As a long-term participating country of the Francophonie Festival, Switzerland has been working actively with other Francophonie countries to showcase the diversity and modernity of the French language and culture. The Francophonie Festival, running from March 1 to 31, is to promote the French culture and its heritage, French language learning as well as to improve cross-cultural understanding.
This March, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou continues to bring the best acts to the month-long celebration with film, music and language activities. Here are the various events presented by the Swiss Consulate in Guangzhou. Don’t miss out.
Catherine Gfeller Solo Exhibition: Guangzhou Driftings
Time: March 14 – April 7, 2018
Venue: Galleries No.6, 8, Guangdong Museum of Art
Swiss visual photographer Catherine Gfeller incorporates people, buildings, bridges, windows, cars and every other ﬁxture of urban life into her photography. Obtained by montages, collages and superposition of pictures, she develops a creative style of urban landscape photography, mixing metaphorical subjects among various mediums and installations.
The exhibition of Guangzhou Driftings is an expression of the city through personal visions, sensations, perceptions and thoughts of the Swiss artist herself and nine Chinese women from different backgrounds living in Guangzhou, so as to offer to the visitors a new perception of the city, familiar and unknown at the same time.
The exhibition introduces a rich variety of mediums: photography, video, sound and text installations displayed across two halls of the Museum, which serve as an invitation to dialogue and interact with visitors. One of these halls is transformed into a huge video dark room in which visitors are immersed at once in a very dense and sensory universe, full of colors, movements, rhythms, voices and sounds. Visitors will just like shuttle through the streets of real Guangzhou to explore the day and night, and in which they can develop an intimate relationship with this wonderful city.
Film Encounter: ‘Encordés’
Documentary, 106 minutes, 2017
Time: March 16, Friday at 19:30
Venue: Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou, 26th floor, Taikoohui, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
For one and a half years, Swiss filmmaker Frédéric Favre documented the preparation of three ski mountaineers competing in the Patrouille des Glaciers, a grueling race across the Swiss Alps. Florence, who wishes to take part in memory of her father, is not used to participating in a team. Guillaume, an accomplished skier, struggles to find a balance between family, work, and his passion. Antoine, who has just recovered from life difficulties, is eager to prove his worth to the world.
The documentary, which featured at the 2017 International Documentary Film Festival in Munich, takes viewers on a raw, intimate journey shaped by the three protagonists' innermost motivations and transformative adventures.
Mars en Folie 2018: Le Roi Angus
Time: March 31, Saturday at 19:30
Venue: Rock House, Central Station, Yangcheng Creative Industry Zone 2-7, No. 315 Huangpu Avenue, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Le Roi Angus, a five-piece band from Switzerland, will be touring China with other three bands from Belgium, France and Quebec from March 15 to 31, showing audience the charm of French chansons.
Fresh, exciting, and ambitious – that’s the current state of Geneva’s indie music scene. Among the current crop of bands is Le Roi Angus, a five-piece outfit blending vintage pop with psychedelic rock. With their unique formula, the band has received acclaim from the Swiss media and music fans alike.
Facts about the French-speaking regions in Switzerland
* Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh.
* In Switzerland, French is spoken by around 22.6% of the population.
* In four Swiss cantons, French is the sole official language: Geneva, Vaud, Neuchâtel, and Jura. There are three cantons where French and German have co-official status: Bern, Fribourg and Valais.
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