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2024 French Cultures Festival


March 20 - April 20, 2024

Explore the annual, month-long French Cultures Festival (FCF), celebrating French-speaking cultures and communities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

From March 20 to April 20, cultural institutions, educational organizations, and artists will organize events related to the French-speaking world. The festival fosters over 50 events each year, welcoming several thousand attendees over the month. The events center on visual and performing arts, music, cinema, literature, conferences and lectures, French language education, and gastronomy.

The festival serves as a platform for French-speaking communities to showcase their unique traditions, art, and linguistic nuances, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the French language and its global cultural influence as well as a deeper sense of identity and pride among Francophones and Francophiles alike.

Celebrating La Francophonie is recognizing the potential of language and culture to unite people, to create spaces of solidarity and mutual understanding, to reflect together on our common future.”- UNESCO

The French language is spoken by nearly 321 million people, 61% of whom are in Africa. As such, promoting the Francophonie is a meaningful way to celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity that makes up the world. Each year, on March 20th, the United Nations, alongside the International Organization of La Francophonie, celebrate the official Francophonie Day to recognize French language and Francophone culture.

The French Cultures Festival starts on the official Francophonie Day as a symbol of international diversity.

Check out the Festival’s official website for more information, and read the 2023 FCF REPORT.

Schedule of Events

The 2024 Calendar is out!

This year, over 50 events will be presented in 11 cities throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Check out what event is happening in your city on the 2024 French Cultures Festival Calendar.

Join the Kick-Off Event on March 22 in Houston

The French Cultures Festival will be officially launched on March 22 downtown Houston during a free family-friendly event coinciding with the Olympic Games in Paris.

Come and enjoy an open-air movie screening of 2018 French comedy film “Sink or Swim” (Le Grand Bain) directed by Gilles Lellouche (in French with English subtitles), and put on your soccer shoes to participate in soccer games organized in partnership with Paris Saint-Germain Academy, open to all ages (make sure to secure your spot by registering in advance.) French and Congolese novelist, journalist, poet, and academic Alain Mabanckou will be in attendance for a special Q&A session about Francophonie. Free and open to all! Click here for more information.

Click here to learn about past editions of the French Cultures Festival.

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