Francophonie

Francophonie(s)

March is the month when we celebrate La Francophonie (political group) and La Francophonie (linguistic group).

In partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Office of Francophone Affairs, in support of numerous Egyptian associations promoting La Francophonie including schools through performance arts, and in constant dialogue with the delegations of other member states of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in Egypt (OIF – International Organization of La Francophonie), all the actors of the French delegation in Egypt are mobilized to offer you a festive and diversified programing.

Latest news

  • Sunday 3 March

On Sunday 3 March, the opening of the exhibition “À la recherche du Petit Prince” by the artist Léon Dubois provided an opportunity to announce a preview of the Month of La Francophonie. The exhibition, which runs from 3 to 29 March 2024, is part of a travelling, participatory project in all the cities the artist has visited around the world. In Egypt, the artist investigated the crash of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and collected contemporary traces of Le Petit Prince in Cairo’s memories, during her research residency at the ARD Art Institution gallery.

  •  Monday 4 March

On Monday 4 March 2024, the Month of La Francophonie 2024 was launched in Egypt!

The opening ceremony took place at the Residence of France, and was an opportunity to announce the programme for this Month and to underline the political ties nurtured by the members of the Group of Francophone Ambassadors, through speeches by Mr Levon Armirjanyan, representative of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie for the Middle East, Ms Nadine Mourad, Director of Francophone Affairs at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr Eric Chevallier, Ambassador of France. Representatives from the European continents, Olivia Toderean, the Romanian Ambassador, and Gonzalo Urriolabeitia, the Argentinean Ambassador, representing the Americas, also expressed their enthusiasm for the French-speaking community.

This evening, which provided perspectives, gave an impulse to the Mois de la Francophonie 2024 in Egypt.

CINEMA

  • Tuesday 5 March

On Tuesday 5 March, the film screening programme for the Mois de la Francophonie began at the French Institute in Mounira, Cairo.
The first two films were proposed by Switzerland and Tunisia. Tambour Battant, by Swiss director Francois-Christophe Marzal, is a musical depiction of a 1970s brass band in the small Valais village of Monchoux. The Swiss film was followed by the Tunisian film Les Filles d’Olfa, which won a prize at Cannes, the César 2024 for best documentary film, and was shortlisted for the Oscars. Director Kaouther Ben Hania tells the poignant story of Olfa, mother of four daughters, in this captivating narrative.
The screening ended with a convivial moment on the Institut’s patio.

  • Wednesday 6 March

On Wednesday 6 March, the film screenings focused on creations from Romania and Mauritius. The moving film by Romanian director Mihai Sofronea, “The Wind Hunter”, tells the story of a man’s fight against illness, but despite the fact that his days are limited, he rediscovers the light of life through the love story that cradles the village. Mauritius was celebrated in a series of 3 short films on different aspects: its cultural heritage, the harmony between its different communities and living together.

  • Friday 8 March

Friday 8 March sees the staging of Bizet’s Opera de Goerges Carmen, based on the story of Seville cigar girls and a love story that turns tragic, conducted by maestro Nader Abbassi in collaboration with French mezzo-soprano Marie Karall.