The Alliance Française is the largest cultural network in the world with more than 800 centers in 137 countries and 550,000 students every year. They offer French courses to all audiences and aim too raise awareness of French and French-speaking world cultures, in all of their dimensions as well as to promote cultural diversity by highlighting all cultures.
Culture and Events
Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver
Incorporated in 1975, Le centre culturel francophone de Vancouver has a mandate, as is set out in the items of its statutes and bylaws:
- Organize shows in French and exhibitions of the work of Francophone and Francophil artists to cultivate an appreciation for the arts among the Vancouverites.
- Promote education by offering French-language educational services and programs to residents of the Vancouver metropolitan area (library, video library, language courses, summer camp, etc.)
- Promote public participation in the Centre's activities
- Acquire and manage the property required for the Centre's activities.
Conseil Culturel et Artistique Francophone de la Colombie-Brittanique
Created in 1996, the Conseil culturel et artistique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CCAFCB) is the official provincial advocate for Francophone arts and culture, bringing together BC Francophone and Francophile artists and associations with a cultural and artistic mandate.
The mission of the CCAFCB is to facilitate dialogue, networking and collaboration among community organizations and Francophone/Francophile artists. It provides Francophone/Francophile artists and presenters with a common forum and it actively supports the initiatives of the Francophone/Francophile arts and culture sector. At the heart of the CCAFCB are representation, development and promotion of Francophone/Francophile arts and culture in British Columbia.
Festival du Bois
The Festival du Bois is an affordable family-event with world-class concerts featuring amazing artists and groups whose feet are solidly planted in tradition, along with others who find new ways to connect their roots to the world modern influences, taking ancient sounds to new and lively places. Visitors can also expect to learn more about Maillardville and its village, participate in fun activities, bring back some souvenirs and maple syrup, and indulge their taste buds with delicious tourtière, maple taffy on snow, homemade poutine and other tasty francophone and world fare. Or you can just relax with a beverage and enjoy some great tunes!
Francouver is a francophone organization aiming to gather francophones and francophiles living in Vancouver. They organize a variety of activities such as sports events, social gathering and cultural events. For those interested, you can sign up to their mailing list free and participate in francophone living in Vancouver!
Le français pour l'avenir
French for the Future is a not-for-profit organization that supports and motivates high school students on their path towards bilingualism. Their mission is to promotes Canada’s official bilingualism and the immediate and lifelong benefits of learning and communicating in French to students from grades 7 to 12 across Canada. French for the Future envisions a Canada in which all young people value our French heritage, appreciate francophone cultures and endeavour to excel in the French language.
Le Théâtre la Seizième
Founded in 1974, Théâtre la Seizième is the only French language, professional theatre company in BC. Every year, Théâtre la Seizième presents a mainstage season, a young audiences season, a series of drama workshops and a training and dramaturgical development program for local artists. By continuing to produce, present and commission engaging Canadian works, Théâtre la Seizième is a dynamic leader in Western Canadians’ cultural and artistic life. Over the years, the company has positioned itself as a major creation and presentation centre on the national cultural landscape. With its programming, Théâtre la Seizième reaches about 20,000 Canadians every year.
Société francophone de Maillardville
Société francophone de Maillardville, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983. Its main purpose lies in the guidance and support of its association members and the eleven Francophone organizations, all of which developed into a community and cultural environment.
Its role is to provide services and activities to the French-speaking region of Maillardville, Coquitlam and throughout the Lower Mainland which has about thirteen thousand Francophones.