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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 150 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 27 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

27 years of presence in Hong Kong and Macau have established Le French May as a major platform for cultural exchanges and art appreciation between Hong Kong, Macau and France, and one of the highlights of the regional cultural scene.

With more than 20 million audiences reached over the years, it has now become a 2-month, 1-million-audience cultural festival which continues to focus on the sharing among talents, the nurturing of the local art scene, and bringing the best of French creations to the territory while integrating them into our everyday life.

Some key landmarks, such as the Picasso masterpieces or Inventing Le Louvre – From Palace to Museum over 800 years are long to be remembered by the locals and visitors alike, and have enriched the cultural scene and enhanced the art’ appreciations for all audiences.

With the aim of presenting every art form, everywhere in the city and for everyone to enjoy, our festival endeavours not only to promote and share the rich cultural heritage of France, but also acts a platform for the young local creators and the contemporary artists.

Through the rich diversity of its programmes – from exhibitions to performances, cinema, fashion and gastronomy – Le French May has continuously been dedicated to serve our local communities, in addressing the multiplicity of the audiences and of their needs.

Inviting us to “Voyage” – this year’s theme – Le French May will explore the continuous exchanges, influences, and inspirations brought to artists through their different cultures, origins and artforms. We will travel through time and space, to live yet another unique art journey.

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 grown to be one of the most popular festivals of the city. 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.

Once again, we thank you for joining us, year after year, in making the Festival what it has become. We wish you, together with our artists and performers, a very pleasant “Voyage” this May and June!


Alexandre Giorgini

Consul General of France
in Hong Kong and Macau

MESSAGE BY THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE IN HONG KONG AND MACAU

This year, Le French May Arts Festival offers once again a very promising edition combining the best of French arts and culture.

With 100 programs reaching out to more than 1 million people, the Le French May contributes every year to the dynamism and the attractiveness of Hong Kong as Asia’s world city. It remains the biggest French cultural festival in the Asia-Pacific region and a flagship event.

For its 27th edition, a poetic and lovely theme has been chosen – “Voyage”.

We celebrate this year the 150th anniversary of a fascinating work of the French poet Charles Baudelaire, Invitation au voyage (Petits poèmes en prose, 1869), in which he evoked “un pays superbe… qu’on pourrait appeler l’Orient de l’Occident, la Chine de l’Europe”.

“The Orient of the Occident, the China of Europe” – isn’t it a premonitory dream of what Hong Kong would have been? There is more special place than Hong Kong to host a festival dedicated to the theme of “Voyage” !

You are invited to embark now on a unique journey to France, from pop art exhibition to the latest creations of French design, mysterious baroque concerts to stellar dance performances and to the most glamourous movies. This sophisticated and generous program will transport you outside of your world at the heart of what France is: a shimmering country of creation, diversity and innovation, where cultures and inspirations meet to grow together.

I do hope you will join us to enjoy this unique French experience. Bon voyage!

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