Between 16 - 22 March, 2015 the Québec Government Office in London and other London-based international Francophone representations and bodies took part in a weeklong programme of events held across the British capital to celebrate World Francophonie Day, held each year on 20 March.
Québec's Agent-General Mr Christos Sirros with (left to right): Ms Marie-Noëlle Blais and author Ying Chen
Literary Evening: Author Ying Chen
Literary Evening: Ms Marie-Noëlle Blais from the Librairie du Québec in Paris (a specialist Québec bookshop)
Literary Evening: London-based Francophones and Francophiles
Le Vent du Nord: on stage in London on 18 March for the launch of their new album "Têtu"
Le Match international d'improvisation: Actors from Québec's Ligue Nationale d'Improvisation on stage in London on 20 March
Crédits: Xavier Dolan
Mommy poster: Xavier Dolan himself
This year saw the return of the Literary Evening on 16 March, thanks to the participation of the Librairie du Québec, a Québec specialist bookshop in Paris, and the presence of the talented author Ying Chen as its focal point. Held at the Québec Government Office, the event was an ideal opportunity to (re)discover the French language through Québec literature.
Québec’s much loved folk music quartet Le Vent du Nord, now a regular feature at music festivals across the United Kingdom, launched its new album “Têtu”, on 18 March before a full house at London’s Kings Place.
For the second consecutive year and following its success last year, a theatrical comedy improvisation match (Match d’improvisation) was organised for the evening of 20 March, World Francophonie Day. Actors from Québec’s Ligue Nationale d’Improvisation (LNI) were back for another hilarious evening of theatre comedy improvisation at the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington. Originating in Québec and already popular across the Francophone world, this theatrical genre has taken off leaps and bounds in the British capital – now home to some 300, 000 Francophones and Francophiles – and on Wednesday 8 April 2015 actors from Québec’s Ligue Madelinienne d'improvisation will be going head to head with their counterparts from the London-based French British Improvisation (FBI) at a Cabaret theatrical improvisation show in London. (Tickets for the 8 April show)
In addition and throughout the month of March, a retrospective of Québec director Xavier Dolan’s films were screened at the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington and his film Mommy had its general United-Kingdom release on the 20 March.