Matinée Francophone at the Boston Public Library
As part of this month’s Celebration of Francophone Cultures, on March 22, 2013, the Consulate General of France in Boston, the Delegation of Quebec, the Consulate General of Canada, and the Boston-Strasbourg Sister City Association hosted a special “Matinée Francophone” for middle and high school students to encounter the captivating rhythms of West Africa.
Upon arrival at the Boston Public Library, the over 340 students in attendance were welcomed by Anne Miller, Cultural Attache at the Consulate General of France in Boston, Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France, and Laurence Gagnon, Communications and Francophone Affairs Attache of the Consulate General of Canada.
After a presentation of images of Quebec, the students watched the winning films of the Consulate’s recent contest, “Flash-info francophone en humour”. Contest participants were tasked with creating a short video of their class as a crazy TV team working for a fake French news program, and the lucky winners received France-related prizes. Program activities also included a short quiz on Francophone cultures and French history.
Following a snack break, the students were treated with a special presentation and concert by Sidy Maiga and his group of dancers, Afrimanding, who introduced the students to the unique dances and lively percussion of Malian music, and some students were even invited on stage for a quick music lesson!
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A second “Matinée Francophone” will be held on April 3, 2013, and the event is already sold out! Stay tuned for pics.