French festival to entice Malaysians


(From left) Laplanche, GSC chief executive officer Koh Mei Lee and Tengku Zatashah at the opening of Le French Festival 2019.

IT IS time to binge on all things French with Malaysia’s grandest French cultural festival.

The 18th edition of Le French Festival (LFF) is ready to offer Malaysians an exuberant line-up of French acts and programmes from now until May 12.

Organised by Alliance Française and the French Embassy, festival-goers will be treated to a variety of programmes, including exciting acts direct from France, an inaugural Malaysian production of French culture and heritage, French film screenings, food and beverage offerings and immersive workshops.

At the opening ceremony, Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur (AFKL) president Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said this year’s festival would be the first of its kind to allow for this level of the cross-over of cultures – spurring the collaboration with

the nationally acclaimed theatre company in Malaysia, KL Shakespeare Players (KLSP), to produce a local production of famous play in French theatre, Cyrano de Bergerac (The Story of Cyrano de Bergerac) performed by Malaysian-French artistes.

“Having the honour to play the role as a ‘producer’ this year has given us the opportunity to transform a heavy French classic into a piece that resonates with a larger audience where one version is designed specifically for children,” said the Selangor princess.

AFKL director Jacques Bounin reaffirmed the significant role LFF 2019 played in creating a bridge for dynamic cultural exchange.

“With French ranked as the sixth most-widely spoken language in the world, it is important in this day and age.

“It is our mission to introduce the French culture to Malaysia that would help expand horizons through an immersive platform that educates, entertains, and edifies,” said Bounin.

Curating a fresh selection of programmes annually, LFF 2019 wants to tear down the stereotypical depiction of the French culture by Hollywood with the offering of a broader take on the life and culture beyond the city of Paris.

The festival will also feature the largest French Film Festival in Malaysia with 15 latest award-winning French films (with English subtitles), a diverse range of Malaysian musicians performing French music, live theatre shows and dance performances as well as events that include food and drink tastings and cooking classes.

“French culture is steeped in a robust heritage and history that evolves with age and time, birthing new culture and trends that resonate with different perspectives and experiences,” said French ambassador to Malaysia Frédéric Laplanche who also present at the opening ceremony.

G.H. Mumm champagne and Golden Screen Cinemas are longstanding collaborators and partners of LFF 2019.

For details, visit www.lefrenchfestival.com.my or its Facebook page facebook.com/lefrenchfestivalmy

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