Celebrate the Month of Francophonie in NYC!

March 3, 2017 | By French Culture

This month, New York will host a variety of events to celebrate the Mois de la Francophonie (Month of  Francophonie), a period dedicated to celebrating Francophone cultures around the world. Ranging from concerts and cocktail parties to international conferences at the United Nations, the month-long program is as diverse as can be, and offers audiences all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to gather in honor of the French language and its over 274 million speakers around the globe. Francophonie Day, celebrated on the 20th of March every year since 1990, will mark the peak of the celebration, and present an opportunity for francophones everywhere to express their solidarity and commitment to unity in diversity. 

All events are in English unless otherwise specified. 

Gino Sitson and Marie Jo Thuriot Concert
March 8th, 7:00 PM
Cultural Center of the Lycée Français de New York
505 E 75th St, New York, NY

Two Francophone artists, Gino Sitson from Cameroon and Acadian-born Marie-Jo Thério from Montreal unite their talent in a unique concert in which they will perform solo for about 45 minutes each, then combine their melodies for a final and colorful moment. Marie-Jo Thério will perform songs in French from her own repertoire, while playing the piano and a new instrument, Ondomo, invented by Naoyuki Omo (from Asaden). Gino Sitson (voice, body percussion & compositions) will be playing with his band an exciting and energetic combination of new sounds, where percussive grooves and enchanting vocals are intertwined with lyrical melodies.

Discussion around the novel Le Journal d’Aurelie Laflamme with India Desjardins and Marianne Verville 

March 12th, 11:00 AM
Albertine Books, Cultural Services of the French Embassy 
972 5th Ave. New York, NY
 

Join India Desjardins, author of the bestselling series Aurélie Laflamme’s Diary, and actress Marianne Verville, who plays Aurélie Laflamme in the eponymous movie, for a conversation on this irresistible series.

Aurélie Laflamme feels alone in the universe. When you’re fourteen, studying in an all-girl’s school, and have just gotten into a fight with your best – and only – friend, it’s just about the end of the world. Between joy and sorrow, successes and failures, love and friendship, Aurélie will have to find her own place in this universe.

In French. For kids ages 12 and up. Free and open to the public with RSVP to rsvp@albertine.com

A Cultural Adventure: Concert presented by the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the UN
March 16th, 8:00 PM
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
1941 Broadway, New York, NY

Through an extraordinary display of music and visual effects, Armenia celebrates the 25th anniversary of its membership to the United Nations. The musical event, described as “A Cultural Adventure: Joyfully Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Armenia Rejoining the Family of Nations,” will feature celebrated Armenian musicians in a performance that bridges the past and the present. 

 The program, presented will revisit traditional Armenian folk and sacred music immersed in contemporary interpretations. To artistically enhance the performance, famed Armenian and American artists have developed images inspired by Armenia's culture, history, and landscapes.

Tickets online from $50 to $90. 

“Atmosphere Portrait” Photo Exhibition by Jessica de Vreeze and “Spring Fairies” Jewelry Exhibition by Daphne Seligmann
March 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
General Consulate of Luxembourg
17 Beekman Place (50th Street), New York, NY

Jessica de Vreeze is French-American, and born and raised in Paris. Her exhibition “Portrait d’Atmosphère” premiered in Manhattan at Gallery 287 in May 2016, and is largely inspired by her 12 years of residency in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and her recent move to New York City.

Specifically for the celebration of the Month of Francophonie, Daphné Seligmann has created 'Spring Fairies', a variety of pendants, earrings, and bracelets. "Fairy Jewels”, her line of therapeutic jewelry designed with stones and plants carrying similar virtues, premiered in 2016. The stones are mounted in an infused ceramic with matching essential oils, matching colors, as well as matching crystals and plants. Her more recent addition includes aromatic candles, as well as natural fragrances with Monoï-Tiaré for the body.

Register on or before March 15th with laurence.pierron@mae.etat.lu

Consult http://newyork-cg.mae.lu/en for a complete list of events organized by the Luxembourg consulate  for the Month of Francophonie, including a performance by El Violon Latino Quartet on March 9th and a piano-opera duo concert on March 12. 

Pop-Up EXPO 

March 26th, from dawn to dusk
La Maison d’Art Gallery
259 W 132nd Street, New York, NY
 

The “Francophone” pop-up expo is a temporary exhibit that focuses, in unique and fun ways, on the francophone community in New York. The entry is free and open to all. 

Premiere of the Focus on French Cinema Festival
March 28th, 7:00 PM
French Institute Alliance Française
22 East 60th Street, New York, NY
 

Launched in 2005, Focus on French Cinema is an international independent film festival showcasing a diverse selection of the best and the latest contemporary French-language films from around the world. It will be hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in Manhattan for the first 2017 festival evening in New York. A premiere film and prestigious goers will make this fabulous evening an event not to be missed!

Film and Q&A to be announced.