For all Francophones

For all Francophones

Breaking barriers

Alliance Française de Delhi’s annual event ‘Francophonie Week” saw participation of eight French-speaking countries’ embassies like Switzerland, Belgium and Canada. Francophiles from all over came together to promote French language and the diversity of Francophone cultures. 

The festival that commenced on March 16 at Lodhi Estate premises featured French film screenings, quiz competitions, musical concerts, plays, art exhibitions, and other performing arts over its four days of celebration.  Mitushi Khurana, head of culture and communication, Alliance Française de Delhi, notes, “This idea of celebrating the French culture started in France some 50-60 years ago and the other 20 countries that have French as their first language. In Delhi, it started some 20-30 years back. Every year, in the month of March, we organise this French week where we celebrate the French language and the culture. We collaborate with all the French-speaking countries for this festival.”

The first day of the festival saw collaboration with the Belgian embassy. An exhibition titled “Man is a funny bird” by Belgian artist Rudi Pillen (1931-2014) was hosted. The next day saw a theatrical presentation ‘Les belles sœurs’ reading in English in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission and a dance performance by Indo-Canadian Kathak dancer 

Anjana Patil. A jazz performance called ‘Collage’ was organised on the third day of the festival in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland. A Francophonie mela was organised on March 19 where the countries had put their stalls showcasing their language, culture, food and other attractions. The day also featured a World-Soul musical concert by Erika Lernot who is of Martinican origin.

“Francophonie Week is a much-awaited event for everyone — students, teachers, and Francophonic community, the diplomats. And since we collaborate with these countries, they also promote this event within their community,” says Khurana. “This festival is a little part of French in India. Being French, it is nice to see how our culture is loved and appreciated by all. Also, it is helpful for the young people who want to learn French,” Lernot tells Metrolife. 

An International Francophonie Day was also organised on March 20 at Alliance Française de Gurgoan. It was the same date when in 1970 the treaty was signed in Niamey for the creation of the Agency for Cultural and Technological Cooperation, which is now know as the Francophone Agency. 

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