Each year in March, the main French-speaking Embassies and institutions in Zimbabwe partner with the Alliance Française in Harare and Bulawayo to present a series of films, concerts, shows and activities that reflect the diversity of the francophone world.
The goal of this 2-week celebration is to bring free cultural activities that entertain, educate and improve cross-cultural understanding, to both the Zimbabwean and international community. In 2015, the Festival de la Francophonie will be held from the 13th to the 27th of March at various places in Harare, Bulawayo and partly, in Gweru. One of the major highlights is the Sing Your Way to Paris competition. This event is proudly sponsored by Bon Marché. The competition is open to any amateur musician of Zimbabwean nationality or legal resident, between 16 and 26 years old. The first prize is a two-week all-expenses-paid trip to Paris courtesy of Bon Marché and the French Embassy. Registration for the competition is open until February 28.
Auditions will be held on March 13th and 14th. A vocal and language trainer are available free of charge. Come and register at the Alliance Francaise and see if your singing can take you to the beautiful city of
Film enthusiasts will be treated to a Film Festival featuring the latest Francophone movies. With English subtitles, the films can be enjoyed by all. The screenings at Alliance Francaise de Harare and de Bulawayo will enable the public to experience different aspects of the Francophone world through cinema. The entrance is absolutely free.
The Festival de la Francophonie also promotes and celebrates French language learning in Zimbabwe. In collaboration with a number of schools in Harare, the Ecole Française de Harare, a bilingual French School, has set up a program for pupils and teachers that encourage young and old to be more determined in learning French, thus opening themselves to a whole new world. A Dictation and French Poetry competition, Quiz, Talent Show will entertain pupils, teachers, and parents and bring together local, public and private schools that o er French. Similar events will be organized in Bulawayo.
To round off the festival, a live evening concert featuring three bands will be featured on Saturday the 27th of March in the gardens of Alliance Française de Harare: Eve Kawadza interpreting Edith Piaf, French singer and guitarist Patrick Lupi and Sowe Band from Burkina Faso presenting a fusion of energetic Zimbabwean and Burkinabe music. A show not to be missed!
The Embassy of France, courtesy of the Institut Français and Lions Club International will be sponsoring 4 participants aged 18 to 25 to take part in a two or four-week International Youth Exchange Program in France. For more information, contact the Alliances Françaises.
Join us and the rest of the world as we celebrate international “friendship” and francophone culture in Zimbabwe.
A FEW FACTS ABOUT THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD
The International Organisation of La Francophonie was created in 1970. Its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 80 Member States, respecting cultural and linguistic diversity and promoting the French language, peace, and sustainable development.
• 900 MILLION people use French to varying degrees on the 5 CONTINENTS
• 220 MILLION French speakers worldwide
• 120 MILLION French speakers in Africa.
• Africa is the continent with the largest number of French speakers (55% of the total number) and where the growth of French is the highest.
• French is an offcial language in 32 OIF member states and, with English, is the other working language of United Nations Secretariat.