10 Events You Must Check Out at the Voilah! French Festival 2017
The annual Voilah! French Festival returns on 8 April, with more than 40 exciting events and programmes planned. Under the theme of “France Imagines, France Innovates”, the festival will showcase the best of French culture, creativity and innovation. Attendees can expect a myriad of visual, aural and gastronomical treats almost everyday for the the entirety of the festival.
Get out your planners and calendars because these are the events to look out for!
1) Once Upon A Time Tomorrow by Chris Morin-Eitner
This exhibition features 90 of renowned French photographer Chris Morin-Eitner’s photo-paintings, transforming the Supertree Grove in Gardens by the Bay to a re-imagined landscape, where global landmarks have been overtaken by the forces of nature. How will man-made super-structures, a symbol of human dominance over nature, evolve over time? Witness the world-premiere of images of 5 iconic Singapore landmarks in this not-to-be missed showcase!
Details: 8 April – 21 May, The Colonnade, Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
2) Voilah! Gourmet Picnic
Head down to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for the Voilah! Gourmet Picnic at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. Order and customise your picnic baskets online to savour French delicacies while enjoying performances by Siong Leng Musical Ensemble and Mademoiselle Paillette, with its White Shadows show. The night will take you on a journey as you experience traditions anew, and explore a world of dreams and enchantment in this simply unmissable event.
Details: 9 April, from 6pm, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
3) The Pictures of Imagination – A Journey in Jules Verne’s World
From 11 April to 24 June, be sure to visit both the Fullerton Hotel and Alliance Française de Singapour for two complementary exhibits on the imaginative mind of Jules Verne. Through the eyes of graphic novel artists from the Angoulême International Comics Festival, learn about the author of international bestsellers such as Around the World in Eighty Days and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Central to the exhibitions is Verne’s profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction and how he subsequently inspired scientific innovations from paper to reality. For an eye-opening experience of French literary history, this event is a must-see.
Details: The “Travel & Heritage” exhibition will be at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore East Garden Foyer from 12 April – 31 May. The “City & Ocean” exhibition will be at Alliance Française La Galerie, from 13 April – 24 June.
4) The Art Behind the Game – The Ubisoft Experience
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Assassin’s Creed, Voilah! will partner with Ubisoft to present The Art Behind the Game – The Ubisoft Experience at the National Design Centre. Go behind the scenes and learn about the making of the franchise. You will also have the chance to interact with art directors, designers and producers from Ubisoft Singapore in exclusive workshops. Discover the history of Ubisoft, the Assassin’s Creed saga and its’ rich historical setting, and Singapore’s contributions to the franchise. Gamer or not, the exhibit is too interesting and informative to miss!
Details: 18 April – 25 May, National Design Centre
5) FAKE i REAL ME, Photographs by Corinne Mariaud
Shot in Singapore and Seoul, FAKE i REAL ME is a series by French photographer Corinne Mariaud that explores the importance of physical appearance amongst young women in these cities. From coloured contact lenses in Singapore, to the extreme pursuit of perfection in Seoul, where young women go to great lengths to enhance their appearance, FAKE i REAL ME discovers how the face can become a personal construction that is constantly reworked until the ideal state of beauty is achieved. This is a moving exhibit with pertinent social commentary, so be sure to check it out.
Details: 20 April – 26 June, Art+ Shanghai Gallery
6) Urban Mutations by Universcience and Science Centre Singapore
Ever thought about the strain of modernity on the plight of nature? Questions on the transformation of modern cities are tackled in this project on urban changes. Examine functional, sociological or technological approaches to the future quality of urban life by exploring innovations and initiatives, in response to the issues urban ecosystems are facing. From 3 to 6 May, a symposium will take place at the Urban Redevelopment Authority and at the Science Centre, with the exhibition of panels in “avant-premiere”. Films and animations related to the city will also be screened in the Science Centre and at the Cinematheque of the National Museum, until 21 May.
Details: 3 – 21 May, Science Centre Singapore, Urban Redevelopment Authority, National Museum of Singapore Cinematheque
7) Urbanfork by Philippe Diversy and Bob Lee
Here, Singaporean photographer, Bob Lee, and French graphic designer, Philippe Diversy showcase their fascination with architecture in the 60’s to the late 70’s. On its second edition, the exhibition will also feature brand new images depicting both French and Singaporean buildings in the 60’s and 70’s, exploring heritage buildings and their relationship with the development of modern cities. By including their creator’s names on building facades in pictures, Urbanfork highlights the heritage value of the Singaporean and French buildings and empower citizens about their architectural masterpieces.
Details: 4 May – 28 June, Urban Redevelopment Authority Lobby Gallery
8) A Play About Love, directed by Jacques Vincey
If you’re into theatre and performance, then this event is perfect for you. In collaboration with local theatre company Theatreworks, Jacques Vincey, head of Tours National Drama Centre, stage director and French actor, will work with Singaporean actors on The Reunification of the Two Koreas, an original play by Joël Pommerat. The play offers 20 contemporary interpretations – from heartbreaking to hilarious – on the age-old theme of love. Translated into English for the first time by Marc Goldberg and interpreted by Singaporean actors, the play is given a fresh perspective and an added dynamism to love. Also, don’t miss out on the public reading of the play with Singaporean actors will be held on 13 April 2017, 8pm.
Details: 9 – 21 April, Theatreworks
9) Quatuor Tana
This French modern string ensemble promotes a contemporary repertoire, and accentuates the relationship between composer and performer. The recipient of an array of international awards, Quatuor Tana has performed at prestigious festivals and concerts worldwide, including La Folle Journée, Aix-en-Provence Festival and Abbaye de Royaumont. The concert will be followed by a Meet & Greet session with the musicians. Quatuor Tana is definitely one to check out for an atmospheric music experience.
Details: 19 April, 8pm, CHIJMES Hall
10) The Food
Love food? Then, boy, has the French Festival got a treat lined up for you. Over four themed weeks, seize the opportunity to taste the best of French cuisine for lower prices right here in Singapore.
From 14 to 23 April, try out dishes like raclette, fondue, boeuf bourguignon, choucroute, escargots, cheese, cold cut platters and crêpes. With more than 20 restaurants across the country offering special rates and menus, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to go.
Need something sweet with your savoury? Then the Voilah! Sweet Week is for you! From 25 to 30 April, more than 25 restaurants, retailers, bakery and pastry shops across Singapore will be participating in Voilah! Sweet Week. No need to break the bank to revel in delectable French sweets with the special menus and discounts on pastries, cakes, crêpes, macarons and many more!
Life is too short to drink bad wine! Discover the best wines from France during the Voilah! Wine Weeks, that’s right plural! From 2 to 14 May, and with more than 15 participating restaurants, retailers, and wine and spirit shops across Singapore, enjoy French masterclasses, special wine pairings at our partner restaurants, and great bargains on French wines!
Grab this chance to feast like you’re in France and taste some of the finer things in life!
Voilah! 2017 will take place from 8 April to 21 May 2017. For more information on the festival, please visit www.voilah.sg.