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9th annual Francophonie Festival


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The 9th annual Francophonie Festival starts on Saturday 10 March!



Saturday 10 March, 11:00am at Pretoria Boys High School - Opening day

For the first time, the Opening of Francophonie Festival will be held at Pretoria Boys High School. This festive day, Saturday 10 March from 11:00 am to 5:30pm, will host a special guest speaker: Mrs Naomi van Niekerk, a well-known South African artist who also speaks French.

During the day, stands from the 26 partner countries will offer gastronomic specialties, cultural activities and performances, and a raffle with many prizes is organized by the Cercle Francophone Pretoria. The main event will be the concert by French singer Erika Lernot at 2:00pm


The annual Francophonie Festival, is a platform available to Embassies, Institutions, Francophone and Francophiles in Pretoria for the promotion of French cultural and linguistic diversity.

The festival highlights the creative artistry of the many countries in which French is spoken. Through gastronomy, music, culture, dance and films, people can discover the various expressions of Francophonie cultures over 3 weeks.

Embassies in South Africa from 26 different countries will participate in this festival. Among the participating countries are Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Greece, Haiti, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, RDC, Niger, Poland, the Central African Republic, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, and Tunisia.


Discover the detailed program on the Alliance Française Pretoria website!


Monday 12 March, 6:30pm at Alliance française Pretoria – Movie & cocktail
Requiem for Mrs. J.’ by Bojan Vuletic (1h30) (French version, English subtitles)
A Serbian widow prepares to commit suicide the day of the anniversary of her husband's death, but it is not as easy as she thinks to put things in order first.


Tuesday 13 March, 3:00-5:00pm at Merensky Library, Pretoria University – Debate & cocktail
With Georges Contogeorgis - Philippe-Joseph Salazar - Alexandra Theodoropoulou,
'Le populisme, un éléphant dans les salons de la démocratie' (Populism an elephant in the democratic room) (French translated simultaneously to English)
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Wednesday 14 March, 6:30pm at Alliance française Pretoria – Movie & cocktail
Nouhe ne sait pas nager’ (Nouhe doesn’t know how to swim) by Rachid El Ouali (1h30) (French version, English subtitles)
A 45-year-old man raises his armless son alone after his wife died by drowning, in a small village in Morocco.


Thursday 15 March, 6:30pm at Alliance française Pretoria - Movie & cocktail
Je suis mort mais j’ai des amis’ (I’m dead but I have friends) by Guillaume et Stéphane Malandrin (1h36) (French version, English subtitles)
Despite the death of their leader, a rock band decides to see their tour through to the end but at the last minute they find out about their leader's lover, an air pilot.


Friday 16 March, 6:30pm at Alliance française Pretoria – short films & cocktail
'RAMA' by Suraj Heereelall (10 min)
'Once in a country' by Mauritius Film Development Corporation (15 Min)
'Medy' by Sada Rajiah & Mauritius Film Development Corporation (15 min), awarded at "7 Day Challenge"
(Creole version, English subtitles)


Saturday 17 March, 6:30pm at 201 Orion Avenue, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria – Book night & cocktail
Encounter with 4 Ivorian authors: Mr. Hilaire Kobena, Mr. Samuel Degni, Mr. Jean-François Kouadio, Mr. Severin Bouatini Kouadio Affrimou.
Organized by the Art and Culture Department of the Côte d’Ivoire Embassy


Tuesday 20 March, 6:30pm at Alliance française Pretoria - Movie & cocktail
Single, Married, Divorced’ by Elie Khalifé (1h42) (Arabic version, English subtitles)
A comedy about thirty-year-old Lebanese single women's situation and how society sees them.


Thursday 22 March, 6:30pm at Alliance française Pretoria - Movie & cocktail
Le dernier continent’ (The Last Continent) by Jean Lemire (2h) (French version, English subtitles)
A documentary about Jean Lamire and his scientific crew aboard Sedna IV during their 430 days mission in Antarctica.


Friday 23 March, 6:30pm at Alliance française Pretoria - Movie & cocktail
Une femme pas comme les autres’ (A woman not like the others) by Abdoulaye Dao (1h40) (French version)
Tired of her husband's infidelity, Mina chooses to find herself a second husband.


Monday 26 March, 6:30pm at Alliance française Pretoria - Movie & cocktail
Le temps d’Anna’ (Anna’s time) by Greg Zglinski (1h31) (French version, English subtitles)
A young watchmaker falls for a middle-class woman, but a few years after their wedding, Anna suddenly suffers from a strange sickness which worsens each day.

With the exceptional presence of Noémie Kocher, scriptwriter of the film. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.


Thursday 29 March, 6:30pm at Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn Mall - Movie & cocktail
Demain tout commence’ (Two is a family) by Hugo Gélin (1h58) (French version, English subtitles)
Overnight, Samuel becomes a single father when a one-night stand leaves him with an infant. But 8 years later the mother comes and claims her daughter.

Event open to all, 152 seats are available.



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