This month’s line up of La Fête events offers everything from circus to cinema
Francophiles, and culture vultures in general, have plenty to look forward to this month as the ongoing La Fête French cultural expo shifts into high gear with a series of interesting scheduled exhibits, performances, and film screenings. Many, but not all, of the events will be taking place at the headquarters of the Alliance Française Bangkok, located at 179 Wireless Rd, including a free photo exhibit entitled ‘Sport & Tradition’ which begins on May 10th (see pg. 74).
The May series itself kicks off on Saturday the 5th at the Alliance Française building with a special concert by Berywam, a beat-box styled a capella vocal quartet that promise to amaze audiences with their polyphonic sounds (see pg. 11). Later in the month, on the 19th, the AF Bangkok will host a screening of the 2017 film 120 Beats Per Minute, directed by Robin Campillo. The film is a passionately acted ensemble movie centred around the group Act Up, an activist organization that brought public awareness to the AIDS epidemic in France—and worldwide—during the late 80s and early 90s. The 6pm screening will be preceded by a panel discussion at 4pm, featuring people who were involved in the creation of Act Up. The evening will then conclude with an 8:30pm after party.
Other AF-hosted events include a staging of Moliere’s famous play The Misanthrope, as performed by the Comédie-Française theatre troupe from France. The play is at 4pm and tickets are B200 (B100 for AF members and students). In addition, during the entire month of May the Alliance Française will host a photo and film exhibit entitled 1968: A Student Revolt, which looks back on the simultaneous youth uprisings in France, Thailand, and in many other parts of the world.
Running alongside the Alliance Française’s schedule there are several La Fête events being staged in other parts of the city. From May 18th to 20th the Flaque Cie Defracto circus troupe will be performing in Studio 4 of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) as part of the Bangkok International Children Theatre Festival (BICT) which runs from May 15th to 27th. Tickets for Flaque are B650 for adults, B250 for children, and the performances are at 2pm (11am on the 19th). Another family-friendly BICT Fest/La Fête event is Sarabande, an art piece for cellist and juggler that will take place at the Sodsai Panthumkolmol Theatre Studio (254 Phaya Thai Rd) from the 25th to the 27th. Tickets are B650 for adults, B250 for children, and the performances are at 7pm (2pm on the 27th).
For more information about La Fête, visit the official website at: www.french-highlights.com.
By Bruce Scott