China’s annual Francophonie Festival will open on March 8 and run through March 28 in Guangzhou and a number of other cities. This year’s fete aims to introduce African/French culture, such as movies and literature, from countries like Gabon, Mali, Algeria and Senegal.
This festival is organized by 20 embassies or diplomatic representative offices of French-speaking countries in China. Hundreds of activities are scheduled, featuring music, films, exhibitions, literature, food and theater. They will be open to the public and, for the most part, free. The festival will serve as a platform for people to meet and interact. Serge Gainsbourg in photos by Tony Frank
To pay homage to the career of singer Serge Gainsbourg — 25 years after his death — and to the memory he left in the hearts of generations, this exhibition follows him through his career with both private and public pictures, taken by photographer Tony Frank. The photographer was close to Gainsbourg from the beginning of the singer’s career in the 1960s until his death in 1991.
Time: March 8-May 5
Venue: Fangsuo Bookstore
Address: 383 Tianhe Lu (TaiKoo Hui, MU35), Tianhe district
Tickets: Free Theater: ‘The Game of Love and Chance’
The play is adapted by Philippe Calvario from the 18th-century play by French novelist and dramatist Pierre de Marivaux. Calvario's creative staging mixes Marivaux's boldness and Serge Gainsbourg's melodies. Calvario underlines how the original drama is still contemporary, touching upon "the absolute quest towards a truth in feelings.”
Time: March 25, 8 p.m.; March 26, 3 p.m.
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House
Address: 1 Zhujiang Xilu, Tianhe district
Tickets: 180/280/380 yuan Sing a song in French
This year marks the 17th edition of a famous traditional French song competition, featuring a repertoire of 60 songs. Chinese aged 18 to 25 years old who are learning French have been invited to display their singing talents by performing a song of their choice for the regional finals being held throughout China.
Time: March 18, 2-4 p.m.
Venue: JZ Club, The Bucket, Zhujiang Beer Museum
Address: Yuejiang Xilu, Haizhu district
Tickets: Free Francophonie music in 11,000 KTV venues
For the second consecutive year, nearly 120 French-language karaoke songs will be distributed across a network of 11,000 KTV venues on March 10, to emphasize Francophonie throughout China. The songs highlight the richness of the Francophonie space with the presence of artists with origins from France (France Gall, Louane, Joyce Jonathan, Edith Piaf), Belgium (Stromae), Lebanon (Mika) and Quebec (Céline Dion, Garou). Francophonie cinema festival
The Francophonie cinema festival celebrates the richness and diversity of the French-speaking world. This year's program contains 20 long and short films from 19 French-speaking states.
Time: March 14, 7 p.m.-March 26, 9 p.m.
Venue: Remix Lab
Address: Building 12, 163 Dongguan Zhuanglu, Tianhe district
Tickets: Free ‘Mars en Folie’ turns 10 in 2017
As in past years, “Mars en Folie” will be a dynamic component of the Francophonie Festival in China. The network of 17 Alliances françaises organizations across China, along with the embassies of Belgium/Wallonia-Brussels, Switzerland and Canada, the Quebec government offices in China, the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation, and a new partner this year — the Embassy of Luxembourg — are all participating.
Time: March 28, 7-11 p.m.
Venue: The K .K. Leung Hall of Sun Yat-sen University
Address: 135 Xingang Xilu, Haizhu district
(By Penny Liu, Louis Berney)