Kyrgyzstan: Francophonie week 2019 to be held in Bishkek

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The French Alliance in Bishkek, jointly with the Embassies of France, Switzerland, Belgium and the Delegation of the European Union will hold the week of the Francophonie from March 11 to 16 in Bishkek.

The “Francophonie Week” is the festival of the French language and cultures of the French-speaking countries, which is celebrated in the middle of March across the world. The organizers and partners have prepared a program for the broad public, which consists of 19 events.

French is the fifth language spoken in the world, the third language for business, spoken by more than 300 million people on five continents, and also is known as the language of diplomacy. 88 countries are members of the International Organization of Francophonie, in 29 of which French is the official language.

The Francophonie week will be launched in Bishkek on March 11 with the French movie “Au revoir là-haut” (See you up there) to be screened at 18:00 at the “Ala-Too” cinema.

The Belgian movie “Tout nouveau testament” (The brand new testament) will be shown on March 13 at 18:00 at the “Rossiya” cinema.

The French-Moorish film “Timbuktu” (the second name is “The Grief of Birds”) will be shown in the French Alliance in Bishkek on March 14 at 18:30.

The Swiss film “MOKA” will be screened on March 16 at 18:00 at the “Rossiya” cinema.

All films are in French with Russian subtitles except the film “Timbuktu” (in the original version with French subtitles). Free entry to all movies.

Francophonie week 2019 includes numerous cultural, artistic, gastronomic and sports events: the French game “Petanque”, competition of French songs, French in ballet, game quest, etc.

There will also be conferences on education in the French speaking countries (March 15 at 14:00 in the Alliance française 242 Ogonbaeva street) as well as on the “Erasmus plus” programme in Europe (March 12 at 14:00, same address).

This year, for the first time, a big concert of francophone classical music will be held at the National Conservatory on March 15 at 19:00.

The detailed program is presented online on the Facebook pages of the “Alliance française de Bichkek”, the “Ambassade de France au Kirghizstan”, “Swiss Embassy Kyrgyzstan” as well as on the website of the French Embassy (https://kg.ambafrance.org/).

Sergey Kwan

TCA