Find your joie de vivre this March
Feb 22, 2013 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --
More than 390,000 Albertans of French descent are celebrating their heritage, culture and language throughout March as part of the 15th annual national Rendez-vous de la Francophonie .
Alberta's Francophone communities will host celebration events across the province starting March 1. About 10 million Canadians across the country will mark the occasion with flag raising ceremonies, community gatherings, multicultural meetings, shows, music, theatre, film viewings, contests and educational activities. Canada is among the more than 50 countries that celebrate International Francophonie Day (March 20) every year.
"Alberta's growing Francophone communities bring such an energy to our culture," said Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk. "Our diversity and the connections it creates continue to enrich our province, making it both strong and vibrant. I'm looking forward to joining Franco-Albertans in the celebration."
This year, Rendez-vous de la Francophonie events will have a joie de vivre theme - an expression conveying fun, good times, liveliness and light-heartedness - and attributes regularly associated with Alberta's Francophone communities.
"There's so much going on in March, it's a great opportunity to get to know and celebrate Alberta's vibrant French culture and our well-known joie de vivre," said Dolorese Nolette, President of the French-Canadian Association of Alberta (ACFA). "We're thrilled to see that Alberta has one of the fastest growing French-speaking populations in Canada with more than 238,000 Albertans who speak French."
The Government of Alberta will mark the Rendez-vous with an official event in the rotunda of Alberta's Legislature on March 12. Members of the public are invited to join the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta Gene Zwozdesky and Minister Klimchuk in a commemorative flag-raising event and live entertainment from Alberta's Francophone community.
To learn more about Rendez-vous de la Francophonie or to see a full Alberta event list, visit http://culture.alberta.ca/francophone/english/francophonie/rendez-vous.aspx , or the ACFA at www.acfa.ab.ca .
Editor's Note: Une version francaise du bulletin d'information est disponible en ligne a http://bonjour.alberta.ca .
Media inquiries may be directed to:
Director of Public Affairs
Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta
780-466-1680 x 222
To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.
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