March: Francophone Cultural Month

Many events will take place this year to celebrate Francophonie in and around the Southwest, including concerts, lectures, presentations, food samplings and many workshops! All of the cultural creativity and diversity of francophone countries will be celebrated over a month of events.


Some of the highlights will include famous Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, who wrote the music to the highly awarded film Timbuktu. Fatoumata Diawara will perform on April 2nd at Pomona College, to conclude a week of screenings of Timbuktu the previous week.

Also, the Senegalese-Québécois writer, rapper and poet Webster will perform and lead a series of creative writing workshops at several universities (UCLA, USC) and high schools (le lycée français, John Burroughs High School), teaching young students how to write, rap and rhyme in French with a message.

Francophone books will be celebrated with an evening of readings at the West Hollywood Public Library on April 28 where a selection of Francophone books will be read by actors and writers.

Francophone movies will also be honored during those weeks with many different screenings, including "Cinema Paradis", a French film week in Phoenix at the Filmbar, presented in partnership by Filmbar and Phoenix Sister Cities Grenoble Committee (March 15-22), an all night program of francophone movies at Pomona College, from dawn to sunrise, a cycle of francophone films at the Alliance Française de Los Angeles throughout March, and many screenings on different campuses including USC, UCLA, Chapman University, the Claremont Colleges, and many more. Francophone poetry will also be celebrated at Cal State Los Angeles through a recitation contest.

At the Theatre Raymond Kabbaz in Los Angeles, French music will be played with the French folk band Les Yeux Noirs on March 7th, and the performance "Une Nuit Radieuse" by Jean Winiger will also take place at the Theatre Raymond Kabbaz on March 23rd.

A week of French Language cinema will also take place there from March 16 to 21, in collaboration with the Consulates of France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada; as well as the Quebec Government and TV5 Monde.

Celebrations will also take place with lectures and class presentations during the Francophonie celebration events on campuses, including games, challenges and most importantly, food!

During the several "Fête de la Francophonie" events on different campuses, students from several universities will take part in a video contest where they will compete to create videos celebrating the Francophone world, and also hold stands, make crèpes, sing French songs and engage in all types of francophone activities.

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Last modified on 07/04/2015

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