In Québec and throughout the network of Québec government offices abroad, a number of activities are held each year to underline International Francophone Day, celebrated on March 20. This year’s edition of the event coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
Celebrations in Québec
During the month of March, a wide array of festivities, including performances, language games and contests, are being held across Québec under the “Francofête” banner. The festivities are also an opportunity for the body that coordinates the activities, the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF), to bestow awards on people who have helped boost the impact of French in the workplace, public services and advertising. The 2010 edition of Francofête is being held under the theme “Le français, une langue tout en mouvement” (which translates roughly as “French, a truly dynamic language”).
For the second year in a row, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, awarded the Prix Reconnaissance - Francophonie to a Quebecer to highlight the person’s exceptional contribution to enhancing the influence of the French language and Québec culture. This year’s award was presented to journalist, essayist, novelist and television personality Denise Bombardier, a prominent author and media figure in the French-speaking world.
March 20 is also being celebrated officially by virtue of a motion tabled in the National Assembly by Minister Arcand.
The Government of Québec and its network of offices abroad organize dozens of cultural and academic activities each year, often in collaboration with partners from La Francophonie. These events include a francophone fortnight in New England, a French-language film festival in Beijing and a French-language film week in Los Angeles.
Francophone celebrations organized by the Québec government offices abroad (in French)
Francofête (in French)
International Francophone Day (in French)