Croisements has become a popular cultural event between China and France. The 12th Croisements Festival will be held from May 6 to July 9, 2017 in 30 Chinese cities, with more than 200 activities, demonstrate to Chinese audiences the strength of France's creative sector and showcase Franco-chinese crossovers in theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, visual arts, new media, cinema, literature and debates. They include a modern art collection from the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint-étienne Métropole, works of painter Hans Hartung, leading figure in the Tachism movement, Julien Gosselin's drama 2066, architect Paul Andreu's paper-based works, French film screenings and virtual reality forums.
This year's event will invite eight Marcel Duchamp Prize award-winning artists, directors Julien Gosselin and Thomas Jolly, choreographers Maud Le Pladec and Pierre Rigal, DJ Jacques, cartoonists and illustrators Pénélope Bagieu and Jul, and pianist Vanessa Wagner. These French artists will draw inspiration from China's themes of reality to present an exciting China-france cooperation to the public.
In line with previous events, the organisers will also invite China's cultural celebrities as “ambassadors of Croisements”: musician Cui Jian, filmmaker Jia Zhangke, sculpter Sui Jianguo, dancer Wang Yabin, and cartoonist Lu Ming.
Over the past 12 years, Croisements has become China's leading international festival. Maurice Gourdault-montagne, ambassador of the French Republic to China said in 2017, the Croisements Festival celebrates its 12th year anniversary with 12 years completing one cycle of the Chinese zodiac, represented by 12 animals, representing reincarnation, growth and return to origins.