Author Topic: Bangkok: LA FÊTE 2010 – Open until September 6th  (Read 7675 times)

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The 7th edition of the cultural festival — La Fête — will be held in Bangkok from June 3 until 6 September 2010.
La Fête is a cultural festival organized by the Embassy of France in Thailand and the Alliance française of Bangkok, in cooperation with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Culturesfrance, the Thai Ministry of Culture, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and with the support of many partners and sponsors. Created in 2004, as a part of the “French Spring in Asia”, this festival offers something for everyone, given its high quality multidisciplinary programme, representative of the heritage and the artistic vitality of both Thailand and France.
Attracting more than 400,000 visitors last year, the festival has become one of the major cultural events of the Kingdom. Organized by the French Embassy in Thailand and the Alliance Française de Bangkok, La Fête attracts a very large and mainly Thai audience through the variety of its programme and a wide range of ticket prices.
For the first time, the festival will kick-off with a major open-air exhibition “Portraits of Asia”. This is an opportunity for organizers to offer an opening open to all, and thus thank the thousands of visitors who so enjoyed the two previous ones, “Earth from Above” and “Planet Ocean”. This year’s exhibition by French photographer Eric Lafforgue will pay tribute to men and women of Asia. These “Portraits of Asia” should attract more than 300 000 visitors between June 3 and September 6, and all are invited to discover them at the opening on June 3rd at 7 p.m. in front of ZEN Department Store, in the presence of the artist.
Many other free events are scheduled: the “Fête de la Musique” on June 19 at Siam Square with a concert by ModernDog (Thailand) and Java (France), the Hip-Hop Battle at Patravadi Theatre, juggling, puppets and street theatre shows in several different neighbourhoods of Bangkok, along with the many free exhibitions: photographs of Paris on the outside walls of the Alliance Française (South Sathorn/Sathorn Tai), fashion photographs at ZEN Department Store, more fashion photographs and iconic design artifacts at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center (7th floor).
The rest of the programme is not free, but with the “early bird” system, the 100 THB student tickets and the range of ticket prices available, everyone should be able to find something to enjoy, for instance, don’t miss Julien Cotterau, this former Cirque du Soleil artist is an amazing clown. He will keep you all in stitches, and a daytime show has even been scheduled for those who want to take the whole family.
DJ Wax Taylor will make you dance at Bed Supperclub with his electro-cinematographic ambiance before the French Film Festival takes you to view the festival’s selection of the 10 best current French films. “Gainsbourg” which opens the series, is in itself a course in French culture, with Fréhel, Boris Vian, Juliette Greco… and Laetitia Casta playing Brigitte Bardot. At the Patravadi Theater, Thai, Lao and French traditional culture will be blended new-circus style (Pai Sai show) or in a Hip Hop version (”Fang Lao”).
For something different, you will be astonished at the way “Appris par Corps” (new-circus inspired dance) or “Mauvaise Graine” (modern puppetry) deal with human relationships.
For those who love classical music will have the very great pleasure of hearing Marie-Ange Todorovich (mezzo-soprano) interprets the most celebrated arias of the French music repertoire. Conducted by celebrated Maestro Roberto Benzi, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra will offer a climactic end to the festival.


For more information contact:
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500
+66 (0) 2250 5500