19th Edition Le French Festival 2020 is Back from 19th March – 26th April

UPDATE!

In view of the rapid development of COVID-19 in Malaysia, the Malaysian Government has introduced a mandatory Movement Control Order to its citizens. As such, the Le French Festival is now cancelled indefinitely.

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Back again for its 19th year is the Le French Festival which will be meeting all of you in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor and Kota Kinabalu. All French enthusiasts and fans, this is your chance to indulge in everything French, from cinema screenings, art exhibitions, music and theatre performances, gastronomical experiences and so many more!

Even if you’re not a die-hard fan of French things, you have to see what Alliance Française have put together with the Embassy of France in Malaysia for Malaysians to enjoy the Le French Festival this year. Le French Festival 2020 would be the best yet!

Le French Festival 2020 Conference

On 25th February, held at GSC Cinemas MidValley, which is one of Le French Festival’s oldest and long-time partner, the Le French Festival 2020 line-up was revealed and a conference was held.

Le French Festival 2020
Mr. Jacques Bounin, Director of Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur
Le French Festival 2020
H.E. Frederic Laplanche, Ambassador of the Republic of France to Malaysia

The event was graced by H.E. Frederic Laplanche, Ambassador of the Republic of France to Malaysia, whom in his speech said, “We are determined to bring the appreciation of all that the French culture has to offer through this festival. It will make you travel through its selection of 17 recent movies showing the diversity of French creation in all genres: from Norway to Kirghizstan, with stops along the way in Venice, Tunis and of course, France.”

Proudly presented by Martell, another longstanding collaborator and partner of Le French Festival, the event will be made available at four (4) of Malaysia’s major cities from 19th March to 26th April:

  1. Kuala Lumpur : 19th March – 5th April
  2. Penang : 9th April – 19th April
  3. Johor Bahru : 16th April – 19th April
  4. Kota Kinabalu : 23rd April – 26th April
Mr Jacques Bounin, Director of Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur explaining to us what we can expect at Le French Festival 2020
Le French Festival 2020
Ms Julie Loffi, Festival Cultural Coordinator Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur

One of the most awaited performance, according to Ms Julie Loffi, the Festival Cultural Coordinator from Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur would be the internationally-acclaimed rockstar, Manu Chao. He will be performing in acoustic formation from his album Sibérie m’était contée, which is a family-friendly show in French and Spanish as part of his South East Asian tour.

Other entertainments that enthusiasts can look forward to would be:

  1. Seventeen (17) latest award-winning French films (with English subtitles) ranging from comedy, history, based on a true story, family drama and more.
  2. A diverse range of French music
  3. Theatre show
  4. Art de Vivre events including bread baking workshops, food & drink (wine) tasting, cooking classes, yoga (with wine), perfumery and more

Some very interesting highlights to look forward to, which one on my top list would be “Roger Kasparian – The Eyes of the Sixties”. Roger Kasparian is a photographer and he will be showcasing some of the photos he took of superstars of the 60s before they even became superstars. Some of the photos showed the rawness of the subjects – certainly something a photographer would love!

There are so many other exciting and tantalising things to look forward to at the Le French Festival 2020 so make sure you don’t miss out on it!

Le French Festival 2020
L-R: Ms Julie Loffi, Ms Shirley Low (CMO GSC), H.E. Frederic Laplanche, Roger Kasparian, Jacques Bounin

Do check out www.lefrenchfestival.com.my for all the updates on movies, art shows, classes and more. Or, you can follow LFF on their Facebook and Instagram.

If you’re up for volunteering, bookings (tasting events, bread artisan, etc) or have any general inquiries, you can email info@lefrenchfestival.com.my or call +603-26947880.

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