Francophonie festival returns to Zim

HARARE - The Francophonie Festival, which celebrates the diversity of the French language and culture, will kick off today at Sam Levy’s Village where a film titled Haute Cuisine will be screened.

For the next two weeks, the festival will showcase films, music, spelling competitions, dance sessions and several other arts and culture activities at venues in Harare and Bulawayo.

Major highlights of the festival, which begins today and will run until March 27, will be the screening of internationally-acclaimed French films that include Sunt O Baba Comunista ( I’m An Old Communist Haga), L’ Oranais (The Man from Oran), Les Rayures Du Zebre and Tom A La Ferme (Tom at the Farm).

In a bid to stoke up local interest, the two-week festival has roped in some of Zimbabwe’s finest musicians who include Afro-jazz star Victor Kunonga and talented songbirds Tariro NeGitare and Eve Kawadza.

Tariro neGitare believes the Francophonie Festival will enhance her music career.

“It is much easier to do your work as an artiste when you know many languages including French,” said gifted guitarist-cum-singer.

“It gives you more opportunities in the Francophonie world. French brings down barriers and the most important factor in the arts and culture industry is exposure. Even the two weeks that the Sing Your Way To Paris winners are exposed to, helps a lot as you will be in a different part of the world that has different cultural values.”

Speaking at a news conference at the Alliance Francaise offices in Harare this week, France’s

Ambassador to Zimbabwe Laurent Delahousse underscored the festival’s contribution to cultural diversity.

“The French are a community of values so the festival is meant to make everyone understand French culture and language. The language is the second best learnt in the world, making the cultural values also important to learn, hence the importance of the festival,” said Delahousse.

The ambassador added that “The Francophonie has 80 member states, 57 of which are full members and 23 are obscure. Over 800 million people in the world are associated with French in a way. Cultural diversity is what we want as the organisers, for people to experience the cultural diversity the French have to offer.”

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