AROUND THE WORLD is an immersive exhibition showcasing the best of French transportation, as part of MOVE!, their tenth French Excellence programme, featuring a series of talks, film screenings, workshops and kids activities.
Local non-profit educational and cultural organisation Alliance Française de Singapour presents AROUND THE WORLD, a highly engaging exhibition that showcases the best of French transportation across the ages. Inspired by French author Jules Verne and his famous Extraordinary Voyages collection which includes celebrated novel, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, the exhibition is an irresistible invitation to travel, running from 27 April – 15 July 2023.
Following protagonist Phileas Fogg’s challenge in the novel, visitors are invited to transcend time and space, travelling around the world via air, land, sea or space. They will have the opportunity to explore different eras of transportation, gaining insights into the evolution of French engineering and innovation. Upon arrival, visitors will be greeted at the Itinerary Office where they will be invited to write the first pages of their own extraordinary journey.
Visitors can start their journey with air travel and witness some of the most iconic aircrafts that have played a significant role in shaping modern air travel. One such artefact is a model of the world’s first supersonic passenger-carrying commercial airplane, Air France’s Concorde, which still holds the record for some fastest commercial flight journeys today, embodying French art de vivre at its finest. Guests are encouraged to reminisce the craft in its glory days through Concorde’s original menu, tableware or beauty pouch on display.
Travelling next with land transportation, visitors will be invited to discover France’s intercity TGV, an acronym for Train à Grande Vitesse. Duly named ‘high-speed train’, he holds the world record for speed and is constantly pushing the limits of high-speed rail technology globally. TGV M (“M” for modular), the newest generation of high-speed trains is also presented, providing a forward-looking lens into the future of higher energy saving and more cost-efficient modes of land travel.
Next part of the journey will lead guests to the fascinating world of French sea transportation. A model of the SS France will celebrate the epitome of French excellence, recalling how the longest Trans-Atlantic liner at the time, a record held for 42 years, charmed sea passengers in the 1960s with her luxury, beauty and grace, up till her very last journey in 1974.
The last room of the exhibition takes visitors on a journey beyond Earth and into the vast expanse of space. Here, guests will gain a first-hand, immersive experience of space travel through a Virtual Reality experience. ‘Dans la peau de Thomas Pesquet’, literally in the shoes of Thomas Pesquet, allows them to explore space like never before, with the French European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, famous for spending six months in the International Space Station.
Every visitor to the AROUND THE WORLD exhibition will also stand the chance to win an Air France Singapore-Paris flight ticket. To participate, visitors simply need to submit their entry ticket and complete a quiz about the exhibition. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, explore, and win at AROUND THE WORLD!
Fabian Forni, Executive Director of Alliance Française de Singapour, said, “We are truly honoured to present this important exhibition inviting you to discover all the French innovations that have revolutionised the way we travel on land, by sea, and in the air or space, from the record-breaking ones to those that will allow us to better preserve our planet.”
In addition to the captivating AROUND THE WORLD exhibition, Alliance Française de Singapour will be hosting a dynamic series of activities throughout the duration of the MOVE! Programme, their tenth French Excellence programme. Alliance Française de Singapour invites guests to explore the past, present and future of French transportation, and is accompanied by a series of talks, film screenings, workshops and activities for kids.
This includes a large series of film screenings, such as French action thriller film, ‘The Wolf’s Call’, which stars Omar Sy from Netflix acclaimed TV series Lupin and award-winning biopic on Jacques- Yves Cousteau, ‘The Odyssey’. Families with young children can look forward to a family-friendly selection of films which includes the film adaptation of Jules Verne’s timeless masterpiece, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, as well as a chuck glider making workshop and engaging storytelling sessions in the Alliance Française library to immerse themselves in the exciting world of aviation.
Notably, there will be an immersive wine tasting workshop, hosted by the multi-Michelin starred French restaurant, Les Amis, as a nod to the role of Michelin in French transportation, led by Mr. Hervé Pennequin, who ranked third in the 2004 Sommelier World Championship. Guests who wish to dive deeper into the future of transportation can attend a talk by Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon from the Collège de France, who will be speaking on the theme “Transportation Tomorrow”.
Alliance Française de Singapour would like to thank its sponsors – the Embassy of France in Singapore, Alstom and Perrier, and its partners – Airbus, Air France, Decathlon, Institut Français, La Vingt-Cinquième Heure, Les Amis, Michelin, Nanyang Polytechnic, Petrossian, RATP Dev – for helping to bring MOVE! to life.
For more information about Alliance Française de Singapour and information on booking tickets, visit: https://alliancefrancaise.org.sg/move#/