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“Croisements” [cultural exchanges] festival in China (April – June 2012)

Today, France will launch the 6th Franco-Chinese “Croisements” Cultural Festival in China. Initiated in 2006 as a result of the joint determination of the French and Chinese authorities to continue the momentum given to Franco-Chinese cultural exchanges by the “Années Croisées” [Exchange Program] (2004-2005), the “Croisements” festival, which is a major Franco-Chinese cultural cooperation event, will this year offer 134 events in 24 major cities in China, ranging from dance to theater, cinema, music and exhibitions.

Jointly organized by the Embassy of France to China and the Institut Français, in association with the Alliances françaises de Chine and Unifrance Films, and with the support of its public and private partners (institutions, theaters, businesses), the 2012 festival program will include innovative projects such as contemporary circuses, contemporary dance, and new stage productions. Faithful to its original purpose, the “Croisements” festival will also highlight joint Franco-Chinese artistic productions, such as the stage production by Yamina Hachemi, who was invited by the National Theater of China to produce a Chinese-language version of Victor Hugo’s “The Man Who Laughs.”

The festival will continue to support major events in the Chinese art scene, such as the 9th French Film Panorama, the 5th Franco-Chinese Theater Meetings and the Fête de la Musique in China. This festival will be marked by several prestigious events, including a new retrospective exhibition by the artist Agnès Varda and special performances, including one by the pianist Jean-Efflam Bazouvet, as a tribute to Claude Debussy on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

The full program for this event is available here: www.faguowenhua.com


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