Bangalore will mark the International Day of Francophonie with two weeks of films, concerts and more

Half a billion Francophonies around the world will celebrate International Day of Francophonie on March 20. The term was coined by French essayist Onesime Reclus in 1880 to describe the geographic areas in which French was spoken. The Alliance Francaise is celebrating “Quinzaine de la Francophie” with two weeks of films, concerts and more.

From March 18 to 25, witness “Indian Princes and Parisian Jewellers” with Cartier, Mauboussin, Van Cleef and Arpels at the Leela Palace. There will also be a film festival till March 26 in the evening. On March 18 watch “The Afghan Chronicles” and “My Name is Eugen” at 7.30 p.m. On March 23, catch “The Land” and “Monkeys in Winter” from 6 p.m. onwards, and on March 24, “Les nuits d’Arabie’” and “The Rest is Silence” from 6 p.m. onwards. On March 26 at 7.30 p.m. there’s “Destiny”. On March 20, 7.30 p.m. there will be a jazz concert featuring the Sylvain Luc Trio Sud at the Leela Palace. Entry is by invitation only. On March 21, “Clown Doctors get the Fever” will see a show for children and adults by Docteur Clown, a therapeutic clown troupe. On March 22, there will be a series of activities ranging from a photo/video competition, slide show, quiz, talk and more on World Water Day. On March 28, 8 p.m. onwards at the Olive Beach, catch DJ Frederick Gauthier. On March 29, there will be a hip hop dance show featuring the “Slave Farm Crew” on March 29, 7.30 p.m. with a workshop on hip hop music on March 30 and 31 at the Alliance Francaise.

For more information, call 40808181.