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Explore Global Francophone Cultures

March is Francophonie Month, a celebration of Francophone language and culture around the world established by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), which represents French-speaking countries and facilitates cooperation between its members while promoting the French language, linguistic diversity and more. Francophonie Month is celebrated every year in March, with International Francophonie Day (Journée internationale de la Francophonie) taking place on March 20.

Scroll through the list below to find out how you can celebrate Francophonie Month with us through books, podcasts, films, and more that highlight the rich diversity of the Francophone world.  

A Conversation with Leïla Slimani

Leïla Slimani, the Prix Goncourt-winning author and personal representative of French president Emmanuel Macron to the OIF, marks the start of the OIF's 2021 Francophonie Festival with a conversation moderated by Ursula Lindsey and introduced by Ambassador of France to the United States, Philippe Étienne, in which she addresses the importance of Francophonie in the world and her own path as a francophone writer.  Watch the recording on Facebook.

IFcinéma à la carte

CORNICHE KENNEDY BY DOMINIQUE CABRERA

This month, IFcinéma à la carte celebrates Francophonie with four feature films available to watch in the US. They will be available free of charge and without registration, from March 10 to April 10. Learn more

TV5 Monde's Francophonie Special

Watch the TV5MONDE Francophonie special, La grand-messe (2018)! Every year, thousands of Tour de France fans gather along points of the race route in hopes of catching a glimpse of the competition. Two Belgian documentary filmmakers hand the mic over to Tour "regulars" who, in some cases, arrive with trailer-in-tow a week before the event to secure the best possible position. In this behind-the-scenes look at the most prestigious cycling race in the world, Holy Tour reveals the human side to a mega-sports event riddled with tenderness and humor. Learn more

Véronique Tadjo Book Tour

Now through March 31, tune in for the virtual book tour of brilliant poet, novelist, academic, and artist from Côte d’Ivoire, Véronique Tadjo. Tadjo's latest book, In the Company of Men, draws on real accounts of the Ebola outbreak that devastated West Africa. This poignant, timely fable reflects on both the strength and the fragility of life and humanity’s place in the world. Learn more

Gaël Faye Live Performance and Interview

On March 9, Columbia University will present a unique performance by Gaël Faye, Burundi-born author and musician nominated for the 2021 Victoires de la Musique whose first novel, Petit Pays, won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in 2016. The performance will be followed by an interview in French moderated by Fanny Guex. Learn more

Multimedia Artist Alexandria Eregbu

The Ateliers Medicis have commissioned five African-American artists to participate in l’Autre.expo [The Other·Expo], an online initiative designed to give artists carte blanche to explore, experiment, and share their points of view on the Internet. 

Dive into the work of multimedia artist, educator, curator, writer and visionary Alexandria Eregbu, whose practice is often driven by stories, whether lived or dreamt, and inspired by narratives from West Africa and the Caribbean or her native city, Chicago. Learn more.

Francophonie Cultural Festival 

Now through March 31, tune in for the annual Francophonie Cultural Festival celebrates the diversity and richness of the French language and Francophone communities around the world. This year, discover a broad array of exciting virtual events, from a poetry night to a tour of botanical gardens around the world and an exploration of Marc Chagall's work. Learn more

Voyage en Francophonie Concert

On March 20 at 5 p.m. EST, join the Lycée Français de New York's Cultural Center for a concert celebrating the diversity of French-speaking voices today via a musical voyage from New York to Montreal, Paris, and Tunis. The line up will include Canadian singer Andréanne Malette, French singer Yseult, Tunisian singer Emel, Senegalese singer Moonaya and Martinican musician Mino Cinelu. The evening will be hosted by French journalist Aline Afanoukoé. Learn more

United Nations Chamber Music Society Concert

In celebration of International Francophonie Day, the UN Chamber Music Society will present a virtual concert in partnership with the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Tune in on March 20 or rewatch this exciting event to celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Francophone world. Learn more.

Five Continents Literary Festival

The Five Continents Literary Festival returns for its third edition! Organized by the Maison Française de NYU and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), this virtual event celebrates the work of Francophone women writers. Tune in from March 22 - 26 for an exciting series of literary discussions, film screenings, and more. Learn more

Women's Challenges in the World of Philosophy

On March 27 at 10am EST, join the Alliance Française of Boston and Cambrigdge for "Women's Challenges in the World of Philosophy," a fascinating panel discussion with Francophone women philosophers. Conversation will explore the work of four female philosophers from France, Québec, and Belgium and examine the place of women in this predominantly male field. Learn more. 

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