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Francophonie Festival and France-Atlanta building closer ties among us

By Maria Saporta

They’ve become the French bookends in Atlanta.

From March 16 through March 26, Atlanta will hold the 14th Atlanta Francophonie Festival — a multicultural event geared to all the cultures in the world where French is spoken — 57 countries in all.

And the Consulate General of France announced last week that it is bringing back France-Atlanta. The fourth annual high-level exchange between France and Atlanta will take place between Oct. 23 and Nov. 10. The theme is: Together Towards Innovation.

Both events have attracted a wide range of partners from all over Atlanta.

Among the highlights of Fracophonie will be an immersion day for students and teachers on March 16.

Attendees also will be able to watch award winning films from Québec: “Incendie,” on March 19 at 7 p.m.; from Switzerland: “Real Life is Elsewhere,” on March 22 at 7 p.m.; and the Academy Award nominated animated film from Belgium and France: “A Cat in Paris,” on March 23 at 5 p.m. All films are free and will be shown at the Alliance Francaise at Colony Square.

For a listing of all the Atlanta Fracophonie Festival events, please check out the website. 

The France-Atlanta 2013 will continue the economic, scientific, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between France and Atlanta that have developed over the past three years.

The 18-day event is a partnership between Georgia Tech and a host of other organizations, and it is designed to strengthen French-American cooperation throughout the Southeast although it is based out of Atlanta.

During the 2012 event, more than 4,700 people participated in numerous programs, panels and festivities. Already the France-Atlanta events have led to a series of initiatives and agreements between France and Georgia’s research universities as well as the City of Atlanta and corresponding French cities and governments.

For more information on the plans for 2013 France-Atlanta 2013, please visit its website.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.



  1. Lisa Frank March 4, 2013 2:16 pm

    Merci beaucoup, Maria for sharing the Francophonie Fest line-up with your readers.  The 5:00 pm showing of the animated film “A Cat in Paris” is now SOLD OUT.  A second show is added at 2:30 pm.  Same date and place – Saturday, March 23 at Alliance Francaise in Colony Square.  Also FREE.  Nominated for a 2012 Academy Award for best animated feature, the visual style is reminiscent of Matisse and PIcasso taking viewers on a thrilling ride through the streets of Paris at night with a clever cat that leads a double life.Report


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