We Singaporeans do love all things French, from the fashion, the food, the drinks and the culture. For those who have not gotten the chance to visit France or is planning to, get ready for a month filled with all things French this coming month.
The Voilah! France Singapore Festival is back and the festival presents the best of France-Singapore collaborations in the realms of culture, education, science, lifestyle, tourism and sports through diverse and engaging events all across the island. A meeting point between French and Singaporean communities, Voilah! is a celebration of the deep and long-standing relationships between France and Singaporean partners.
Held from 3 October to 17 November, Voilah! 2019 is presented by the Embassy of France in Singapore and supported by close to 100 Singaporean and French institutions. For more information, visit www.voilah.sg.
Below we have picked 10 of our must-go picks during the festival. Check out their website for a full list of happenings as you eat, breathe and live like a French.
Immerse yourself in street art and gastronomy at SO/Sofitel Singapore. Witness a spectacular display of artworks by French artist Jisbar Planche. Opening Night – Enjoy an evening of French arts, food and wine on 4 October, 6pm to 9pm! Guests will delight in canapés, champagne and a collection 8 artworks by Jisbar Planche at the welcome reception. This will be followed by a specially curated 3-course menu paired with premium French wines from Xperience Restaurant. SO/Sofitel is offering a complimentary artisan cheese selection and a dozen Fine De Claire oysters for every Taittinger Champagne bottle purchased during Voilah.
Venue: SO/Sofitel Singapore
Dates: 4 October 2019 to 17 November 2019 | Artwork display open 24 hours, Xperience Restaurant last order at 9.30pm daily, 1927 Rooftop Bar opens 5pm to 2am weekdays, 2pm to 2am weekends.
Admission: Free admission for exhibition
Opening night ticket: $108++
Ticketing Information: http://www.sofitel-so-singapore.com
Celebrating its 40th anniversary of supporting French Design, Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement, presents NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE. The exhibition has already travelled to many different countries, joining major international design events, sharing the very best of French Design. Curated by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, the forty pieces exhibited have been carefully selected to represent the last ten years of French design production, and showcase works by Philippe Starck, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec, matali crasset, Mathieu Lehanneur, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Christian Liaigre and Jean Nouvel, in a poetic scenography.
Venue: National Design Centre
Dates: 12 October to 16 November | 9am to 9pm
Since its foundation in 1811, Maison Perrier-Jouët is one of France’s most historic and distinctive champagne houses, renowned for its elegant floral champagnes which reveal the true essence of the Chardonnay grape. This quest for perfection guarantees Perrier-Jouët its rightful place at the most prestigious tables, like the royal courts of Napoleon III or Queen Victoria. Join us to discover the world of Perrier-Jouët through a tasting of its finest vintages. Finger food will be provided. Limited to 15 seats.
Venue: Pernod Ricard Bar
Date: 17 October 2019 | 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Ticketing Information: Purchase details on voilah.sg
Jean-Yves Bordier, the last artisan butter-maker still kneading its churned butter by hand, will be in ATOUT for a special workshop and dinner. Come and join Jean-Yves who will be sharing his knowledge about butter and the stories that led his artisanal products to be famous all around the world. The workshop will include a demonstration of “tapage” and a degustation. It will be followed by a special dinner prepared by the ATOUT team.
Date: 15 October 2019 | Workshop 6.30pm to 8pm, Dinner 8pm
Admission: Workshop – $38++,Workshop + Dinner – $98++
Ticketing Information: Contact Atout for reservation enquiries
Reveal your artistic soul with us! Unleash the power of your creativity and discover with our experts all the secrets of perfume design for a unique sensorial experience! Our ultimate goal is to transform you into a true scent designer! By the end, you will have created your very own signature perfume! Champagne and canapés treatment included.
Venue: Maison 21G
Date: 5 November 2019 | 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Ticketing Information: http://www.sochic.sg/experiences
Join us at our charming French corner of many delights! From brand discoveries, fun workshops, delicious tastings to lucky draw games, you will certainly fall in love with the French experience! Founded in 2002, Boutique Fairs is a twice-weekly shopping extravaganza that brings together a curated mix of independent vendors across women’s fashion, menswear, jewellery, bags and accessories, gifts, home décor, along with children’s clothes, accessories and toys. With more than 400 vendors, you will definitely find something for yourself or a loved on!
Venue: The F1 Pit Building
Dates: 15 November 2019 | 9am to 8pm, 16 November 2019 | 10am to 8pm,
17 November 2019 | 10am to 6pm
The Singapore French Film Festival will be back from 4 to 17 November. Organised by the Embassy of France, in collaboration with local and distributors and partners, its 35th edition will feature an exciting lineup comprising of 25+ recently released movies for everyone including comedies, romance and dramas. This year, be ready for a special treat with the newly added Sexy Section which will showcase a selection of both contemporary and classic movies! Luc Besson fans will be able to catch some of his
timeless cult classic films (Nikita, Leon, The Fifth Element) at The Projector where a selection of contemporary films by French director Mia Hansen-Løve will also be screened. And finally, for the first time, screenings of French animated movies.
Venue: Various Locations
Dates: 4 to 17 November 2019
Wine and dine your way around the most prestigious wine provinces in France. Culinary designer Simone Fraternali has curated an indulgent 5-course degustation paired with a range of five carefully selected premium wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Northern Rhône and Bordeaux. Gain insights from Asia Wine Cellar’s wine specialist who has handpicked these French gems to showcase during Voilah! France Singapore Festival 2019. Commence the journey with two canapés paired with a glass of André Jacquart Vertus Champagne, followed by two starters and a Domaine Francois Gaunoux Meursault from Burgundy. Indulge in two main courses delicately selected to match an exquisite Jean-Michel Stephan from Côte Rotie and a Château Haut-Bage Liberal from Pauillac, Bordeaux. Conclude the evening with a Bleu de Geux cheese and a glass of Domaine Francois Gaunoux Vieux Marc de Bourgogne.
Venue: Xperience Restaurant, SO/Sofitel Singapore
Date: 17 October 2019 | 7pm
Ticketing Information: Purchase details on www.sofitel-so-singapore.com
The dark poetry of Schumann’s Manfred Overture, the impassioned Schumann Cello Concerto and the fiery heart of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. The internationally celebrated master conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy returns in an unmissable pairing with the illustrious French cellist Gautier Capuçon and Singapore Symphony Orchestra for the first time
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Date: 3 October 2019 | 7.30pm
Admission: $25, $38, $58, $78, $98
Ticketing information: http://www.sso.org.sg
Learn from our Chocolatier Master, Marie, the delicious secrets of chocolate and discover how to make delectable chocolate treats… and an unforgettable cup of hot chocolate. Our Etiquette expert, Catherine, will reveal interesting facts about France’s history of chocolate, and teach you the rules and Etiquette for drinking and serving Queen Marie Antoinette’s favourite drink. Do join us for a délicieux So Chic moment!
Venue: Café for all
Date: 10 October 2019 | 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Ticketing Information: http://www.sochic.sg/experiences/