Throughout March, the Francophonie Cultural Festival features four weeks of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital will resonate with the vibrant sounds, sights, and tastes of the French-speaking in the largest Francophone festival in the world.
This is a great way to learn about other cultures and explore the creative artistry of the many countries that speak French. Since 2001, more than 40 countries have collaborated each year to present an array of experiences all rooted in the Francophone cultures—from Africa to the Americas to Asia to the Middle East. Participating countries include Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, France, Gabon, Greece, Haiti, Iran, Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Niger, Québec, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, and the United States.
- La Maison Française: 4101 Reservoir Road, NW Washington, D.C.
- Smithsonian National Museum of African Art: 950 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C.
- AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center: 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland
- Alliance Française Washington, D.C.: 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
- Blues Alley: 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
- Hillyer Art Space: 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, D.C.
- S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, D.C.
- Various Embassies: Côte d’Ivoire, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, and the Residence of the Gabonese
The Organization Behind It
The International Organization of La Francophonie represents one of the largest linguistic zones in the world. Its members share more than just a common language, they also share the humanist values promoted by the French language. Created in 1970, the organization’s mission is to embody the active solidarity among its 75-plus member states and governments, which together represent more than one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of more than 890 million people, including 220 million French speakers.