French Cultures Festival

March 1-31, 2017
The Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston coordinates the French Cultures Festival taking place each year in March in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The festival aims at celebrating French language through cultural and educational events.

Spoken by more than 274 million people on the five continents and by 2.1 million people in the United States, French language is the second most widely learned language in the world. Since 1970, French language has been celebrated on March 20, which marks the birth of the Intergovernmental Organization of French-speaking nations (Organisation internationale de la francophonie).

Each year in March, the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston organizes the French Cultures Festival (FCF) in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A celebration of the diversity of "francophonie", it brings together people who not only speak French, but also feel, in one way or another, connected to France and the Francophone community.

One of the major objectives of the French Cultures Festival is to create awareness of the diversity of contemporary French culture and to stimulate exchanges with the public.

The FCF gathers many institutional partners from diplomatic representations, museums, universities, schools and many other organizations. Last year, over 40 cultural and educational events were showcased during the Festival in the three states covered by the Cultural Service.

For more information, you can read the 2016 French Cultures Festival's report.

The 2017 official French Cultures Festival calendar

The French Cultures Festival features numerous events including lectures and talks, film screenings, performances, concerts, encounters with artists and writers, training sessions for teachers, exhibits and many other educational activities.


5th Annual French Cultures Festival Kick-Off Concert

March 10 I Discover Green, Downtown Houston I 6-10 PM

A kick-off celebration of the Festival will take place in Houston, featuring Laure Briard and her band (coming from Toulouse, France), The Bluebonnets (a local band from Austin, TX), as well as They Call Me Rico (a one-man band living in Lyon, France, and originally coming from Québec, Canada). They will be performing on the outdoor stage of Discovery Green.

Delicacies from Francophone countries will also be offered by our food vendors.

This event is FREE, open to the public and family friendly.

Thank you all for attending the 2017 French Cultures Festival Kick-Off Concert! Check out the pictures of the event HERE.

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Thank you to our French Cultures Festival sponsors!

The 2017 French Cultures Festival would not be possible without the support of our valued sponsors: Total, Engie, TV5 Monde, Antenne du Québec à Houston, Schlumberger, SallyMoon Benz, the Confederation of Switzerland and the Swiss-American Society Houston. 

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