A Different Type of Rendezvous

Les Rendez-Vous de la Francophonie

You can keep your fishnets and feathers stored for this Rendez-vous. But you don’t have to. If you can’t help but whip them out for an encore, who is to judge?

Les Rendez-Vous de la Francophonie is a two-week celebration of the French language in Canada. “Everyone is encouraged to take part, Francophones and Anglophones,” explains Olivier de Colombel, coordinator of 2015 edition.

In Canada, 9.5 million people keep French alive and vibrant by speaking it in all its accents and dialects. From March 6 to 22, Yukoners are invited to take part in this diversity through activities in Whitehorse and Dawson.

All the events are on the website of Rendez-vous de la Francophonie at www.rvf.ca, but here are a few happenings everyone is invited to attend: To launch the festivities, the visual art show Feminismes will open March 6 at 6 p.m. at the Old Fire Hall.

Every year, the group Les Essentielles gathers artwork from women in the community around a common theme. Feminismes will showcase the work of several artists, including Karen Éloquin-Arseneau, Angélique Bernard, Youkali Abigor, as well as a contribution by the group White Ribbon Yukon.

The bilingual play Je parle Français and I love in English will be back at the Old Fire Hall on March 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Many local francophone women contributed to this play with their own anecdotes about being in a relationship with a partner whose first language is English. Written by Marie-Dimanche Gagné et produced by Les Essentielles, this play sold out its first run in 2013, and has subtitles in both French and English.

The francophone group focused on health and well-being, Partenariat Communauté en Santé, is inviting families to the Canada Game Centre for children of all ages to attend swimming classes for free, in French. On March 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.

If you missed out on the Cabane à Sucre of the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and need a maple syrup fix, l’Association Franco-Yukonnaise will be in Dawson for Thaw Di Gras on March 14 and 15.

In Whitehorse, a French-Canadian brunch with a Cabane à Sucre-inspired menu will be hosted at the Centre de la Francophonie on March 15 — menu and details to come on www.rvf.ca.

To find out more about the other events such as subtitled National Film Board movies, a dictation, and special radio shows, visit the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie calendar at www.rvf.ca. 

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