Bonjour! Immerse yourself in the very best of French creativity and innovation as the annual Voilah! French Festival Singapore returns this year with a bespoke showcase of more than 40 events around Singapore over seven weeks.

Organised by the Embassy of France and Institut Français Singapour in collaboration with French and Singaporean partners, Voilah! 2017 focuses on the theme of Imagination and Innovation, with a spotlight on the Île-de-France region. From delectable French cuisine and enthralling art performances to thought-provoking exhibitions and film screenings, the festival provides an immersive and accessible festival experience with something for everyone.

Voilah! 2017 Festival Programme Highlights

Once Upon a Time Tomorrow by Chris Morin-Eitner
Date: 8 April – 21 May 2017
Venue: The Colonnade, Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay

Immerse yourself in Once Upon a Time Tomorrow by Chris Morin-Eitner, an idyllic world of photo-paintings comparable to a new-found Garden of Eden.

How will man-made super-structures, a symbol of human dominance over nature, evolve over time? Inspired by Angkor Wat, which is a symbol of how a long lost human civilization has been overtaken by the forces of nature, French photographer Chris Morin-Eitner utilises contemporary iconic buildings and digitally reworks the images with colours, shadows, and textures inspired by his previous travels.

For the first time, the exhibition will also feature five photographs of iconic places in Singapore presented as a world première at the opening of Voilah! French Festival Singapore.

Red Hearts – Street art performance
Date: 8 April 2017
Venue: Gardens by the Bay

Red Hearts French Festival
Photo credit: Philippe Annebicque

Among the Supertree Grove’s sumptuous setting, the Red Hearts (Les Rouges Coeurs) by the company Mademoiselle Paillette will set the pulse of visitors racing. Whether on stilts, in giant bubbles or suspended in the air, join these whimsical characters in their ephemeral, poetic and joyful world.

Open air screening of The Artist
Date: 8 April 2017
Venue: Gardens by the Bay

The Artist, a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film, takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship between an older silent film star – George Valentin, and a rising young actress – Preppy Miller, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by movies with dialogues.

Voilah! Gourmet Picnic
Date: 9 April 2017
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

concert at botanical gardens

The Gourmet Picnic is a not-to-be-missed event at the Voilah! French Festival that allows visitors to experience the best of French culture by gathering gastronomy and performing arts for an enjoyable evening. Savour French delicacies with specially-crafted Gourmet Picnic baskets while enjoying the performances at the Botanic Gardens.

The White Shadows – Street Arts Performance
Date: 9 April 2017
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

The White Shadows French Festival
Photo credit: Marjorie Palandjian

Be allured by the White Shadows (Les Ombres Blanches) as they entertain visitors with soft and fugacious characters on stilts and in giant bubbles. Be enchanted by acrobatic dancers that will carry you into their world of dreams and enchantment.

The White Shadows (and the Red Hearts) are produced by Mademoiselle Paillette, an artistic company that specialises in interactive shows and perform all over the world.

Alliance Française, a key partner of Voilah! 2017 , will be screening action-adventure film Tout en haut du monde (Long Way North) on 23 April, 4.30pm. The film revolves around Sasha, a young Russian aristocrat who goes on an epic journey to find what happened to her grandfather and save her family’s reputation. Children can also look forward to complimentary “goûter” (croissants, pains au chocolat, fruit juices). it’s an inspiring movie not to be missed!


In addition, parents can also bring their children to the 6th French Animation Film Festival, taking place from 19 to 21 May. From films such as Ballerina (Leap!) which inspires our young ones in dreaming big, to My Life as a Courgette which teaches the children resilience and friendship, there’s truly something for every child among the six films to be screened.

Children-Friendly Film Programmes

French Cinema in Singapore: Cine Kids

23 April 2017, Alliance Française Theatre

Cine Kids
Once a month, on a Sunday afternoon, Alliance Française screens an animation film for children. Kids will be offered a free “goûter” (croissants, pains au chocolat, fruit juices) before the screening of Tout en haut du monde (Long Way North) at 4.30pm on 23 April 2017.

French Animation Film Festival

19 – 21 May 2017, Alliance Française Theatre

Six movies will be headlining this year’s French Animation Film Festival, including the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life As A Zucchini), musical adventure comedy Ballerina (Leap!), Michel Ochelot’s new film Ivan Tsarevitch et la Princesse Changeante (Ivan Tsarevich and the Changing Princess) and science fiction adventure Avril et le monde truqué (April and the Extraordinary World).

The French Animation Film Festival is a partner programme under Voilah! 2017.