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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