Festival de la Francophonie 2017
The 8th annual Francophonie Festival is taking place in Pretoria from 11 to 30 March 2017.
The annual Francophonie Festival at the Alliance Française Pretoria is a platform available to Embassies, Institutions, Francophone and Francophiles in Pretoria for the promotion of French cultural and linguistic diversity. The festival is a great way to learn about other cultures and explore the creative artistry of the many countries that speak French.
Since 2010, more than 25 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, participating countries include Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Canada, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Gabon, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, RDC, Seychelles, Senegal, Switzerland, Togo, and Tunisia.
This year’s Francophonie Festival has a special focus on sports, as Côte d’Ivoire is hosting the Francophonie Games in Abidjan and France is launching its candidacy for the Olympic Games (Paris 2024).
[( The opening of the Festival de la Francophonie took place at the Alliance Française Pretoria on Saturday 11 March 2017. Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Christophe Farnaud, and special guest of honour Masego ’Maps’ Maponyane opened the ceremony.
All day, many visitors got to explore cultural and food specialties of the 25 participating countries. There were also traditional dances by Bulgaria and a music concert by Madagascar. The French School choir performed some French songs and the day ended with a prize giving ceremony.
To see more pictures, please visit the Facebook page of the Embassy: Embassy of France in South Africa