Alliance Francaise kickstarts Francophonie celebrations
As the world celebrates French, Alliance Francaise du Swaziland has a series of events to commemorate this annual event in the country.
Alliance Francaise du Swaziland Director, Laurence Amigues explained that half a billion French-speakers around the world celebrated International Day of Francophonie on 20 March.
The event began in 1998 for French speakers to celebrate their common bond, the French language, as well as their diversity.
French is an official language in 33 countries on five continents and is the second most commonly studied foreign language in the world.
She added that the local office, which was part of a global network, whose objective was also the diffusion of French language, was also expected to follow suit.
The Alliance Française of Swaziland promotes culture and arts with the support of the French government. It fosters cultural exchanges by facilitating the artistic expression of cultural diversity, providing opportunities for mutual enrichment by organising concerts, exhibitions, dance and theatre shows.
“Tomorrow, we will be celebrating the International Day of Francophonie. This is an annual event that the local office celebrates. We have an exciting programme of events that starts tomorrow (today),” she said.
The first celebration kicks off at Waterford Kamhlaba today at 7pm with a solo performance dubbed, ‘Look at me still’ by Fatou Cissé.
Look at me still is a solo performance by Cissé, as modern Senegalese woman, who, through dance, sends a message to all other women. Also for all is possible, and for that we must stand up and say no to any form of discrimination, to meet and exceed the traditional gender differences.
Another performance that will be showcased tonight is ‘All is not lost’ by Maman Sani, a young contemporary dancer from Niger. Sani was fed to the creation of his experiences, his travels, his encounters but above all, a long imprisonment in an airport. His solo performance was inspired by all the feelings and emotions that he could cross incomprehension, obstacles and criticisms, appearance and reality, people’s eyes.
The entry fee is E5 for children and E20 for adults.
Tomorrow, Alliance Francaise will commemorate International Poetry Day with a performance by Rooted Soulz at the Alliance Française premises situated at the ministry of education in Mbabane. The celebrations will start at 10:30am to 12:30pm. There will be a special lunch at 1pm.
Furthermore, French European Jazz Twins Alice and Cécile will perform at the Edladleni Restaurant on
This French duo which has already toured Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia bring some jazzy flavours and melodic sounds.
Booking is essential and the entry fee is E130.