This year the Québec Government Office in London, in collaboration with different London-based representations of members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF), organised two activities to commemorate the Journée international de la Francophonie in the capital.
The La Francophonie week was kicked-off with an environmental awareness-raising event, held over a morning in one of the capital’s Franco-English schools, in the form of an interactive workshop which some sixty pupils, aged between 7 and 11, were able to take part in. The school, recently cofounded by a Montrealer, welcomed staff members from the Québec Government Office and Québec children’s book author Christiane Dorion, who delivered the workshop which was based on her book “Tout ça comment ça se fabrique” (How we make stuff). The activity enabled the children to explore some of the major environmental questions of our time.
Québec took centre stage for the second activity, a theatrical improvisation match, the result of a close collaboration between the French Institute, the Lebanese and Swiss embassies, the Canadian High-Commission and Wallonia-Brussels International and held on 20 March, Journée international de la Francophonie, in the evening. This match in which comedians from a number of organising countries went head to head in the spirit of friendly competition, to the great entertainment of the Ciné Lumière’s full house of spectators, was a beautiful illustration of the Francophone language, culture and talent. The 5 participants from Québec’s Théâtre de la Ligue Nationale d'improvisation managed to stand out and were very well received.
The theatrical improvisation match is a dramatic-play technique developed in Québec on 21 October 1977, under the Montreal Experimental Theatre, by Robert Gravel who wished to explore new forms of theatrics and ways to engage the public.
The La Francophonie week is a yearly cultural event organised in several countries with the support of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) to commemorate the signing of the treaty, on 20 March 1970 in Niamey (Niger), which gave rise to the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation (ACCT), known today as the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF). Today the IOF represents 890 million people from 77 States and Governments. The aim of the La Francophonie week is to promote the diversity of the French language as well as, the cultural solidarity which exists between those who keep it alive. Usually organised around 20 March, the day of the Journée internationale de la Francophonie, the event was held in London this year between 15 and 23 March.
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theatrical improvisation match