International Francophone Week 2017 kicks off in Ho Chi Minh City

International Francophone Week will run in Ho Chi Minh City from March 16 to 29, hosting a wide range of activities including film screenings, musical performances, and a cuisine festival

Children participate in the 2016 International Francophone Day in Ho Chi Minh City

The 2017 International Francophone Week kicked off Friday in Ho Chi Minh City with an exhibition featuring works from two photographers from France and Vietnam.

Following the theme of “Love and Share,” this year’s International Francophone Week will feature a wide range of activities including film screenings, musical performances, and a cuisine festival.

The International Francophone Week in Ho Chi Minh City runs from March 16 to 29, with the highlight of the week being the International Francophone Day taking place this Sunday at the Saigon zoo.

The Sunday event will host booths from schools that teach French and Francophone culture, as well as a series of music performances from Francophone students and Haitian - Canadian pop star Athésia.

Two days later, 8 restaurants from around the city will join the festive week by participating in the French food fest Goût de France.

Throughout the week, Francophone Film Week will also be held at IDECAF, featuring famous works such as “Heidi,” “Gus, petit oiseau, grand voyage” (Yellowbird), and “Hippocrates.”

2017 International Francophone Week organizers announce the event at a press conference on March 16. Photo: Dong Nguyen/Tuoi Tre News

On March 29, renowned French journalist Christine Ockrent will deliver a talk on women and journalism at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities with free admission.

International Francophonie Day is observed within the International Organization of La Francophonie's 77 member states every March 20 to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture.

International Organization of La Francophonie in is an international organization representing countries and regions where French is the first or customary language, where a significant proportion of the population are francophones, or French speakers, or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture.

There are over 274 million French speakers around the world.

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