2018 Francophonie Festival presents a mix and match of fun events


Sharing language and cultures, the 2018 Francophonie Festival kicked off in Guangzhou on March 8, and will run until March 31. Under theme of ‘Women in Francophonie’, the festival presents award-winning and Oscar-nominated movies, exhibitions, theatre, dictation competitions, concerts, topical conferences and other fun events. 

Here are the fun events for you to enjoy in Guangzhou.


Portraits of Francophone women

Period: March 8 – May 8, 2018

Venue: Guangzhou Museum of Contemporary Art (广州当代美术馆)

Add.: No. 273 Huajiu Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (广州天河区珠江新城华就路273号)

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In partnership with exhibition curator, Jean Loh, the organizers invite you to discover Francophone women in all their diversity. Actresses, singers, sportswomen, writers - the legendary studio has photographed a plethora of women from around the world. Look no further: the glitz and glamour of the red carpet awaits you. 

Drifting Guangzhou

Period: March 14 – April 7, 2018

Venue: Hall 6.8, Guangdong Museum of Art (广东美术馆6.8号厅)

Add.: No. 38 Yanyu Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区二沙岛烟雨路38号 )

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Swiss photographer Catherine Gfeller walked through cities with her camera in hand, snapping pictures of architecture and pedestrians in their surroundings and expressing Guangzhou through women’s vision. The point of view, the sensations, the thoughts of Guangzhou women will be the read thread of this project. 


The Learned Women

By Molière and directed, sets & costumes by Macha Makeïeff

Time: 19:30, March 10, 2018

Venue: Guangzhou Opera House (广州大剧院)

Add.: No. 1 Zhujiang West Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (广州天河区珠江新城珠江西路1号)

女学究.jpgA brilliant comedy, delving into the core of a completely out of control bourgeois family – madness of the mother, sacrificed daughters, craftiness and dismay of the men. Female emancipation in a patriarchal society is depicted with drollery. A remarkable piece on feminism and the various forms of misogyny, it is altogether a fierce social criticism and the image of a family disaster.

Workshop & Seminar

“From Kafka to Orwell: Marie Darrieussecq dissects the world’’

Chinese tour by the author of the bestselling “Truisms”

Time 1: 15:30 March 21, 2018

Venue: Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (广东外语外贸大学)

Add: No. 2 Baiyun N Ave, Baiyun District, Guangzhou

Time 2: 19:30, March 22, 2018

Venue: Fangsuo Bookshop (广州方所书店)

Add.: MU35, TaiKooHui, No.383 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou

Admission free 

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Originally from Bayonne, Marie Darrieusecq is a brilliant, precocious French author. The program will contain literary confessions, interviews, debates and book signings. 

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Cité du Vin Museum in Bordeaux - X-TU Agency

“Architecture in Motion” cycle

Time: 15:00, March 24, 2018 

Venue: Times Museum (时代美术馆)

Add.: Times Rose Garden III, Huang Bian Bei Road, Bai Yun Avenue North, Guangzhou 

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Nominated for the 2017 Women in Architecture Awards for the design of the Cite du Vin museum in Bordeaux, Anouk Legendre is the co-founder of X-TU, the agency responsible for France’s pavilionat the Expo 2015 in Milan. She will present her current projects in this workshop.

Dominique Macaire 

Immerse yourself in the analysis of texts by Leïla Slimani and Marie Darrieussecq

Time: 15:30, March 27, 2018

Venue: Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (广东外语外贸大学)

Add.: No. 2 Baiyun N Ave, Baiyun District, Guangzhou

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A language teaching specialist, Dominique Macaire has always been interested in intercultural approaches to language education. Her lecture cycle takes a literary approach to the teaching of French as a foreign language (FLE). Her knowledge of China allows her to bring meaning to the texts, and to introduce readers to new ways of looking at the French language.

Laëtitia ou la fin des hommes

Workshop History: Representing violence against women

Time: 19:30, March 28, 2018

Venue: Fangsuo Bookshop (广州方所书店)

Add.: MU35, TaiKooHui, No.383 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou

Admission free

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During a special meeting with the Chinese writer Zhai Yongming, Ivan Jablonka will talk about violence against women and its representations. Ivan Jablonka will focus on his novel Laetitia ou la fin des hommes (Le Seuil) based on a true story but fictional afterward. 

March Madness

Time: 19:30 - 23:00, March 31, 2018

Venue: Rock House, Central Station (中央车站)

Add.: No. 2-8, Yangcheng Creative Industry Zone, 315 Huangpu DadaoZhong, Tianhe District, Guangzhou


Five groups, five different music styles from the five organizing countries will take you on a musical trip in the French-speaking world.

Theatre Contest

Time: 14:30, March 11, 2018

Venue: Guangzhou Opera House (广州大剧院)

Admission free


A major national theatre contest for universities and French Alliances is to be held throughout China with a jury of Chinese and French celebrities from the world of theatre. Students will play key scenes fromMarivaux’s Trissotin or the Learned Ladies, in five regional semi-finals. The chosen couples will then meet for a thrilling national final. The contest winners will receive a cultural trip to France.

French Song Competition

Time: 14:30, March 17, 2018

Venue: Guangzhou Library (广州图书馆)

Admission free

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Young Chinese people aged 18 -25 who are learning French and have a minimum level of B1 are invited to display their singing talents by performing a song of their choice from the playlist. 

Poetry Translation Competition

Sparks of female beauty 

Time: 14:30, March 18, 2018

Venue: Fuguang Library (扶光书店 中环店)

Add.: B1, Poly Central Plaza, No.18 Jianshe Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区建设大马路18号中环广场B1)

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The competition of poetry translation is aimed at learners of French in China. In 2018, for its third edition, the theme of the competition will be the glorification of the body of women. The final will be held at Beijing University's French Department, during a ceremony where the finalists will read and defend their work.

Francophone Cinema Encounters

Period: March 12 – 18, 2018

Venue: Consulate General of Canada (Guangzhou)

Add.: 26/F, TaiKoo Hui Tower 1, 385 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou

Free entrance by reservation via solene.lu@hotmail.com



The francophone cinema festival celebrates the richness and the diversity of the French speaking world. The program will contain 20 long and short films from around 20 francophones states and governments. 

The Special Selection by Poly Cinema 

Period: March 23 – March 31 

Venue: Poly Cinema (保利国际影城中环店)

Add.: 5/F, South Tower, Poly Central Plaza, No.18 Jianshe Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区建设大马路18号中环广场南楼5层)


The Embassy of France in China and the Poly cinema network present a selection of movies from different Francophone countries in order to celebrate the 2018 francophonie month. This partnership offers new movies awarded in Festivals and recognized by the critics. From animation classics to award-winning movies as well as young directors’movies or genre films, everyone will be able to find a movie that fits his/her own taste.

Talk Show

Li Song is alone on stage

Chronicles of the Unhinged: The Story of the Dragon who Played the Gander.

Time: 20:00 - 21:30, March 17, 2018

Venue: Fuguang Library (扶光书店 中环店)

Add.: B1, Poly Central Plaza, No.18 Jianshe Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区建设大马路18号中环广场B1)


“The Story of the Dragon who Played the Gander” is a humorous theatrical monologue about the troubles of a Chinese man learning French over many years. The talk show will present the cultural and linguistic pitfalls that arise from Li Song’s sometimes funny, sometimes painful efforts."

Pivot Dictation

3rd national selection of the spelling bee


The Pivot Dictation in back on Faguowenhua’s Wechat from March 1st, 2018. Come get a taste of this new, fun competition that will allow you to discover the Francophone world and all the subtleties of the French language. The boldest participants will be granted a ticket for an incredible final in Beijing on the International Day of La Francophonie.



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