On the occasion of the Francophonie celebrations in New England, the Québec Government Office joined forces with its local Francophone and Francophile partners to develop a rich cultural and educational program highlighting the French language and Francophone cultures.
From the coasts of West Africa to the shores of the St. Lawrence River, from Haiti to the Franco-American communities and Francophones of New England, in March, we celebrated and traveled throughout the francophone world!
Flag Raising Ceremonies in 4 New England States- March 6-26
Once again this year, Flag Raising Ceremonies were organized by four New England States.
Held during the Celebrations of the Francophonie in New England, these Flag Raising Ceremonies are accompanied by a proclamation recognizing the importance of the francophone groups of the region and the francophone heritage in New England.
In the presence of each state's governor or legislators, the 2014 ceremonies were held on March 6 in New Hampshire, March 19 in Maine, March 20 in Rhode Island and March 26 in Massachusetts.
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Louis Cyr presented at the Festival Ciné-Québec - March 8-9
The event, organized in collaboration with the Museum of Work and Culture, the Alliance Française de Providence and Flickers: The Rhode Island International Film Festival aims at promoting Québec's culture and cinema.
The two-day event kicked off on March 8 with a Québec reception followed by a screening of six short films. The reception gave participants the opportunity to taste Québec food products. Marianne Bonnard, Acting Head of Post, presented the shorts and the Québec film industry.
The feature film Louis Cyr, starring Québec actor Antoine Bertrand was screened on March 9,the second day of the festival.
Louis Cyr is a biopic on the French-Canadian strongman who was considered the strongest man in the world at the end of the 19th century.
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Québec Rap Artist Webster On Tour and Voyages en Francophonie
Last March, on the occasion of the Celebrations of the Francophonie, Québec hip hop artist Webster visited many schools, colleges and universities in Boston and New Hampshire to promote the French language, music and poetry.
On March 15, Webster led a workshop and performed a concert at Voyage en Francophonie, in Lexington, MA.
Voyage en Francophonie is an annual event gathering hundreds of participants who visit the stands of francophone countries, taste their culinary specialities, discover their literature and enjoy the performances of artists from the four corners of the French-speaking world.
Fête de la Francophonie in New Hampshire- March 17
On March 17, Belmont High School hosted the Fête de la Francophonie in New Hampshire. Organized by Edith Takantjas, French Teacher at Belmont High school and the American Association of Teachers of French-New Hampshire, this event is a good opportunity for French learners of Belmont High School and other high schools in the region to discover francophonie. Workshops and presentations gave the chance to the students to get familiar with many aspects of francophone culture.
The Québec Government Office in Boston was on site to present fun facts about Québec and promote higher education studies in the province.
To learn more on this event, read the article published in the Winnisquam Echo on page A7!
Soirée Mais Oui! - March 19
This dance party is organized by the governmental representations of Québec, France, Switzerland, as well as with the French Cultural Center at the occasion of the Francophone Celebrations .
This event was a great opportunity for New England francophones to get together and meet while being entertained by francophone music.
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Chloé Robichaud Star of the Coolidge Corner Theater Francophone Film Festival- March 20
The Francophone Film Festival honoured Chloé Robichaud on the International Day of the Francophonie (March 20th). Her short film Herd Leader preceded the projection of her first feature film Sarah préfère la course (Sarah Prefers to Run).
Organized annually in collaboration with Swissnex Boston, the Consulate General of France in Boston and the Consulate of Haiti, the Francophone Film Festival promotes international francophone cinema. This year, Flickers: The Rhode Island International Film Festival presented selection of short films before each feature film!
Did you know that 11 Québec movies were screened in New England during March and April? Read on!
Scientific Breakfast for the Celebrations of the Francophonie- March 25
As a partner of the Café des Sciences, the Québec Governement Office in Boston held its annual "Scientific Breakfast" on March 25, 2014 under the theme: "Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) : une initiative de Médecins Sans Frontières
À la recherche de médicaments pour les plus démunis".
About the presentation:
Mr. Jean-Pierre Paccaud talked about the non-profit initiative that was created by Doctors Without Borders, "Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative - DNDi", to help filling the lack of R&D and to find more effective treatments for these neglected diseases.
About the guest:
Dr. Paccaud is responsible for DNDi’s business development activities, including opportunity identification, contract structure and negotiations, and alliance management. Prior to joining DNDi, he served as Head of Business Development for R&D products at OM Pharma.
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850 Learners of French Celebrate La Francophonie!- March 27
For a third year, the Québec Government Office in Boston joined forces with the Consulate General of France in Boston to organize a gathering of students studying French at New England's middle and high schools.
Participants were provided with a healthy snack, including organic dried cranberries from Québec company Fruit d'Or.
In addition to promoting higher education in Québec, the Québec Governement Office in Boston presented a documentary on the Acadians of Québec called Le Grand Arrangement, directed by Phil Comeau and offered Québec books and movies to the best performing students.
The event held on March 27, 2014 under the theme "From Belgium to Acadie"brought together 850 students from fifteen New England schools at href='http://www.holliston.k12.ma.us/high/hhs.htm' target='_blank'>Holliston High School.
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