France Education Northwest (FEN) is pleased to announce the debut of a new and exciting cultural event, Seattle’s Francophone Festival: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures to take place on March 24, 2013 as part of the Seattle Center Festál series.
After consulting with French and French-speaking community members, FEN learned that there was a local void – Seattle is missing an inclusive, multicultural celebration of Francophonie. Inspired by the mission of theOrganisation Internationale de la Francophonie which is “to embody the active solidarity of French-speaking countries while respecting cultural and linguistic diversity, and promoting the French language, peace and sustainable development”, the aim of the Francophone Festival is to bring together the French-speaking communities of the Greater Seattle area for a one-day cultural celebration. The official internationally recognized and annually celebratedJournée de la francophonie is on March 20th, thus Saturday, March 24th has been chosen for the celebration in Seattle.
FEN imagines this new festival to include music, dance, food, art projects, stories, lectures, workshops and more inspired by all of our unique and fascinating cultures.
Want to get involved? FEN will be organizing a brainstorming meeting in early October and we strongly encourage the Francophone community to attend and share your ideas. More information about the date and location of this meeting will be announced soon. Should you have any questions, comments or suggestions in the interim, please feel welcome to contact coordinator at faccpnw dot org. We look forward to working with you and the Francophone community for a fabulous debut of Seattle’s Francophone Festival!
Jack A. Cowan Executive Director, France Education Northwest Honorary Consul of France to Seattle
N.B. To learn more about the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie by visiting www.francophonie.org.