The DC Francophonie Cultural Festival is here! The Québec Government Office in Washington again joins the Smithsonian Associates, the Alliance française de Washington, and over 30 diplomatic partners for a celebration of la langue de Molière. This March, we are excited to feature eight public events across the DMV! #FrancophonieDC
Book Reading and Reception – Kim Thúy
Monday, March 4 at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Schaffer Hall, Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus
Join Québec author Kim Thúy for a book reading and discussion, followed by the opening reception of Johns Hopkins University’s Francophionie Festival, featuring Franco-Caribbean dances by a student dance group! Born in Saigon in 1968, Kim Thúy left Vietnam by boat at the age of ten, and was resettled with her family in Granby, Québec as refugees. Her début novel ‘Ru’ won the 2010 Governor General’s Award and Thúy was recently a runner-up for the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature, the “alternative Nobel Prize.” This activity is funded in part through the MRIF’s Québec-United States University Grant Program.
Tickets: free activity! no advanced registration required.
Book reading in French, with discussion in French and English.
Comedy Show – Sugar Sammy
Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia
Montrealer Sugar Sammy is one of the hottest comedians on the international circuit. He has performed over 1600 shows in 31 countries in English, French, Hindi and Punjabi. He is currently touring the U.S. once again with one show in Washington, DC! He is a charismatic provocateur whose worldly outlook allows him to hit on cultural, social and political themes with great charm and finesse, just ask the New York Times!
Tickets: $29.50 (plus fees). Tickets available on Ticketmaster.
Show in English.
Film Screenings and Panel Discussions: La maison des Syriens
Monday, March 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Thursday, March 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
2142 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC
The BQW joins local partners to present two screenings of the film “La maison des Syriens” (A House for the Syrians) by Québec filmmakers Christian Mathieu Fournier and Nadine Beaudet. The 80-minute documentary tells the story of a small Québécois village preparing to receive a Syrian refugee family. A panel discussion will follow each screening.
On March 11, Christopher Sands (Director, Center for Canadian Studies), Tamara Woroby (Professor of Economics), and Maureen White (Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute) will discuss Canada’s refugee policy and the international response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Discussion in English. Registration through Eventbrite.
On March 14, André Valotaire, Minister Counsellor (Migration) at the Embassy of Canada, will discuss the pan-Canadian effort to welcome more than 40,000 refugees from the ongoing civil war in Syria. Discussion in English and French, followed by a wine reception offered by the Embassy of Canada. Registration through Eventbrite.
Tickets: Free activites! Advanced registration is required.
Film in French with English subtitles. Trailer available here.
International Symposium: Francophonie, Cultural Diversities and African Presence in Québec
Wednesday, March 20, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ralph J. Buche International Center, Howard University
2218 6th Street NW, Washington, DC
Join professors Clement Akassi (Howard University), David Boucher (Collège de Maisonneuve), Marc Christophe (Howard University), and Mbaye Diouf (McGill University) for an academic discussion on the diversity of Québec’s Black community and on its contribution to Québec’s identity, culture, politics and heritage.
Tickets: Free activity! Registration details to follow.
The Dictée Gabrielle Roy
Thursday, March 21, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Washington, DC: Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW
Charlottesville, VA: Alliance française, 700 Harris Street, Suite 105
A dictée or dictation is similar in nature to English-language spelling bees. On March 21, Québec Government Offices in the United States and Mexico are joining their local Alliance française for the 2nd Dictée Gabrielle Roy, a contest live-streamed across North America from l’Université de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A text by the famed Franco-Manitoban author Gabrielle Roy will be read by former Canadian Senator, The Hon. Maria Emma Chaput, and participants test their ability to correctly transcribe the reading.
Tickets: free, but advanced registration is required before March 19, 2019. Ages 15+. Intermediate French (B2) required.
Register on Eventbrite to participate in Washington, DC or in Charlottesville, VA.
La Nuit de la Poésie (Poetry Night)
Friday, March 22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2142 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Come enjoy a glass of wine and a selection of poems from around the French-speaking world at the Alliance française. Have poetry of your own? Bring it along to share! Québec will feature poetry by Gilles Vigneault and Kim Thúy.
Tickets: Free activity! Advanced registration required via Eventbrite.
La Grande Fête de la Francophonie
Friday, March 29, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Maison française, Embassy of France in the U.S.
4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC
The highlight of the Francophonie Cultural Festival is the Grande Fête which is an invitation to truly travel: every year over 35 embassies get together to present their culture, and even more importantly their traditions, from cuisine to crafts. This year the event will once again be presented in partnership with Smithsonian at 8. Over 1400 people attend the Grande Fête, so stop by our booth for some Québec beer and maple treats!
Tickets: $40.00 available on Eventbrite.
The complete line-up of all Francophonie Festival events is available at www.francophonie-dc.org.
Follow the Festival on Twitter: @FrancophonieDC!