‘Bonjour India’ French culture festival to begin on April 12

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After a gap of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘Bonjour India’ – an annual festival that celebrates French and Indian cultures – will take place in Bengaluru on April 12. 

The fourth edition of ‘Bonjour India’ will feature more than 100 events across 19 cities from April to June.

French and Indian cultures will be showcased through various events in domains like science, literature, performing arts, photography, cinema, art, and gastronomy, the organisers said.

Other events in April include ‘Concert (In) Chorus’ (April 23) and ‘Wall art festival’ (April 27) at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore and Rangoli Metro Art Center, respectively.

Speaking about Bonjour India, Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain said, “Bonjour India is a gift from France to the people of India when the country celebrates the 75th anniversary of its independence. India and France have enjoyed a close cultural partnership for decades, thanks in particular to the network of 14 Alliances Françaises throughout India. During this festival, we will honour the past exchanges and create new collaborations.”

Ambassador Lenain further added, “We believe that our two nations can grow closer by appreciating cultures and co-creating art, amalgamating views from both the countries. I look forward to coming together with the most creative people from our countries, resulting in greater creativity and enrichment. I believe that the free exchange of ideas between our two countries will plant the seeds of new thoughts that will help tackle the challenges that lie ahead.”

Every event is open to all, thoughtfully crafted to delight and entertain, and in most cases, freely accessible to the public. Bonjour India rejoices in the centuries-long interactions and friendship between India and France. Bonjour India is for neophytes and enthusiasts alike, a platform where families, school children, young adults, professionals, and others, mingle, discuss, explore, and forge memories and experiences that are remembered for a lifetime.

As much as Bonjour India is supported and funded by the government of France, the festival has a tradition of receiving the support and contribution of numerous partners, Indian and French, public and private.