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Spring Festival on the 14th of June

Spring Festival on the 14th of June

The 6th edition of the French Spring Festival will be held between the 14th of June and the 14th of July.

Please have a look at the trailer of the French Spring Festival.
It gives you a little preview of the excitements of this month. For this 6th edition, we look towards the future. Between the 14th of June and the 14th of July, Art will be synonym of Tech. The French Embassy and the Alliance Française de Kotte in Colombo intend to bring the best of French modern culture to an extended audience in Colombo and Kandy.

The public will have access to the music of the well-known French DJ Sven Løve – the 17th of June – and of the French singer and DJ Charles-Baptiste – the 28th of June, during free events at the 41 Sugar in Colombo. The movie “Eden”, about the history of the techno movement in Paris, will be screened with the special presence of DJ Sven Løve, at the Alliance Française de Kotte on the 18th of June. Street artist Alber will be in Kandy on the 17th of June and the 19th and 20th of June in Colombo, for unique graffiti performances. The writer Paul Fournel will present his work on the dynamic between technology and literature on the 23rd of June. The public will also experience an interactive exhibition on digital creation presented by the Transmedia Immersive University and the French Institute between the 1st and the 10th of July. The jazz Band – Gala Swing Quartet will have several concerts, in Colombo and in other major locations in Sri Lanka.









The festival will also feature elements of fashion and tourism, two major highlights of France’s culture. The Lanka Institute of Fashion Technology (LIFT, Colombo) will present a fashion show with several international young creators, on the 9th of July. On the 11th of July, a presentation on tourism will promote both the beauty of Sri Lanka and France in partnership with the French guide Le Petit Futé, at the Alliance Française.








Press Conference at Galle Face Hotel on the 7th of June

Most of events and performances will be open to the public, to find out more search for the “French Spring Festival” on Facebook and #FrenchSpringFestival2017 on Twitter and Instagram.

The Embassy of France gives special thanks to their partners who made this event possible:

Qwest Destination
Galle Face Hotel
Jet Airways
41 Sugar
Publicis Sri Lanka
Vinci Construction
Lion Royal
Shanti Travel
Club Med
Noyon Lanka
And the other

Concours photo international

Concours photo international : Gagnez un voyage à Paris !

Du 1er mars au 30 avril, envoyez-nous une photo de vous avec le slogan « Et en plus je parle français ! »
La campagne et les photos des lauréats seront diffusées cet été à Roissy et Orly. Le jury sera composé de plusieurs personnalités francophones comme Zeina Abirached, dessinatrice de bande dessinée franco-libanaise, Prix Phénix de littérature 2015 et Gaël Faye, rappeur franco-rwandais et lauréat du Goncourt des lycéens pour son roman « Petit pays ».

Pour plus d’informations, visitez le site suivant :

International photo competition : Win a trip in Paris !

From 1st March to 30th April, send a photo with the slogan “Et en plus je parle français !” The campaign and the photos will be presented this summer at Roissy and Orly (in Paris). The jury will be composed of several French French personalities such as Zeina Abirached, French and Lebanese cartoonist, Prix Phénix de littérature 2015 and Gaël Faye, French and Rwandan rapper, laureate of the Prix Goncourt from level student for his book «Petit pays ».

Refer to the following link for more information:

A Night of Wine And Cheese!

Wine and cheese poster

A Night of Wine And Cheese!

The Alliance Française de Kotte in Colombo cordially invites you to join the Wine and Cheese party, on Friday 10th March at 7.30pm, to taste traditional French Food. It will be an amusing French experience for all!

*The specialist Laure Oger will be present for the wine tasting.

Hurry up! 50 heads only. Grab your Ticket.


–       2,000 LKR for members

–       2,5000 LKR for non-members

Contact us to purchase your ticket by 3rd  of March 2017:

Tel: 011 2055 255

European Film Festival 2015

A shared international cultural experience that aims to promote a friendly relationship and to increase the mutual understanding between European Nations and Sri Lanka.

For the eighth consecutive year, the European Film Festival is taking place in Sri Lanka. Recently released and highly acclaimed films from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and The United Kingdom will be screened. The European Film Festival will begin in September with a chapter in Jaffna and will also travel this year, out of Colombo, to Baticaloa, Kandy, Matara, Horana.

Expérience culturelle de coopération internationale, l’EFF vise à renforcer les liens d’amitié entre Sri Lanka et l’Europe

Pour la huitième année consécutive, le Festival du Film Européen se tiendra à Sri Lanka à l’automne 2015. Des films récents et ayant connu un fort succès aux Pays-Bas, au Danemark, en France, Allemagne, Italie, Pologne, Roumanie, Slovaquie, Suisse et au Royaume-Uni seront présentés au public. Le Festival du Film Européen débutera à Jaffna puis sera également présenté cette année en dehors de Colombo, à Kandy, Baticaloa, Matara, Horana.

SCHEDULE click here.

French Film Festival 2015


Thursday 9th July
Venue – University of Ruhuna, Tangalle Road, Matara
3:00 pm Aya de Youpogon


Friday 10th July
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy, 640/2 Peradeniya Road, Kandy
5:00 pm Aya de Youpogon
7:45 pm Approved for Adoption (Couleur de peau : miel)

Saturday 11th July
Venue: National Film Corporation Cinema Hall, 303, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07
11:00 am The Rabbi’s Cat (Le Chat du Rabbin)

3:00 pm Approved for Adoption (Couleur de peau : miel)

5:45 pm Aya de Youpogon


Sunday 12th July
Venue: National Film Corporation Cinema Hall, 303, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07
10:30 am Workshop with Marguerite Abouet on Animated Film Making
Sunday 12th July
Venue: National Film Corporation Cinema Hall, 303, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07
3:00 pm Me, Myself & Mum (Guillaume et les garçons à table)

5:00 pm The Butterfly Symphony (La Symphonie du Papillon)

NOSTALGIE 05 – The Streets of Paris

11th & 12th July 2015
@ Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7.
Open to the public from 10 am to 7 am

fs2015-nostalgieKumar de Silva, well-known media personality, is back again this summer with the fifth edition of his annual series of black and white photographic exhibitions ‘Nostalgie 05’, which brings the streets of Paris to life in a trillion shades of gray.

“This year’s theme has been inspired by one of my very strange hobbies, which is observing human behavioural patterns. The streets of Paris constitute a gigantic and living open-air art gallery with its little microcosms of performance art. There are its conscious performers whom people watch, look at, applaud and recompense, or even totally ignore and walk away. There are also those unconscious ones whose performances are more spontaneous and refreshingly unpredictable. They are there … all over. You only have to stop and look … as they unfold beneath your eyes in a multi-dimensional real life performance.”

Kumar de Silva, homme de média bien connu à Sri Lanka, est de retour cet été avec ‘Nostalgie 05’ la cinquième édition de sa série annuelle d’expositions photos en noir et blanc. Avec elle, nous voyagerons dans des rues de Paris aux « mille millions » de nuances de gris.

“Le thème de cette année est inspiré par l’un de mes étranges passe-temps qui consiste à observer les comportements humains. Et les rues de Paris, avec leurs saynètes et petits microcosmes artistiques, sont telle une gigantesque galerie d’art à ciel ouvert. On y trouve ainsi de ces interprètes, conscients que les gens les regardent, les observent, les applaudissent et les récompensent d’un regard ou à l’inverse les ignorent totalement avant de continuer leur chemin. On y trouve également de ces interprètes inconscients aux performances aussi spontanées qu’imprévisibles. Ils sont tous là… partout. Vous n’avez qu’à vous arrêter et regarder ; tout ce spectacle de la vie réelle aux multiples facettes est là, sous vos yeux …”

Visit Kumar’s previous exhibitions at







Kumar de Silva who describes himself as “an incurable francophone cum francophile” has had a long association with France, for nearly three decades. He made his debut in 1986 on the little screen with the legendary French television programme “Bonsoir”. Recently, he authored best-selling books about Dr. Lester James Peries and screen legend Irangani Serasinghe. In 2012, in recognition of his efforts in promoting France’s cultural heritage, the French Government bestowed Kumar de Silva with the title of “Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters”.


Kumar de Silva, qui se décrit lui-même comme «un francophile et francophone incurable», est depuis longtemps lié à la France. Il a fait ses débuts sur le petit écran en 1986 avec le célèbre programme français de télévision “Bonsoir”. Récemment, il a écrit des livres à succès sur le Dr Lester James Peries et la star sri-lankaise Irangani Serasinghe. En 2012, en reconnaissance de ses efforts en faveur de la promotion du patrimoine culturel de la France, le gouvernement français a élevé Kumar de Silva au rang de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.