From February 2 to March 29, the Embassy of France in Thailand is organizing LA FÊTE for the eighth time in nine years. Over a period of nine weeks, more than 20 cultural and artistic events will be presented, mostly French, but Thai as well, covering most fields of creativity.
Bangkok remains central in LA FÊTE, but six other Thai cities will also host parts of its very rich programme: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Khon Kaen, and Phuket.
LA FÊTE is well-known for its inventive programming and its many free events. It has become an eagerly anticipated cultural appointment every year, and is now very popular in Thailand. In 2011, over 300,000 people attended at least one event or more; the 2012 edition promises to be just as full of discoveries and emotions!
This year, LA FÊTE will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Alliance française de Bangkok, founded in 1912, co-organizer of the Festival.
The 2012 edition will alternatively present classical, contemporary, and avant-garde events that commemorate the past, as well as celebrate the future of the Franco-Thai institution. The programme features new circus, classical music, rock concerts, DJ, modern dance, hip-hop, visual theatre, photography, cinema, fashion. There will be something for everyone.
LA FÊTE opened on February 2 with a symphonic orchestra and choir concert on the stage of Thailand’s National Theatre and will celebrate Alliance française de Bangkok. The prestigious Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, associated for the first time to a choir of 100 students from universities all over Thailand, will present a selection from the French repertoire, from the 19th century until today, conducted by French conductor Jean-Paul Penin.
On February 11, on the banks of the Chao Phraya, a gala reception in the presence of her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri, Sirindhorn will be held in the gardens of the residency of the French Ambassador to Thailand to pay tribute to Alliance française de Bangkok: fine dining will be accompanied by a fashion show, a new circus performance, dance, and fireworks.
Lounge music lovers can experience LA FÊTE’s first electro-music aperitif in the gardens of Issaya Siamese Club with the DJ from the trendy Parisian boutique Colette (February 18).
Three very visual shows should fully satisfy lovers of creativity and innovation: “Ieto” at Chulalongkorn Sodsai Centre (February 9-10); “Stéréoptik” at the brand new Sofitel SO Bangkok (February 22-23); and “Cinematique” at Sodsai Chula (March 2-3).
For dance lovers, the last representations by the most famous Franco-Thai duet, Pichet Klunchun and Jérome Bel, are a must (February 20-21 at Sodsai Chula and February 25 at Vic Hua Hin), as is “La danse, une histoire à ma façon” by Dominique Boivin, one of French contemporary dance’s biggest success, at Patravadi Theatre (March 9-10).
Film buffs should also be happy with the French Film Festival at SF World Cinema at CentralWorld (March 9-18).
Thanks to “early-birds” and other different rates, all these paying events should be accessible to a large public.
LA FÊTE also presents many free events.
Thai artist Pakitsilp Varamissara will present 2 different exhibitions: a “retrospective” at the National Gallery (February 3-29) and new “works in-situ” at the Pullman Bangkok King Power (February 24 - March 31); photographer Philippe Ramette will present a topsy-turvy exhibition at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (February 16 - April 29) and Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook will show her stunning works at the Museum Siam (March 15 - April 29).
The Fête de la Francophonie at Alliance française de Bangkok (February 4) is also open to everyone, as is Valentine’s Day Moonlight Picnic: the projection of the recently restored film “Voyage dans la Lune”, by Georges Méliès, scored by the group Air, will launch the evening at Museum Siam (February 14).
As far as the stage is concerned, a wide invitation is made to all to attend the “Hip-Hop Battle” at Patravadi Theatre (February 12), to see the extraordinary choreography “Transports Exceptionnels”, a duet with a dancer and an excavator at Lumpini Park (March 11), and to be at the unbelievable Fête de la Musique presenting IAM, Thaitanium, and many other Thai groups in the park of Museum Siam (February 25).
Last, but not least, LA FÊTE 2012 will end on March 29 with a free outdoor exhibition, “Portraits de Mode”, devoted to Fashion, in front of ZEN Department Store. Like the three previous exhibitions, “La Terre vue du Ciel”, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, “Planet Ocean”, by Laurent Ballesta, and “Portraits d’Asie”, by Eric Lafforgue, it will last 3 months and will present about 60 original portraits of Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint-Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, etc. signed by the famous French photographer, Jean-Marie Périer. The opening ceremony, to which all are invited, will be held on March 29 at 6.pm in the presence of the artist on the esplanade of ZEN Department Store.
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