A common complaint among the Anglophonic community in Strasbourg is that it can be a bit boring here. I would disagree.
While I think most complaints are directed at the French’s inability to drink vast amounts of alcohol on a nightly basis, if you’re looking for something to do – Strasbourg is a cultural and entertainment gold mine.
Until recently the only facility that Strasbourg lacked was a reasonably sized (contemporary) music venue, but the recent opening of the new Zenith Europe has solved that.
For Cinema goers there are a number of venues showing English-language films. A film that is V.O.S.T. (Version Original with Sub-Titles) is shown in the original language – and all cinemas (except the Vox to my knowledge) show VOST films. Check out the Star cinemas, The OdyssÃ©e or CinÃ© CitÃ©.
If you like a bit of comedy, well the choices are fewer, mainly because there is almost no English comedy going on in Strasbourg. But don’t let that stop you from trying out something French. While stand-up is a no-go area for non-francophones (it’s too quick and too clever for us foreigners) impro and mime are a gas.
I can highly recommend impro group Base Jump – who play au cammioneur every month; but be warned – get there early, they lock the doors five minutes before the show starts! Then there is Le Kafteur, Strasbourg’s answer to The Comedy Store, an intimate venue near the central station. This season I know there will be at least two shows that non-francophones will enjoy: both Les Cadavres Exquis (The Delightful Corpses) and Eaux Les Bains (Spa Waters) are Tati-esque pieces that should appeal to everyone.
So really there’s nothing to complain about.
(I don’t know why I wrote this post – I guess I was bored.)