23rd Fran­co­phonie Fes­ti­valu nder way

Changjiang Weekly - - CONTENTS - By He­len Pan

The open­ing cer­e­mony for the 23rd Fran­co­phonie Fes­ti­val in Wuhan was held at the 403 In­ter­na­tional Art Theater on March 17. The cer­e­mony co­in­cided with the semi fi­nals of the 2018 French Song Com­pe­ti­tion in Cen­tral China.

This year's fes­ti­val pays trib­ute to French-speak­ing women around the world. Ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­nizer, the Con­sulate Gen­eral of France in Wuhan, the WeChat-based game Pivot Dic­ta­tion will be part of the fun, as well as French film screen­ings and lec­tures on fe­male top­ics from

ar­chi­tect Anouk Le­gen­dre, Pro­fes­sor Mar­tine Reid, and Pro­fes­sor Do­minique Ma­caire. Jean-Mau­rice Ripert, French Am­bas­sador to China will also host a lec­ture in Wuhan about the Fran­co­phone world on March 26.

Marie Dar­rieusecq, a French writer whose novel Truisms re­mains a best­seller and has been trans­lated into more than 40 lan­guages, also at­tended the open­ing cer­e­mony. She shared her knowl­edge on the cre­ative process for her lit­er­a­ture with the au­di­ence.

Dur­ing the fes­ti­val, var­i­ous mu­sic events will take place in Wuhan. These in­clude harpist Syl­vain Blas­sel's per­for­mance on March 24, and so­prano Laeti­tia Grimaldi-Spitzer on March 25, both to be held at the Qin­tai Mu­sic Hall.

A hu­mor­ous the­atri­cal mono­logue from Li Song de­scrib­ing the highs and lows of learn­ing French over the years, will be pre­sented on March 25 at the Yel­low Crane Tower.

The fes­ti­val in Wuhan will con­clude with Mars en Folie, an an­nual mu­si­cal feast at VOX Live House on March 26.

Par­tic­i­pants of the 2018 French Song Com­pe­ti­tion re­ceiv­ing awards Marie Dar­rieusecq

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