2016 French Cultures Festival
For the 2017 calendar of events, click HERE
Spoken by more than 270 million people on the five continents and by 1.3 million people in the United States, French language is the second most widely learnt 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 "la francophonie", it brings together people who not only speak French, but also feel, in one way or another, connected to French cultures 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 30 cultural and educational events were showcased during the Festival in the three states covered by the Cultural Service. For more information on the Festival, you can read the 2016 French Cultures Festival's report.
The 2016 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.
Free Kick-Off Concert
March 11 I Discover Green, Downtown Houston I 6:00 - 10:00 PM
A kick-off celebration of the Festival took place in Houston featuring two French bands and a local one performing on the outdoor stage of Discovery Green.
More information about the kick-off celebration and the bands HERE.
Thank you all for attending the 2016 French Cultures Festival Kick-Off Concert! Check out the pictures of the event HERE.
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The French Cultures Festival would not have been possible without the support of our valued sponsors. This year, our sponsors are: Total, GDF Suez, TV5 Monde, Schlumberger, EDF Inc., HOPE Initiative For A Better Life Foundation, the Confederation of Switzerland, the Government of Canada and the Swiss-American Society Houston.