Le French Festival 2024 celebrates sport, family and inclusivity

Le French Festival 2024 returns starting from 29 May! With an invigorating celebration of its core values: sport, family and inclusivity, this one-and-a-half-month celebration of French culture strives to bring both Malaysian and French cultures and people together. For its 22nd edition, the festival promises an array of events and activities to captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds, with a resounding emphasis on sports as this year’s theme, echoing the spirit of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Co-organised by the Alliances Françaises de Malaisie and the Embassy of France in Malaysia, Le French Festival 2024 will span from 29 May to 14 July, flowing through Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, and finally Kuching. This year, there’s a renewed commitment to fostering deeper connections with the local community, ensuring a fun and inclusive atmosphere for all festival-goers.

Expect an eclectic mix of entertainment at Le French Festival 2024, catering to diverse interests. Whether you’re passionate about cinema, digital art, photography, painting, music, dance, theatre, sport or gastronomy, there’s something for everyone amidst the festival’s vibrant offerings.

Here’s a glimpse of what to anticipate:

  • Cinematic Delights: Explore a curated selection of 16 movies, featuring the latest releases from France. Highlights include The Three Musketeers: MiladyThe Taste of Things and The Animal Kingdom alongside family-friendly options like Epic Tails and The Little Nicholas.
  • The Digital Adventure: Dive into the world of cinema and digital art on 2 June with a day filled with short films screenings in collaboration with the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, virtual reality games, cinema workshops, and digital art exhibitions.
  • French Celebrations: Join in the festivities with celebrations of Fête de la musique (International Music Day) on 23 June at Titiwangsa Park, featuring Malaysian and French artists. Then, mark your calendars for French National Day on 14 July, for a lively evening of food, drinks, and music.
  • Ready, set, go! Get your dose of sport with us this summer. We will kick off our sporting events on 30 June in the morning with The Little Champions, a series of events inspired by the Olympic Games for children to compete in a fun environment. Experience later that day the electrifying energy of breaking, one of the 2024 new Olympics disciplines, during our Breaking Battles, featuring the French DJ T-Sia and renowned Malaysian breakdancers such as Lego Sam. Finally, lace up your running shoes for a Fun Run through Titiwangsa Park on 7 July, followed by a leisurely stroll through a flea market at AFKL.
  • Arts for everyone, everywhere: as per our tradition, Le French Festival will be the opportunity to enjoy theatre plays, concerts, exhibitions, participate in workshops and even more throughout the weeks.

Above all, Le French Festival 2024 is a testament to the dedication and talent of the artists and partners involved. Join us in supporting their creativity and hard work during the festival!

Here are the dates and locations for Le French Festival 2024’s movie screenings at Golden Screen Cinemas:

  • Kuala Lumpur : May 29 – July 14
  • Penang           : June 13 – 23
  • Johor Bahru    : June 27 – 30
  • Kuching          : July 4 – 7

Mr Laurent Elisio Bordier, Executive Director of Alliance Française of Kuala Lumpur and Co-Director of the 2024 French Festival shared AFKL’s commitment to engaging more Malaysians into the upcoming edition of the festival, “We have decided to get even closer to Malaysian audiences. In order to do so, we this year worked closely with the Culture, Arts, Tourism and Sport department of DBKL to venture into people favourite locations such as Titiwangsa Park and the KL Car Free Morning route, places that are very popular with all audiences, young and old, outdoors and accessible to people with reduced mobility. Timetables have also been adapted to allow families to attend or even take part in a number of events all together!”

Ms Mathilde Tallin, Cultural Manager of Alliance Française of Kuala Lumpur and Artistic Director of the 2024 French Festival talked about the program of this year’s festival, “The French Festival offers a lively fusion of cinema, visual arts, performing arts, participative experiences, children’s activities, and culinary delights. Delve into our handpicked selection of 16 films, embark on The Digital Adventure, celebrate Fête de la Musique and French National Day, witness Breaking Battles, join The Little Champions and the Fun Run, peruse the Flea Market, and so much more. Within our walls and our partners’ venues, we warmly welcome you to indulge in a myriad of activities!”

You may book your movie tickets starting on 23 May via the GSC app, website or through the e-kiosks in participating GSC cinemas.

For more information on other activities, please visit the official website, or their Facebook and Instagram pages.  

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