The French Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Christian Nakhlé held a joint press conference at his residence in the presence of Director of the French Institute Issam Taleb on Tuesday, 8 March. The French ambassador spoke to the media on the ten-day cultural festival, Francophonie 2016, which will be held from 10-19 March.
The French language is growing in popularity in Kuwait and the cultural festival with its variety of programs aim to share the richness of the French culture with people in Kuwait.
On March 10 at 8pm, Tunisian singing legend, Dorsaf Hamdani, will open the Francophonie festival at the Yarmouk Cultural Center with a concert, which will be followed by other major cultural events throughout the ten-day period. Several French films are scheduled to be screened during the festival at the French Institute of Kuwait and at Cinescape Laila Gallery, as well as a dance show ‘Aswat 3’ at the AlShaheed Park, in partnership with the Loyac Academy of Performing Arts. In addition, an exhibition of Romanian artist Georgeta Grabovschi will be held at the Al Babtain Central Library.
The French Institute of Kuwait under the auspices of the Embassy of France is the main organizer of the Francophonie 2016. The French Institute of Kuwait offers a full range of French language courses for all ages and all levels, as well as presents special courses for professionals for example, doctors, lawyers and for corporate clients. The French Institute has also taken many initiatives to foster a rich cultural experiences for students, in addition to promoting studying in France for those interested in pursuing education in French universities and Institutes, whether they speak French or not.
Other partners in Francophonie 2016 are the French Embassy in Kuwait, the Kuwait Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the various French –speaking Embassies, the French School of Kuwait, CEFAS, Loyac Academy of Performing Arts, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters and the Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah.