Voilah! French Festival

From a wide array of photo exhibitions to a gastronomic French food festival to various other art performances spanning six weeks from 8 April to 21 May, we pick eight of the coolest events from Voilah! 2017 that you need to check out:

#1: Once Upon a Time Tomorrow by Chris Morin-Eitner (8 April – 21 May)

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One of the highlights for this year’s edition of the festival is a showcase of the surreal photo-paintings of French photographer Chris Morin-Eitner, who often depicts man-made structures overtaken by forces of nature. Morin-Eitner will debut five photographs of iconic places of Singapore at the exhibition – also look out for a talk by the photographer on Sunday, 9 April, 11.30am at the Cannonball Room. The Colonnade, Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay

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#2: Red Hearts (8 April)

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The Red Hearts (Les Rouges Coeurs) by the company Mademoiselle Paillette, which specialises in interactive shows, will be putting up exciting street performances against the sumptuous backdrop of the Supertree Grove. Expect whimsical and energetic performances on stilts, in giant bubbles or suspended in the air. 7pm and 8pm, Gardens by the Bay

#3: Mademoiselle Paillette (9 April)

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If you missed the Red Hearts’ performances the day before, fret not, as another captivating street art performance will be put up by the White Shadows (Les Ombres Blanches) on the very next day. Also produced by Mademoiselle Paillette, performers on stilts and in giant bubbles in extravagant costumes will entertain visitors into the night. 7pm, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

#4: Voilah! French Food Festival (14 April – 21 May)

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The massive food festival will be broken down into four segments – Voilah! Restaurant Week (14 to 23 April), Voilah! Sweet Week (25 to 30 April), Voilah! Wine Weeks (2 to 14 May) and Voilah! Dairy Week (16 to 21 May). Enjoy special menus and discounts at various restaurants, retailers, bakeries, pastry shops and wine and spirit shops during the respective weeks and feast on French specialities like boeuf bourguignon, escargots, macarons and French wines and cheeses. Various locations

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#5: Philippe Beck – A conversation of poems (21 April)

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The acclaimed French poet, writer, and philosopher, Philippe Beck, will join American poet, Adam Staley Groves (Tembusu College, National University of Singapore) and the Singaporean poet Lim Lee Ching (SIM University) for a one-night only discussion about the world of poetry. 7.30pm, The Arts House

#6: Urbanfork exhibition by Philippe Diversy and Bob Lee (4 May – 28 June)

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By including their creator’s names on building facades in pictures, Singaporean photographer, Bob Lee, and French graphic designer, Philippe Diversy, explores their keen interest in architecture from the 60’s to the late 70’s while simultaneously highlighting the heritage value of Singaporean and French buildings. URA Lobby Gallery

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#7: Beyond the Surface, by Hélène Le Chatelier (9 May – 24 June)

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This exhibition by French artist Hélène Le Chatelier, aimed at portraying our inner geography, will feature ink wash paintings, sculptures and video installations blending tradition and modernity, Western and Eastern perspectives as well as skin and screen through the use of various techniques and media. Intersections Gallery

#8: Playtime: The complete works of Jacques Tati (20 May – 4 June)

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Image: Jacques Tati Officiel’s Facebook

As part of the National Museum of Singapore’s Cinémathèque, the International Cinema Retrospective will present a complete retrospective of French screenwriter, director and actor Jacques Tati with screenings of all six of his feature-length films – highlights include a colourised version of Jour de fête and the little-seen Parade. National Museum of Singapore


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