From May 25 to June 25, Le French Festival 2023 (LeFF 2023) will sweep across the nation. Taking its audiences on a journey through performing arts, visual arts, gastronomy, music, and contemporary French cinema. Presented by L’Oréal Paris and co-organized by the Alliances Françaises in Malaysia, the Embassy of France in Malaysia, and esteemed partners like Golden Screen Cinemas, Martell, and Cartier, LeFF 2023 promises to be a celebration like no other.
A Cultural Voyage Across Malaysia
Le French Festival 2023 will span four vibrant cities, starting with Kuala Lumpur and extending to Penang, Johor Bahru, and concluding with its premiere in Sarawak’s enchanting city of Kuching. This expansive tour aims to bring the magic of French arts and culture closer to Malaysians from all corners of the country. Through a diverse range of events and experiences, LeFF 2023 seeks to forge lasting connections and foster a deeper appreciation for the richness and diversity of both French and Malaysian cultures.
Movies, Music, and More
At the heart of Le French Festival 2023 lies an impressive selection of French movies, curated to captivate audiences of all tastes. With 15 films gracing the screens of Golden Screen Cinemas, movie-goers can look forward to a cinematic journey spanning comedy, thriller, drama, romance, and more. One of the festival’s standout films is an eagerly anticipated adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ literary masterpiece, The Three Musketeers. Having already triumphed in France, the Malaysian release will mark the Asian premiere of this cinematic treasure.
For younger audiences, Le Petit Festival returns as the children’s chapter of the festival, bringing animated movies, storytelling sessions, and concerts to the Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur and the Penang Public Library. This delightful segment ensures that Le French Festival caters to the young and the young at heart, nurturing a love for French arts and culture from an early age.
A Kaleidoscope of Artistic Experiences
Le French Festival 2023 goes beyond the silver screen to offer a wide array of contemporary performances, exhibitions, and a tantalizing culinary journey. From pastry and bakery workshops by renowned chefs at PAUL, to the immersive experience of admiring vibrant artworks at Champignons and Delia Wines with Gallery des Artistes. Attendees will find themselves immersed in a world where art and gastronomy intertwine. Participating restaurants such as Entier, Nathalie Gourmet Studio, and Le Gourmandin invite visitors to elevate their dining experiences with the flavours of France.
For art enthusiasts seeking something extraordinary, French painter and performer Vaultman collaborates with local musicians Mei Lin Hii and John Thomas to create a live painting act accompanied by mesmerizing music at The Godown. This fusion of art forms promises a truly unique and captivating experience.
Dance enthusiasts will be enthralled by “Cercle,” a solo performance by Olé Khamchanla from the KHAM Company. This powerful dance piece explores the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures, provoking thought and evoking emotions through the medium of movement.
A Testimony of Renewal and Collaboration
His Excellency Mr. Axel Cruau, the Ambassador of France to Malaysia, “The 2022 edition was the edition of renewal after COVID, and it was a resounding success. The 2023 edition will do even more to highlight the best of French culture and share it with our friends all over Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, and to a new location: Kuching!” Le French Festival 2023 serves as a testament to the resilience of the arts and the enduring bond between France and Malaysia.
Ms. Violaine Dupic, Director of Alliance Française of Kuala Lumpur, emphasized the festival’s role as a platform for artistic encounters, fostering vibrant collaborations and embracing the richness of French and Malaysian cultures. With each passing year, LeFF continues to evolve, presenting a 360° view of the contemporary artistic scene, offering new forms of expression, and stimulating critical thinking.
Save the Dates!
Le French Festival 2023 promises to be an extraordinary celebration of arts and culture. Mark your calendars and prepare to be captivated by an immersive, month-long experience. Celebrates the universal language of creativity. The festival will take place on the following dates:
Kuala Lumpur: May 25 – June 11
Penang: June 8 – June 18
Johor Bahru: June 14 – June 18
Kuching: June 21
For more information visit Le French Festival 2023.