The French May Arts Festival is back in May with an exciting range of programs under the theme “Art Unboxed”.
In its 30th edition, the festival seeks to think outside the box with performances, exhibitions, talks and workshops that push the boundaries of art and culture in Hong Kong.
Created in 1993 to promote French arts in Hong Kong, the festival has become one of the biggest cultural events in Asia.
With a focus on the accessibility of art, there is something for everyone.
Check out our top picks and see if any of them tickle your fancy.
1. Cities of light: a love story between France and Hong Kong
Featuring famous Hong Kong composer Leon Ko, pop diva Gin Lee and jazz singer Talie Monin, the two-night concert takes audiences on an extraordinary musical journey through Hong Kong and French pop music.
Dates: June 24 and 25
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Center
Price: HK$580, HK$680, HK$780 and HK$880 (tickets are available at URBTIX from May 19)
2. Carte Blanche to Christian Rizzo
Organized remotely by renowned French choreographer Christian Rizzo, the week-long event will include an installation, dance film screenings, a pop-up dance performance by local dance artists, a creative dance workshop for families and an online conference.
Date: May 31 to June 5
Location: Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District
Price: Free admission
For more information, visit https://www.westkowloon.hk/en/carte-blanche-to-christian-rizzo.
3. PET-FREE THEATER
Eight seemingly independent sketches are put together to form a vivid collage illustrating the daily life of ordinary French people in this play, where the characters lead ordinary but absurd lives. PET-FREE THEATER was created in France in 2001 and won three Molière awards.
Date: June 17 to 19
Schedule 3 p.m. (June 18 and 19) and 8 p.m. (June 17 to 19)
Venue: Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Center
Price: HK$230 (dealer) and HK$280 (standard). Tickets are available at URBTIX from April 21.
4. Notre Dame – How to rebuild a masterpiece of Gothic architecture in the 21st century?
As part of the French Rendezvous @ Tai Kwun series, this heritage conference focuses on the reconstruction of the famous Notre-Dame cathedral, badly damaged in 2019 after a fire. The speakers Pascal Asselin, President of the National Union of Construction Economists, and Jonathan Truillet, Chief Heritage Curator and Deputy Director of the Public Establishment of Notre-Dame, will discuss how an emblematic monument can be reconstructed today. of French heritage and to reclaim heritage without distorting it.
Date: May 3
Time: 7 p.m.
5. Adrift in time — Photo by Chun Wai
Adrift in time — Photo by Chun Wai is an exhibition of photographs taken by the artist in France in the 1990s. Born in Hong Kong and trained at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Mulhouse, Chun Wai travels across Europe in search of the beginning of time, including that everything he photographs has a finite beginning and end.
Date: May 20 to September 25
Venue: University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong
For more information, visit https://umag.hku.hk/exhibition/adrift-in-time-photography-by-chun-wai.
For more information on the other programs of the French May Arts Festival, go to https://www.frenchmay.com.