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Croisements Festival Promotes French Art in China
The Croisements Festival, celebrating its 9th consecutive edition in 2014, will run from April 11 to July 10. See the upcoming events held in Guangzhou at the end of the article.

The Croisements Festival, celebrating its 9th consecutive edition in 2014, will run from April 11 to July 10. The Festival will play host to 100 events in more than 40 cities in China, and will witness almost 1000 artists engaging in encounters with over one million festival-goers. Created at the request of the Presidents of the People's Republic of China and the French Republic as part of the Sino-French Cultural Exchange Years (2003-2005), it has evolved into the biggest French cultural festival abroad, and the biggest foreign cultural festival held in China.

This year's festival coincides with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the two countries’ establishment of diplomatic relations, and serves as a testiment to half a century of friendship, cooperation and mutual respect. For the occasion, numerous events will be organized in China and France, reflecting the vitality and importance of the relationship between the two countries. The Croisements Festival is one of the flagship occasions commemorating this 50th anniversary in China. It aims to impress Chinese audiences with the abundance and creativity of French artistic and intellectual scenes, encompassing various media such as film, theater, dance and music, visual arts, new media arts and literature, in addition to performances geared toward younger audiences.


The magnificent program to which audiences in China will be treated is spread out over the following cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Urumqi, Nanjing, Changsha, Kunming, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan (Shunde and Chancheng), Dongguan, Xiamen, etc. The major events of the program will seek to appeal to the increasing number of audience members who have high expectations for the festival.

Guo Gan & Adrien Frasse-Sombet

First and foremost, several treasured cultural heritage exhibitions will be made available, such as Ten masterpieces of French Painting, consisting of pieces that were especially selected from the collections of France's most prestigious national museums including the Louvre Museum and Musée d'Orsay. This collection will serve as the centerpiece for the festival's opening on April 11 in Beijing.

Alexandre Tharaud

Furthermore, there are also many exhibitions which reflect the nature of cultural exchanges which have taken place between China and France. For example, Paris-Beijing (1844-2014) is a collection of works from several famous photographers including Auguste François, and Victor Segalen. These photos serve as means of using a distintcly French point of view to observe the changes which China and Beijing have undergone over the past century and a half.

Chinese Tales

When talking about Sino-French cultural exchange as a two-way street, one must highlight theatrical creations combining elements of both countries’ unique cultural heritage. The Red Thread, in which French scenographer Kilina Crémona directs and the Chinese dancer Liu Yan stars, is a French-Chinese musical and choreographic collaboration featuring both able-bodied and disabled artists. Contemporary opera comes in the form of L’Effet W, a satirical piece which examines the topic of over-consumption through a mix of theater and Chinese opera. The festival will also feature a musical performance by the duo Guo Gan and Adrien Frasse-Sombet, who play the Erhu and the cello, respectively.

Keren Ann

The festival's French film segment, known as the 11th edition of the French Film Panorama, will be presented in 10 large Chinese cities. With the aim of keeping with the innovative spirit of the festival, this year a new theme entitled "Younger Audiences" will be launched. This section will include various types of performances geared toward the youngest audience members, like Rumba on the Moon, Chinese Tales, as well as lectures and workshops.

The year 2014 promises to be very fruitful for the further development of relations between China and France. The Croisements Festival is an integral part of the framework of the Sino-France cultural agreement, and as such benefits both the Chinese and French governments.

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Upcoming events in Guangzhou:

Visual Arts

French nationals photographing China, 1844-2014
Date: June 6-7
Venue: Guangdong Museum of Art (广东美术馆)
Hotline: 020 8735 1393

Roots and Clouds Cranes
Photo Art Works of Jacqueline Salmon and Wu Jianwen
Date: April 11-25
Venue: Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts of Guangzhou
Hotline: 020 8401 7227

From the Architecture to the Territory,
from the Territory to the Architecture
Date: June 5 – July 5
Venue: Lobby of Xinghai Concert Hall (星海音乐厅大堂)


The Red Thread
by Kilina Crémona and Alain Goudard
Date: May 18: 7:30 pm
Venue: No.2 Children’s Palace (第二少年宫)

Theater, New Circus and Street Performance

Imagine Yourself
by Julien Cottereau
Date: May 30: 7:30 pm
Venue: Province Puppet Art Theater, Guangzhou (广州木偶剧院)

Young Audiences

Chinese Tales
by Le théâtre NéNéKa Company
Date: June 1
Venue: Xinghai Concert Hall (星海音乐厅)
Hotline: 020 3758 8736

The Little Singers of Paris
Date: May 24
Venue: Xinghai Concert Hall (星海音乐厅)
Hotline: 020 8735 3869


Claire Denis
Date: May 13-15
Venue: China Plaza (中华广场)
1st Workers' Cultural Palace (市一宫电影城)

Classical Music

Hermes Quartet
Date: June 13: 8:00 pm
Venue: Xinghai Concert Hall(星海音乐厅)
Hotline: 020 8735 3869

Quatuor Diotima
Date: May 18: 3:00 pm
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House (广州大剧院)
Hotline: 020 3839 2888

Alexandre Tharaud
Date: May 21: 7:30 pm
Xinghai Concert Hall (星海音乐厅)

Piano aux Jacobins Festival
Date: May 11 Emmanuelle Swiercz
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House (广州大剧院)
Hotline: 020 9735 3869

Date: May 25 David Violi
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House (广州大剧院)
Hotline: 020 9735 3869

Xavier de Maistre
Date: April 20: 8:00 pm
Venue: Xinghai Concert Hall(星海音乐厅)
Hotline: 020 3758 8736

Guo Gan & Adrien Frasse-Sombet
Date: April 27: 3:00 pm
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House (广州大剧院)
Hotline: 020 3839 2477


Thomas Enhco Trio
Fireflies Tour
Date: June 6
Venue: Xinghai Concert Hall(星海音乐厅)

Voice Messengers
Date: June 26
Venue: To be announced

Modern Music

Keren Ann
Date: April 26: 8:00 pm
Venue: Xinghai Concert Hall(星海音乐厅)
Hotline: 020 3758 8736

Matthieu Ha
Date: April 17
Venue: C: Union, Guangzhou (TU凸空间)

Hong Hai Er
Date: May 14
Venue: T: Union, Guangzhou (TU凸空间)

Aude Henneville
Date: May 30
Venue: Xinghai Concert Hall (星海音乐厅)
Hotline: 020 3758 8736

Literature and Debate

Writing has always been a part of me
100 years of Marguerite Duras
Date/Venue: To be announced

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