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The ongoing Francophone Festival started on a high note at the official launch at Sam Levy’s Village last Friday. The opening show saw ambassadors and other diplomats from France, Greece, Switzerland, Algeria and Uganda among others exchanging notes with film fanatics and some local filmmakers before the screening of the film “Haute Cuisine”.

The film which was about a French presidential cook, who was so loved by the president because of her recipe which was described as ‘homemake’, is based on a true story and has English subtitles.

Speaking at the sidelines of the official opening, director of Alliance Franccedilaise, Frank Chabasseur said he was happy with the turnout.

“I am happy that we started on a high note and this festival will be part of Francophone week. It is a fact that unilateral ties that the Francophone countries share with the rest of the world continue to be strengthened and Zimbabwe is no exception,” he said.

“This is evidenced in the various sectors where the Francophone countries are playing their role in an effort to support Zimbabwe, with the latest in the line being in the area of the arts and culture where Francophone works of art are being showcased in Zimbabwe.”

He said that there is a lot on the programme, which is similar to the Bulawayo edition.

“We have a Sing-Your-Way to Paris competition, where locals will come for free and sing any song in French and we are happy with the auditions that were conducted on Saturday and a panel of jury will then select the best 12 for the finale scheduled for March 21,” he said.

Local afro jazz sensation Eve Kawadza who was also present and taking part in the festival said this will not only strengthen relations, but develop the arts sector in the country.

“I am one of the cultural ambassadors for the festival together with Victor Kunonga, Hope Masike, Carl Joshua Ncube.

“I would like to encourage people to learn French as it opens a lot of opportunities. I am doing two shows one in Bulawayo and another in Harare respectively.

“On the 27th of March, I am going to sing French songs and some of my hits songs,” she said.

Kawadza will also share the stage with Patrick Lupif from France and Burkina Faso-based Sowe Band.

Some of the films to be screened during the festival include ‘Les Rayures du Ze’bre’, ‘Tom a la Ferme’, ‘Tu dors Nicole’ and ‘L’Oranais’ while schoolchildren will take part in a talent show and poetry.

Source : The Herald