VOILAH ! CELEBRATES THE ART OF FRENCH CULTURE IN SINGAPORE

VOILAH ! CELEBRATES THE ART OF FRENCH CULTURE IN SINGAPORE

VOILAH ! The annual French Festival in Singapore returns with a rich spread of cultural, culinary and sporting events from April 15 to May 21. From French food to French football, classical music to young, angst-filled rock, graffiti art to art déco, this year’s edition of VOILAH ! aims to showcase the many facets of France and its culture. The Festival, organised by the French Embassy and sponsored by leading French companies in Singapore, presents over 25 events, which include musical performances, visual art exhibitions and film screenings, reflecting both traditional and contemporary French culture.

A SINGAPOREAN IN PARIS

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Opening the Festival in fitting fashion is a musical revue by Sing’theatre titled, A Singaporean in Paris starring Singaporean actor Hossan Leong at the DBS Arts Centre from 15 to 24 April. The story revolves around the experience of a Singaporean performer who travels to Paris to chase his dream of performing in a cabaret. He navigates his way around a new city, language and culture and finds himself in the company of other Singaporeans pursuing their own dreams and overcoming their own hurdles in the City of Light. Paris and Parisians are not always what he expects ; romance is not always with wine and accordions ; a simple encounter can spark a life-long love affair and when there is a grève (strike), it means you probably have to walk !

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French films

French films take centre stage during the Festival as VOILAH !, together with the Singapore International Film Festival present seven French film productions and co-productions from April 15 to 24. Among the films featured are Au Voleur (A Real Life) starring Guillaume Depardieu, L’Enfance d’lcare (The Way Beyond), Magma, La Danse : The Paris Opera Ballet, L’Important, c’est de rester vivant (Survive : In the Heart of the Khmer Rouge), We Don’t Care About Music Anyway, and the much expected Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard) by one of France’s most controversial filmmakers, Catherine Breillat.

Etoile FC

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Displaying the diversity of French culture in Singapore, the Festival includes, for the first time, a sporting element with Etoile FC, the French football club in the Singapore S-League. Etoile FC brings to VOILAH ! a touch of French flair on the soccer pitch and offers a chance for Singapore soccer fans to discover football à la française at a training session for children on May 9 at Queenstown Stadium.

Website of Etoile FC

MISS.TIC

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French street art is also a key feature in the Festival with an exhibition by one of France’s pioneer street artists, MISS.TIC. Known for her street art, which she started doing in 1985, MISS.TIC has since exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2006 and has collaborated with fashion houses such as Kenzo, Louis Vuitton and Longchamp. Her street art pieces are imbued with her essentially Parisian personality and her artworks vividly reflect the pop culture of her time. Exhibiting for the first time in Singapore, her exhibition “Parisienne” is on at ION Art Gallery from May 1 to 16.

Website of Miss.tic

Izia

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From cool visual art to indie rock music, VOILAH ! aims to offer something for the young and the young-at-heart. A concert by up and coming French rocker, Izia, takes place at Home Club on April 29. Winner of the Best Rock Album of the Year at the recent Victoires de la Musique, France’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards, this 19-year old singer has performed at sell-out concerts all over France and begins her first Asian tour in Singapore. The daughter of legendary French rock singer Jacques Higelin, Izia has performed with rock greats such as Iggy Pop and is charting a new course for French rock music on the international music scene.

Website of Izia

Please note that the Izia concert on 29 April has been cancelled.

Roger Muraro

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Tempvs Fvgit

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The full Festival programme also includes classical music performances such as a piano recital of Chopin’s music by virtuoso Roger Muraro at the Arts House, a chamber music performance at the Alliance Française de Singapour by Trio Con Fuoco and a performance of centuries-old sacred music and Corsican songs at the Esplanade by Tempvs Fvgit.


Compagnie Carabosse

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Also as part of the Singapore Arts Festival, renowned French street art group, Compagnie Carabosse perform Invitation to Dream – A Fire Garden Installation at the Esplanade Park.

Also among the highlights of the Festival is the French Gastronomy Promotion with the participation of French F&B outlets offering exclusive dining experiences and menus, and a Burgundy wine promotion done by the Regional Council of Burgundy. Find out more about this gastronomy promotion on our online media partner website, inSing.com

VOILAH ! The French Festival Singapore is organised by the French Embassy in association with festival founder the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (FCCS). Event management is done by Phish Communications. VOILAH ! is on from April 15 to May 21 2010.

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For more information, go to http://voilah.org.sg/

or contact

Ms Nabilah Said
Phish Communications
Tel : 6344 2954
Mobile : 9236 0076
Email : nabilah@phish-comms.com

Dernière modification : 22/04/2010

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