Francophone fun! Francophonie Days in Poland – March 2014
That day in 1970, in Niamey, Niger, the first international organisation of Francophonie was founded: the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation whose name was then changed to the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF). It comprises 77 states and governments from five continents, out of which 57 are members of this organisaton and 20 – observers, including Poland. It is home to 890 million French speaking people and a large community of countries bound by political, economic and cultural ties.
International Francophonie Day is not only an opportunity to celebrate the French language, but also to remember that languages and cultures are closely connected and that language is a carrier of culture. It is also an opportunity to evoke the values that are common for the countries of OIF, including respect for cultural diversity, defence of democracy and human rights, access to education and sustainable development.
The biggest Polish cities are hosting various cultural events throughout March. Warsaw has organised:
- five concerts, two exhibitions, nine films, three conferences, six meetings with writers,
- a cycle of films by Patrice Chéreau
- cooking project “Tastes of the World” in cooperation with 32 restaurants
- competition with attractive prizes.