bit of France in Sri Lanka
..As the French Spring Festival gets underway later
Wine, romance and art.... those are the first things that come to
mind when thinking about France. But there is certainly more to France
and just how much more will be showcased in French Spring, Festival the
annual multi-disciplinary cultural festival that brings different
dimensions of French culture to Sri Lanka.
French Spring Festival 2015, originally popular as the 'Dawn of the
Summer Season in France' will spring to life in Sri Lanka from June 4 to
July 14. This is the fourth consecutive year, the Festival is being held
in Sri Lanka
An annually event in Asia for the past 20 years, the 'Festival' aims
to strengthen cultural co-operation between local and French artistes,
sharing the same stage and working on common cultural projects.
In Sri Lanka, the multi-disciplinary festival will be held with the
participation of many French and local artistes. Most of the events of
the Festival are open to the public with no charges levied.
The Festival will go on for nearly one month and will be held in
various venues in Colombo including Galle Face Hotel, the BMICH,
National Art Gallery, National Film Corporation, Lionel Wendt Gallery,
Lanka Institute of Fashion Technology and Deanna School of Dancing. Some
selected key events will travel to Kandy, Matara, Galle, Jaffna and Male
in the Maldives.
The Festival comprises 11 main events in various artistic fields such
as music, dance, cinema, literature, photography, street art and
fashion. Exceptionally, the Festival this year is focusing more on
climate change, primarily due to the upcoming 21st Conference of the
Parties on Climate Change (COP21), scheduled to be held in Paris from
November 30 to December 11, 2015.
diverse range of solutions that responds to the challenges of climate
change will be presented through a forum, debates and '60 Solutions
Against Climate Change' an exhibition by the French photographer Yann
Arthus-Bertand at the National Art Gallery. The opening day of the
festival has been dedicated to the exhibition which will be open from
Jun 4 to July5.
Among the artistes taking part in the festival are Sonith, the French
world music band who will be the highlight of the festival.
There are also a series of concerts and workshops planned in Colombo
and in the outstation with the participation of Sonith musicians. The
main concert will be held at the BMICH on June 20.
Cultural diversity will be celebrated through animated movies. French
film director and writer, Marguerite Abouet, will present her movie 'Aya
de Yopougon', while French graffiti artiste Noe Two will invade public
space with colourful art works in several venues of the country.
The concept of the French Spring Festival is to provide local
audiences the opportunity to be part of a high quality contemporary
artistic experience. It is also an opportunity to have access to greater
knowledge about climate change, which is the challenge of 21st century.
Arts and culture create a great opportunity to improve exchanges between
Organizing events of this nature free of charge is meant to
welcome a large audience from all communities who will share same
emotions, side by side, in appreciation of each other's culture.
The French Spring Festival 2015 is organized by the Embassy of
France, the Alliance Francaise network in Sri Lanka and the Maldives in
partnership with the State Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Sri Lanka,
the Galle Face Hotel and Jet Airways.