The 3rd French Spring Festival is launched ! [fr]
We meet again for the French Spring Festival 2014!
The Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives together with the Alliance Francaise de KOTTE in Colombo have put together an electrifying line up which brings together French artistes from France and well-known Sri Lankan artistes.
Here is the full schedule :
in the Provinces:
and the full French Spring 2014 catalogue :
We also take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their kind support :
Below is an article about the festival taken from the ARTRA magazine:
MUSIC – infectious and all pervasive : The first weekend celebrates music, with two French outfits coming from France: the pop music band Bel Plaine, and the minimal techno DJ Romulus. They will both play at the Fête de la Musique (Music Day) at Park Street Mews on Friday 20 June.
Even since the idea of a Music Day was mooted by the French Ministry of Culture way back in 1982, France celebrates the first day of Spring, which is also the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, with Music Day on 21 June. On this day people all over France, and now all over the world, come together to perform, watch, participate, applaud and share in the infectious and all pervasive mood as music takes over and invades public places and street corners.
During the past 20 years, this music event has grown and spread in popularity around the world. In 2013, 514 cities in 104 countries across the five continents participated in this event. Music Day is above all an event, which is free of charge, and open to public – to all participants, be they amateurs or professional musicians, who want to perform. Music Day allows the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. It aims at a larger audience and popularises music among all people of all ages and from all sectors of society.
After performing at Fête de la Musique in Colombo, the French Band Bel Plaine will travel to Galle and Male to enable more audiences discover their music. DJ Romulus will raise the rhythm at La Voile Blanche with several other Sri Lankan DJs for an unforgettable Beach Party
CINEMA - the magic of the seventh art : the second part of the festival will showcase Sri Lankan and French co-operation in the field of cinema. Srinath Christopher Samarasinghe, a French filmmaker with Sri Lankan origins, comes to Colombo to present his movie, shot in Paris: A Cloud in the Glass of Water. The film was selected at Festivals in Rotterdam, Dubai and Montreal.
After the screening, Srinath Samarasinghe will introduce the association What’s Next! This is an independent forum initiated in February 2012 and consists of both post-graduates and young professionals of Sri Lankan origin residing in France, What’s Next! seeks to promote sustainable peace in Sri Lanka through intellectual exchange and multi-cultural dialogue. This forum became officially an association in September 2012.
This projection will be followed by a second French movie, in fact the most successful movie in France for the year 2012: Camille rewinds. It tells the story of a woman who wakes up 20 years earlier, when she was still a teenager. This ‘dream occasion’ enables her to rethink her life and perhaps not do the same mistakes again. This film was also selected for the Cannes International Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight section 2012.
CUISINE – delectable delicacies : This year again, following the success for French cuisine during the last two editions of the French Spring Festival, the French Embassy will once again partner with the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel to invite a French Chef who will conjure the delicacy of French cuisine in Colombo. French gastronomy is renowned the world over for its quality and its diversity. Born out of a remarkable age-old heritage, French gastronomy is evolving all the time thanks to the creativity of our chefs whose aim is always to surprise and delight us.
SCIENCE - and its unceasing wonders : The Amazing Science exhibition will then breathe fresh life into scientific innovation. This exhibition revives the "pulp" look through a blend of scientific research, creative writing and popular culture. From the infinitely small to the infinitely large, the most advanced areas of science are now the realm of unexpected encounters with the real and the imaginary worlds. Each of the exhibition’s panels feature scientific visuals based on a specific research area.
PHOTOGRAPHY – Notre Dame alive in Colombo : France’s celebrated Notre-Dame Cathedral comes alive at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo on the weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2014 with ‘Nostalgie04 – Notre Dame de Paris’, an exhibition of black and white photographs by media personality Kumar de Silva.
This fourth annual exhibition brings to the forefront little noticed facets of the famous Parisian landmark, which is often taken for granted. It will then continue from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 July at the spacious air-conditioned hall of the Alliance Française de KOTTE at 11, Keppetipola Mawatha in Colombo 05.