Bonjour India - Festival of France
Bonjour India is back! Riding the wave of success of the first edition of Bonjour India (2009-2010), the Embassy of France in India and the Institut Français en Inde, in association with the Alliance Française India network and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), are all set to unveil the second edition of the festival from January to March 2013.
During a press conference on the 28th of November at the Residence de France, H.E. Mr François RICHIER, Ambassador of France to India presented the upcoming festival: “The festival promises to be a cultural firework that will imbue the friendship between India and France with new hues and radiance”
A total of fifteen cities will play host to over a hundred outstanding cultural events. These will encompass all dimensions of cultural exchanges between India and France: art, literature, cinema, education, sports, architecture, fashion, photography, performing arts.
Giving pride of place to original productions jointly conceived by Indian and French artists for this edition of the festival, Bonjour India 2013 presents:
Luminocity, the inaugural event by light sculptor Patrick Rimoux and Nandita Palchoudhuri transfiguring reality;
Indo-French designer duo Hemant Sagar and Didier Lecoanet;
Ballet Preljocaj on a stage designed by Subodh Gupta;
Eric Vigner casting Nandita Das in Marguerite Duras’ play India Song;
Composer Pierre Thilloy and the Avignon Symphony Orchestra in an original performance with sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan;
A global platform of choreographic navigation for ipads and iphones by French choreographers N+N Corsino with Indian dancers Revanta Sarabhai and Pooja Purohit.
‘Flying angels”, directed by Stephane Girard and the late Pierrot Bidon, a spectacular performance recently seen at the Olympics to enthrall the public with aerial acrobatic dance transforming the open skies into circus tents.
Other festival highlights include exhibitions on urban development and sustainable architecture, photography and painting exhibitions by Anay Mann and Gigi Scaria respectively revisiting French heritage in India, and the analogue-digital-acoustic-electronic signature music of Scratch Bandits Crew.
During the festival, there will be a strong French presence at major literary events in India: France is the Guest Country for World Book Fair 2013 in Delhi, while Prix Goncourt laureate Tahar Ben Jelloun (2007) will participate in the Jaipur Literature Festival. Albert Camus’ birth centenary will also be celebrated across India through a series of events.
Innovation to fashion and new trends, revisiting the past (baroque music interpreted by Amaryllis Dieltiens), navigating the present and fast-forwarding to the future (Greater Paris architecture exhibition on creating sustainable futuristic cities), discovering higher education options, the eclectic offerings of Bonjour India 2013 promise something to delight everyone’s palate. Reflecting the longstanding ties of friendship between France and India, the events will express our common passion for the arts, be a rich nurturing ground for new encounters, and inscribe yet another significant chapter of the relationship of the two countries.
France wishes you a happy festive season and says, BONJOUR INDIA!
About Bonjour India
www.bonjour-india.in will provide an up-to-date presentation of the various ongoing programmes and activities.
About Institut Francais en Inde (www.institutfrancais.in)
The Institut Français en Inde is the cultural arm of the French Embassy in India working in a close relationship with the Alliance Française networks. In India alone there are 16 Alliances Françaises, some with multiple campuses.
The Institut Français en Inde came into existence on the 1st Jan 2011 replacing the French Information Resource Centre, this is your window to France from India.
By creating the Institut Français, the French government has given the mandate to the same organization to promote French cultural action overseas, be it in the matter of artistic exchanges, promotion of French thought and ideas through the printed word or audio visual medium, of French language, and of French know- how and thought through student, academic, researcher and scientific exchanges.
The Institut Français en Inde will facilitate Indo-French exchanges through country festivals encompassing varied events at regular intervals so that peoples of our countries can get to know each other better, share and learn from each other.
About Alliance Française (www.afindia.org)
The Alliance Française is a non-profit cultural and educational organization. For over a century, it has been offering opportunities to people all around the world to discover French culture. The Alliance Française has created an identity of its own and has thus been able to thrive in 138 countries, with over a thousand local committees, each endowed with a special and unique quality. This long-lasting experience and the outstanding vitality are the result of close ties woven between the citizens and patrons in the various countries and the French State. The Alliance Française is at once singular and manifold and epitomizes a universal and evolutionary France. In India alone, there are 16 Alliances Française in all the important cities, established under the aegis of the Office of the Alliance Française de Paris Chief Representative in India, which in turn functions under the guidance of the Fondation Alliance Française.