New Delhi, March 13: For all the French culture and language enthusiasts, New Delhi is going to immerse in Semaine de la Francophonie or Francophonie Week starting from today.
From March 13, Delhi will transform into a melting pot of French culture with the Francophonie Week that will feature exhibitions, film screenings, theatre and live music from the European country.
The ‘Francophonie Week’ is the festival of the French language and cultures of the French-speaking countries, which is celebrated in the middle of March across the world. French is the fifth language spoken in the world, the third language for business, spoken by more than 369 million people on five continents, and also is known as the language of diplomacy.
Created in 1988, the week is celebrated ahead of International Francophonie Day on March 20 which celebrates the signing of the Niamey Convention in Niger in 1970. The convention established the precursor to the International Organization of La Francophonie.
Semaine de la Francophonie, organised by Alliance Fran aise de Delhi, is aimed at promoting the French language and the diversity of Francophone cultures.
The event which will see participation by a host of French speakers and Francophiles, will open with a session by Canadian author Fr d rick Lavoie who will talk about countering fake news and literary journalism as a tool against it.
Screenings of award-winning films like "Mommy" and "Origami", as well as an exhibition titled "Back from France Living Outlines" (from March 14), a retelling of the India-France-India story through the artworks of Indian artist Reji Arackal, will also be part of the festival.
“This will be a one of its kind experience for all those who know no bound when it comes to adapting and enjoying different cultures”, shared Jean-Francois Ramon, Director of Alliance Fran aise de Delhi.
The event will conclude with ‘Francophonie mela’, which will feature stalls celebrating all things French.