The French Embassy celebrates Francophonie
On March 27, the Embassy of France, in partnership with the Smithsonian Associates and the Francophonie Embassies, hosted the Grande Fête de la Francophonie, a closing celebration of the DC Francophonie Cultural Festival. This festival is the largest Francophone and Francophile “rendez-vous” in the world, and has highlighted the music, art, literature, film, cuisine, and customs of French-speaking countries and regions from across the globe for the past 15 years.
The Grande Fête, one of the highlights of the Festival, was a real world tour of francophone cultures. More than 30 embassies presented their traditions and culinary specialties.
Haitian artist Emeline Michel performed from 8 to 9 p.m., bringing a Caribbean beat to the festivities.
The dance party started at 9 p.m. with DJ Princess Slaya, who spun music from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and plenty of destinations in between.
Participating organizations and embassies included but were not limited to: Alliance Francais de Washington, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Commonwealth of Dominica, Cote d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, France, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Hungary, Laos, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Monaco, Niger, Republic of Congo, Romania, Senegal, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, and Tunisia.