Francophonie festival returns
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