vOilah! France Singapore Festival
Oct 22, 2020 – Nov 22, 2020
The first foreign cultural festival to be held in Singapore since the start of the pandemic, vOilah! 2020 has a total of 110 Singaporean and French participating partners, a record number since the founding of vOilah!.
This year’s festival provides a line-up of close to 50 exciting and authentic French experiences through a unique Singaporean lens to help locals discover a slice of France close to home.
An opening that pays tribute to our countries’ resilience and partnerships
The festival will open with activities that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the visits by former French premier Georges Clemenceau to Singapore. His visit and his legacy is documented in an exhibition Clemenceau in Singapore at the National Museum of Singapore in partnership with Paris’s Musée Clemenceau that will retrace his journey here, and provide a rare glimpse into the social life of Singapore 100 years ago.
In addition, the festival presents the performance of The Veil of Happiness, which revives a century-old classic play written by Clemenceau through a dramatised reading at Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre of Wild Rice@Funan. Set within a backdrop of Clemenceau’s imagination of China, it is brought to life through oriental-inspired music by renowned composer Gabriel Fauré, local actors like Janice Koh and Hossan Leong and musicians from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. The performance will be streamed on the festival’s Facebook Page to immerse audiences in a witty, fun and entertaining tale about truth and happiness.
Exclusive and diverse offerings for every Singaporean taste
Beyond the opening programmes, there is a smorgasbord of experiences and activities made possible by the multitude of French-Singapore exchanges. One such exchange is Gardens, Plants and Spices, an exhibition curated through a collaboration between one of France’s most renowned garden and plant experts, Pascal Garbe and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Festival participants keen to have their taste buds tantalised can also look forward to a selection of food workshops and bespoke menus designed by partner restaurants for the festival.
The festival will also engage other senses through innovative new formats, among which is a Virtual Reality (VR) experience at Gardens by the Bay titled A Virtual Voyage through Masterpieces. Offering an intimate rendezvous with famous French painters, it allows audiences to literally walk into renowned masterpieces including Monet’s iconic water lilies and Gauguin and Manet’s masterpieces.
In partnership with the 7th edition of the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), vOilah! will also bring to Singapore the acclaimed Inside Out project by acclaimed French artist JR, a recipient of the 2011 TED Prize.
From still images to moving ones – fans of French cinema can also look out for the long-running French Film Festival, which will return from 6 to 22 November. The festival will present its biggest line-up yet of 28 of the feature films, including those which have not yet debuted in France.
New patrons and new virtual programmes encourage more to take part in the festival
Sixty per cent of the programmes are virtual, allowing Singaporeans and people from other countries to participate from the comfort of their homes. A key highlight would be the festival’s finale, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France (National Orchestra of Paris Region) conducted by Kahchun Wong.
The newly opened French Football Academy Singapore, the second academy to be opened worldwide after New York last year, will offer free training sessions, a single 2 vs 2 elimination tournament and Fit Foot practice for the ones accompanying young players with the World Champions training methods, in presence of UEFA Coaching Licence holder Patrick Vallée.
For more information on the festival, please visit www.voilah.sg.