The Francophonie month kicks off, tonight, with the reading of one of the influential texts of Francophonie, “Cahier d’un retour au pays natal”, by Aimé Césaire. The reading, by the French actor Jacques Martial, will take place at 7 pm, at the Odeon Theatre.
Jacques Martial, best known to the public for his part in the TV series “Navarro”, is a film and theatre actor. During his stay in Bucharest, he will also offer a Master class for film and drama students at the National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Art (UNATC) – “Ion Sava” Studio, on Friday, starting 4 pm.
The writer Aimé Césaire was born in 1913, in Martinique. At 26, he published “Cahier d’un retour au pays natal”, which consecrated him as one of the greatest 20th century Francophone poets. The book becomes a seminal text, a symbol of the pride and regained dignity of French-speaking coloured people across the world.
The French cultural centres in Timisoara, Iasi, Cluj and the French Alliances in Constanta, Pitesti and Ploiesti are also offering a special programme throughout the month of March, celebrating Francophonie.
The most important events include the performance of “Caligula”, starring Bruno Putzulu, at Bulandra – the Izvor Hall (March 12, 13), the comic strips exhibition “Des cases et des hommes” (opening March 17, starting 6 pm), the Francophonie concert, featuring Mathieu Gaudet, Ben Mazué and Teodora Enache, at Café Godot (March 18, 9 pm), Marché de la Poésie, at the French Institute (March 23 – 26), the Francophone Film Festival, at the Elvira Popescu Hall (March 25 – 30), and the exhibition “Marianne, égérie des créateurs,” at the National Art Museum (MNAR – March 26 – May 25).
The events are organized by the French Embassy, the French Institute, the International Organization of La Francophonie, the Canadian Embassy, Wallonia-Brussels, the Swiss Confederation, with the support of the Foreign Ministry and the Francophone University Agency.
Venue: Odeon Theatre
Majestic Hall, 7 pm
Address: 40-42 Calea Victoriei