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Seattle's French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures will take place on March 19, 2023: 11am-5pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall. The festival is part of the Seattle Center Festál series.
Seattle Center Festál is a year-round series of 24 free cultural festivals, produced in partnership with community organizations. In 2022, Festál celebrated 25 years of stories and traditions, ushering in a new era of hybrid programming. Learn more about Festál and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.
Armory Main Stage & Floor
|11:00am-11:30 am||Bienvenue and Schools Choir|
Frédéric Choinière, Master of Ceremonies
Didier Poirier, FEN President
Ariane Ogier, FEN Executive Director and Honorary Consul
Frédéric Jung, Consulate General of France in San Francisco
Nathalie Beaudoin, Consul and Program Manager, Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Service | Consulate General of Canada
Darijo Bošnjak, Acting Director of Workforce and Talent Development | Québec Trade Office in Silicon Valley
Philippe Goetschel, Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Seattle
|12:00pm-12:10pm||Presentation: Children's Authors|
|1:00pm-1:15pm||Te Fare O Tematoa|
|1:30pm-2:15pm||The Beau Goss Band|
|2:30pm-3:15pm||Gansango Music and Dance|
|3:30pm-3:45pm||Baguette & Art Contests Winners Announced!|
|4:00pm-4:30pm||Ça Gaze Band|
Air Tahiti Nui Raffle Winner Announced!
|12:15pm-12:45pm||Chef Anne-Laure Ropars
|1:15pm-1:45pm||Chef Laurence Boris
Tarte à la vanille Muscovado
|2:15pm-2:45pm||Chef Didier Poirier
|11:30 am-12:15pm||French cocktails with BCI|
|12:30pm-1:15pm||Willamette Valley Wine Tasting with Domaine Résonance|
|1:30pm-2:15pm||Four French regions Wine Tasting with Cépaé|
|2:30pm-3:15pm||Cider & Brandy Tasting with French Cider and Spirits|
|3:30pm-4:15pm||Languedoc-Roussillon Wine Tasting with The Princess & The Bear|
Children books signing presented by Made in France & SJJ
Join renowned children's literature authors and illustrators Alex Cousseau, Hervé Le Goff, and Edouard Manceau for Selfie Time and get your books signed.
The books are available only before the event, for purchase in the partner schools: The French American School of Puget Sound and North Seattle French School.
|2:15pm-3:45pm||“French for All” presented by Consulate General of France in San Francisco|
|4:00pm-4:45pm||“Planning for the Unexpected” presented by Merrill Lynch|
|12:15pm-1:00pm||Screening of “Ousmane” by Jorge Camarotti
Ousmane, a newly arrived immigrant living in Montreal, faces a challenging situation when he meets an elderly disoriented lady at the end of his workday.
Sponsored by: Québec Government Office in Los Angeles
|1:15pm-2:45pm||Screening of “La gang des hors-la-loi” (with English subtitles), from Jean Beaudin (2014)
His father having just died at sea, young Nicolas intends to spend the summer at the baseball field of his small village with his friends.
Sponsored by: Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
|3:00pm-4:00pm||Screening of “Jean-Michel Basquiat, l’Afrique au coeur”
The French documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat, l'Afrique au cœur, looks back over this art legend and analyzes how Africa influenced his work and psyche.
Sponsored by: TV5 Monde USA
View the 2022 highlights below:
Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures in partnership with France Education Northwest (FEN).
Seattle’s French Fest celebrates the diversity of traditions, ideas, dialects, and more, that comprises French-speaking cultures around the world. While France is often the most well-known French-speaking country for people in the U.S., there are many other countries and places all around the world where French is spoken. French and several similar dialects are even spoken by groups in the U.S., particularly in Louisiana.
The festival aims to embrace this diversity of French-speaking cultures in the types of activities offered at the event. It promotes the French idea of “joie de vivre” through music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, film screenings, wine tastings, baguette tasting contest, and more. Each year, there are live performances on the main stage featuring traditional dance and music from French-speaking countries or in the French language.
France Education Northwest (FEN), founded in 2008, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The organization was started by leading members of Seattle’s French American community, including many members of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, to focus on education and promotion of French culture. FEN’s founders were particularly driven by a desire to reach out to and inspire youth. While FEN serves these goals in a variety of ways, from cooking classes to visiting local schools, the festival is by far FEN’s biggest and most accessible event.
Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures draws inspiration from the “International Day of Francophonie,” a celebration organized in over 100 countries every March 20th to honor and showcase the diversity of Francophone cultures and traditions. Francophone means French-speaking, and can be used to describe people, cultures, and regions. The term “francophonie,” however, describes more than just a linguistic or geographic connection to France. “Francophonie” describes a unifying sense of belonging to and appreciation for Francophone values and culture.
The festival is an important part of FEN’s founding mission, acting as a catalyst for our local public, no matter their background, to learn about and share in celebrating French and French-Speaking cultures. The festival first opened in 2013 and has since taken place every year during the spring. Even though the festival is just one-day long, it is one of the West Coast’s largest Francophone-themed festivals. For its deep-rooted belief in the importance of appreciating and learning about diverse cultures, Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures, is and will continue to be a celebration of French-speaking cultures around the world.
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