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The Group of French-speaking Embassies, Delegations and Institutions in Romania (GADIF) announced during a press conference on Tuesday the activities scheduled to take place in Bucharest and the rest of the country during the Month of Francophonie. 2013 marks the celebration of 20 years since Romania joined the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). On this occasion, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) will be holding a series of events that already began on March 1 with the launching of a portal dedicated to the 20 years of institutional Francophonie and to the celebration of the International Day of the Francophonie (March 20). The Gala of the Francophonie will be organised at the Radio Hall in Bucharest, on March 21, together with the Romanian Radio and in cooperation with GADIF. On April 4 it is the opening of the exhibition ‘1993-2013 – Francophonie Landmarks in Romania’, organised in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, National Library of Romania and GADIF. Archive documents and photographs capturing Romania’s accession and membership of OIF. In April, the Foreign Ministry is also organising in partnership with the French Embassy and the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation the ceremony for awarding certificates to Romanian civil servants participating in training courses in French organised last year. MAE will also organise the meeting with the bursary holders of the 2012-2013 class within the ‘E. Ionescu’ bursary programme in partnership with BECO-AUF. The Office for Central and Eastern Europe of the Academic Agency of the Francophonie (AUF) will organise a regional symposium called ‘Francophonie multilateral academic cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe’ on March 18-19 at the Conference Centre of the ‘Valahia’ University of Targoviste. The symposium will bring together AUF-funded projects decision-makers from around the country. The International Day of Women Rights will be celebrated on March 8 at the University of Bucharest – Faculty of Political Sciences, and the film ‘Shoah’ directed by Claude Lanzmann will be screened at the ‘Elvira Popescu’ Hall on March 9 and 10, as a prelude to the One World Festival (scheduled for March 10-17). French readerships and their students will hold a series of events dedicated to Francophonie, including a photo contest – ‘Tell me ten words’ and a Franco-Arabian night at the French Institute, on March 27. The Month of the Francophonie will be also celebrated by: the Days of Francophone Film (March 14-28, in various Romanian cities), organised by the French Institute and dedicated to Africa – the host country for the latest Summit of the Francophonie in October 2012, the Francophone Recruitment Forum (March 11-15), Bucharest), organised by the Franco-Jobs Association with the aim of establishing contact between active French-speaking workers and employers and offering career opportunities in French-speaking Romanian environments, the ‘Francochanson’ Festival (March 9 – 10, Buzau), addressed to high school students in Romania and the Frankolorés Festival organised by a company of French-speaking artists, that will stop in Bucharest in March 11-13 for reading sessions, concerts and a play. The French language will be celebrated in March 19-20 at the French Institute in Bucharest with the ‘French for the Little Ones’ event, where a teaching kit for teaching French to pre-school students will be launched and the Fantastique! Company will offer a workshop for marionette shows. The Square of the Francophonie in Bucharest will be inaugurated at the junction of Libertatii Boulevard and Calea 13 Septembrie in March, at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.