The 21st edition of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie takes place from March 1 to 31 with activities for all age groups.
Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is part of the events surrounding the Journée Internationale de la Francophonie (March 20), which is organized every year around the world to promote the French language and its cultural expressions. As part of Francophonie Month, the RVF has a program of French-language activities, shows and cultural events throughout PEI.
Since 2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, the theme of the 21st Rendez-vous aims to bring people together by highlighting the importance of official languages and Indigenous languages.
The official opening ceremony of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie will take place on March 1 at 10:30 am at Government House in Charlottetown, in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor, the Honorable H. Antoinette Perry, with words from la Société Saint-Thomas d’Aquin and Fédération Culturelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. All are welcome and a small reception will follow.
Rendez-Vous 2019 Opening Celebration will be held on March 3 in Rollo-Bay at Pavillon de l’Est with a community brunch and Carnaval en Promende Circus Show, a fusion of music, dance and circus arts. Later that day, the Centre Belle-Alliance in Summerside offers a sugar shack. The program includes activities for the whole family, including sampling maple taffy poured on fresh snow and live Acadian music.
March 20, to celebrate International Francophonie Day, Soup’Art will take place at Confederation Centre in Charlottetown. The program includes tasting soups but also invites the public to enjoy live music and a variety of art works.
During these days of celebrations, the public is invited take part in a wide variety of activitiess. The list of events and contests can be found on www.rvf.ca.