Croise­ments Festival

Beijing (English) - - INFO -

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.

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