Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Printemps Francais, Feast for Francophiles

Francophiles in Jakarta always eagerly anticipate the Printemps Francais, an annual festival celebrating French culture. This year, the festival’s special focus on music should really give lovers of the Gallic nation something to sing about.

The 7th Printemps Francais festival, which runs from May to July, encompasses events at 12 venues throughout the capital, including art exhibitions, performances, cooking demos and, of course, concerts.

French ambassador Philippe Zeller said this year’s musical events would give the Indonesian public a chance to learn about the depth and variety of contemporary French music.

The ambassador gave a special mention to Sophia Charai, who will be performing on May 10 at Teater Salihara. Charai, a Moroccan who has lived in Paris since she was 17, is known as a jazz singer who combines Eastern and Western elements in her music. Her first studio album, “Pichu,” was released earlier this year.

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Printemps Francais
May 7 to July 24
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