-track access to successful careers in film, games and television with a 93% graduate employment rate. In 2018 the NFTS was awarded the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema BAFTA and over the years its students and alumni have won over 137 BAFTAs and 10 Oscars.