Francophonie Festival Hong Kong and Macau 2017 [fr] [中文]


To celebrate the international day of Francophonie (March 20), Francophonie Festival Hong Kong and Macau 2017 is organised annually so as to promote French language and cultural diversity, and also to facilitate exchanges between French speakers in the world.

This year, Francophonie Festival Hong Kong and Macau 2017 includes a wide range of numerous events will be organised from March 1 to 31 in Hong Kong and Macau: multicultural discussion sessions, award presentation ceremonies, performances, literary encounters, concerts, theatre pieces, poetry, film screenings, contests, educational outreach activities and an exhibition of French poet Jacques Prévert’s collages.

More information on Prévert and activities to commemorate his death:

We are also proud to present our three prestigious guests of honour at this year’s festival: the award-winning Algerian writer Boualem Sansal, geopolitical expert Pascal Boniface and cartoonist Clément Baloup. In addition to the presence of guests, this year’s festival includes the Pivot Dictation, which is a very well-known spelling competition in France, for the very first time. The jury of selection of the Pivot Dictation in Hong Kong will select one candidate to represent Hong Kong to participate the final round in Beijing on March 20.

As the year of 2017 marks the fortieth anniversary of the death of famous French poet Jacques Prévert, an exhibition of his collage artworks will be held in honour of his heritage and French language. This exhibition will take place at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In addition, as Prévert was also a film script writer, film screenings will take place at schools and universities so as to commemorate him. Finally, this year’s poetry writing competition, which is organised by « Sauvés par le Kong », will take “Paroles” as the theme for the same purpose.

Throughout March this year, the general public of Hong Kong will be able to enjoy a series of concerts such as that of Jane Birkin (organised by the Hong Kong Arts Festival) and the musical performances of groups “La Femme” and “Axelle Red”. The yearly “mars en folie” musical event organised by Alliance Française, the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong is also not to be missed.

Francophone films in the festival are also important highlights for this year. A selection of film productions by French-speaking countries will be shown in various places in town such as secondary schools, universities and Alliance Française.

The education sector in town takes an active role in promoting French language and the values of Francophonie. The 8th Pearl River Delta Inter-university French Speech Competition is an example. Finalists from ten different universities in the Pearl River Delta region will participate in the competition in Zhuhai this year. Other notable educational events are “Césars de la Francophonie” Inter-secondary school video competition and poster design competition, both of which are designated for young French learners to take part in.

The Francophone Festival in Hong Kong and Macau 2017 promises to be an enjoyable journey for the public to discover its wonders and emotions. Thanks to the generosity of our partners, of which the number surged in the last few years, this festival can finally take place. Partners for this year’s festival include: Alliance Francaise, TV5Monde, The Association of Teachers of French in Hong Kong and Macau (AFLE), Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, French bookstore Parenthèses, Macau Literary Festival The Script Road, French magazine “Sauvés par le Kong” and Bayard Presse.


Boualem Sansal (March 20 - 23 )

• March 20 (Monday) at 6:30pm
Conference organised in partnership with Alliance Française Hong Kong
Theme: "Engagement Through Literature"
Moderator : Mr Chip Tsao, renowned columnist, broadcaster, and writer
Language: French with English interpretation
Location: Alliance Française Jordan, 52 Jordan Road, Jordan

• March 21 (Tuesday) at 6 :30pm
Meet-the-author session at French bookstore Parenthèses
Presentation of his life as an author and his book "2084"
Location : Duke Wellington House, 2/F, 14-24 Wellington St, Central
Language: French

• March 22 (Wednesday)
Meeting students at French International School

• March 22 (Wednesday), 7pm - 8:30pm
Author’s workshop with Alliance Française Hong Kong
Location: Salle Segalen, Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau
Language: French

• March 23 (Thursday) at 11am
Conference at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
In partnership with Department of Government and International Studies and Department of Humanities and Creative Writing of HKBU
Theme: " Is the West losing the War Against Radical Islam? "
Address: Council Chamber SWT501, Shaw Tower, HKBU

Macau Literary Festival The Script Road (March 4 – 19)

  • Clément Baloup, French cartoonist and illustrator of Le club du suicide with E. Vaccaro and with regard to the works of R.L. Stevenson ; Mémoire de Viet Kieu
  • Philippe Graton, French author, scriptwriter and photographer
  • Daniel de Roulet, Swiss writer and the winner of 2015 Prix Culture et Société de la Ville de Genève awarded by the Geneva government.

March 3 (Friday), 6:30pm, Parethèses
Daniel de Roulet sharing session
Address: 2/F, Duke of Wellington House, 14-24 Wellington Street, Central

March 4 (Saturday), 4pm, Old Court Building Macau
Dick Ng, Filipe Melo, Philippe Graton, Clément Baloup, Rodrigo de Matos
Public session and 1st session of the whole Festival - Illustrating Words - The Art of Comics
Language: English
Translation: Chinese

March 7 (Tuesday), 7pm, Alliance Française Macao
Philippe Graton, Clément Baloup - School visit

March 8 (Wednesday), 6.30PM, Old Court Building - The Script Road Cafe Macao
Clément Baloup - Workshop: Writing for Comic Books

March 9 (Thrusday)
Clément Baloup sharing session
Alliance Française de Hong Kong Jordan
Address: 52 Jordan Road, Jordan, Kowloon

March 10 (Friday)
Clément Baloup sharing session
French Bookstore Parenthèses
Address: 2/F, Duke of Wellington House, 14-24 Wellington Street, Central

March 11 (Saturday)
Clément Baloup sharing session with public (in English)
Address: Comix salon, Comix Home Base, 7 Mallory St, Wan Chai
Language: English
RSVP required:

French language and culture books donation ceremony at Hong Kong Central Library
March 2 (Thursday), 3pm
Location: Activity Rm, G/F, Hong Kong Central Library

French poetry writing competition “Sauvés par la Poésie” Award ceremony and poetry reading sessions in honour of French poet Jacques Prévert
March 30 (Thursday), 6:30pm at Mediatheque of Alliance Francaise Hong Kong (Jordan)
Location: Alliance Francaise Hong Kong (Jordan), 52 Jordan Road, Jordan, Kowloon


To read the full list of screenings please follow this link :
University Francophone Film Festival
School Francophone Film Festival
Alliance Francaise – Mini Francophone Film Festival
-  film screening in honor of Jacques Prevert
Film Screening event related to Jane Birkin organised by Hong Kong Arts Festival PLUS


Jacques Prévert’s collages exhibition
March 1 – 10: Hong Kong Polytechnic University
March 18 – April 22 : Alliance Francaise Hong Kong
Address: 52 Jordan Road, Jordan, Kowloon


Pivot Dictation : China Finals
March 20 (Monday)
Location: Swiss Embassy in Beijing
Selection in Hong Kong
February 25 (Saturday)
Location: Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau
For more information on the selection in Hong Kong:

8th Pearl River Delta Inter-university French Speech Competition
March 25 (Saturday)
Sino-French Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Technology (IFCEN), Zhuhai, China

DELF Certificate and Pivot Dictation Hong Kong round selection winners award ceremony
March 9 (Thursday)
Location: Residence of consul general of France in Hong Kong

Césars de la Francophonie inter-secondary school video competition award ceremony
March 18 (Saturday) , 2pm
Location: St Joseph’s College

Les Francophonistes
March 18 (Saturday) , 2pm
Location: St Joseph’s College

Poster Design competition award ceremony
March 18 (Saturday) , 2pm
Location: St Joseph’s College


Pascal Boniface (March 25 – 28)
Pascal Boniface, French expert in geopolitics, director of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), professor of international relations in the Institute for European Studies in the University of Paris-8.

Seminar : Why loving football might just make you a "Global Citizen"
March 25 (Saturday), 3:30pm
Discussion in English
Location: CPD 2.58, Centennial Campus, University of Hong Kong
RSVP here

March 25 (Saturday), 5:30pm
Thématique : Carrière et bibliographie (Theme: career and bibliography)
Location: French bookstore Parenthèses, 2nd floor, Duke of Wellington House, 14-24 Wellington Street, Central
Discussion in French

March 27 (Monday), 5:30pm
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
Location : Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), University Road, Kowloon Tong
Theme : “Donald Trump : the new US approach to Europe”
Discussion in English

March 28 (Tuesday), 5pm
Location: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Dr, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Geopolitics and Sport - Meet the Author session

Concert / Music

Alliance Française "MARS EN FOLIE" concert
March 31 (Friday) , 7 :30pm
Location : Vine Centre, Wan Chai

Concert « LA FEMME Asian Tour 2017»
March 9 (Thursday), 8:30pm
Location: Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre

Concert « Axelle Red Acoustic »
March 11 (Saturday), 8pm
Location: MOM Livehouse , North Point

UFE Francophonie Night
March 16 (Thursday), 7pm
Location: Drop Club, Central


Hong Kong French Theatre Festival (March 15 – 18)

School Session
March 14 (Tuesday), 1:45pm
Location: La Salle College
Les Fourberies de Scapin de Molière (1hour 30mn)


Good France
March 21 (Tuesday)

publié le 13/03/2017

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