Le French May Arts Festival 2017 Silver Jubilee Gala Dinner

To celebrate Its Silver Jubilee (25th anniversary) Le French May Arts Festival, in conjunction with 20th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong SAR and, has held a gala on 25 April at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, as a gesture of gratitude to long-time supporters and friends of the festival, and a celebratory feast which acknowledges Le French May’s prolonged contribution in promoting French culture to the Hong Kong public in the past 25 years.

The gala was a remarkable success thanks to the tremendous support from the platinum sponsor FANCL; bubbly drinks from champagne sponsor G.H. Mumm; menu dedicated by co-guest sponsors Paris Aéroport and ÉPURE; and delicate dessert sponsored by DALLOYAU. The event was graced by
Mr. Eric Berti, Consul General of French in Hong Kong and Macau;
Ms. Florence Hui, Under-Secretary for Home Affairs of the SAR Government
Ms. Michelle Li, JP, Head of Leisure and Culture Services Department;
Ms. Fione Lo, Director of Hong Kong Heritage Museum;
Dr. Andrew S. Yuen, Chairman of the Broad of Le French May;
Mr. Christopher Chan, Managing Director of Fantastic Natural Cosmetics Limited (FANCL);
Ms. Michelle Ma, Executive Director of Fantastic Natural Cosmetics Limited (FANCL);
Mrs. Cecilia Cheung, Broad of Directors Le French May;
Dr. Simon S O Ip, CBE, JP, Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club;
Mr. Stephen Ip Shu-kwan, GBS, JP, Steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Dr. Eric Li Ka-cheung, GBS, OBE, JP, Steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club;
Mr. Julien-Loic Garin, CEO of Le French May;
Mr. Sebastien Allard, Director of the Department of Paintings, Musée du Louvre;
Mrs. Ina Giscard D’Estaing, Head of International Relations Musée du Louvre and

Other distinguished guests included: Dr. and Mrs. C.C. Tung; Lady Ivy Wu; Mrs. Linda Lau; Mrs. Daphne King-Yao; Ms. Kathy Chiu; Mr. Shih Wing Ching; Mr. Frederick Ma; Mr. Ambrose Lee; Ms. Anina Ho; Mr. and Mrs. Rock Chen; Mr. Christopher Owen and Mrs. Victoria Tang-Owen; Ms. Victoria Law; Mr. and Mrs. Bosco Law; Ms. Sharon Cheung; Mrs. Virginia Wu; Mr. Ricky Chim and Mrs. Clara Chim; Mr. Ernie Suek and Mrs. Marie Suek; Mr. Andrew Kinoshita and Mrs. Lumen Kinoshita; Ms. Michelle Loo and more……

Revealed to guests on the very day was an unprecedented exhibition - Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years, bringing masterpieces across the globe from the world’s biggest museum: Musée de Louvre.

Following a preview tour at the exhibition, guests were led to the museum courtyard which was then transformed to revive royal festivities as they were presented at the time of the French Kings. Surrounded by invaluable masterpieces from the French National collections, Le French May brought its guests back in time to the Palace of Louvre. Decorated with topiaries and blooming flowers in a style that mimics the lush French gardens, the gala impeccably echoed this year’s theme of the festival - celebrate art and life the French way.

Dr. Andrew S. Yuen, Chairman of the Board of Le French May, welcomed guests with a speech, “Tonight is a night of celebrations, of festivities. We could not be more delighted than to celebrate our Silver Jubilee edition here, in the very heart of the Heritage Museum, surrounded by Masterpieces of the Louvre. This is a very rare opportunity we are offered, and we are happy to share with you all tonight.”

Complemented by a series of excellent performance including trumpets, dance and a melodic performance by Hong Kong Virtuoso Chorus with an angelic adaptation of ‘Joyeux Anniversaire’ (Happy Birthday), the gala gave a nod to 25 years of eventful French artistic exchange presented by Le French May Arts Festival. Le French May board members and sponsors were then invited on stage for a cake-cutting ceremony for the Festival’s Silver Jubilee celebration.

The highlights of the evening, a special menu exclusively designed by Michelin Stars Chef Guy Martin, Executive Chef of Le Grand Véfour Paris and Chef Nicolas Boutin, Executive Chef of ÉPURE Hong Kong, La Mission Haut-Brion 1994 and 1995 wines, as well as sumptuous Blancs de Blancs and rosé champagne by G.H Mumm, and delicate desserts by DALLOYAU, have received utmost commendation by the guests, concluding the gala in clinks of glasses and laughter.

Later during the dinner, Mr. Julien-Loïc Garin, Chief Executive Officer of the Charitable organisation behind Le French May, revealed another highly anticipated project which will be launched later this year, “A cultural institution, our Association is aiming to make a step forward, in celebrating the uniqueness of our city, its specific culture and its world appeal…A three day events, Lumieres Hong Kong will promote Hong Kong heritage, artists and unique culture through the use of light, whether it is art installation, projection or interactive works. The creation from 5 local artists, joined by international artists will truly "light up Hong Kong" in this coming November!”

Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor FANCL for making the night a remarkable success.

Press information
High-res images of the opening ceremony and gala dinner

For more information about Le French May 2017, please visit the official website www.frenchmay.com

About Le French May
Established in 1993, Le French May is one of the largest cultural events in Asia. With more than 120 programmes presented across two months, it has become an iconic part of Hong Kong’s cultural scene that reach out over 1 million visitors each year.

The objectives of Le French May are to touch everything, to be everywhere and for everyone.

To touch everything by showcasing the most diversified art forms: from heritage and contemporary arts, paintings and design, to classical music and hip-hop dance, cinema and circus.

To be everywhere by bringing performances to various venues and districts, including the unusual and unexpected: from cultural centres and shopping malls, to public spaces, the racecourse and Victoria Harbour.

For everyone because the Festival aims to reach out to the entire community by developing educational programmes, talks, guided tours, workshops and masterclasses, including those that directly benefit the young and less-privileged.

For 25 years, Le French May has been both truly international and distinctly local and wishes to contribute to the unique appeal of Asia’s World City.

Le French May received the “Gold Award for Arts Promotion 2008” from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and received the patronage of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau.

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Le French May Arts Festival 2017 Silver Jubilee Gala Dinner