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HISTORY & MISSION


ABOUT THE FRENCH MAY ARTS FESTIVAL

Established in 1993, the 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 the 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 28 years, the French May has been both truly international and distinctly local and wishes to contribute to the unique appeal of Asia’s World City.

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


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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