Festival de la Francophonie 2017
March is Francophonie Month! Join the Alliances Françaises of Chicago and Minneapolis in their celebration of French language and culture events!
Alliance Française de Chicago
Alliance Française de Minneapolis/St. Paul
Each March, more than 33 million people around the world celebrate Le Mois de la Francophonie, a global initiative led by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie to highlight the diversity of French-speaking cultures.
This year, for the month of Francophonie, Alliance Française invites you to a Celebration of Senegal!
The opening ceremony/”Ndajé Téranga” will take place on Saturday Mar 4 from 6-8 pm.
The program will feature:
Words from Alliance Française’s Executive Director Christina Selander Bouzouina and the president of the Senegalese Association of Minnesota, Khadi Aidara.
Presentation on Senegalese History.
Presentation on Senegalese culture and Senegal today.
Hair braiding with Ndeye Nder.
Refreshments and Senegalese Music/dance session.
$15 AF members, $20 for the public and $10 for kids (-14)
Please RVSP HERE or call our office at 612 332 0436. Space is limited!
The French conquest of Senegal started from 1659 with the establishment of Saint-Louis, Senegal, followed by the French capture of the island of Gorée from the Dutch in 1677, but would only become a full-scale campaign in the 19th century.
Senegal was the colony with the strongest French presence West Africa. Dakar, founded by the French in 1857 on the mainland opposite the island of Gorée, becomes the capital of the territory in 1902 (succeeding St Louis in the role). Senegal therefore remains at the centre of France’s west African empire, until all the separate colonies win their independence in 1960.
Dakar is now a bustling city an center of international black and African cutlure, art, politics and education.
Through a month-long series of events, Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul will be highlighting Senegal’s rich historical, and cultural diversity. Stay tuned for events.