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Vision Care partners Essilor sponsors French Bastille Day in Sri Lanka

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Vision Care sponsored the eagerly anticipated French Spring Festival 2018 celebrations to mark Bastille Day this year from 14 June to 14 July in Colombo. The event was sponsored by Vision Care as Official Eyewear Partner in partnership with French company Essilor, the world’s largest manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses. 

Vision Care is closely tied to Essilor in its joint venture in Sri Lanka. Organized by The French Embassy and the Alliance Française, the French Spring Festival 2018 portrays the best of French modern culture to an extended audience in Colombo and Kandy. Vision Care is pleased to be associated with the French Spring Festival 2018 which promotes a bond between Sri Lanka and France through artistic activities - to create a platform for both Sri Lankan and French artists.

Furthermore, its partnership with Essilor, enables Vision Care to bring down the latest French technology to the country such as a wide array of different lenses such as Varilux, Crizal, Crizal Prevencia, Eyezen, Transitions and more.

Essilor is responsible for creating Varilux, the world’s first progressive lens which corrects presbyopia and allows clear vision in the wearer’s near, intermediate and far vision. Essilor International S.A. is a French-based international ophthalmic optics company that designs, manufactures and markets lenses to correct or protect eyesight.

Bastille Day celebrations are marked by millions of French people all over the world, to honor democracy and equality in France. The celebrations are not limited to Paris, but take place in countries around the world. In Sri Lanka, a variety of events showcasing French culture were held in both Colombo and Kandy. 

An open mic night and a live show by the famous DJ, Joachim Labrande from Paris wowed audiences, while Thomas Leburn from the French National Choreographic Centre of Tours (CCNT) and Kapila Palihawandana from nATANDA held a free workshop. Two modern ballets, “Vannam” by nATANDA and “Another Look at Memory” by the CCNT were performed. In addition, French street artist, DACO showcased his passion for graffiti, painting walls with his abstract arts, along with workshops for youngsters. 

An exhibition of the photography of French Photographer, Marie Caroline Senils was also on display. A special screening of ‘Django’ was held at Majestic City, Colombo. France’s famous export – Fashion – also featured in the festivities, with a Fashion Show by Lanka Institute of Fashion Technology (LIFT). The French Spring Festival concluded with a French Comic and Literature program by Ashok Ferry.

The French Spring Festival is an annual event organized by Alliance Française de Kotte since 2012 with the support of the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Alliance Française de Kotte in Colombo is a prominent French language and cultural institute, which is a part of a global network that receives its recognition from the Fondation Alliance Française and is affiliated to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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