Launch of the French Spring Festival 2016!
On the 31st of May, Mr Jean-Marin SCHUH, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, announced the opening of the French Spring Festival 2015 during a press conference at the Galle Face Hotel with Mr Bernard WASANTHA from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mr Antony G. PATON, General Manager of the Galle Face Hotel, Mr Anil BANDARA, Representative of Jet Airways, Mr Michel TREUTENAERE, Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and Ms Dinusha Ileperuma, media coordinator.
Every year in June-July, the Embassy of France and the network of the Alliance Française have the pleasure to organize the French Spring Festival, a series of multidisciplinary events celebrating arts and culture from both France and Sri Lanka.
From the 3rd of June until the French Bastille Day on the 14th of July, the 5th edition of the French Spring will showcase a variety of events. Visual arts, cinema, and musical rhythms ranging from gipsy jazz to contemporary songs will contribute to strengthen the ties between European and south Asian cultures, offering a platform for free expression of the artists, as well as a range of outstanding cultural explorations and discoveries.
Following from last year’s projects - and especially the series of “Focus on Climate Change” in the run up to the Paris Conference on Climate change (COP 21) - , this year’s festival will give special attention to promoting sustainable practices, with a focus on heritage and sustainable development.
According to this common thread, a series of conferences and discussions will be organized on the risks and potential of the increasing number of tourists, and the development of eco-friendly practices, contributing to raise awareness about the importance of moving towards sustainable development.
In the field of Visual Arts, the artist and ethnologist Vickie Frémont will conduct workshops around the country, implementing her “recycled art program”, and photographer Marie Caroline Senlis will present a black and white exhibition about Versailles Palace’s gardens, highlighting the beauty of this great piece of France’s heritage. Building tomorrow’s heritage, once again, an internationally-renowned graffiti artist, Marko93, will be invited to color the walls of Kandy, Matara and Colombo, spreading artworks in public space!
And again... music, dance, urban art and cinema will delight all audiences, showcasing major artists as well as young talents whose influential and audacious artistic approaches will surprise you!
The Embassy of France is grateful to all its sponsors and especially to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, to the Galle Face Hotel, main hospitality partner, Airbus Group, Total, Lion Royal Pvt. Ltd, Suez Environment, Alstom, Carmart-Peugeot, Connaissance de Ceylan, Dialog, Pee Bee-Lancôme, Schneider Electric Lanka, Shanti Travel, Unibridge, Veolia, Vinci, and all those who contributed to the organization of the French Spring 2016.