The Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Centre of Francophone Activities launched the fourth edition of its Francophone Professions Festival, from 15 to 17 October.
The festival was part of the BA’s efforts to target French speaking Alexandrians and help spread knowledge of the French culture and language in Alexandria through diverse events such as shows and performances, French food, workshops, and guest speakers. This year’s edition featured guest of honour Côte d’Ivoire.
Participating in the festival, apart from Egypt, were Guinea; Equatorial Guinea; Senegal; and Tunisia, along with dance groups from Nubia and Côte d’Ivoire. The Ambassadors of Côte d’Ivoire; Senegal; Guinea; and Tunisia; and the Consul of Turkey attended the Festival.
The festival opened with a performance of popular weddings in Côte d’Ivoire and, as the festival proceeded, audiences were treated to performances by Ndart association from San Luis in Senegal; the Sefarat of Hamama from Tunisia; the Adham Car Company and the I Am Pioneerof Egypt’s National Programme for Economic and Social Empowerment of Women; dance from Nubia and Côte d’Ivoire, and acrobatics from Guinea.
Various heritage products representing Francophone culture, as well as popular foods from the participating countries, were sold to an eager public during the festival. The event also included workshops for students from Francophone schools in Alexandria.
22 October 2017