The annual French Festival in Singapore returns with a glamorous selection of cultural events from October 25th to December 15th 2011.
Organised by the French Embassy and the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, you can immerse in all things French in virtue of eight diverse areas that include art, cinema, dance, music, gastronomy, sports, literature and fashion through exhibitions, recitals, concerts, film screenings and writers’ seminars. This year’s festival aims to showcase the diversity of France and its culture, where you can find a range of classical music to young pop artists, and Impressionism to Graffiti artists.
One of the highlights of the Festival is The French Marché held at Plaza Singapura from November 21st to 27th. Meet the chefs and shop around for France’s regional specialities in a typical French Market re-created for Singapore’s pleasure. Presented for the first time in Singapore is La Pauleé de Singapour, an al-fresco celebration of Burgundian wines, food and French music taking place on December 4th at Fort Canning Park.
Important dates to note
October 21st to November 6th at Sinema and Alliance Française: With the Singapore Fashion Film Festival, discover French Fashion as an insider through three exceptional documentaries co-presented by Sinema and Voilah!
From October 26th: For lovers of French fashion, October promises to be a month of style and glamour. Parisian couture will be in the limelight at the inaugural Women’s Fashion Week 2011 presents French Haute Couture at Marina Bay Sands.
October 26th – February 5th 2012 at the National Museum of Singapore: Dreams & Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing & Photography from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris
With over 140 pieces from Monet, Millet, Ingres, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and more, it is the largest showcase of Impressionist Art in Singapore. Highlights of the exhibition will include Paul Cézanne’s “The Card Players”, Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Alexandre Cabanel’s “The Birth of Venus”.
November 4th to 6th at the Padang: Catch two French teams – the French National Rugby 7s team and the Pyreenes Rugby 7s team for the first time in Singapore in the 64th Singapore Cricket Club’s International Rugby 7s tournament.
November 8th: Be ready to ride through the electro-pop waves of Saycet and Friends with their lyrical songs that evoke abstract landscapes of fairy tales for adults.
November 19th to 26th: Off the Wall – Down by Law in Singapore, Lah! Expect exhibitions, actions and live sessions at Helutrans space @ Keppel, showcasing the best French and Singaporean street artists.
December 7th – 13th: the Société Générale Private Banking 1st Rendez-Vous with French Cinema will be hosted for the first time in Singapore- in association with the Asian Television Forum & MDA, the French Cinema rendez-vous muscles up with a string of unreleased films and red carpet avant-premières with directors and actors.
From October 18th, look out for updates on the Voilah! website: voilah.org.sg
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