Spotlight on French Language during Francophonie Festival 2016

During March, Francophonie Festival 2016 will celebrate French language in Singapore with a series of events: films, exhibitions, conferences, concerts and much more!

You can find the complete programme on Alliance Française website. Here is a selection of some upcoming events highlighted by Institut Français:

From 6 to 13 March: Opening with French director Yann Samuell

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In conjunction with Words Go Round, an outreach programme of the Singapore Writers Festival, the Francophonie month welcomes French director and scenarist Yann Samuell.

At first a short films director, Yann Samuell became successful with his first film Love me if you dare with Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet. After few years in the USA, he came back with a film adaptation of a famous french novel La Guerre des Boutons. (“The war of the buttons”)

  • From 6 to 13 March: Yann Samuell will visit both Singaporean and international schools to conduct writing workshops.
  • On 10 March : Alliance Française will screen the world premiere of his most recent film « Le Fantôme de Canterville » (The Canterville Ghost). Yann Samuell will take part in a Q&A with the audience after the screening. More info
  • Friday 11 March : Masterclass at Lasalle College of the Arts
  • Saturday 12 March : his film Love me if you dare will be screened by The Projector. Yann Samuell will be present and participate to a Q&A session with the audience. More info

From 12 to 18 March: French, Swiss, Belgian and Canadian screened Films @ AF

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Francophonie was a not-to-be-missed opportunity to screen some more movies that cross the borders of beautiful France during this month. Indeed, six films, including four premieres, will be screened at the Alliance Française from 12 to 18 March 2016.

  • On 12 March, on the opening night, the French, Turkish and German film Mustang will be screened at 7 PM. This movie deals with Lale and her four sisters’ lifes in a village in northern Turkey. The sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around their constraints (homemaking, arranged mariages…)
  • On 13 March at 4PM, The Lenged of Sarila will be presented in association with the High Commission of Canada. When all the animals in the Arctic suddenly disappear, young Markussi realizes that drastic measures are required. Markussi and his friends must restore the natural balance of the environment to save his people from famine.
  • On 15 March at 8PM, the film Timbuktu will be screened.
    Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, a family of cattle herder lives peacefully in the dunes. Timbuktu is now ruled by religious fundamentalists, and people suffer, powerless, from this new regime determined to control their faith. The family that was spared this chaos at first, slowly faces abrupt changes in their destiny and way of living.
  • On 16 March at 8PM, the Embassy of Belgium will offer a screening of Tokyo Anyway. Camille, Faustine, Armel and Félix are four friends living and working in Brussels. In a single day, each of them arrive at a turning point in their lives. The film shows a generation’s struggle in building careers and families.
  • On 17 March at 8PM, the film Pause will be presented in association with the Embassy of Switzerland. Sami, a laid-back songwriter, is shocked when Julia, a brilliant lawyer with whom he’s been living for the last four years, decides to put their relationship on hold. Coached by his old friend Fernand, he tries to achieve the impossible to prove to her she’s the only woman for him.
  • On 18 March at 8PM, the movie Families will close this week of Cinema. Jerome, a French financier, lives and works in Shanghai. During a quick trip to Paris, he learns from his mother and his hated father that his childhood home in the village of Ambray is at the centre of a local conflict and is going to be sold. He heads to the town where he grew up to straighten things out. This escapade will change his life forever…

All of these films will be screened with english subtitles.
Date : From 12 to 18 March 2016
Venue : Alliance Française
More info :

On 19 March: Gathering about Francophone culture @ AF

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The Francophone world in Singapore will gather on 19 March at Alliance française to celebrate the Day of La Francophonie. In collaboration with the Association of French Teachers in Singapore, the embassies of Belgium, Switzerland and France and the High Commission of Canada, the event brings together the most festive elements of the Francophonie culture.

Schedule :

  • 2pm – 6pm: Market place with booths from the participating Francophone countries featuring games and food.
  • 6pm – 7pm: Prize Giving Ceremony of the Tan Sri Runme Shaw Challenge Cup and the 25th French Alumni French Language Award.
  • 7pm onwards: Buffet with a vast range of flavours and specialities from the Francophone countries, which are part of this day.

Date : 19 March 2016 at 2pm
Venue : Alliance Française Lobby
More info : Here

On 19 March: French Singer -M- concert @ Coliseum Singapore

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On 19 March 2016 at 8 PM , one of France’s most beloved and brightest pop-rock artist -M- (Matthieu Chedid) will be back in Singapore as part of his « Extraordinary Live Show » tour in Asia. He will be performing songs from his new album called La BO ² -M-, rare tracks from his repertoire that he’s rearranged for the tour, and of coure, classics that the audience can sing along to.

This show is presented by Figure8 Agency.

Date : 19 March 2016 at 8 pm.
Venue : The Coliseum, Resorts World Sentosa
More info : Here

From 21 March to 1 April: Francophonie and "Journée Presse": Renowned guests @ LFS

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Lycée Français de Singapour (French School) is having the Journée Presse et Francophonie 2016 for their students from 21 March to 1 April. In the presence of French well-known journalists and writers :

  • Edwy Plenel is a former editor-in-chef at Le Monde and one of the founders of Mediapart. Besides, he will give a conference open for all at Alliance française on 22 March at 8 PM.
  • Sandra Laboucaire, former journalist for Mon Quotidien and for L’Actu, is also a Children’s author.
  • Nadine Laporte is a writer, university lecturer in Pau (France) and specialist of the XIXth-century and contemporary literature.
  • Jean-Pierre Luminet, director of the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) is an astrophysicist, Specialist of the black holes and a poet.

Date : from 20 march to 1 April 2016
Venue : Lycée français Singapour (French School) and Alliance Française
More info : Here or here

On stage, WAB invites the audience in to the private universe of the French beat boxer, blending afro-American, jazz, and tribal rhythms. In harmony with a “human” musical lifestyle, WAB spreads a message of tolerance and cultural diversity.

From 26 to 29 March: Masterclass and closing concert by French beat boxer WAB

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  • On 26 March at 7PM, WAB will be jury for the Beatbox championship final at the Aliwal Art Centre
  • On 27 March, he will give masterclasses and workshops at *SCAPE at 10PM.
  • On 29 March 9 PM, he will close the Francophonie month with his new show Fruit of The Loop at Sing Jazz Club

Date : From 26 to 29 March 2016
Venues : Aliwal Art Center, *SCAPE, Sing Jazz Club
More info : Here

Dernière modification : 01/03/2016

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