See the World Anew with Voilah! 2018

Singapore, 29 March 2018 – An exciting line-up of over 20 arts and cultural programmes
await Singapore at Voilah! French Festival Singapore 2018, as France and Singapore pay
homage to 10 years of cultural cooperation and exchange this year. The highly-anticipated
festival returns from 1 April to 5 May, highlighting the best of French-Singapore partnerships
and innovation in the arts, culture and science. From exploring visual arts, film and music
through new technologies and techniques, to thought-provoking showcases spotlighting
issues of our time, this year’s festival offers something for everyone.
French Ambassador to Singapore, HE Marc Abensour, said, “Voilah! has become a veritable
annual celebration of the long-standing friendship that France and Singapore share. Beyond
a colourful display of creative expressions, the festival is more importantly a key platform for
knowledge-sharing and collaboration between both communities, especially towards issues
that matter. Voilah! 2018 invites everyone to join in its spirit of discovery and breaking boundaries, and it is my hope that each festival-goer leaves inspired and emboldened to effect
change for the future.”
First Singaporean Patron for French Culture
Reflective of the bridging of two communities, Voilah! has named respected local thespian and
personality, Hossan Leong, its first Singaporean Patron for French Culture. An artistic tour de
force, Hossan helped to bring French arts and culture closer to home for many Singaporeans
through his works, and in 2010, was conferred the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
by the French Ministry of Culture.
Festival Director, Laurence Lochu shared, “In his own capacity, Hossan has shown how
through the power of arts, people and communities can be brought together, fostering a
deeper appreciation and understanding of cultures. With his participation in Voilah! 2018, we
hope this effect can be amplified even further – and the co-creation of this year’s vibrant
festival line-up by both the French and Singapore communities is already a great starting point
and reflection of that.”

Unique French-Singapore collaborations

Leong will open this year’s Festival on 1 April in a first-time collaboration with French artist
Jean Lambert-Wild and juggler Martin Palisse. The Rock’s Clown is an outdoor visual spectacle mixing poetry and humour with circus antics and a dash of Greek mythology, as the
character of Sisyphus is brought to life in and around Gardens by the Bay’s Dragonfly Lake.
This one-night-only performance will be the last of Jean’s Clown Parleur (The Talking Clown)
trilogy.

A Spotlight on Our Environment

As a nod towards Singapore’s Year of Climate Action this year, Michel Rawicki’s photo
exhibition, Touched by the Cold, will steer the conversation on climate change. The
impassioned French photographer spent the last 20 years documenting the plight of wildlife in
the poles – a region that bears the brunt of current environmental concerns. Festival-goers
will be transported to the depths of the Arctic by the retrospective photograph series, all in the
artist’s hopes of igniting climate change discussions and a greater awareness on the
importance of conserving nature’s beauty.

Voilah!’s dynamic line-up is a multi-institutional effort by a myriad of local and international
partners, including Asian Civilisations Museum, Alliance Française de Singapour, Esplanade
Recital Studio, Gardens by the Bay, INTERSECTIONS Gallery, LASALLE College of the Arts,
National Design Centre, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore Botanic
Gardens, The Projector, Zouk, and the community of French businesses based in Singapore.
Organised by the French Embassy and the Institut Français Singapour, Voilah! 2018 will take
place from 1 April to 5 May 2018. For more information on the festival, please visit
www.voilah.sg.

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