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International Month of the Francophonie – 2021

Each year, the Month of the Francophonie is celebrated in March. A series of cultural and educational events, organized with partner institutions, which aim to promote francophone cultures, will be held throughout the month in New Hampshire! There will be plenty of events suitable for all ages and audiences! Remember: Live free et Parlez français!

Here is the current calendar of events for March 2021.  Please take note due to the current situation, these events are virtual.  We will continue to update the calendar as we receive information on events and details.

Mois International de la Francophonie – 2021

À chaque année, au mois de mars, est célébré le Mois de la Francophonie.  En collaboration avec des associations partenaires qui ont pour but de promouvoir la culture francophone, des évènements culturels et éducationels sont organisées à travers le New Hampshire durant le mois!   Les divers évènements sont adaptés à tous les âges!  N’oubliez pas! Live free et Parlez français!

Vous trouverez ci-dessous le calendrier d’activités pour le mois de mars 2021.  Veuillez prendre note; étant donné la situation actuelle, les activités sont toutes virtuelles.  Nous continuerons à mettre le calendrier à jour au fur et à mesure que de nouveaux évènements sont annoncés.

Tuesday March 2:   Prêt-à-Parler

5:30 pm – This is a monthly activity.  It is free and open to the public.

To Register

Thursday March 4:   Lancement du mois de la francophonie

6:00 pm – Please note, this event is in French.

Le Consulat Français de Boston la Délégation du Québec à Boston et le Centre Culturel Français de Boston ont le plaisir de vous inviter à participer au lancement du mois de la francophonie.

Horaire proposé:
  • Discours de bienvenue d’Arnaud Mantré, Consul Général de France à Boston, de Barbara Bouquegneau, Directrice Exécutive du French Cultural Center de Boston et de Marie-Josée Duquette, Attachée à la culture et aux Affaires francophones et éducatives de la Délégation du Québec à Boston.
  • Démonstrations de cocktails venant de nos divers régions/pays.
  • Session de Break-out rooms pour discuter en plus petit comité et répondre aux questions des personnes présentes.  (Lors de l’inscription il sera demandé aux personnes de choisir entre 1 et 3 institutions avec lesquelles ils aimeraient être mis en break-out rooms.)
  •  Retour du break-out et remarques de finales.
Événement limité à 100 participants Sur la base:.premiers inscrits/premier servis.  
 

Thursday March 4:

7:00 pm Presented by The Club Richelieu and Nashua Public Library

In the late 19th century, French Canadian Roman Catholic immigrants from Quebec were seen as a threat to the U.S., even as potential terrorists. David Vermette, author of A Distinct Alien Race: The Untold Story of Franco-Americans, shows how this little-known episode in U.S. history prefigures events as recent as yesterday’s news.

To register

Friday March 5:

7:30 pm Symphony NH presents Bonjour Printemps!

Music Director Roger Kalia leads a chamber ensemble in an all French program to welcome in Spring.

PROGRAM:
Debussy/arr. Farrington Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Gounod, Petite Symphony for Woodwind Nonet
Ibert, Trois Pièces Brèves for Woodwind Quintet
Ravel/arr. Farrington, Mother Goose Suite

Cost for this event is $10.

To register

Tuesday March 9:

5:30 pm Free-Form Français

The Hancock Town Library French conversation group will meets every second  Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:00. The topic of the conversation changes every month. There’s so much we can chat about!
 

Contact the organizer via email at [email protected]  to receive the meeting link.

Tuesday March 9:

5:30 pm  Medicinal Herbs du Vieux Temps (from the Old Days)

The Louisiana Folklore Society and the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program invite you to come and learn about the old ways of healing.  This is one of two ZOOM sessions offered this month. 

Please note, this session is in French.  The March 23rd session will be in English.

Register in advance at [email protected]  to receive a link. Please specify which session you wish to attend (you may attend both).

Wednesday March 10:

6:00 pm Teen Prêt-à-parler

This French conversation group is for Teens taking French at the middle school and high school levels.  Or for Teens who already speak French and are looking to practice with other French speaking Teens.  It is hosted by high-school French teacher Madame Fortgang.

To register

Friday March 12:

7:00 pm  Bingo Night!

Event details coming soon.

Thursday March 18:

7:00 pm  French Canadian Expressions with Henri Vaillancourt & Robert Perreault

French Canadian words and expressions embody much of the humor, color and history of a people rooted to the land, the environment , and the basics of daily life. Join us for an evening of sharing these phrases that give life to an inherently rich dialect.

Native French speakers Robert Perreault and Henri Vaillancourt will introduce the attendees to the words and expressions they have known, and encourage participants to share what they have heard in their households as French Canadians of Québécois and Acadian origin.

Participants need not know French to enjoy this activity as it will be conducted in English, and the French words and expressions will be explained and translated –  often with humorous results.

To register

March 18th to 24th:   Various activities and events presented by the French Programs at St. Anselm College

Click the link for details: VirtualFrancophoniemonth21

Saturday March 20:   Discussion on bilingual education in the US

4:00 pm  Presented by The Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College

The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages with Fabrice Jaumont.

For information and to register

Tuesday March 23:

5:30 pm  Medicinal Herbs du Vieux Temps (from the Old Days)

The Louisiana Folklore Society and the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program invite you to come and learn about the old ways of healing.  This is one of two ZOOM sessions offered this month.  Please note, this session is in English.  The March 9th session will be in French.

Register in advance at [email protected]  to receive a link. Please specify which session you wish to attend (you may attend both).

Wednesday March 24: Presented by The Club Richelieu and Nashua Public Library

7:00 pm Concert with Josée Vachon

Enjoy traditional and contemporary folk songs from Quebec and Acadia performed by Franco-American singer Josée Vachon. Josée, 2019 recipient of a bronze medal from La Société Académique Arts-Sciences-Lettres of Paris, will also introduce us to some of her own compositions. Register at www.tinyurl.com/nplconcert to get an invitation to the Zoom event.

Wednesday March 31 : Presented by The Club Richelieu and Nashua Public Library

11:00 am Levée du Drapeau de la Francophonie

Rendez-vous sur le parvis devant la Mairie de Nashua en présence de Monsieur le Maire Donchess qui lira une Proclamation sur la Francophonie. Nous devrons porter un masque et respecter la distanciation physique.

Pour toutes questions, contactez Eric Drouart, président du Club Richelieu. Couriel

La Francophonie is a vibrant and dynamic language community shared by some 274 million speakers. From Africa to America, French is spoken on five continents and is the second most learned language after English.

 It is an international language of communication used by 80 states and governments.

In the United States, the number of Francophones is estimated at 11 million and nearly 13 million Americans report having a French, French-Canadian, or Acadian ethnic origin. The majority of Franco-Americans are concentrated in New England as well as in Louisiana.

La Francophonie est une communauté linguistique dynamique avec quelques 274 millions de locuteurs.  De l’Afrique aux Amériques, le français est parlé sur 5 continents et la deuxième langue la plus apprise après l’anglais.

Le français est une langue de communication internationale parlé par 80 États et Gouvernements.

Aux États-Unis, il est estimé qu’il y a 11 millions de francophones et près de 13 millions d’américains sont de décendances française, canadienne-française ou acadienne.  La majorité des franco-américains sont concentrés en Nouvelle-Angleterre et en Louisiane.