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HISTORY & MISSION


ABOUT LE FRENCH MAY

Established in 1993, Le French May is one of the largest cultural events in Asia. With more than 120 programmes presented across two months, it has become an iconic part of Hong Kong’s cultural scene that reach out over 1 million visitors each year.

The objectives of Le French May are to touch everything, to be everywhere and for everyone.

To touch everything by showcasing the most diversified art forms: from heritage and contemporary arts, paintings and design, to classical music and hip-hop dance, cinema and circus.

To be everywhere by bringing performances to various venues and districts, including the unusual and unexpected: from cultural centres and shopping malls, to public spaces, the racecourse and Victoria Harbour.

For everyone because the Festival aims to reach out to the entire community by developing educational programmes, talks, guided tours, workshops and masterclasses, including those that directly benefit the young and less-privileged.

For 25 years, Le French May has been both truly international and distinctly local and wishes to contribute to the unique appeal of Asia’s World City.

Le French May received the “Gold Award for Arts Promotion 2008” from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.


Dr Andrew S. YUEN

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, LE FRENCH MAY

FOREWORD BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF LE FRENCH MAY

25 years ago, a group of art enthusiasts under the lead of French Consul General Laurent Aublin organised a series of cultural events in Hong Kong in Spring 1993, marking the birth of “Le French May”. Over the years, it has grown steadily into a 1-million-audience cultural festival, spending over 2 months, between Hong Kong and Macau.

25 years later, the spirit of the festival is stronger than ever. It continues to focus on the sharing among talents, the exchange between cultures, the nurturing of the local art scene, and bringing the best of French creations to the territory while integrating them into our everyday life.

In 25 years, Le French May has witnessed a spectacular evolution in Hong Kong cultural arena with emerging new projects, venues and art groups to enrich the territory. Thanks to its audience and the continued support of the Hong Kong SAR Government, the Hong Kong Jockey Club together with its sponsors and partners, the festival has also grown to be one of the most recognised cultural events in Asia.

We cannot be happier, or prouder, to celebrate our Silver Jubilee with major programmes such as the Inventing Le Louvre exhibition, the live-video Royal Concert of the Night by Ensemble Correspondances, a tailor-made tribute to French dance by the stars of Paris Opera Ballet and the performance by Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France.

Le French May is today, more than ever a local cultural institution dedicated to the enjoyment of its audience with an ongoing mission to educate the young generations and reaching out the less-privileged and physically challenged. As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR, we are proud to be a part of the great appeal of this Asia World City.

Thank you once again in celebrating with us this Silver Jubilee. We look forward to sharing with you another diverse and exciting programme!


ERIC BERTI

Consul General of France
in Hong Kong and Macau

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.

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