Francophonie 2013 Raises its Colors in Washington, DC
Beginning March 1, WASHINGTON DC will resonate with the vibrant sounds, sights, and tastes of the French-speaking world when the 13th edition of the Francophonie Cultural Festival launches six exciting weeks of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more. The events take place throughout the Washington area at the Festival’s partner institutions.
This year, the opening reception, on March 7, awarding the Grand Prix de la Francophonie, will take place at the Residence of Gabon. The Embassy of France will welcome at the House of France (Maison Française), the embassy’s cultural events facility, several of these “rendez-vous” that emphasize the diversity of the French-speaking world.
La Grande Fête, a highlight of the Festival each year, takes place at the Maison Française on Friday, March 22. More than 35 embassies and organizations will put together a stunning display of culinary specialties and traditions of the Francophone world. The evening will feature a live concert by Switzerland’s popular singer-songwriter Bastian Baker. The Maison Française will also present the prolific Haitian author Frankétienne for an evening of poetry with musical accompaniment, on April 3, as well as a live concerts with artists of Mali – TeraKaft on March 13.
Since 2001, more than 40 countries have collaborated to highlight the colors of the Francophonie – from Africa and the Americas to Asia, and to the Middle East. This year, participants include Belgium, Djibouti, France, Haiti, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mali, Senegal, Switzerland, the Republic of Cameroon and Quebec. The Francophonie Cultural Festival is presented in collaboration with The Smithsonian Associates, Alliance Française, La Maison Française, and the French-American Cultural Foundation.
For a full schedule, tickets, and information, visit francophoniedc.org.