March 2016: International Month of the Francophonie [fr]

Each year, the Month of the Francophonie is celebrated in March. A series of cultural, educational and scientific events, organized with partner institutions, and which aim to promote francophone cultures will be held throughout the month in all of New England! There will be plenty of events suitable for all ages and audiences! Remember: Keep Calm... and Speak French! Here are the highlights of this great celebration.


Thematic program of the Month of the Francophonie (regularly updated).

Official and Francophone Flag Raising Ceremonies

  • March 16: 15th Franco-American Day at the Maine State House
    The Consul General has been solicited by Maine Senator Nate Libby and Representative John L. Martin to attend this annual day of celebration. There, he will participate at a bilingual session in each chamber, with the House of Representatives and the Senate, before he will make a speech underlining the profound bond uniting France to the State of Maine, at the press conference acknowledging this year’s nominees to the Franco-American Hall of Fame. The conference will be followed by a raising flag ceremony.
  • March 18: Raising Flag Ceremony in New Hampshire
  • March 23: Raising Flag Ceremony at the Rhode Island State House, 4:00 pm
  • March 30: Raising Flag Ceremony at the Burlington City Hall, Vermont, at 4:30 pm
    A collaborative effort of the city of Burlington, the state of Vermont, Canada, Québec and France, the flag raising will be hosted by the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region and attended by the Consul General Valéry Freland and the dignitaries Ernie Pomerleau, Honorary Consul of France in Burlington, and Burlington city Mayor Miro Weinberger.
    Follow the link for all information.

Kick-Off Event

  • February 29: Exceptional Boston Celtics Franco Night
    Join us at the TD Garden for a Celtics game against Utah Jazz to kick-off the 2016 Month of Francophonie in the sportiest of way.
    Where: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
    When: February 29, 7:30 pm
    Price: $20 with promo code 15FRANCO
    All information is right there.

Scientific Events


  • March 1: Scientific soirée of the Francophonie – "Talk the Walk: A Conversation with Swiss Explorer Sarah Marquis"
    National Geographic explorer Sarah Marquis will regale the audience with tales from her wild adventure: walking 10,000 miles from Siberia to Australia over the course of three years.
    Organized by Swissnex Boston at the Cambridge Public Library from 5:45 pm to 8:30 pm.
    Where: Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, 02138
    When: March 1, 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm
    Free and open to the public. Registration required.
    For all information and to register, just follow the link.

Arts and Culture Events


  • From February 29 to March 12: Québec Rap Artist Webster On Tour In Massachusetts
    • Québec hip hop artist Webster will visit many francophone schools to promote French language, music and poetry, giving a series of conferences and conducting various writing workshops.
    • On Saturday, March 12, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Webster will stimulate the creativity of young minds (ages 13 - 17) by giving them the tools to poetically express their emotions and to write and perform their own rap songs during a hands-on workshop.
      Organized by the French Cultural Center of Boston and the Delegation of Quebec in Boston. In French.
      Where: French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St, Boston, 02116
      When: March 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
      Price: $15 (members); $20 (non-members)
      To purchase tickets, just follow this link.
      Please find below the event’s complete description (in French):

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  • March 1: Exhibit Opening of Samuel Luxama’s "De la musique jusqu’au silence"
    Come to the French Cultural Center from 6:00 pm onwards to discover a collection of three-dimensional mixed media paying homage to the great francophone musicians of the 1970s realized by Haitian artist Samuel Luxama.
    Where: French Cultural Center
    When: March 1, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Free and open to the public.
    Follow this link for all information.


  • March 2: Theatrical Reading – Meursault, contre-enquête (The Meursault Investigation), Kamel Daoud
    Guy Ben-Aharon will direct Nael Nacer in a staged reading of Kamel Daoud’s literary retelling of Albert Camus’ legendary novel, L’Étranger, at the French Cultural Center. Co-organized by the Cultural Services of the Consulate of France in Boston. In French without subtitles.
    Where: French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St, Boston, 02116
    When: March 2, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Price: $10 (members); $15 (non-members); $10 (students)
    To purchase tickets, just follow the link.


  • March 3: Francophone Table Reading & Discussion at Schœnhof’s
    Schœnhof’s and the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) offer you an evening of reading and discussion dedicated to the 2014 Prix Goncourt, Pas Pleurer, by Lydie Salvayre. Reading & Discussion in French.
    Complimentary wine & cheese. Event starts at 6:15 pm.
    Where: Schœnhof’s Foreign Books, 76 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, 02138
    When: March 3, 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
    Free and open to the public


  • March 9: Bouillon de Lectures – Haitian Literature Book Club
    Bouillon de lectures is an informal French book club held monthly at the French Cultural Center’s library. The FCC picks the theme and you choose what you want to read.
    Where: French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St, Boston, 02116
    When: March 9, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Free and open to the public
    All information is right there.


  • March 10: Emel Mathlouthi Concert
    Singer and songwriter Emel Mathlouthi – the voice of the Tunisian Revolution – is one of the most exciting and influential contemporary Tunisian artists and develops an intimate and lyrical style, mixing rock, trip-hop and electronica influences, and interlacing those influences with motives drawn from traditional Arabic music. Co-presented with the Consulate General of France in Boston.
    Concert starts at 7:00 pm.
    Where: First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St, Boston, 02116
    When: March 10, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Price: $25 (members); $35 (non-members); $20 (students)
    To purchase tickets, just follow the link.


  • March 12: French Around the World – Voyages en Francophonie
    Voyages en Francophonie is a French Language Festival organized by efgb and Lexington-Antony Sister Cities Association from Lexington Tourism Committee. VEF is a fun filled familiy event for all ages: scavenger hunts, artistic workshops, puppet shows, mini-concerts with Atlas Soul and Manage a Trois Bal Musette. The event aims at promoting the vitality of the francophone community in Boston through 8 country-stands where people can speak with natives who will explain their traditions, taste local specialties, and listen to stories and legends. Belgium, Canada, France, Haiti, Lebanon, Monaco, Morocco and Seychelles will be represented.
    Where: Cary Hall, Lexington, MA
    When: March 12, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Free and open to all (suggested donation of $15/family)
    Just follow the link for all information about the event.
  • March 18: Soirée Verlaine at ISB
    As part of the Spring of Poets, a Verlaine Soirée is organized by the International School of Boston. On this occasion, 9th-graders will introduce the audience to the poetry of Verlaine through a series of mime, drama, songs and dance. Four pupils acting as Verlaine will stage a revival of four different parts of his life and works, enabling the audience to rediscover Poèmes saturniens, Romances sans paroles et Fêtes galantes in both strange and familiar ways.
    Where: Church Hall, International School of Boston, 17 Irving St, Arlington, MA 02476
    When: March 18, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Free and open to all.
    Follow this link for registration.



  • March 30: Un Mois, Un Livre: Tunis Blues
    Explore the work of award-winning Tunisian author Ali Bécheur in this workshop for intermediate to advanced French speakers, led by Lucile Chaurin Ablanedo, a French painter who teaches at the French Cultural Center.
    Where: French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116
    When: March 30, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Price: $20
    For all information and to register, just follow the link!
  • Throughout the month: Francophonie Film Festival at Coolidge Corner
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    • March 3:
    • March 17:
      • Un Seul corps (Sotiris Dounoukos, France, 2014; Flickers Short Film)
      • Les Conquérants (Xabi Molia, France, 2013; French Cultural Center Feature Film):
        Presented by the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Boston and the French Cultural Center as part of the monthly Alliance Française Film Club.
        For all information and to purchase tickets for Les Conquérants, click here.
        • Synopsis:
          Galaad and Noé meet up at their father’s funeral. Half-brothers, they have little in common, apart from an equal share of personal failures. Convinced that the evil eye has been dogging them ever since their father stole a sacred relic, Galaad convinces Noé to act. Suddenly adventurers, the two men set out in search of the stolen object, and in search of the chance that has shunned them until now.
        • Trailer:
    • March 24:
    • March 31:

Click here and you will discover all there is to know about the Francophonie Film Festival.

Educational Events

  • March 5: Dictée de la Francophonie at the International School of Boston
    Organized by ISB and Boston Accueil, under the patronage of the Consul General of France in Boston.
    Where: Media Center, International School of Boston, 17 Irving St, Arlington, MA 02476
    When: March 5, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Free and open to the public


  • April 1: Grande Fête de la Francophonie des Écoles
    For now 10 years, the Consulate General of France in Boston has been organizing the Grande Fête de la Francophonie des Écoles, an event gathering middle school and high school pupils from all of New England, and dedicated to the promotion of French language and culture and of the values of peace, diversity and innovation that they carry with them. For its 10th anniversary, the Cultural and Educational Services of the Consulate have decided to orchestrate an exceptional event which, undoubtedly, will be remembered in the years to come: cloturing the celebrations of the Month of the Francophonie, the gathering of students will constitute the most considerable encounter between young learners of the French language to have been held in New England, one of the most important historical regions of French immigration to the US. 2,000 students will indeed gather on April 1st at the Providence Career & Technical Academy in Rhode Island, where they will, as a chorus, perform an interpretation of two French songs (C OKAY, by Swing, and "On Écrit sur les Murs", by Kids United), before attending a series of representations revolving around the world of Francophonie, including a participative show by Malian percussionist Maiga, along with his band Afrimanding.
    Where: Providence Career & Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St, Providence, RI 02903
    When: April 1, from 10:00 am onwards
    All information is right there. Please find the event’s flyer below:
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Please follow this link for a calendar of all francophone events in New England.

Celebrating the Month of the Francophonie

La Francophonie is the vibrant community shared by the 274 million speakers of French across 5 continents. From Africa to the Americas, French is the 5th most spoken language in the world, and the second most learned language after English. With more than 60,000 words, it is a language of international communication used by 80 nations and governments. In the United States, it is estimated that up to 11 million people are Francophone, and 13 million Americans claim French, French-Canadian, or Acadian origin. The majority of Franco-Americans are concentrated in New England, as well as Louisiana. Clearly, French is a rich international language that connects people well beyond the borders of France!


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