Celebrating the Month of the Francophonie in Washington

Under the direction of Principal Conductor Kent Nagano, the Montréal Orchestra Symphony performs at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. March 14, 2016.

Ambassador David MacNaughton and M. Lucien Bouchard, former Premier of Québec and Ambassador of Canada to France.

Ambassador David MacNaughton and M. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal and former Member of Parliament.

In March, Washington, D.C. held its annual Mois de la Francophonie celebration of French language and culture with numerous events taking place around the city. Since launching in Washington in 2001, this celebration has brought together more than 40 embassies and partners to provide the city with Francophone cultural experiences and engagement of the Francophonie community.

The Francophonie is an international organization that represents the diverse linguistic world of the French language. Since 1970, the goal of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie has been to connect and support its 80 member states and governments. Canada is a proud member that shares the organizations goals of promoting French language, peace, democracy, and respect for human rights. 

Reception for the Montréal Symphony Concert

As part of these celebrations, Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton hosted a reception for Montréal Symphony Orchestra ahead of their performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which was also the start of their U.S. tour. The embassy welcomed M. Lucien Bouchard, former Premier of Québec, and chair of the Orchestra Symphony’s board and M. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, as well as other ambassadors and Francophonie guests in Washington. This performance marks an important occasion for the orchestra, as their last U.S. tour of this scale occurred 25 years ago. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra recently has been active on the international scene for years with highly successful tours in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

La Grande Fêtê de la Francophonie

The Canadian Embassy and the office of Quebec in Washington also participated in the 2016 Grande Fête de la Francophonie, a yearly event featuring culinary tastings, concerts, films, performing arts and more. Representatives from over 30 embassies, from Canada, to Cameroon, to Switzerland, shared their francophone heritage through culinary specialties, culture, and traditions to more than 1000 guests. The guests that visited Canada`s stand thoroughly enjoyed salmon from New Brunswick that was specially smoked for the event and tasteful wine from Ontario and British Columbia. Once again, the event was a great way to celebrate the international Francophone community and promote Canadian cusine.