Going out of this world with “Univers/e” to honour French digital creation and space exploration

This year’s theme for Digital November celebrates the large leaps mankind has made in both creative and space-related endeavours.

The French Consulate General has its head in the stars for “Univers/e”, the fourth edition of the annual art festival Digital November (“Novembre Numérique”), that will showcase highlights of the latest in French digital creation.

Digital November will be hosted at the Hong Kong Space Museum from 6 to 16 November. There is a line up of family-friendly events planned for the duration of the festival that all follow this year’s theme of honouring the achievements of the French in space exploration. With several plans in the works to revisit the Sun, Moon, and Mars, 2020 is a significant year in mankind’s ongoing mission to understand the vast expanse of space.

One of the festival’s headliners is the screening of Proxima, a film directed by Alice Winocour starring Eva Green and Matt Dillon, about a woman who is preparing for a one-year expedition at the International Space Station while balancing life as the single mother of her eight-year-old daughter Stella. The movie will be shown at Broadway Cinémathèque in Yau Ma Tei in the afternoon on 14 November.

For some fun for the whole family, Alliance Francaise Hong Kong has organised a Science Cafe Kids Workshop for children to learn about space, and explore these celestial objects through arts and crafts. This workshop will be lead by Dr. Hoi Fung David Yu from the Faculty of Science of the University of Hong Kong.

Other events involve a number of collaborations, including an astrophysics conference hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as a conference on the topic of women in space research held by the University of Hong Kong’s Women and Science Organisation (WISE).

For more information on the festival, you can visit the Consul France website.

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