Le French May Arts Festival 2019 – Voyage
A cultural “staycation” during May and June
“Voyage” is the theme of the 27th edition of Le French May chose to embark its audience. This journey in spectacular dance, music, photography, design and theatre performances will transport us, through time and space, from the East to the West, creating a true cultural “staycation” during May and June.
Throughout the years, Le French May has been honoured by the continuous support from the HKSAR and the Chief Executive of HKSAR Mrs. Carrie Lam, who has affirmed the Festival as an annual cultural highlight, with the mission to bring Hong Kong the best of French arts and culture through a myriad of fascinating choices.
For the 8th consecutive year, the Festival is being supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, its Major Partner, which is contributing about HK$9.16 million for various presentations as well as a series of dedicated Jockey Club Community Outreach and Arts Education Programmes.
Through more than 120 programmes and activities, the Festival aims at reaching a wider audience, allowing more people, in particular the younger generation, to enjoy cultural programmes and develop their art appreciation. In this respect, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust’s sponsorship also covers 1,050 complimentary tickets for less-privileged students and special programmes for the visually and hearing impaired.
Le French May will be kicked off by a world-class exhibition featuring the legendary feminist artist
– Legend of the 20th century art: Niki de Saint Phalle. The exhibition is supported and brought to Hong Kong by Niki Charitable Foundation and Galerie Mitterrand. As Niki is especially famous for spectacular outdoor installations, a number of her monumental works will be presented in the public space, as an eye-catching promenade leading audience to the indoor exhibition, as well as an artistic “voyage”.
The Asia début and Asian premiere music performance, Invitation to the Voyage, is a marvellous sensory journey through music, poetry and painting. Founded in 2011 by artistic director and conductor Claire Gibault, the international acclaimed Paris Mozart Orchestra lit up the festival with their astounding rendition of beautiful melodies composed by Berlioz. The performance also takes inspiration from Russian-French painter Nicolas de Staël’s tragic destiny, letters and his artworks.
Adhering to its strong aspiration to create a cultural exchange platform between Hong Kong and France, Le French May gathered the best works and performances from international acclaimed artists, including Bach Studies- I fall, I flow, I melt choreographed by superstar Benjamin Millepied and perfectly merged Bach’s music with world-class choreography; Asia début and premiere of Hikikomori, The Shelter; Asian premiere of Julien Cottereau plays Carte Blanche by famous clown Julien Cottereau; Hong Kong début of From a True story, which presents contemporary vision of a folk dance on drums; performance of Spanish castanets and French romantic harp by legends Lucero Tena and Xavier de Maistre in Serenata Española; and Le French Design, so Starck, so Bouroullec…,displaying the latest French design.
The Festival also unveiled the theme of Le French GourMay 2019, highlighting gastronomic delights from the Loire Valley.
About Le French May
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 reaches out to over 1 million visitors each year. The objectives of Le French May are to touch everything, be everywhere and be for everyone.
To touch everything by showcasing the most diversified art forms: from heritage and contemporary arts, paintings and design, to classical music and hip-hop dance, cinema and circus.
To be everywhere by bringing performances to various venues and districts, including the unusual and unexpected: from cultural centres and shopping malls, to public spaces, the racecourse and Victoria Harbour.
For everyone because the Festival aims to reach out to the entire community by developing educational programmes, talks, guided tours, workshops and masterclasses, including those that directly benefit the young and less-privileged.
For 27 years, Le French May has been both truly international and distinctly local and wishes to contribute to the unique appeal of Asia’s World City.
Le French May received the “Gold Award for Arts Promotion 2008” from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.