Francophonie 2016: Calendar of Events

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March is the international month of La Francophonie, a celebration of the French language and the culture of Francophone communities around the world!

Once again, the Museum of Work & Culture is partnering with several Francophone &  Francophile organizations including the Québec Delegation Boston, the Canadian Consulate in New England, Alliance Française de Providence, the American Association of Teachers of French, the French American School of Rhode Island, the American French Genealogical Society, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, to offer a slate of French-inspired programming:

What: Immersion Day

When: Saturday, March 5, 9am-3pm

Where: Alliance Française de Providence, 928 Smith Street, Providence, R.I.

Participants will discover the culinary, intellectual, artistic, and playful sides of French culture with a day long series of seminars and activities. Four seminars will be presented on topics including the social & political situation in Haiti, Québécois immigration & Leila Alaouis’ “Les Marocains,” photography of West Africa. $50 per person. For reservations, call (401) 272-6243 or email


What: Ciné Québec

When: Thursday, March 10, 6pm

Where: Museum of Work & Culture; 42 S. Main Street, Woonsocket, R.I.

A cocktail reception followed by a presentation of several award-winning Québécois short films with English subtitles. $15 per person. Space is limited. For tickets, call (401) 769-9675 or email Presented by the Délegation of Québec in Boston, Flickers: RI International Film Festival, Alliance Française de Providence, and the Museum of Work & Culture.


What: Francofête

When: Saturday, March 12, 6pm

Where: Squantum Club, 947 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Riverside, R.I.

A gourmet dinner buffet, cocktails, dancing, and music by Classics Five Jazz Quintet. This year’s Guest of Honor will be acclaimed chef, author, & television personality Claudine Pépin. $50 per person. For reservations, call (401) 272-6243 or email Presented by Alliance Française de Providence and the League of Francophone Organizations of Rhode Island.


 What: Film Festival

When: Saturday, March 19, 3pm

Where: Alliance Française de Providence, 928 Smith Street, Providence, R.I.

A screening of three Francophone feature films: La Graine et le Mullet (Tunisia), Mommy (Québec), and Welcome (France). For information, call (401) 272-6243 or email


 What: Salute to Spring/Bonjour Printemps 

When: Sunday, March 20, 1:30pm

Where: Museum of Work & Culture; 42 S. Main Street, Woonsocket, R.I.

A celebration of the first day of spring & International Francophonie Day! Entertainment will include dance & musical performances by cultural groups from Francophone nations, marionette shows, crêpe making demonstrations, and more. A raffle will follow the event, with a grand prize of a four day trip for two to Québec City provided by Conway Tours. $15/adult & $8/children. For tickets, call (401) 769-9675 or visit


 What: Francophonie Flag Raising Ceremony

When: Wednesday, March 23, 5pm

Where: State House, State Room (Second Floor), 82 Smith Street, Providence, R.I.

Join leaders of Francophone organizations and the state of Rhode Island as we raise the flag that represents places where the French language and culture are celebrated. Refreshments. Free program. For more information, email

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