The Alliance Francaise is a non-profit organisation established almost 30 years ago in Brunei as part of a global network of The French Foundation and other Alliance Francaise around the world. Their main mission here in Brunei is to promote French culture and language within the local community, through events and classes to teach the French language. The Alliance through their events give Bruneians the opportunity to connect with diverse cultures, and nurture local talents’ interest towards education and cultural entertainment.
Francophonie Week, which has been organized in partnership with The Collective, will be held from 12thuntil 20th March. The so-called festival will celebrate the good, long cultural relations between France and Brunei, with the aim to showcase Brunei’s local talent creative industries, events and the arts.
At Progresif we have shaped our brand and culture to support cultural preservation and development, promote education and entrepreneurship and raise environmental awareness. Our objective is to connect with our nation and re frame conversations to add a fresh point of view and to engage on a personal level and start conversations that bring about progress. This is just one way that we do our part and work toward fulfilling the mission of Vision 2035.
10 FRANCOPHONIE DESSERTS
Truffle Moments Events is a local business that specializes in creating bespoke designer dessert tables and she has been doing dessert tables for birthdays, weddings, corporate events and engagements since 2013. Nothing brings her more joy than putting a table together and the little jaw drop whenever I reveal my designer dessert tables.
Armed with a passion for desserts, and with a background in illustration major and graphic design, Truffle Moments Events will be contributing an exclusive collaboration exhibition with AF for the ” Dis moi dix mots” project ( Tell me 10 words),merging art & dessert, featuring clay sculpted french desserts. Each dessert will be styled in a way that hints at the meaning of the word. Bonne chancé and have fun guessing!
DIS MOI DIX MOTS (TELL ME TEN WORDS)
“A WORD, A VOICE, A FACE, A PLACE.”
How do people from Brunei react listening to French words? This is the main idea behind this audio and photography project by Cécile Castilla, a French journalist who has spent most of her career in Paris working for mainstream magazines.She moved in Brunei in September 2011 where she has run Duaminggu, a fortnight cultural newsletter, during eighteen editions before dedicating herself to publishing books. In 2014, in collaboration with a British editor, she published “Women of Brunei, inspiring life stories”, a series of twenty portraits of women with different social and professional backgrounds. The same year, she published “Filipinos in Brunei” , a collection of Filipinos workers profiles who live in Brunei. She is currently working on a book celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the block B of TOTAL E&P Brunei.
Dis-Moi Dix Mots, This new edition celebrates the diversity of French language. The chosen words invites you to discover the French language in different Francophonie countries!
12 – 14 MARCH
15 – 19 MARCH
WATERFRONT GALLERY A
the collective collaborate with Alliance Francaise for the first time, to bring their signature art festival to Francophonie Week.
With a mix of creative businesses, showcasing everything from food to fashion, there will be something for everyone! There will be a mix of signature products as well as some specially themed items for Francophonie week to get into the spirit of things! This special Francophone themed festival will bring the collective’s unique style to each location, as they pop up at Jubilee Park and Jerudong Park for the week. Keep up to track with the festival on Instagram at @thecollectiveartevents
12 MARCH – 4:30PM to 10PM
13 MARCH – 4PM TO 10PM
20 MARCH – 4PM TO 10PM
Learn how to cook some of that famous French cuisine with a special demonstration by a local French cook where participants will get the chance to learn about making selected French dishes.
7PM – 9.30PM
OPEN AIR POP-UP FRENCH DINNER
Another signature event of local creative company the collective, this special pop up dinner will be held at the iconic waterfront for the first time. Featuring a special collaboration between three local food personalities, sign up for a multi course sit down dinner in a very special setting. Experience a specially designed, one off menu, that will give you a taste of the various Francophone cuisines. If you’re a foodie, this is one not to miss!
7PM – 11PM:
– First sitting is at 7PM
– Second sitting is at 9PM
Presenting their album Laissez Partir, be transported by the chanson vibe of Noga and her alter-ego Patrick Bebey in a concert that pleases your ears with a mix of jazz, world music and vocal improvisation. Together, Noga and Patrick mine their artistic seam, drawing on the varying influences from their classical, jazz, African roots.
8PM – 10PM
Melanie Gall is an internationally-acclaimed vocalist. She has traveled to Africa, South America and the Caribbean to perform solo classical recitals and to sing at events for the Semaine de la Francophonie, and she is a regular performer at the American Spring Festival in the Czech Republic. Melanie has recorded several albums, including Knitting all the Day, a CD containing WWI-era knitting music, and the recently-released Sweeter in a Sweater, with songs about knitting from WWII. At the Francophonie Week she will be also performing songs from Edith Piaf as an opera style.
8PM – 10PM
Director Claudio Tonetti
Info Switzerland/Belgium, May 2013, 95 min
Cast Jean-Luc Couchard, Guy Lecluyse, Anne Comte, Jean-Luc Bideau, Xiaoxing Cheng, Xin Wang, Frédéric Recrosio, Didier Flamand, Richard Sammel
Synopsis Two friends – Paul Girard, the “people’s mayor” of Delémont who has his sights set on a national career and Liu, a Chinese watchmaker living in the Jura – decide to organize the semi-finals of the Miss China_ competition in Switzerland. Paul is hoping this original, media-hyped project will help him acquire the image his party has been refusing him: that of future deputy. Liu, meanwhile, hopes to open the Chinese market to luxury watches. Instead of the heroes’ welcome they were anticipating in bringing the women to the touristic Meccas of Switzerland, the two partners are met with resistance from the political milieu and indifference from their sponsors.
LES FILLES AU MOYEN AGE
Director Hubert Viel
Info French, 2015, 88 min
Genre Family Comedy
Cast Chann Aglat, Leana Doucet, Malonn Levana,camille Loubens, Jolhan Martin, Noe Savoyat & Michael Lonsdale
Synopsis Lulled by the story of an old erudite man, children from today’s world found themselves transported to the Middle Age. Boys are kings, monks or knights. Girls are conquerors, philosophers, heroines who resist male supremacy in an unknown Middle Age, which – until it started its own decline -never stopped working toward their emancipation.p>
7.30PM – 9PM