Le French May Hong Kong
Le French May is an arts festival organized by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau every year. Being one of the largest cultural events in Asia, it reaches out more than one million visitors each year. There are over 100 programmes presented across two months, usually from April to June. If you are in Hong Kong during this period, don’t miss the opportunity to taste a bit of French art and culture.
Established in 1993, the aims of Le French May are “to touch everything, to be everywhere and for everyone”. The programmes are mainly categorized into four groups: 1) Performing arts, 2) Exhibitions, 3) Films and 4) Gastronomy Events.
To touch everything:
The programmes touch a wide range of art forms, for example, heritage and contemporary arts, paintings and design, classical music, ballet and hip-hop dance, films and circus.
To be everywhere:
You can find the programmes of Le French May Hong Kong in various venues and districts, as usual in cultural centres, city halls, museums, universities and other public spaces. Out of surprise, you can find them in shopping malls, Happy Valley Racecourse and Victoria Harbour.
One of the objectives of the Festival is to reach out to the entire community. Therefore, educational programmes like talks, guided tours, workshops and masterclasses have been developed.
Le French May Hong Kong 2016
- Date: 1 May to 30 June 2016
- Time: Various times
- Venue: Various venues (mentioned above)
- Official Website: frenchmay.com
The kick-off ceremony of Le French May Hong Kong 2016 took place at the PMQ Courtyard for the second time. If you have missed that, don’t worry. There are lots of things to see in the coming weeks. Some of the events are highlighted below:
Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place
Original artworks by Claude Monet are showcased at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 4 May to 11 July 2016. For more information, visit here.
Michel Dalberto Piano Recital/ Hong Kong Sinfonietta: Michel Dalberto plays Mozart and Richard Strauss
The award-winning French concert pianist presents two concerts at Hong Kong City Hall, 6 and 7 May 2016 at 8pm.
Cinderella / Beauty and the Beast
Malandain Ballet Biarritz brings two fairy tales in neo-classical style to the Grand Theatre of Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 1 and 2 Jun 2016 at 7.30pm.
Dream of Another World – Utopias
A selection of 15 films in four categories, Dream from Reality, Contemporary and Past Tales, Wonder World, and Fight against and Fit into Reality, with a special focus on French Animated Movies, will be presented in Broadway Cinematheque and AMC Pacific Place from 9 to 31 May 2016.
Le French GourMay
Le French GourMay has become one of the most popular events supported by French wine culture and culinary arts lovers since 2009. A different wine and gastronomy region of France will be featured every year: Rhône Valley in 2009, Languedoc Roussillon in 2010, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in 2011, Bordeaux in 2012, Burgundy in 2013, Rhône Valley again in 2014 and Midi Pyrénnées in 2015. In 2016, the spotlight is on Alsace region. Learn more.
Have you ever touched any Le French May programmes in Hong Kong? Hope you can something you enjoy.
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