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Voilah! 2019: Creating accessible experiences for new audiences

Voilah! will introduce many programmes that makes these France-Singapore exchanges more accessible to audiences new to French culture.

One way is through the universal language of good food. Festival-goers are in for a treat with popular food workshops as well as menus and tastings designed by partner restaurants for the festival. They can learn from culinary experts and even famous personalities such Jean-Yves Bordier, the last artisan who still makes butter by hand, to get a literal taste of the flavours of French cuisine in Singapore. French Sommelier Stéphanie Rigourd and Singaporean Master of Wine Tan Ying Hsien will also reveal the secrets of champagne during a “Wine Apprentice” class. 

The festival will also see collaborations with educational institutions to inspire younger generations of thinkers and leaders. The National University of Singapore will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the French Double Degree Programme - the longest running academic collaboration between France and Singapore. It hosts two lectures by distinguished scientists  renowned French microbiologist Professor Philippe Sansonetti from the Collège de France and the Institut Pasteur, as well as Jonathan Weitzman, the founding Director of the Centre for Epigenetics and Cell Fate. Several masterclasses will also be held, for example by renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, and by carribean jazz group GMX Trio at LASALLE College of the Arts. 

Not to be missed out, audiences in the heartlands can also look forward to catching some programmes within their neighbourhoods. This includes performances in community hubs – Une petite nuit au lit by Cie Cahin-Caha as part of Arts in your Neighborhood – that will pleasantly surprise viewers with their artistry, public screenings of popular French films that will tug on their heartstrings thanks to a partnership with People’s Association and The Birds’ Promenade in Singapore Botanic Gardens by the baroque ensemble Artifices and a local ornithologist who will bring the nature-lovers on a walk in search of a variety of birds and their symbolic dimension.

More details on the full festival line up can be found in the annex. 

Voilah! is supported by a close to 100 institutions, including the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, the Singapore Tourism Board, the Land Transport Authority and the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore to transform the festival into an important fixture of Singapore’s events calendar, reaching audiences beyond Singapore to the rest of the region. 

Voilah! is supported by a close to 100 institutions, including the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, the Singapore Tourism Board, the Land Transport Authority and the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore to transform the festival into an important fixture of Singapore’s events calendar, reaching audiences beyond Singapore to the rest of the region.

For more information on the festival, please visit www.voilah.sg.

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