By Alliance Francaise on January 10, 2020

 
Performances and events to be savoured directly from France and second collaboration of Franco-Malaysian musical embodying French culture & heritage!

Kuala Lumpur, 10 January 2019  – The French is back again, as Malaysia’s highly-anticipated and largest annual French event returns with its 19th edition of Le French Festival (LFF)! From 19 March – 25 April, LFF is set to bring Malaysians on a journey of delights in all things French including French cinema screenings, art exhibitions, music and theatre performances, gastronomy and more.

Since its inception in 2001, LFF has progressively evolved to be the main connection of cultural exchange between France and Malaysia while successfully establishing its roots in four major cities, reaching over tens of thousands of spectators with LFF 2019 achieving 13,000 audiences: Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu.

This edition will be proudly presented by Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) as a longstanding collaborator and partner of the French Film Festival – pulling together a festival for everyone from all walks of life including families and children, French enthusiasts, movie buffs, and foodies among others.

Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Not only will there be a variety of programmes and activities to be enjoyed by all in regards to the French life, but for the second time in LFF history, organisers Alliance Française (AF) together with the Embassy of France in Malaysia invited an internationally-acclaimed rockstar, Manu Chao. He will perform a small acoustic formation from his album Sibérie m’était conté, a family-friendly show in French and Spanish, as part of his South East Asian tour.

Mr. Jacques Bounin, Director of Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur shared that as Malaysia and France have always forged a robust relationship, fostering and maintaining a cultural exchange is always a must.

 “With LFF’s teeming history, we’re determined to see the kinship between Malaysia and France flourish to the next level, and for this we have a few things for LFF 2020 planned that we hope will bring both Malaysians and French on a more personal relationship together – giving a more profound understanding to both cultures.”

Someone Somewhere

Someone Somewhere

LFF 2020 will feature the most current trends and entertainment from France including:

  • The largest French Film Festival in Malaysia with 15 of the latest award winning French films (with English subtitles)
  • A diverse range of musicians performing French music
  • Live theatre shows and dance performances
  • Art de Vivre events including food & drink tastings, cooking classes and much more!
Maia Darmé

Maia Darmé

Some other exciting highlights to look forward to at LFF 2020 include: 

  • “Maia Darmé” – Highly admired and classically trained French harpist together with Malaysia’s acclaimed string ensemble Kamerata KL are to bring Malaysians on a harp discovery tour, immersing in a lilting performance of Belle Epoque repertoire that will leave listeners tingling with amusement.
  • “Gasp by Companie Circoncentrique” – A beautiful new circus show with international success which will promise a funny, witty and spectacular performance for the entire family!
  • “Roger Kasparian Photo Exhibition” – A world premiere exhibition which will show for the first time the pictures of Roger Kasparian, a forgotten photograph of the sixties. Everyone you know is there: The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg.
  • Artisan bread workshops Learn to make French breads first-hand from the Master Bakers of PAUL, the Ambassador of the French art de vivre.

Elaborating more on the festival attractions this year, by Ms. Julie Loffi, Festival Cultural Coordinator from Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur shared that this year’s edition of LFF strives to make Malaysians more involved and immersed in the French experience, by giving a diverse combination of sensory involvements that will give Malaysians a deeper meaning to what the French culture is all about.

“This year, we want to tease the senses of our Malaysian friends. We want fellow Malaysians to submerge in the French culture through the five senses: sights, sounds, taste, smell and touch. With this not only will they have a more reflective appreciation of the French culture, we can personally share with them the kind of smells, sounds, sights and others that we have always enjoyed growing up, and Le French Festival is the perfect platform to indulge in these experiences,” said Ms Julie.

“We are expanding on some of our activities here, where for our Art de Vivre events we will be collaborating with a famous French perfumery, who will bring us on a fragrant journey of the exotic French smells we truly love, and this time for our French – Malaysian collaboration, we will be exploring more on a musical voyage that will reflect a diverse range of style from classical to romantic, filled with that French touch for that eclectic scene.”

Festival enthusiasts can look forward to Le French Festival 2020 at the below cities and dates:

  • Kuala Lumpur : 19 March – 6 April
  • Penang : 8 April – 15 April
  • Johor Bahru : 16 April – 18 April
  • Kota Kinabalu : 23 April – 25 April

Le French Festival 2020 is made possible with the support of French Film Festival partner Golden Screen Cinemas.

For more information, please visit the website www.lefrenchfestival.com.my .

 

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