Francophones of Singapore, this one is for you! This March, come celebrate the French language in all its diversity with a mix & match of fun events and gatherings. Award-winning and Cannes-nominated movies, iconic comics, pop-folk music and topical conferences… You name it!
This year again, the AF will team up with the embassies of France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland to bring you the best of Francophone culture: promising talents as well as established artists will contribute further to the unique and vibrant local cultural scene.
With no less than 3 concerts, 7 premiere movies, one exhibition and one conference there is definitely something for everyone during the Francophonie Festival.

And for all of you studying French, there is a special day designed for you on Saturday 18 March!

Francophonie Day 

Date: Saturday, 18 March 2017

Venue: Alliance Française Lobby

3pm — 6pm: The Francophone world of Singapore will gather on 18 March at the Alliance Française to celebrate the Day of La Francophonie. Once again, the Alliance will welcome the booths from the participating Francophone countries, featuring games and food. Our Médiathèque will be in the spotlight, driving the treasure hunt game of “Dis-moi dix mots” throughout the afternoon (3pm — 6pm).

3pm — 5 pm: The AF will hold a special quiz for students in its Theatre.

3.30pm — 4.15pm (Fr) & 4.30pm — 5.15pm (Eng): A guided tour of Les Triplés exhibition will take place in La Galerie.

6pm — 6.40pm: We will hold the Prize Giving Ceremony of the Tan Sri Runme Shaw Challenge Cup (a traditional rendezvous for Alliance Française’s best Singaporean students), The LabCitoyen and the 26th French Alumni French Language Award.

7pm onwards: We’ll bring the celebration to a close with the concert of French band ‘O’ in our theater to add to the ambiance! See more details in the concert tab.

In collaboration with French Teachers of Singapore, the embassies of Belgium, Switzerland and France and the High Commission of Canada, and thanks to the dedication of individuals from different Francophone communities, the event brings together the most festive elements of the Francophone culture. A unique opportunity to see how rich and varied the members of La Francophonie are!

Download the full program: here

Francophonie is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for cinephiles who will feast on our handpicked selection of Francophone movies (France, Canada, Belgium, Senegal…), all of them Singapore premieres.
We are delighted to invite you to the premiere of Xavier de Lauzanne’s Les Pépites (Little Gems) as the Francophonie Festival 2017 Opening Night, followed by a Q & A with the movie director. And don’t miss our screening of Diamond Island in the presence of filmmaker Davy Chou! Full programme below

Ticketing Information | Screeening at Alliance française Theatre, Level I

Regular screenings
S$11.00 (AF members) and S$9.00 (non-members)

Opening night: Cocktail reception + Les Pépites screening
Tickets : S$16.00 (AF members) and S$19.00 (non-members)

All tickets available through  AF Extranet

Francophonie Opening Night
Singapore Premiere in the presence of film director Xavier de Lauzanne


(Little Gems)
Rating: PG 
In French and Khmer with English subtitles
France, 2016, 88mins
Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017 – 6.30pm Cocktail  | 7.30pm Screening 
Director: Xavier de Lauzanne
Cast: Christian des Pallières, Marie-France des Pallières, Bertrand des Pallières
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: Two worlds colliding for the best: the one of the children of Phnom Penh, scavenging the dump-site to survive, and the one of a recently retired French couple discovering Cambodia. This is the extraordinary human story of Christian and Marie-France and how they changed the lives of more than 10,000 kids over 20 years.

Special Screening: Opening night of the Festival at Alliance Française: Following the screening, Xavier de Lauzanne, director of the movie, will take part in a Q&A. All the persons who attend the movie are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition ”33 ans avec les Triplés” at 5.30pm followed by a cocktail reception at 6.30pm at La Galerie.




Les Pépites will return for and Encore Screening on March 19!

Date: Sunday, 19 March 2017  – 7 pm

Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon, a.k.a. Bénito discovered the horror of the Cambodian civil war when he visited a refugee camp on the country’s border with Thailand and experiences a profound emotional shock. He decides to put his promising career as a financial controller on hold and spend a year setting up a welfare center for abandoned children.

Since then, he has devoted most of his life to these children through the foundation he established in 1991—Krousar Thmey—or “new family.” A talented manager, Bénito set up a well-run organization, a constellation of small enters or schools, fully integrated into their Cambodian environment.  From 2000 onwards, he gradually turned its operation over to Cambodians. As of 2017, a staff of 270 is supporting some 2,500 children in welfare centers for street children, family shelters, and schools for blind or deaf children. In this context, Khmer Braille and Khmer Sign Language were developed, for the first time allowing children with these disabilities to get an education.

After the projection of the Pepites, a film about the couple Des Pallières for whom Benito has a real admiration, he will answer your questions and share his reflections on this humanitarian world.


LADIES’ TURN (Premiere)

Rating: PG
In French and Wolof with English subtitles
France / Senegal/ 2012, 70mins
Date: Monday, 13 March 2017  – 8 pm
Director: Hélène Harder
Cast: Jennifer Browning, Seyni N’Dir Seck, Gaëlle Yomi
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: The challenge for Ladies’ Turn, a Senegalese association, is to organize a soccer tournament for… girl soccer teams! Seyni, one of the pioneers of women’s football in Senegal has taken the risk and seeks to overcome prejudices on soccer fields. Through competition and the several characters’ personal lives, get to know the many facets of the modern Senegalese society as well as the daily struggles for women in this country.

 In partnership with

MOKA (Premiere)

Rating: M18 - Sexual scene
In French with English subtitles
Swtizerland, France, 2016, 89mins
Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 – 8 pm
Director: Frédéric Mermoud
Cast: Emmanuelle Devos,
Nathalie Baye, Diane Rouxel
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Diane Kramer is led by one obsession: to find the driver of the mocha coloured Mercedes which hit her son and devastated her life. With a few belongings, some money and a gun, she goes to Evian, in France, where she tries to find the driver and infiltrates her life. But sometimes, the path of revenge is more tortuous than it seems… Diane will have to face another woman, friendly but mysterious.

 In association with


Rating: PG13 – Some coarse language
In French and Creole with English subtitles
Canada, 2015, 108mins
Date: Wenesday, 15 March 2017  – 8 pm
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Cast: Patrick Huard, Irdens Exantus, Suzanne Clément
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Guibord, an independent Member of Parliament, represents Prescott-Makadewà-Rapides-aux Outardes, a vast county in Northern Quebec. As the entire country watches, he unwillingly finds himself in the awkward position of holding the decisive vote to determine whether Canada will go to war. Accompanied by his wife, his daughter and an idealistic intern from Haiti named Sovereign, Guibord travels across his district in order to consult his constituents.

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Rating: PG13 – Some coarse language
In French with English subtitles
Belgium, France 2016, 100mins
Date: Thrusday, 16 March 2017  – 7pm Cocktail Reception | 8pm Screening
Director: Joachim Lafosse
Cast: Bérénice Béjo, Cédric Kahn, Marthe Keller
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: After 15 years of common life, Marie and Boris decide to split up. She is the one who bought the apartment in which the couple live in with their twin daughters whilst he is the one who has completely renovated it. They are obliged to live together and share this flat, as Boris cannot afford a place of his own. When it comes to settling accounts, none of them wants to give an inch on what they brought to this apartment and their relationship, and they constantly reach a stalemate.

Before the screening, come and enjoy a special cocktail in our gallery. 

In association with

Kingdom of Belgium


Rating: PG13 – Scene of intimacy
In French and Russian with English subtitles
France, 2016, 108mins
Date: Friday, 17 March 2017  – 8 pm
Directors: Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj
Cast: Anastasia Shevtsova, Niels Schneider, Juliette Binoche
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Russia, in the 90’s. Since she was a little girl, Polina, a very promising ballerina, is trained by Professor Bojinski, a rigourous and demanding ballet teacher. When she is about to enter the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet, she attends a contemporary dance performance which will have a profound impact on her. This is an artistic shock which will question all of her conceptions. Consequently, Polina decides to quit everything in Russia to join a new dance group in Aix-en-Provence and find her true self..

Preceded by a screening of ”Les Triplés”  

EN SORTANT DE L’ECOLE (Ciné-Kids Premiere)

Rating: PG
In French with English subtitles
France, 2013, 39mins
Date: Sunday, 19 March 2017  – Snack at 4pm | Screening at 4.30pm
Directors: Miscellaneous
Genre: Animation
Synopsis: These series of 13 short movies of 3 minutes each, pay homage to one of the most beautiful poems by Jacques Prévert, famous French poet from the 20th, titled “En sortant de l’école”. Directed by young promising animation artists, discover the surreal and poetical world of these schoolchildren, going out of school and discovering the universe.

The screening come with a complimentary snack.

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Rating: M18 – Some nudity.
In French and Arabic with English subtitles
Tunisia, France, Belgium, UAE, 2015, 102mins
Date: Tuesday, 7th March 2017 – 8pm
Director: Leyla Bouzid
Cast: Baya Medhaffer, Ghalia Benali, Montassar Ayari
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Tunis, Summer 2010, a few months before the Arab Spring. Farah, 18 years old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future GP. But she does not feel the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, enjoys drinking alcohol, experiencing love, against her mother’s will, Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well.

Free admission (AF members) and S$9.00 (non-members)

In association with

Singapore Premiere in the presence of film director Davy Chou


Rating: PG13 – Some coarse language
In Khmer with English subtitles
France, Cambodia, Germany, Qatar, Thailand, 101mins
Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017  –  8pm
Director: Davy Chou
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Diamond Island is an island located on Phnom Penh’s riverbanks, which has been transformed by land developers to modernize the city and create an ultramodern heaven for rich people. Bora, 18, leaves rural Cambodia to become a construction worker on this vast undertaking. On this island, he will make some friends and even reunite with his missing older brother, Solei, who will introduce Bora to an exciting new world, full of colours and illusions.

Special screening: The movie will be introduced by director Davy Chou and lead actor, Sobon Nuon, and followed by a Q&A.

S$7.00 (AF members) and S$9.00 (non-members)



Rating: TBA
In French with English subtitles
Canada, France, 2015, 97mins
Date: Tuesday, 28 March 2017 – 8pm
Director: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Adapted from a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, the story follows Louis, a playwright, who comes back to his native village after twelve years of absence, to tell his family that he is dying. Unfortunately, this family reunion will not go as planned. Between quarrels, not-said things and regrets, this movie scrutinizes the family nucleus and its challenges, behind closed doors..

S$7.00 (AF members) and S$9.00 (non-members)




Date: Tuesday, 07 March 2017 – 8pm
Venue: Scape The Ground Theatre, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978

Touted as the “future of French rock”, La Femme is one of the most captivating frontrunners from the French musical landscape.
Inspired by a love of retro sounds through The Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk, La Femme has emerged with a genre of its own where surf-rock meets 80s new wave and 60s pop. The band regularly takes over the charts and makes headlines of the likes of NME.
In 2014, La Femme won a Victoires de la Musique. Two years later the band was invited by legendary rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers as their supporting act.
La Femme will come to defend their second opus “Mystère” at Scape The Ground Theatre.

Start from S$55.00
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Date: Saturday, 18 March 2017 – 7pm to 8pm
Venue: Alliance française Theatre, Level I

Alliance Française is delighted to continue the francophonie festivities by welcoming O, French band on stage.
After a few years as a bandmate in the best French pop bands of the last decade (Syd Matters, Chiros, Mina Tindle), Olivier Marguerit started a new solo project called O in 2015. Playing pop melodies and folk feeling, he is helped on stage by two fantastic musicians to reach the energy and the emotion that the songs need.

Free Admission

Special concert: come meet the band in the Alliance Lobby after the show!

Register here.
Limited seats available: first come first
serve basis.

With the support of


Dates: 23-24 March – 8pm
Alliance Française Theatre
24 March: Cocktail Reception at 9.30PM.

Axelle Red has been flowing her red hair and no less ardent personality on the world’s stages for twenty years. Her many top-of-the-charts singles, such as Sensualité, Ma prière, Rester femme and her duo with Renaud, Manhattan-Kaboul, all left a mark in people’s heart.

Axelle Red and her musicians come to Asia eager to share vibes of immoderate love for music and life. Her « Acoustic Asian tour » presents songs from the Acoustic album. Axelle Red’s « Maked » hits are stripped to their essence, leaving her songwriter’s skills to shine. While she beautifully surprises her fanbase and entices many more to discover her repertory, the singer’s warm and slightly rough voice undoubtedly remains her core seductive power.

All the persons attending the concert are cordially invited to the cocktail reception after the show.

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Kingdom of Belgium



Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2017 – 8pm
Venue: Alliance française Theatre, Level I

Christine Ockrent is a famous Belgian journalist whose career has principally centered on French television. Challenged by a twofold transformation – the changes in the pattern of information consumption by the public on the one hand and the reconsideration of the business model of the media on the other hand – how can the profession of journalist adapt itself ?

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In partnership with Lycée français de Singapour


Dates: 07 March – 01 April 2017
Venue: Alliance Française – La Galerie, Level II


Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 8.00pm
Saturday: 10am – 5.00pm

“Les Triplés” are the most cherished children of the French comic books world. They were created by Nicole Lambert, an illustrator and keen observer of children.

Since 1984, they have been published every week in the French magazine Madame Figaro. They have been the subject matter of more than 30 comic strip albums, sold over one and a half million copies and have also been adapted as an animated series for TV.

The exhibition 33 Years with ‘’Les Triplés’’ celebrates the comic and its creator: vivid colours, beautiful outfits, mild humor and a very Parisian je ne sais quoi are the main ingredients of the Triplets’ endearing and witty story. 

Free Admission

Gallery supported by




We are pleased to welcome Nicole Lambert to our Francophonie Festival. Well-known comics writer, famous for her series “Les triplés”, she will take part in different activities during the festival such as exhibiting her work in La Galerie, having a meet-the-author session, conducting a storytelling session for children and screening her short animation movies.

Full program:

11 March: 5.30pm: Opening of the exhibition «Les Triplés» & Meet-the-author session at La Galerie
11-17 March: Activities in Alliance Française and Lycée Français classes
18 March: 10.30am: Storytelling at Alliance Française médiathèque | 3.30pm (Fr) & 4.30pm (Eng): guided tour of the exhibition at La Galerie
19 March: 4pm: book signing and screening of four cartoon episodes of «Les Triplés» at Alliance Française Theatre



Dates: 17 March — 30 April – Free entrance
Opening night: Thursday, 16 March at 7:30 pm
Venue: Intersections, 34 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198892


This exhibition discloses the intimate stories of two artists, a painter and a ceramist, through their singular creations. Their artworks speak of those landscapes that they were forced to leave, of those they have discovered and those that are being built. Their particular use of fire, as an element of creation, reflects both scars and the artists’ positive extents.
Hanibal Srouji burns his paintings with a blowtorch, leaving the traces of burning and holes marking the canvass. Tania Nasr invites us to discover her personal landscapes through works relating to stories of migrations, mixed soils and lands of various colors.

Presented by Intersection


With the support of:ifs-ambassade





Dates: 2 March — 23 April – Free entrance
Opening night: 2 March at 6:00 pm
Venue: 64 Spottiswoode Park Road, Singapore 088652. Open daily from 10.30am to 7.00pm


Peaks Speak, a major solo exhibition comprising 40 recent artworks by artist Laure Hatchuel-Becker is showing at Art Porters ​from March 2 to April 23​, 2017. ​The works all display Laure’s extraordinary technique of colourful oil peaks of colour on canvas, inspired by Australian aboriginal art.

Peaks Speak Laure Hatchuel-Becker has created a new language – one of sophisticated elegance, precise beauty, crafted mountains of rich oil colours, mesmerizing and precise landscapes of thousands of sculptures. Each of these myriads of sculptures is a miniature geological formation, perfectly pointed and shining under the gallery light. The viewer is drawn to a close inspection of each peak, better seen from the side of the painting. One would want to be a fly on the wall and yet move further away and take the breathtaking beauty particularly of the animal compositions, with their subtle and respectful references to many masters of art history. In front of the artworks, one wants to engage in a tribal dance, intense and strictly choreographed. Navigating from close up in a magical helicopter above the peaks, then moving further away one can fully admire Laure Hatchuel-Becker’s carefully controlled craft and meditative prowess.


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Dates: 1-31 March

Venue: Alliance Française, La Médiathèque


In March, the Francophonie celebrations are back!

This year, join the library team to celebrate the French language and take part in our free “Dis-moi dix mots” competition.

The 2016-2017 edition is entitled “Dis-moi dix mots sur la Toile” and invites participants to discover French as a constantly-evolving language that knows how to adapt to the digital world which is shaping our daily lives. The words shortlisted for this year’s edition are: avatar, canular, émoticône, favori, fureteur, héberger, nomade, nuage, pirate and télésnober.

From 1-31 March, all French students from beginner to advanced levels, can participate to La Médiathèque’s grand competition. The quiz elaborated by the librarians must be completed and submitted to them by 31 March.

Class or individual participation are welcome! The grand prize winner will get a free general course session (24 hours). Winners will be notified personally at the beginning of April.



Francophonie celebration is all around Singapore. Lycée Français de Singapour will be hosting the
Journées Presse et Francophonie 2017 for their students from 20 to 31 March. In the presence of: Davy Chou and Sobon Nuon, Yanick Lahens, Marie-Florence Ehret, Marie Aubinais.
On 22 March, Alliance Française will welcome Christine Ockrent for a conference open to all.





Christine Ockrent, former editor in chief of the weekly news magazine L’Express, and former TV presenter of France 2‘s evening news programme 20 heures, will take part in a conference at the Alliance and conduct several workshops at Le Lycée Français de Singapour.

She will share her experience about the media, the news-making process and what being a journalist means in 2017.

Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2017 – 8pm
Venue: Alliance française Theatre, Level I
Free Admission | Book your seat

Journées Presse et Francophonie
Date: 20-24 March 2017
Venue: Lycée Français de Singapour

In partnership with Lycée Français de Singapour