19th annual Francophonie Festival
For the second time, the opening of the Francophonie Festival will be held in a South African school offering French language to its learners. This year, Pro Arte Alphen Park will host this festive day on Saturday 9 March from 11am to 4pm.
The Ambassadors of the 24 francophone countries represented will be welcome by the students of ProArte School and the Ambassador of France, M. Christophe Farnaud will launch the day with a few words. , The guests will enjoy a live performance and a masterclass by South African Breeze Yoko, a talented artist specializing in video/film and graffiti, the French music group La Fanfare Couche-Tard and the French accordionist Claude Verdié.
During the day, stands from 24 francophone countries, the Lycée français Jules Verne, the African World Heritage Fund, the DIRCO and the Cercle Francophone will offer gastronomic specialities, cultural activities and professional and touristic information.
The annual Francophonie Festival is a platform available to Embassies, institutions, Francophones and Francophiles in South Africa for the promotion of French cultural and linguistic diversity.
The festival highlights the creative artistry of the many countries sharing French language. Through gastronomy, music, culture, dance and cinema, people can discover the various expressions of Francophonie cultures over 3 weeks.
Since 2010, more than 24 countries have collaborated each year to present an array of experiences all rooted in the Francophone cultures – from Africa to the Americas to Asia to the Middle East. This year, the participating countries are Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France, Greece, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Niger, Poland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Romania, Switzerland, Togo and Tunisia.