French pavilion presents the best of French comics at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2021 [fr]

For the 6th year, the French Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macao presents its French Pavilion at the Hong Kong Book Fair on 14-20 July 2021 (Hall 1A - A17 "international cultural village") under the theme "French comic strips". Famous Hong Kong Film Critic Freddie Wong will hold a panel discussion on French cinema. The French Pavilion will also pay tribute to the Little Prince, as part of the celebration of the 120th anniversary of the birth of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The city’s annual Book Fair was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. But this year, the French Pavilion is coming back with larger space than previous years. Everyone can drop by, browse, discover a digital exhibition, and immerse themselves in the virtual world of comic books.

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Echoing the Year of the Comic Strips, launched in France by the Ministry of Culture and which takes place in 2020/2021, the French Pavilion celebrates the 9th Art: French comics, classic or contemporary, offers visitors to French pavilion of new forms of digital reading and immersion through a surprising digital exhibition.

The year 2020 marked the 120th anniversary of the birth of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French Pavilion pays tribute to the great French author and his most celebrated work, The Little Prince, whose graphic illustration is known and appreciated by the global public.

Our Programme

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Installations throughout the duration of the pavilion fair:

- Digital Exhibition "Bubble Machines" brought by the French Institute (Institut Français) who offers 8 works inspired by comics in digital format. The public will have the chance to discover a new way of approaching the world of comics through augmented and virtual reality by interacting with multiple tablets. More information : https://www.pro.institutfrancais.com/en/programmes-and-projects/machines-a-bulles-exhibition

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- Screening of media archives devoted to the world of The Little Prince and its author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry are offered throughout the Fair

- A reading corner: where you can explore classic and contemporary works of the French comic strips, all translated into English or traditional Chinese. These resources are supplemented by numerous works around The Little Prince , translated into several languages, which the public can consult on site.

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Watch the videos on the Little Prince world : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTKDpHR4tpk
The little prince fun facts #1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCtLEBEeNmI
The little prince fun facts #2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JstVy8jpfAw

Pop-up activities offered throughout the Book Fair:

The Little Prince Book Reading Session
Venue: Hall 1A Concourse Stage
Date: 14 July (Wed)
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Native French speakers will read to the public of an extract of "The Little Prince" - Chapter 2 : Draw me a sheep (the reading session will be conducted in French)

A French rendez-vous ! Come and Discover the French Language through a Fun Speak-Dating Game!
Venue: Hall 1A Concourse Stage
Date: 15 July 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 2pm-2:45pm
Come participate at "speak-dating" games with native French speakes and professors from Alliance Française de Hong Kong! Learn basic words and phrases, & get a taste of French culture.

The event is to promote the French language firstly through a little warm-up section to the audience teaching a few very simple French words, after that the 2 French Native Speakers will invite the interested audience to come out one-by-one to approach to their 2 separate desks on stage to play fun word card game to practise the French words with them. The participating audience will then get a small stationery souvenir as a token of reward.

Panel discussion “Dreams in France ; Films in Cannes”
Venue: Hall 1A Concourse Stage
Date: 17 July 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 5pm-6pm
Speaker: Mr. Freddie Wong, a long-standing professional film critic & Mr. Keith Ho, Hong Kong actor

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The event by Mr Wong will bring the audience a journey to France recalling his early study experience in Paris in the domain of film so as to share the audience the French style of living. Having travelled to Cannes hundred times joining the yearly Cannes Film Festival and also other film festivals in Europe, he will also illustrate via his amazing photos projected onto the screen of the stage some funny and marvelous encounters during his plenty visits to this particular festival in Cannes.

For more information:
Official site of the Hong Kong Book Fair: https://hkbookfair.hktdc.com/en/index.html
Our pavilion in 2019: https://hongkong.consulfrance.org/French-Pavilion-returns-with-French-Fantasy-to-Hong-Kong-Book-Fair-2019-13021

publié le 05/07/2021

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