Bastille Day bringing the French Spring Festival to an end! [fr]
Organized jointly by the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives and the Alliance française de Kotte, the French Spring Festival has known a growing success. For its 8th edition, the French Spring Festival has achieved its most beautiful objective: to bring together an ever-growing and varied audience.
Thanks to the support of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs and all institutional partners and sponsors, the festival has been able to offer large-scale events, bringing together a diverse audience around many disciplines: 13 events, 8 French, Sri Lankan and Indian artists, 10 different venues with nearly 3,000 spectators.
The Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives would like to express its gratitude to its partners and sponsors for their precious support and generous contribution to the success of its cultural programming and the 8th edition of the French Spring Festival:
Thanks to a media partnership with Leo Burnett/Publicis Sri Lanka and Wijeya Newspapers, more than 60 articles have already been published in local print and digital newspapers.
This year, the French Spring Festival offered an ambitious programme including, for the first time, an original show with the participation of the pianist Shani Diluka, accompanied by Indian musicians Prabhu Edouard on tabla and Sahana Banerjee on sitar.
As every year, the French Spring Festival promoted a positive, dynamic and modern image of France.
LITERATURE – Presentation of the Sinhala translation of the book "Memories" by Niroshini Gunasekara. The translation of a French book into Singalese by Niroshini Gunasekara, a French professor at Kelaniya University, has sparked a great interest among the Singalese community. The event, organized at the Alliance française de Kotte, brought together about a hundred people who shared a common passion for French culture.
MUSIC – Electro night with DJ LUDO DI LUCCI. The French DJ performed a first time at, Café Français, to celebrate the International Music Day; then in Kandy. Two venues, two events, two atmospheres and two crowded places.
ART – Artistic performances by PHILIPPE BAUDELOCQUE. The French Spring Festival invited the draftsman and graphic designer Philippe Baudelocque to invest the walls of Colombo. His drawing on the outside wall of the International French School of Colombo is a first in the city; a work of art visible from the street, accessible to all.
FASHION – Fashion exhibition. Inspired by French designs, the fashion exhibition presented by LIFT (Lanka Institute of Fashion Technolgy) was open to the public from June 27th to 29th.
CINEMA – "See you up-there" by ALBERT DUPONTEL. Bonjour Cinéma has reserved its best film for the French Spring Festival: "Au-revoir là-haut" (or “See you up-there”), a dramatic comedy that combines war memories and scams on war memorials, was screened in one of Colombo’s largest theatres, at Majestic Cineplex.
PIANO – Piano concert with SHANI DILUKA. Shani Diluka performed at Bishop’s College for a breathtaking concert. The Beethoven classics played by the French virtuoso matched the notes and resonances of the sitar and tabla for a unique and memorable performance. More than 500 people came to attend the show and discover the mystical connection between Beethoven and Indian music.
JAZZ – Jazz concert with OCTAVE AND ANATOLE. The duo of musicians revived the old classics of swing and gypsy jazz for two concerts at the Hilton Colombo. They transmitted with energy the passion for the original jazz and closed the French Spring Festival with beauty and music.
FRENCH NATIONAL DAY – Reception and Jazz concert with OCTAVE AND ANATOLE. The collective of musicians performed a second time in Colombo, at Hilton main ballroom, to celebrate on July 14th and close the 8th edition of the French Spring Festival with music.