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Zimbabwe will host the Francophone Week in Harare and Bulawayo beginning today in Harare and Bulawayo. Many activities are lined up for the festival that will be dominated by films. A number of films will be shown at Ster-Kinekor at Sam Levy Village and Indaba Book Cafe in Bulawayo.

The festival organisers have engaged around 10 local schools to participate in various competitions which include inter-schools talent show, French quiz and poetry competitions. There will be a French singing competition dubbed “Sing your way to Paris” which will see the winner being offered a free trip to Paris.

The festival will also host live performances by musicians Eve Kawadza, Patrick Lupi from France, Sowe Band and Royal Crew Dancers from Burkina Faso. In an interview with the Herald Entertainment, the French Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Laurent Delahousse, said the festival, which was introduced about a decade ago, is held annually across the globe and is meant to portray the diversity and culture of the French speaking world.

“The Francophone Week is held annually every year across the world with the goal of sharing the value, culture and diversity of the French speaking world.

“Our members come from over eighty countries around the world and these include France, Belgium, Switzerland, Algeria, Greece and Romania just to mention a few,” he said.

The Ambassador also noted the Francophone Film Festival is meant to encourage non-French speaking citizens to learn the language so as to improve communication with French speaking international companies and non-governmental organisations.

“We have also organised this Festival so as to encourage the people of Zimbabwe to consider French education in schools,” he said.

“We are currently working together with around 10 schools across the country so as to mobilise young people to take part in learning about the French culture.”

Some of the French films to be screened during the festival include “I’m an Old Communist Hag”, “L’Oranais”, “Tu dors Nicole”, “Les Rayures du Zebre” and “Quai d’Orsay” amongst others. The film festival is sponsored by various well wishers who include Ecobank, Africa Sun, Rainbow Tourism Group, Bon Marche, Ster-Kinekor and Sikiliza among others.

Source : The Herald