Quebec muscian Sarahmée highlights SFU’s Printemps de la francophonie festival, the annual springtime celebration of French language and culture. Photo: Alexis Bellhumeur

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Virtual concert by Quebec rapper Sarahmée highlights annual SFU springtime celebration of French language and cultures

March 16, 2021
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A virtual concert with Quebec rapper Sarahmée is among the highlights of SFU’s Printemps de la francophonie festival.

Now in its 11th year, the annual festival is organized by SFU’s Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA). It features 15 cultural, academic and professional activities including lectures, workshops and a bilingual job fair. The theme of this year’s festival is equity, diversity and inclusion. A panel discussion on the Radio-Canada morning show Culture & Confiture will celebrate International Francophone Day (from 10 to 11 a.m.).

A full list of activities can be found here.

"Despite the circumstances, we decided to organize an event, rich not only in the diversity of the activities offered but also in the themes addressed,” says OFFA director Gino LeBlanc. “More than ever, we need discovery, entertainment and escape, and that is what we hope to offer the public with this virtual edition of the Printemps de la francophonie.”

While events run throughout March, the concert with Sarahmee, which is recorded specifically for the festival, will be accessible online from Mar. 26 to 31.

On Mar. 20, 1970, Canada joined 19 other governments in a pact to promote cultural and technological exchange between French-speaking countries. In 1988, International Francophone Day was declared on Mar. 20th to commemorate the creation of the institution of La Francophonie, a place for solidarity among French‑speaking countries and a recognized force in international relations.