Opening of the Week of the Francophonie 2015 (15th to 22nd of March)

The Week of the Francophonie was opened yesterday by HE the Ambassador of France Bernard Régnauld-Fabre, at the Residence of France, in the presence of Jack Lang, the President of the Arab World Institute.

Mr. Lang was invited by "The Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture and Research" to give a speech about his experience as a former French Minister of Culture, and on his own perception of the democratization of culture. On this occasion, he praised his host, Shaikha May, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, for her personal investment and for all the work she has achieved in order to preserve the heritage of Bahrain in general, and the heritage of Muharraq in particular.
On the second part of his speech, Jack Lang discussed the future of Culture, and its role in the dialogue between the Arab World and the Western Countries.

The main topics discussed throughout the speech have perfectly introduced the Week of the Francophonie 2015, which theme is “French, a hospitable language”. Therefore, the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in Bahrain and the Alliance française are pleased to present you the different events that are going to take place this week. All the activities will be held at the Alliance française (Educational Area, Isa Town), and they are all free and open to all:

Tuesday 17th of March, Kid’s time: a “goûter à la française” will be held at 4pm for all the young students of French, followed at 5.15 pm by the screening of the lovely animation movie: « Ma Maman est en Amérique » by Marc Boréal (in French with English subtitles).

Wednesday 18th of March, 8 pm: Francophonie Delights Evening, all friends of French language and cultures are invited to bring and share delicacies from their countries of origin, in a friendly and informal atmosphere (a popular potluck !). Entertainment: a French music band and a demonstration of kizomba.

Thursday 19th of March, 6.30 pm, Cross Culture Gathering: screening of the highly praised documentary “La Cour de Babel”, by Julie Bertuccelli, (2014, in French with English subtitles). The film, which depicts with an incredible accuracy the life of teenagers from very different countries arriving in a Parisian middle school, will be presented by the Counselor for French language of the Ministry of Education in Bahrain, Dr. Mohamed Khlifi, followed by a debate on inter-culturality.

Sunday 22nd of March, 7pm, Canadian movie night: screening of “Monsieur Lazhar” (French with English subtitles), a powerful movie about immigration and education by the talented Philippe Falardeau.

published on 18/03/2015

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