This week marks the kick-off of the 29th edition of the "French May Arts Festival", with the theme of escape. Created in 1993, the festival is returning to its origins this year by highlighting the local artistic scene, both French and Hong Kong.
The result of a close collaboration between the Centre Pompidou and the Hong Kong Museum of Art, an exhibition devoted to Surrealism, an anti-conformist artistic movement that began in 1919 under the impetus of the poet André Breton. Entitled "Surrealism and Mythology(s)", it will bring together some 100 works from the collection of the Musée national d’art moderne at the Centre Pompidou, including masterpieces by Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and René Magritte, to name but a few. The exhibition will open on 21 May and run until September.
The performing arts will also be honoured through adaptations of the French repertoire by prestigious local groups as well as Franco-Hong Kong collaborations, such as the duet between pianist Niu Niu and cellist Laurent Perrin, the playwright Tang Shu-Wing who will adapt the play "Plus vraie que nature" (Larger than life) at the City Hall, or the musical "Il jouait du piano debout, a tribute to Michel Berger".
Taking place for the second consecutive year in an exceptional context, this new edition of French May has been made possible thanks to the confidence of major sponsors, French and Hong Kong, public and private, who by their support have chosen to tighten the thread of our cultural dialogue at a time when circumstances could have distended it. Discover the full programme on the website of FrenchMay.com!
Established in 1993, French May is one of the largest cultural events in Asia. With more than 150 programmes presented across two months, it has become an iconic part of Hong Kong’s cultural scene that reach out over 1 million visitors each year.
The objectives of French May are to touch everything, to be everywhere and for everyone. From traditional to contemporary art, from painting to design, from classical to pop music, from opera to hip-hop street dance, from film to circus, from life to food, French May is the ideal arts festival for any art lover.