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LA FETE 2011
Published date : January 18,2011
The calendar is topsy-turvy! The French Cultural Festival LA FETE usually takes place in Bangkok in June; this year, it will be held from 10 February to 10 April, 2011.
With over 300 000 visitors every year, LA FETE has become a very popular “rendez-vous”. Events cover theatre, classical music, modern circus, rock concerts, DJ’s, modern dance, hip-hop, puppet shows, photography exhibitions, cinema, fashion exhibitions, gourmet dining… Whatever your inclination or your purse, there is something for everyone. This year, for the 7th edition of the Festival, the Embassy of France in Thailand and the Alliance Française in Bangkok have extended LA FETE to 7 other cities in the Kingdom: about 30 events spread over a period of two months. LA FETE 2011 promises to be exciting and offer much to discover, but be careful, some events are only presented twice, so don’t miss them!

LA FETE will open on 9th of February with a free outdoor exhibition titled “Portraits of Asia”. This year, in line with previous exhibitions “Earth from above”, by Yann Artus-Bertrand, and “Planet Ocean”, by Laurent Ballesta, the exhibition will showcase our intangible heritage. The beautiful photography of French photographer Eric Lafforgue will highlight the cultural diversity of Asian populations: 88 “Portraits of Asia”, displayed until the 10th of April, should draw over 300 000 visitors; you are invited to the opening event in the presence of the artist on Thursday, 10 February at 6:00 PM on the esplanade of CentralWorld.

Many events of LA FETE are free! Besides “Portraits of Asia”, you can attend different events throughout the Festival: a Valentine’s Day cinema-picnic at the Museum Siam (14 Feb.); the “Fashion3” exhibition at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (18 Feb-10 Apr); the “Tuk Tuk 26” show in various areas of Bangkok (18-19 Feb); an exhibition of photos of Paris at the Alliance française in Bangkok (26 Feb-3 Apr); the “Hip-hop Battle” at Patravadi Theatre (27 Feb); “The Fluorescent People” exhibition at the Museum Siam (4 Mar-3 Apr); a concert on the CentralWorld esplanade with “La Caravane passe” and many Thai groups (19 March).

Yes, the other features of the Festival are paying events, but with our different prices and early bird reservations, events remain affordable. Families can discover Julien Cottereau, previously a clown with “Cirque du Soleil”, invited to Bangkok for 3 exceptional evenings at the Aksra Theatre King Power (10-12 Mar). Modern dance lovers will enjoy the shows given by “Compagnie Révolution” (11-12 Feb), Pierre Rigal (24-25 Feb), as well as “Compagnie A’corps” (2-3 Mar) and Pichet Klunchun (5-6 Mar) at the Patravadi Theatre. Movie-lovers must get their tickets to the French Film Festival at SF World Cinema (18-27 Mar). Fans of contemporary innovation will discover an “ice juggler” (15-16 Feb) and a “theatre of objects” (22-23 Feb) at Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts on the Chulalongkorn University Campus. Thrills for gourmet diners will be on offer at the Pullman Bangkok King Power with “Dinner in the dark” (7-13 Mar). And, last but not least, music lovers can meet at the Thailand Cultural Center for a closing event on 30 March with the French conductor Roberto Benzi, the mezzo-soprano Isabelle Quéguiner and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra’s 60 musicians.

This year, the provinces are not left out! A French Cinema Week will be held early in February in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui. A free chamber music concert will be played at the Evasion Hotel in Phuket on 15th February and a hip-hop show will be held at Vic Hua Hin on 5th March.

Don’t miss anything! Check the details on our website: www.lafete-bangkok.com