VOILAH! 2015: French Cultural Festival in Singapore

Voilah! French Festival Singapore will be held from 4th May to 21st June 2015 and will present more than 35 events. The festival wants to be firmly anchored in the Singaporean landscape and promote French creativity and innovation in culture, science, education and gastronomy.

Voilah! aims to be a meeting point between French and Singaporean communities, and is, above all, a celebration of a strong relationship built over the years with our Singaporean partners, institutions and cultural and scientific centers.

In 2015, the festival will be a contribution to the celebration of 50 years of Singapore and diplomatic relations between the two countries. Voilah! is organized by the Institut Français Singapour and the French Embassy, in collaboration with the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

To know more about the event, do visit the official Voilah! website


Here are some of the highlights for Voilah! 2015 :

MAY 4TH : GRAND OPENING AT THE FORT CANNING ARTS CENTRE

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Voilah! 2015 will be launched at the transformed Fort Canning Arts Centre, a new and vibrant centre of arts, lifestyle and culture.

TIME 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
ADMISSION By invitation only

MAY 4TH – JUNE 21TH : VOILAH! FRENCH FOOD FESTIVAL

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The “Voilah! French Food Festival 2015” is the gastronomic component of the Festival in 65 outlets and online all across Singapore.

More than 50 companies specializing in French gastronomy and F&B products (restaurants, bars, bakeries, retailers, brands) will propose promotions and animations in their premises during this period: Voilah! Special Menus, Oyster nights, discounts, spirit tastings, cooking classes, ladies nights… and much more!

Join us on www.facebook.com/voilahfff2015

MAY 5TH : CLAUDIE HAIGNERÉ AND GENERAL JEAN-PIERRE HAIGNERÉ CONFERENCE

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Voilah! gives you the opportunity to get up close with Claudie and General Jean-Pierre Haigneré. Claudie Haigneré is a former French Minister for Research, astronaut and scientist. The first European female astronaut in space. Claudie Haigneré was also President of Universcience from 2010 to 2015 and currently works for the European Space Agency.

General Jean-Pierre Haigneré is also an astronaut for the ESA (European Space Agency) who has participated in important European and Russian space missions.

They will also have a live interview with Bertrand Piccard who will be on-board his “Solar Impulse 2” aircraft for his round-the-world trip. Join this exclusive and exciting moment!

TIME 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

ADMISSION By invitation only

WEBSITE www.science.edu.sg

In partnership with the Science Centre

MAY 6TH – JUNE 20TH : THE LITTLE PRINCE IN THE DARK EXHIBITION AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

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Use your sense of touch to discover the story of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry in a whole new way! Immerse yourself in the dream world of the Little Prince, interacting with 13 sculptures created by French artist Arnaud Nazare-Aga.

This unique exhibition in the dark is complemented by an audio version of the story, which will be available in Chinese, English and French. The first-ever edition of The Little Prince with drawings in relief and text in Braille (in English and French), which was published by blind French artist Claude Garrandes in partnership with Universcience, will also be presented during this unique exhibition.

OPENING HOURS
5 May - Opening (By invitation only)
Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Sat: 11:00AM - 5PM | Closed on Sun

ADMISSION
Free - For all age groups

In collaboration with the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH)
In partnership with the AF and the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation
The Little Prince® - Courtesy of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Estate

MAY 6TH - MAY 31TH : THE LITTLE PRINCE ART COLLECTION AT THE FULLERTON HOTEL EAST GARDEN FOYER GALLERY

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Artist Arnaud Nazareth-Aga and PAJ’Art Studio have created 14 hand-painted sculptures representing the major characters straight out of the world-renowned book, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry which will be presented for the first time in Singapore. The sculptures will be presented alongside a display of rare manuscripts, letters and first-edition books from the private collection of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation.

SCHEDULE
6 May - Opening (By invitation only)
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

ADMISSION Free - For all age groups

In partnership with The Fullerton Heritage
The Little Prince® - Courtesy of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Estate

MAY 8TH – JUNE 28TH: PLANET OCEAN EXHIBITION AT GARDENS BY THE BAY

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Crédits : Le Grand Trou Bleu, atoll de Lighthouse Reef, Belize. © Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Look out for the breathtaking exhibition PLANET OCEAN by the GoodPlanet Foundation and get a glimpse of the oceans through world renowned photographers Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Brian Skerry’s camera lens.

Be marvelled by their talent and inimitable styles, with their photographs intriguing and completing each other in a dialogue of colours. The breath-taking aerial images of Yann Arthus-Bertrand echoes the underwater ones of Brian Skerry and take the visitors on a unique journey along the oceans and the environmental and socio-economic issues they face.

Do catch also award winning documentary PLANET OCEAN filmed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot here at the Gardens!

SCHEDULE
8 May - Opening Reception: (By invitation only)
Screening of “Planet Ocean": 8:00 PM
9 May - Conference GoodPlanet: 10:30AM
12 June - Screening of “Home”: 8:00 PM

ADMISSION
Free for all age groups. For more information and registration, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

In partnership with Gardens By The Bay and GoodPlanet Foundation

MAY 21TH: DISCOVER “MUSIC FRANCE” AT MUSIC MATTERS LIVE AT BOAT QUAY

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Music Matters, Asia’s premier independent music festival, returns to Singapore from 20th to 23rd May, will present for the first time, MUSIC FRANCE, a new pavilion staring the “French Touch” with :

MANCEAU “Elegant synthetic pop” (Rennes - As part of the “French Miracle tour”)
GUSH “Pop funk and uplifting melodies” (Yvelines)
IRMA “Pop Folk” (Cameroon/France)
WAB “Beatboxer Poet” (Toulouse)

Each artist will showcase between 20th and 23rd May in Singapore, and on 21st May, MUSIC FRANCE will feature all of them for an amazing and unique performance in Clark Quay

ADMISSION Free for all age groups.

In partnership with the IFS

MAY 22TH – MAY 24TH : FILM ANIMATION FESTIVAL

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The 4th French Animation Film Festival returns to Alliance française de Singapour on 22, 23 and 24 May with a selection of the latest French successes and greatest classics of the animation film industry.

SCHEDULE
22 May - 108 Demon Kings:
7:00 PM (cocktail)
8:00 PM (screening)
23 May - Raining Cats and Frogs: 4:00 PM
Aya of Yop City: 7:00 PM | 8:30 PM (African party buffet)
24 May - Oggy and the Cockroaches (Xilam Animation) 2:00 PM
Yellowbird: 4:00 PM (snack) | 4:30 PM (screening)
Jasmine: 7:00 PM | 8:10 PM (Q&A with Film Director)

GUEST OF HONOUR Alain Ughetto, Film Director of Jasmine (24 May)

ADMISSION Tickets (SGD 10 to SGD 18) available on Alliance française
ticketing website and SISTIC.

In partnership with the 4th French Animation Film Festival and the Alliance Française

MAY 26TH – MAY 28TH : SCIENCE WEEK AT ESSEC ONE-NORTH

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The French Science Week gives to high school, university students and the public the opportunity to get up close and personal with world class research entities in Singapore.

This event will showcase Franco-Singaporean projects in the field of research and innovation thanks to scientific booths on-site during the 3 days.

Short conferences and R&D site visits will focus on a specific field each day.

ADMISSION Registration online

WEBSITE www.institutfrancais.sg/FSW

JUNE 4 – 6TH : EARTH FILM CYCLE AT THE SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS

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In conjunction with World Environment Day, enjoy outdoor film screenings of Oceans, Microcosmos, and Once Upon a Forest.

Guests will be invited to make a donation for the Garden City Fund. More information about this foundation on www.gardencityfund.org.


SCHEDULE

4 June - Once Upon A Forest by Luc JACQUET: 7:45 PM
5 June - Oceans by Jacques PERRIN: 7:45 PM
6 June - Microcosmos by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou: 7:45 PM

ADMISSION
Free - For all age groups

In partnership with the Singapore Botanic Gardens

JUNE 6TH: FÊTE ROYALE AT THE VICTORIA THEATRE

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Celebrating the 500th anniversary of French King François I, this musical and fancy dress performance is dedicated to the art of the Renaissance festival. Fête Royale is an extravagant enactment of the Renaissance festival of the Royal Court.

With a glorious mix of elaborate costumes, virtuosic dancers and musicians, and astounding acrobatics, Doulce Mémoire invites you to come and enjoy their evocation of such a celebration at the French court of François I. A joyful, festive Renaissance event, with many surprises in store!

TIME 8:00 PM

DURATION Approximately 1 hour 15 mins

ADMISSION Tickets and details available on www.sistic.com.
From SGD 38 to SGD 88

LANGUAGE English

In partnership with Arts Management Associates and the IFS

21TH JUNE: FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE AT SINGAPORE GENERAL HOSPITAL, ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE AND BOTANIC GARDENS

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Come on down for Fête de la Musique, also known as International Music Day, the annual worldwide music festival which marks the beginning of summer around the world!

This event marks the closing of Voilah! 2015 with a jazz concert by the SWS City Swing at the Botanic Gardens.


SCHEDULE

19 June - MusicFest at the Singapore General Hospital:
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
20 June - Fête de la Musique at the Alliance française:
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
21 June - International Music Day at Singapore Botanic Gardens:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

ADMISSION Free - For all ages (except for the screening of Whiplash at Alliance française)

In partnership with the Alliance Française and the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Dernière modification : 18/06/2015

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