“Essentially French” - Preview of Le French May 2015 at Hong Kong Press Conference (18 Mar) [fr]
The Press Conference of Le French May 2015 was hosted on 18 March 2015 (Wed) at 3:30pm at Felix of The Peninsula Hong Kong with the theme of this year’s festival and the panorama of all programmes revealed.
Established in 1993, Le French May is one of the largest cultural events in Asia. With more than 120 programmes presented across two months, it has become an iconic part of Hong Kong’s cultural scene that attracts approximately 2 million visitors each year. This year’s festival is supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust contributing HK$9.2 million as the major partner. The objectives of Le French May are to touch everything, to be everywhere and for everyone and showcase the most diversified art forms: from heritage and contemporary arts, paintings and design, to classical music and hip-hop dance, cinema and gastronomy.
As 2015 will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reign of King Francis the first, who established a very French style in architecture and art called “the French Renaissance”, Le French May will highlight the permanent spirit of Innovation and the strike for Excellence as two of the strongest characteristics at the essence of French creation since 1515. Under the title “1515-2015 - Essentially French” , the 23rd edition of Le French May arts festival will explore the innovative spirit leading French painters, choreographers, sculptors, dancers, singers, filmmakers to always challenge themselves, in the permanent search for the subtle balance between the heritage and the modernity, the past and the present.
Both excellent and innovative, this year’s festival goes from the classic to the cutting-edge: from Renaissance music (Royal Festivities at the French Court in the 16th century), baroque opéra-comique (Chamber Opera “La Double Coquette”) to hip-hop dance (Hip-Hop Ballet “The Roots”); from retrospective architecture (“Le Corbusier” – Modern Architect Giant), to innovative sound art (“Beyond the Sound” – New Media Art Exhibition); from traditional craftsmanship (Sèvres – Porcelain of the Kings) to contemporary street art (Wipe Out – Famous Street Artist Invader), from the new generation of French cinema (Forgive Us, We Are Young – The New Wave of French Films) back to the 17th century classic theatre (Comédie Ballet “The Bourgeois Gentleman”), etc.
With the kind support of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited and The Peninsula Hong Kong for 4 consecutive years, the Press Conference of Le French May 2015 was hosted on 18 March 2015 (Wed) at 3:30pm at Felix of The Peninsula Hong Kong by Mr. Arnaud Barthèlemy, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Dr. Andrew Yuen, Chairman of the Board of Le French May, with the presence of officiating guests Ms. Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs of the Hong Kong SAR, Mr. Michael T.H. Lee, JP, Steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, and the Le French May 2015 Ambassador Ms. Karena Lam.
Mr. Arnaud Barthèlemy and Dr. Andrew Yuen presented this year’s theme and the expanded education and outreach programme, both reflecting the engagement of Le French May as a local festival. As said by the French Consul General, “Essentially French and Truly Hong Kong, this 2015 edition will illustrate this balance between our two cultures, this bridge between our two countries.” Ms. Florence Hui also stated that, “Over the years Le French May has become a major cultural event not only for Hong Kong but also the region. The festival signifies strong cultural exchanges between the two places and it has been a pleasure working in close partnership. By featuring French and local artists and art groups, both leading and emerging, the festival for sure will continue to contribute to building Hong Kong as a significant cultural capital for Asia.” Mr. Michael Lee said that, “We are proud to be collaborating with Le French May to provide the ‘Jockey Club Community Outreach and Arts Education Programmes’. Now greatly expanded, these programees aim to reach about 25,000 people, especially young people, students and local artists. The Club will also be sponsoring 2,000 complimentary tickets for underprivileged students, and supporting special programmes for visually or hearing impaired audiences”. After watching the trailer revealing the exciting programmes of the upcoming festival, Le French May 2015 Ambassador Ms. Karena Lam shared her unique experience meeting the artists and visiting their studios during the press trip in France.
Other Guests including Board Director of Le French May Mrs. Elisa Ghigo-Barthèlemy, CEO of Le French May Mr. Julien-Loïc Garin, representatives from the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Mrs. Anne Denis-Blanchardon (Consul for Culture, Education and Science) and Mrs. Mélanie Gaudin (Head of Le French GourMay); and from the Alliance Française de Hong Kong, Mr. Stéphane Joly (Director) joined the stage for a toast to wish good success to the festival. Sponsors, Partners and Friends of Le French May also joined for a group photo, followed by a cocktail reception. All distinguished guests regaled with a joyful atmosphere and gastronomic delights created for the occasion.
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