BRINGING FRANCE TO SRI LANKA
French Spring Festival
The French Spring Festival is coming back for its 8th edition! Organised by Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the Alliance Française de Kotte, the festival celebrates every aspect of this culture, literature, music, visual art, fashion and film. Culture and art connect people of diversity by cultivating a significant sense of mutual understanding and the French Spring Festival becomes a hub that allows the local audiences to discover and experience the artistic treasure trove of France. The artistic excellence of France embedded in its rich history and culture will be promoted through specially curated events of aesthetic exchange with Sri Lanka. Let’s check out what the French Spring Festival has in store of this week!
Image credit University of Kelaniya
Niroshini Gunasekara, Professor at the University of Kelaniya, will present a Sinhala translation of the bestselling novel ‘Memories’ by David Foenkinos based on nostalgia, family and emotions. Foenkinos is one of the most beloved writers working in France today, and already brought his popular novel, Delicacy, to the screen in a milquetoast adaptation somewhat salvaged by stars Francois Damiens and Audrey Tautou. Prof. Niroshini Gunasekara is the author of many translations, Knight of the Order of Academic Palms.
June 19th | 7 PM | Alliance Française de Kotte
DJ Ludo Di Lucci
Image credit Katty Booking France
Fête de la Musique is the celebration of music on the 21st of June each year. In fact, it is the International Music Day! The French Spring Festival does not forget to celebrate this iconic international music event with DJ Ludo Di Lucci, one of the most skilled DJs of French Capital and has shown a dazzling rise to success. Ludo Di Lucci takes inspiration from a wide variety of musical genres, creating a one-of-a-kind performance. It’s a combination of spliced classical music, techno, punk, and hard-core rock as he produces great music mixes that offer a diverse set of music options for the audience.
June 21 | 9 PM | Café Français, Park Street
June 22nd | 8 PM | Amaya Hills, Kandy
Image credit Widewalls, photography by Stephane-Bisseuil
Each edition of the French Spring Festival showcases unique visual artists and their works of art, especially in terms of dynamic mediums. This year, Philippe Baudelocque, a French street artist will create works of art at Park Street, the French School of Colombo and The Alliance Française de Kotte. Philippe’s work in chalk can be found on dark walls around Paris, Marseille and other cities, showing his intricate cosmic patterns, creating animals. His work reminds one of the constellations and the mythical beings they represent; each animal is created with a mosaic of delicate line work in the form of organic and geometric patterns that merge to form each piece. With beautiful layers,
these three-dimensional animals look like they’re ready to jump off the city walls. We are excited to witness the creative process and the works of art that he will be presenting here in Sri Lanka!
June 22/23 | Park Street
June 24/ 25 | French School of Colombo
June 26 | Alliance Française de Kotte
The series of events will be organised by the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives together with Alliance Française de Kotte in Colombo and is to take place in both Colombo and Kandy. Stay tuned to for more updates on this initiative that promotes, fosters and strengthens the relations between the two nations.
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