MESSAGE BY THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE IN HONG KONG AND MACAU
With more than 100 programmes presented across two months, Le French May Arts Festival will be this year again, a key element in Hong Kong’s unique cultural landscape.
Bringing the very best of French arts and culture to Hong Kong, this festival will continue to contribute to the international appeal of East-meets-West world city: Hong Kong.
2017 is an important and emblematic year as we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Festival while we will be also be marking the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China. Given these important anniversaries, Le French May will be focusing on the theme of celebration and reflect the cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and French artists throughout those last 25 years of successful editions.
Attracting every year over one million visitors in its exhibitions and performances, the Festival embodies the strong interest and attachment of the Hong Kong and Macau people to our country and our culture.
As the second cultural festival in the city, Le French May is the major event of the rich and diverse cultural, educational and scientific cooperation that the Consulate General is supporting each year. I am very proud to see its impact in Hong Kong and Macau and would like to deeply thank all those who make it possible: my fellow Board members, the working team and our faithful sponsors and partners who have supported the Festival years after years, thus strengthening the bridge between our people and culture.
By bringing world-class performers and artworks to the city and partnering with its major cultural institutions and companies, Le French May is definitely contributing to the appeal of this great Asian city!
As a symbol of our commitment to Hong Kong, its community and its numerous international visitors, we are honored that the chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board, Dr. Peter Lam, has accepted to write a foreword in this brochure.
For the sixth consecutive year, we are blessed by the support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club charities trust, as shown by the foreword message of its chairman, Dr. Simon Ip. Its support is instrumental to the success of the Festival and demonstrates that the Festival is, above all, a Hong Kong institution serving the Hong Kong community.
I would like to personally thank all our friends, sponsors and partners who are both private and corporate: they are diverse but share a common commitment to Hong Kong and to the arts. This festival could simply not exist without them! The Festival’s success is their success.
The Silver jubilee of the French May arts festival is very promising and I strongly urge each of you to attend one of our programme: you will enjoy a great truly French experience!
Thank you all and I hope I’ll see you in our events in May and June.