French Cultural Festival Voilah! 2016 back in Singapore from April 15th to May 31st!
The annual French festival Voilah! returned with a bespoke showcase of more than 40 diverse and exciting events around Singapore over seven weeks!
Organised by Institut Français Singapour and French Embassy in collaboration with over 120 French and Singaporean partners, the seventh edition of Voilah! invited participants to discover their inner French with the best of the country’s creativity and innovation. People were immersed in enthralling performing arts, relished the very best of French gastronomy, experienced extraordinary film and music showcases and discovered the Aquitaine region of France.
The annual festival opened with the enchanting Luminéoles Ballet where giant dream-like changing colour LED light birds danced in a spectacular aerial ballet around Marina Bay with our city skyline as backdrop.
Other highlights included:
The Asian premiere of Transboundary Rivers, an exhibition by French photographer Franck Vogel at Gardens by the Bay to increase awareness of global water issues;
The Giant French Picnic at the Singapore Botanic Gardens;
The Asian premiere of Gaumont: 120 Years of Cinema which offered the best of French cinema through posters and exclusive screenings of emblematic masterpieces from the French studio;
Superstars of Ballet, a spectacular show of breath-taking classical ballet featuring 12 principal dancers from world renowned companies including the Paris Opera Ballet;
A conference and film screening by famous French philosopher Edgar Morin at the National Museum;
The "Reframing modernism" exhibition by Centre Pompidou and National Gallery Singapore
A recital by Thibault Cauvin at ChiJMES
The "Christianity in Asia" exhibition with artworks from Musée du Louvre and Bibliothèque Nationale de France at the Asian Civilisations Museum
More than 50 restaurants, bars, hotels and retailers offered also promotions and organising special events as part of Voilah! Food Festival.
HE Mr Benjamin Dubertret, Ambassador of France to Singapore, said, “The multi-faceted and organic relationship between Singapore and France for over 50 years has facilitated collaborations and exchanges which allowed us to develop an appreciation towards the different aspects of our communities. Singapore is also an important gateway to showcase French culture and innovation to the rest of Asia. In this spirit, Voilah!, in bringing the best of French culture to Singapore, will provide the platform for French and Singaporean communities to meet, exchange ideas and contribute to the cultural vibrancy in both countries.”