Franco­phonie fes­ti­val re­turns

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AL­LIANCE Française de Maseru is set to hold a num­ber of cul­tural and artis­tic events from 18 – 19 March 2016 as part of the an­nual Franco­phonie Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val is meant to en­ter­tain, ed­u­cate and im­prove cross-cul­tural un­der­stand­ing be­tween Fran­co­phone coun­tries and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

It is also meant to en­able the pub­lic to ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent aspects of the Fran­co­phone world.

The fes­tiv­i­ties will start off next Fri­day with a Franco­phonie craft and food mar­ket, in which lo­cal and for­eign crafts­peo­ple will dis­play and sell their hand­i­crafts at Al­laince Française gar­dens in Maseru.

On the same day, Al­liance Française de Maseru will also host the “Speak Up 4 Le­sotho” fo­rum in con­junc­tion with Morija Mu­seum. Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued by the French cul­tural cen­tre, the monthly lecture se­ries is meant to in­form the pub­lic, en­er­gise de­bate and pro­mote pos­i­tive ac­tion to ad­dress var­i­ous chal­lenges fac­ing Le­sotho.

“Pre­sen­ters will come from a va­ri­ety of dis­ci­plines and back­grounds. In gen­eral, each lecture will have three re­source per­sons who will make short 15-minute pre­sen­ta­tions fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion,” says the state­ment.

“The dis­cus­sion will be about iden­tity, more specif­i­cally, about Mosotho iden­tity.”

The fete will end on a high note on 19 March 2016, with a din­ner con­cert at Mpilo Lodge Ho­tel fea­tur­ing Takalo – con­sist­ing of South African-based Zim­bab­wean gui­tarist Louis Mh­langa and Mada­gas­car-born French ac­cor­dion­ist Regis Gizavo.

Tick­ets for the din­ner con­cert cost M350 per per­son in­clu­sive of a three­course meal which would be a choice of fish, meat or veg­e­tar­ian.

Takalo’s per­for­mance would be part of the duo’s five-coun­try tour which also in­cludes shows in Botswana, South Africa, Zam­bia and Zim­babwe.

Al­liance Française de Maseru Di­rec­tor Remi Beghin told the Week­ender this week that the fes­ti­val would also in­clude film screen­ings, while other events sched­uled to be held at the Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho are yet to be con­firmed.

FRENCH ac­cor­dion­ist Regis Gizavo

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