The Croatian Francophonie Month is a celebration of all Francophones and Francophiles in Croatia. It is celebrated throughout March, and is organised at the initiative of the International Organisation of La Francophonie member states present in Zagreb, such as Belgium, Canada, France, the Kingdom of Morocco and Switzerland, with support from the Croatian branch of Alliance française and numerous other associations and cultural institutions.
This year's Francophonie Month is celebrated in eleven Croatian cities with over a hundred events (cinema, theatre, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, competitions, flash mobs…). International Francophonie Day is observed every year on 20th March.
The University of Zagreb is participating in this year's Francophonie Month with two events:
• Jules Massenet's Cendrillon opera, jointly produced by faculties and academies of the University of Zagreb - Academy of Music, Academy of Dramatic Art, Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Textile Technology, and the Faculty of Architecture - with the premiere scheduled for Saturday, 7th March, and repeat performances on Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th March, all commencing at 7:30 p.m. at the Blagoje Bersa Concert Hall of the University of Zagreb's Academy of Music. The opera will also be featured as a guest performance at the Croatian National Theatre in Varaždin on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March, starting at 6:30 p.m.
• the "Domino dezen" exhibition by Faculty of Textile Technology of the University of Zagreb students (Textile Design master's study programme) will be held in the vestibule of the University of Zagreb rectorate during the second half of March
The complete and up-to-date programme for the Croatian Francophonie Month is available at the French Institute of Croatia website.
Francophonie is a term used to denote countries and regions where French is a customary language, where a significant proportion of the population are Francophones or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture. The International Organisation of La Francophonie (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie - OIF), with which Croatia has been associated as an observer since 2004, gathers such territories and, through the link of French language, aims to develop active solidarity between them. Today, OIF's imperative mission directives are promoting the French language, but also cultural and linguistic diversity, supporting all levels of education, advocating peace, democracy, and human rights through cultural dialogue, and the development of cooperation for sustainable development.
2020 marks 50 years of worldwide francophonie, https://www.francophonie.org/50ans. Half a century ago, on 20th March 1970, a score of countries and governments signed a treaty in Niamey (Republic of the Niger) which enabled the establishment of the OIF. To honour this event, the International Francophonie Day is celebrated on its anniversary every year. In Croatia (as in other Central and Eastern European OIF member states), 50 years of the International Organisation of La Francophonie will be celebrated with a flash mob at noon in Zagreb's Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square, set to Alors on danse by Belgian musician Stromae. The planned flash mob dance was choreographed by Malian dancer Souleymane Sanogo as a mixture of modern and street dance, as well as African inspiration and traditional Balkan dances. You can learn the dance at the website https://crefeco.org/display.php?fr/presentationFlashmob.