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France launches the Francophonie Festival

  • Festival

  • Summit

Publiée le 20 March 2024

On 4 and 5 October 2024, the representatives of more than 100 States and Governments will take part in the 19th Francophonie Summit in Villers-Cotterêts. To celebrate this year of pride in the French language, as well as International Francophonie Day on 20 March, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is launching the Francophonie Festival, “Making a Better World”, and the #SingInFrench competition on social media.

A Francophonie Festival in over 40 countries to bring to life a vibrant Francophonie with the power to transform the world

The “Making a Better World” Francophonie Festival is an invitation to explore the artistic, cultural and entrepreneurial dimensions of Francophone creativity. This festival will celebrate a Francophonie that is vibrant, tangible and open to the world; a vector for cooperation and solutions in the face of global challenges that is embodied by inspiring personalities from all over the world, particularly the up-and-coming Francophone generation.  

A two-phase Francophonie Festival

From 20 March and until the beginning of October 2024, more than 40 countries and 400 organizations are getting involved, setting up projects and events to demonstrate the vibrancy of Francophone creativity in all areas. These initiatives were selected through calls for projects launched in France through cultural stakeholders, international cooperation, schools and higher education institutions, as well as internationally through the diplomatic network, in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry for National Education and Young People, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Institut français. 

Throughout this period, the Cité Internationale de la Langue Française at the Château de Villers Cotterêts, which will host the Francophonie Summit, will offer exhibitions, performances and residencies. 

To reflect this national and international resonance, the Francophonie Festival will involve a large number of partners, including: 

  • In France: the Pompidou Centre, the Francofolies Festival in La Rochelle, the Paris Book Fair, the Théâtre de la Ville, the City of Paris and Paris Université Club, the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival, Universcience, the Francophonies – Des Écritures à la Scène festival, the La Chartreuse-Villeneuve-lès-Avignon – the Centre national des écritures du spectacle, the Cité internationale des Arts and the Cité Internationale de la Langue Française – the Centre des monuments nationaux, and the International Institute for Francophone Studies at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University 
  • Internationally: diplomatic posts, Institut Français and Alliance Française branches, the University Agency for Francophonie and the Research Institute for Development (IRD) 

During the first week of October, from Villers-Cotterêts to Paris, the Francophonie will be celebrated in various iconic locations: 

  • The Gaîté Lyrique theatre – a cultural centre opened by the City of Paris that creates dialogue between engagement and creation – will be the beating heart of the festival, presenting a multidisciplinary programme made up of shows and performances, conferences and debates, film screenings and concerts, and meet-and-greets 
  • “FrancoTech”, a showcase of French innovations, will bring together Francophone entrepreneurs at STATION F 
  • A Francophonie Village will host the pavilions of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, its Member States and Governments taking part in the Summit, and its agencies 


#SingInFrench: a song contest in French on Instagram

In partnership with the Alliance française branches, Campus France, the Institut Français and TV5 Monde, a song contest – #SingInFrench – has launched on Instagram. Five young and talented singers will win their spot in an artist residency from 16 to 21 July 2024 at the Cité Internationale de la Langue Française at the Château de Villers-Cotterêts, then be invited to perform on stage at the Francofolies de Spa festival in Belgium. 

18- to 25-year-olds from all over the world are invited to spotlight their creativity in French on Instagram using the hashtags #ChanteEnFrançais,#SingInFrench #CantaEnFrancés or غن_بالفرنسية#. 

The competition will be open from 22 May to 9 June 2024. 

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A Summit focusing on creation, innovation and entrepreneurship

France will host the 19th Francophonie Summit or “Villers Cotterêts Summit”, a major event in diplomatic, economic and cultural terms, from 4 to 5 October 2024. It will be a significant international highlight of 2024 for France, along with the 80th anniversary of the Allied Landings in Normandy and Provence, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the re-opening of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.  

Creativity, innovation and the ability to do business in French will be central focuses of the event. Initiatives organized by the Heads of States and Governments of the International Organisation of La Francophonie will therefore be guided by the theme: “Create, innovate and do business in French”. 

The inaugural session will take place in Villers-Cotterêts at the Cité Internationale de la Langue Française on 4 October 2024. The plenary session, closed session and closing session will continue at the Grand Palais in Paris on 5 October 2024. 

To find out more about the Summit and the Francophonie Festival