Hong Kong turns into a city-wide celebration of all things French come every May without fail as part of the annual Le French May festival. And this year it’s no different. Taking place over the course of two months starting from May 1, Le French May brings an exciting, packed line-up of performances and art exhibitions helmed by leading French artists and talents, film events and of course, culinary experiences. To make things a little easier, here are seven highlighting events to get you started before you dive in.
What not to miss at Le French May 2018
Enjoy a French movie experience at a rooftop while indulging an amazing spread of French culinary dishes at the food market. While the titles of the films have yet to be announced, this will be a fun opportunity to catch an artsy French film on cosy bean bags at this Lai Chi Kok rooftop venue while snacking on delicacies like cheese, bread, wine and desserts.
Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla and starring rising star Anne Carrere, this musical concert is a tribute to the life and music of legendary French singer Edif Piaf. Inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie En Rose, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her iconic songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs. A must for all Piaf fans.
Acclaimed French photographer Patrick Willocq brings to Hong Kong his stunning photos captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Willocq’s works are a result of a unique collaboration with the Walé, Congolese pygmy women who are first-time mothers. The photographer takes the traditional dances and songs performed typically during the Walés' seclusion and transforms and adapts them into photographs. Willocq’s images are stunning and visceral, reflecting the experiences of these young mothers while sharing with the world their symbolic rite of passage.
An exciting art exhibition takes over Pacific Place atrium as renowned French sculptor Nathalie Decoster premieres her new monumental sculptures in Hong Kong. The interactive exhibition brings together a number of small human figures precariously positioned inside large hoops, cubes and other geometric shapes made of diverse materials like iron, concrete and mattress springs. Also featured are a series of interactive displays and photographs as a way to allow Hongkongers to escape the anxieties of daily life and a platform for Decoster’s love declaration to humanity.