French fest returns to major cities


THIS year’s edition of Le French Festival returns on May 29, bringing French arts, culture and gastronomy to Malaysia’s major cities.

Its tour of Malaysia spanning one-and-a-half months, embodies core values of sports, family and inclusivity.

Ambassador of France to Malaysia Axel Cruau said the festival’s 22nd edition lined up an array of events and activities to captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“Le French Festival will offer the opportunity to enjoy theatrical plays, concerts and exhibitions besides workshops throughout the weeks.

“Whether you’re passionate about cinema, digital art, photography, painting, music, dance, theatre, sport or gastronomy, there is something for everyone among the festival’s vibrant offerings,” said Cruau.

Cruau says the festival has an array of events and activities to captivate audiences.Cruau says the festival has an array of events and activities to captivate audiences.“Les Petits Champions will encourage children to compete in a fun, athletic way in a number of sporting challenges.

“Another new feature this year is a fun race in (Taman Tasik) Titiwangsa park to get in the spirit of the games.

Alliance Francaise of Kuala Lumpur (AFKL) executive director Laurent Elisio Bordier said the festival had expanded nationwide since it started over 20 years ago.

“Last year’s edition welcomed almost 10,000 spectators, including 4,000 cinema viewers.

“This clearly demonstrates a growing popularity among Malaysian and foreign audiences.

“This year, 16 French movies will be screened, with over 150 screenings in seven cinemas across the country,” he said.

Bordier emphasised that the festival’s activities would transcend generational boundaries, focusing on families and ensuring every member of the household, from the youngest to the oldest, could participate.

AFKL cultural manager Mathilde Tallin said the festival would offer a lively fusion of cinema, visual arts, performing arts, participative experiences, children’s activities, and culinary delights.

“The festival is also an opportunity to watch all the French films you missed this year, to revisit your favourites or to discover new ones.

“This year, there’s a renewed commitment to foster deeper connections with the local community, ensuring a fun and inclusive atmosphere for all festival-goers.”

The festival will begin in Kuala Lumpur from May 29 to July 14, Penang from June 13 to 23, Johor Baru from June 27 to 30 and Kuching from July 4 to 7.

Movie tickets are available starting May 23 via the GSC app or or through e-kiosks at participating GSC cinemas.

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