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Croatia celebrating 50 years of Francophony

ZAGREB, Feb 29 (Hina) – This year’s Francophone Film Month and a special programme marking the 50th anniversary of Francophony will open with film screenings in Zagreb’s Tuskanac cinema on March 3.

Half a century ago, more than 20 countries and governments signed an agreement on the establishment of the International Organisation of la Francophonie, which promotes the French language and francophone cultures and today brings together 88 member countries and governments.

The French language and culture will be celebrated with events to be organised by the embassies of Belgium, Canada, France, Morocco and Switzerland, the French Alliance network in Croatia and numerous associations and Croatian institutions.

The event’s programme, to be staged in 11 Croatian cities in the form of 100 events to be organised by 30 partners, features francophone films, music, fashion, theatre and flash mobbing.

On International Francophony Day, March 20, the central event of the Month of Francophony will take place at noon in Zagreb’s Zrinjevac park as well as in 22 other central and eastern European countries – a major flash mob for all lovers of French culture wishing to demonstrate their love of the French language and francophone values.

The French Embassy and the French Institute will organise two meetings with world-renowned linguist Bernard Cerquiglini – at the French Institute in Zagreb on March 25 and at the City Library in Zadar on March 26.

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