As our Francophonie Festival draws to a close, here’s a look back at some of the biggest events, gatherings and other top stories that took place at the Alliance!
This festival was meant to celebrate the diversity of Francophonie and we were delighted to team up with the embassies of Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and France, along with the Lycée Français de Singapour and volunteers from Tunisia, Vietnam, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal to bring you the best of each culture!
More than 2000 of you gathered during our two week celebration. THANK YOU for your amazing response and support! YOU made this festival an extra special one.
We kick started the festivities with a special screening of “Les Pépites” and the Grand Opening of our “Les Triplés” exhibition. As expected, it was a hit! It was quickly followed by a string of must-see premiere movies including an hilarious Canadian comedy, a Senegalese documentary, and, at your request, an encore screening of “Les Pépites”.
We were not short in the guest department with no less than two film directors (Xavier de Lauzanne and Davy Chou), one world class journalist (Christine Ockrent) and one French band. Famous comic book writer Nicole Lambert took part in several classroom activities at the Alliance and the Lycée Français de Singapour. Many of you fell under the spell of her Triplets and their charming maman, as 110 printed copies of Lambert’s comics got sold out in a week! If you couldn’t get yours, don’t panic, her work will still be displayed in our Galery until April 1st.
To close out, the celebrations would not have been such a success without or long-awaited Francophony Day! On March 18th, the Alliance turned into a giant playground, complete with booths from 7 participating countries, live music, a quiz, a price giving ceremony, and tons of delicious food (anyone else queued for the Swiss raclette?). French band ‘O’ capped that day of activities with an amazing performance, ethereal synth and explosive drums making up for the perfect closing show.
This festival was over in the blink of an eye. I guarantee you, no one was ready to pack it in and head home at the end of the Francophonie festivities. Your ever growing interest in the French language and the Francophone cultures was a great inspiration this year as well. We will be expecting you in 2018 for more fun packed adventures!
Et joyeuse Fête de la Francophonie bien sûr !
Important notice: Our carpark system is improving! You no longer need to register with us to enter the carpark; simply use your cash card. You will benefit from a 5-minute grace period if the car park is full.
Please also take note of our new pricing starting on 15th of May 2018: first 2 hours at $2.50 per hour and subsequent 30 minutes or part thereof at $1.25 for cars and first 2 hours at $1.50 per hour and subsequent 30 minutes or part thereof at $0.75 for motorcycles. Payment will only be made using the cash card. Cash payment will not be accepted.
Café de France has permanently ceased its activity. Three new vending machines have been installed on the staircase landings: hot drinks (2nd floor) and cold drinks/snacks (3rd floor). A new café will open in a few months.