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Singapore in France - the Festival

From March 26 to June 30, 2015, the contemporary culture of Singapore has beeb honored within the scope of the « Singapore in France – Le Festival » event, through more than 70 events in 45 different locations.
 
The Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris hosted the official launch of the Festival with the « Secret Archipelago » exhibit, a performance entitled « The Singaporeans ». The exhibit was presented by the National Heritage Board in collaboration with the Palais de Tokyo. It explored Southeast Asia from the Singapore platform. From this part of the world, 35 artists have been called on to portray the essence of this region.
  • Secret Archipelago, March 27-May 17 – Palais de Tokyo – Paris
  • The Singaporeans, by ONG Keng Sen, March 26-27 – Palais de Tokyo – Paris
 
« Singapore en France – the Festival » was comprised of over 60 events taking place in several cities in France, highlighting the following, among others:
  • Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne conducted by Darrell Ang and Yu Jia, soloist, from the Chinese Orchestra of Singapore, on March 28, 2015, Philharmonie de Paris (classical music)
  • Akalika 7 by Frontier Danceland with KHAM Compagnie (dance), on April 8-11, 2015, at Le Tarmac, Paris
  • Soul Journey by Siong Leng Musical Association (traditional music), on May 11 at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, May 12 – La Comète, Châlons-en-Champagne, May 13 – Le lieu Unique, Nantes
  • Butterfly by Ramesh Meyyappan (theater), June 9-14, 2015, International Visual Theatre (IVT), Paris
 
The 1000 Singapores exhibit, at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine was one of the major events of the Festival closing. This exhibit, representing design and the architectural project previously presented at the Venice 2010 Architect Biennale, offered a new type of housing aiming at holding, on a territory one thousand times greater than the area of Singapore, a world population of 6.9 inhabitants.
 
« Singapore in France – the Festival » also fell within the scope of the fiftieth anniversary of the Independence of Singapore, thus representing a high note in the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of diplomatic relations with France.