So Frenchy So Chic 2023 announces the line-up

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So Frenchy So Chic 2023 celebrates a 12th year of indulgent summer escapism. Bringing the best of French culture to Melbourne’s Werribee Mansion and Sydney’s Bicentennial Park, this is a French garden party full of fun and frivolity.

So Frenchy So Chic 2023

Billed as the poshest picnic in the Southern Hemisphere but while there is French class, So Frenchy So Chic is a festival for all lovers of French culture. It’s also family-friendly and children’s tickets are available.

 

Music at So Frenchy So Chic 2023

As always, the music line-up for So Frenchy So Chic 2023 is guaranteed to have you kicking off your shoes and dancing on the grass.

 

Pi Ja Ma

 

Known for “gentle exuberance” and a paradox in which she is both a “lone wolf and addicted to love,” Pi Ja Ma’s sound is that of French pop with a distinct 60s influence — echoing SFSC’s 2022 project Yè-Yè 2.0, which saw top Australian female artists reinterpreting songs from that era. Listen to her here.

 

 

 

Rover

Rover, real name Timothée Regnier, is a powerhouse of vocal creativity. His self-titled 2012 debut album won the Revelation award at the Victoires De La Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys) and reached Gold Disc status with over 50,000 records sold.  Listen to him here.

 

Kalika

Fresh from performing at France’s summer festival circuit, Kalika’s voice has been described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove” and her music fearlessly confronts patriarchal standards. A night owl, she composes in the little studio she has set up in her Paris apartment. Listen to her here.

 

 

 

Suzane

Suzane’s fast, fiery, and profound music earned her a well-deserved award at the Victoires De La Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys) for Best Live Performance in 2020. She’s enjoyed multiple appearances in some of Paris’s biggest venues, thanks to a spectacular stage presence informed by her background in dance. Listen to her here.

 

DJ Set 

In both cities, So Frenchy So Chic festival founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux will make a rare appearance behind the decks alongside our star DJs for a special live radio set of French favourites new and old.

 

French food, wine and champagne at So Frenchy So Chic 2023

Of course, it’s not just about the music. After all, you can’t have a French festival without French food and wine. As always, So Frenchy So Chic 2023 has catered for all of your French food desires.

 

So Frenchy So Chic 2023 will be a wholly catered and licensed event, with feasts prepared by premiere French eateries in Sydney and Melbourne. Melbournians will enjoy offerings by Frederic Bistro, Prahran’s favourite French restaurant, L’Hôtel Gitan, and famous fromagerie Milk The Cow. The latter two will be the providers of the cheese and charcuterie hampers for Melbourne (which can be pre-ordered when you purchase your ticket (just look at the add-ons section of the ticketing website).

Sydneysiders can expect haute cuisine in a relaxed setting by Bellevue Cottage, headed up by Antoine Moscovitz, who trained under Alain Ducasse and was formerly private chef to House of Roederer Cristal Champagne. In addition, Rosebery French eatery, Frenchies, will be offering charcuterie hampers (which can be pre-ordered when you purchase your ticket (just look at the add-ons section of the ticketing website).

 

Food stalls will create an ambiance de marché will a wide selection of French food options including oysters, lobster rolls, croque monsieur, cassoulet, Basque paella, sweetcorn madeleines with blue swimmer crab and espelette, mussels, and pissaladière through to the ever-popular crêpes and crème brulée. As always charcuterie and cheese hampers will be available in both locations.

 

Champagne Lanson has been announced as the champagne partner for So Frenchy So Chic 2023 and will be poured alongside a curated selection of French wines and cocktails.

 

Premier pique-nique

Groups of 10 can treat themselves to an upgrade to the ultimate VIP experience with their own beautifully styled table with the best seats at the festival. These tickets include entry to the event, two bottles of Lanson champagne, two charcuterie hampers and two cheese hampers. These tickets cost $213.36 per person and can only be purchased as a group of 10.

 

Free Sun Umbrella

The first 500 tickets sold to So Frenchy So Chic 2023 will also receive a complementary SFSC sun umbrella/parasol which is perfect for adding some French flair to your outfit and shading yourself from the January Summer sun.

SFSC 2023 Charity Partner

When purchasing your ticket, you will also have the option to make a donation to So Frenchy So Chic 2023’s chosen charity: FareShare. It’s a charity that rescues food that would have otherwise gone to waste and turns it into nutritious meals for people in need.

 

KEY INFO FOR SO FRENCHY SO CHIC 2023

WHAT: So Frenchy So Chic, a French festival celebrating French music, food, wine and joie de vivre

WHERE & WHEN:

  • Werribee Park, Melbourne, Sunday 15 January 11:15am to 8:30pm
  • Bicentennial Park, Sydney, Saturday 21 January 1pm to 11pm

HOW: Purchase your tickets and pre-purchase your cheese and charcuterie hampers via the links below:

HOW MUCH: Early bird tickets are now on sale (and the first 500 adult tickets sold include a free SFSC sun umbrella) and are priced as follows:

  • Adult $85
  • Child 2-12 $14.07 (must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times)
  • Teen 13-17 $54.95 (must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times)
  • Students 18 and over $70.28

SFSC MELBOURNE TRANSPORT

You can purchase a return bus ticket for transport from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station to Werribee Park and back for $42.87. It leaves Southern Cross Station at 10:30am and departs So Frenchy So Chic 2023 between 8:30pm and 9pm.

 

What are you waiting for?!

Buy your ticket now at the early bird price and countdown ’til January for the ultimate French day out!

 

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Light Cycles at Illuminate Adelaide extended for 2 weeks

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Light Cycles is an immersive light and sound installation currently on show at the Illuminate Adelaide Festival, and extended ’til 14 August. The installation is created by Moment Factory, a Canadian multimedia studio specialising in the conception and production of immersive environments. Since its inception in 2001, Moment Factory has created more than 500 unique projects worldwide, including the Lumina Night Walk series. Productions span the globe and include such clients as Changi Airport, Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, Disney, Arcade Fire, Microsoft, Sony, Boston Museum of Science, Madonna, Cipriani, Universal Studios, the Toronto Zoo and the Reims Cathedral. We had a chat to Mathieu Grainger of Moment Factory about Light Cycles at Illuminate Adelaide.

Light Cycles

You made your Australian debut with Light Cycles in Adelaide last July and are bringing the experience back this Australian Winter. Are you coming to Australia for the install? 

Several of Moment Factory’s team members have made the trip to Adelaide for the install of Light Cycles, including the technical director, lead motion designer, musical director, as well as our Creative Director and Producer.  As our team generally work nights during the installation, we also have a team supporting from Montreal.

 

Light Cycles is said to be “grounded in the exploration of the human relationship to nature”. How is that so?

Inspired by the scientific principles of natural phenomena, our approach uses light and projection to amplify nature, in turn creating an immersive, illuminating experience.

The experience draws inspiration from the beauty and energy of nature, embodied by the garden itself.

Drawing from nature’s secret rhythms and its ability to communicate in unique ways, music plays an integral role in uniting the site, evoking a sense of natural energy and light travelling across the garden.

Light Cycles

What can Adelaide audiences expect from Light Cycles?

Visitors will walk across the Botanic Garden Pathway, engaging with a unique sensory experience made of seven immersive installations that encourage them to connect with the site and the experience in various ways.

 

Who is Light Cycles for?

Light Cycles is designed for the entire family; children and adults will experience and connect with the enhanced natural environment in various ways that inspire a renewed appreciation and fresh perspective on nature.

 

Do you prefer working for artists/doing work in public spaces in terms of the freedom of creativity?

Our motto is We Do It In Public. In fact, the public really is what’s most important for us, no matter the canvas.

Our multimedia, immersive experiences pioneer forms of entertainment that offer them new forms of entertainment. Whether at a concert, in a public garden or across an urban square, we aim to inspire a sense of collective wonder and connection.

 

What has been your career highlight?

Gabriel Pontbriand: As a lighting designer, I worked for years in clubs, arenas and theatres. Then roughly 10 years ago, Moment Factory was approached to work on an outdoor illumination project in a beautiful provincial park in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.  Our team was immediately inspired by this natural environment that presented us with a very rich canvas on which to work.  Within a few months, we had created our first ever enchanted multimedia night walk, a project aptly named, Foresta Lumina. This was a defining moment for me as lighting designer and creative director, as it instantly shifted my perspective on how we can create these massive experiences in beautiful natural settings. We have since created 15 similar experiences around the world!

Mathieu: Similarly to Gabriel, I too spent most of my career producing and filming festivals, shows and events in what I now consider to be more “traditional” environments.  In 2013-2014, a few years before I joined Moment Factory, I was approached by Bik Van der Pol, an artist duo from Rotterdam, who challenged me to work with them to reinvent the rock tour. What came from this exploration was a one-day event where hundreds of guests were loaded onto tour buses to visit remote, hidden stages installed in forests and natural canvases throughout the city.  What ensued was an all-day concert that featured 11 bands presented on 11 swatches of land where it was the guests and not the artists that were on tour. This reinvention of form, forever altered the way in which I approach producing experiences. Once I started working with Moment Factory a few years later, and was given the opportunity to continue pushing the boundaries, I quickly found myself working in a team of creators who, much like I, find  great satisfaction in creating experiences in highly unlikely places!

Light Cycles

What would be your dream space to transform with your experiences? 

We are ever searching for that ancient forest, with trees that touch the sky, rivers and creeks that nourish the forest floor and natural landmarks, that have been chiselled through time into the rock below us. We are looking for character forests, places so magical that simply lighting it with a flashlight in the night would stir wonder…please…if you know of such a place, reach out to us!

 

What is your creative process? Do you create the show around the space?

Our process is integrated; from ideation to execution, our departments specialized in content, environment, and systems design are led by a powerhouse team of project managers and producers who guide the process. Moment Factory is a  one-stop shop for experiences that thrill, surprise, and amaze audiences.

Light Cycles brings together a mix of concepts that were custom-created for the site and adapted from experiences in Moment Factory’s repertoire, such as the award-winning North Forest Lights at The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and our Lumina Night Walk series, and was designed with four new custom installations to emphasize the lush canvas of the Botanical Garden.

How long does it take to create an installation like Light Cycles from conception to install?

From ideation, to conception, to production to integration and to opening, it took about 8 months. As the pandemic happened, in the meantime, we worked mostly remotely during the production and integration phases. Light Cycles was made possible through close collaboration with the festival’s team and Moment Factory’s Forest Lab, a test site with a lake in the Quebec woods. Innovative use of 3D scans, aerial photography, and virtual technology, allowed our teams to design multimedia features with precision and seamlessly map them onto Adelaide Botanic Gardens groves and landscapes.

Light Cycles

What are the challenges in putting on a show in a public space? Does winter weather pose any challenges (Australian winter being far less severe than a Canadian one but still frost and rain)

You are correct, the winter in Australia is far more tamed than our Canadian winters, but what often marks this season is the unpredictability of it all. Using technology outdoors can be challenging. It’s integral to our process that the installations are conceived to withstand all weather conditions and merge seamlessly within the natural environment.

 

What newer technologies are you working with or hoping to work with in the future?

We’re always interested in testing and prototyping new technologies, but it’s not about the tools we use, it’s about how we use them that keeps our work so interesting. Much of the testing of new technologies happens at our Forest Lab, a quaint piece of land 2 hours outside of Montréal where there is a very wide variety of trees, hills, lakes, rivers and a climate that presents us with the full seasonality Canada has to offer. From +35 degrees Celsius in the summer to -35 degrees Celsius in the winter, our experiences and technologies are continuously evolving in this environment to give our creative teams the diversity of tools required to stir emotions through our experiences.

 

After Adelaide, what and where are your next projects?

Our 15th Lumina Night Walk and first in the United States will open fall 2022.
AURA, an immersive experience at the Invalides in Paris will open in the upcoming year.

 

We also collaborate with music artists such as Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, 5 Seconds of Summer, Halsey, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Conan Gray…

We thank Mathieu Grainger and Gabriel Pontbriand from Moment Factory for this interview.

 

KEY INFO FOR LIGHT CYCLES

WHAT: Light Cycles, an immersive installation that is part of the Illuminate Adelaide festival

WHERE: Adelaide Botanic Gardens

WHEN: Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30pm until 14 August (sessions every 15 minutes)

HOW: Buy your tickets through this link: https://www.illuminateadelaide.com/program/season-2022/light-cycles/

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices are as follows:

  • General Admission – $40.00
  • Group (4 or more people) – $38.00 per person (click + to book for more than 4 people)
  • Children under 4 are free, but a $0.00 ticket is required for entry.

A 2% merchant service charge applies. No concessions apply to this event.

 

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