LEILA SLIMANI, SOPHIE FONTANEL AND JULIA SEDEFDJIAN
MEET-THE-AUTHOR: LEILA SLIMANI (9 NOV, 7.30 – 8.30PM)
Leila Slimani’s prolific work captures stories of women who are othered – be it on an individual, domestic, cultural or historical level. She deftly tackles the deeply personal with a wide-ranging eye on history and an unsentimental writing style. Explore writing at the intersections of power, gender and culture in this conversation.
SOPHIE FONTANEL: AGELESS ON INSTAGRAM (13 NOV, 3 – 4PM)
Join French fashion journalist, style icon, and author of The Art of Sleeping Alone (her memoir about practising celibacy at age 27 for more than a decade) as she discusses fashion as a means of exploring authenticity, and what selfies can teach us about ourselves. The former fashion editor at ELLE who became an Instagram sensation in her 50s shares what social media can teach us about the pleasures of being more comfortable and confident in our own skin.
AUDRA MORRICE AND JULIA SEDEFDJIAN: EDIBLE ROOTS (12 NOV, 7 – 8PM)
Two Michelin-starred chef and rising star of French gastronomy Julia Sedefdjian’s approach to gastronomy is marked by her Armenian-Sicilian roots. Audra Morrice, chef, author, television presenter, and MasterChef finalist and judge draws influence from her Singaporean Chinese-Indian heritage. Together, they explore the possibilities of redefining culture in culinary terms, and what it means to respect tradition while reinventing the wheel. Join them as they speak about their favourite food memories, the diverse influences on their cuisine as well as their cooking philosophies.
PANEL DISCUSSION: FASHION STATEMENT (14 NOV, 4.30 – 5.30PM)
As fashion tries to shed its bad rep, the industry increasingly caters to different sizes, skin tones and delving into products normally associated with the streets. Who sets the rule on what is beautiful and what is acceptable in fashion? Industry experts highlight the role of fashion in breaking social barriers and challenging perceptions to be more inclusive.
Festival Pass: $20 | Festival Pass Plus: $35TICKETS