In anticipation of the hundreds of exciting events taking place during a nationwide celebration throughout the month of March, the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue unveiled the key elements of the 21st edition of Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie today at the Mauril Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop in Ottawa.
While the success of last year’s 20th anniversary became a sharp reflection of the vitality and strength of Francophone communities across the country, this year’s edition is sure to highlight the promise, possibilities and potential of these communities.
The artwork for Les RVF 2019 brings that promise into a fresh light, as though we were experiencing the Francophonie like we would as children: full of wonder, without preconceptions, and with an open mind. The image also reminds us that the Canadian Francophonie, with its beautiful diversity of cultures and accents from sea to sea, is like a conch shell that echoes the many songs of the many birds that soar to great heights across our vast country.
Further underscoring this diversity in spoken French and the cultures that represent it, in addition to the importance of Canada’s official languages and how they intersect, this year’s spokespersons were also announced: Caroline Savoie and Patrick Chan.
From New Brunswick, Caroline Savoie is an Acadian singer‑songwriter who has given over 500 performances in Canada and abroad. She is eager to share her love of the Francophonie and her culture during this year’s edition, and to explore some of the vibrant and diverse communities across Canada.
Joining her is Olympic figure skating champion Patrick Chan, a proud Canadian who attended a Francophone school in Toronto and now lives in British Columbia. Although he speaks English in his day‑to‑day life, he is keen to learn more about Canada’s various Francophone communities. As one of this year’s spokespersons, he encourages Anglophones and Francophiles to express themselves in French, even if they have an accent.
Stay up-to-date on the RVF website! Be sure to check out this year’s calendar of activities to occur across the country, including the Just for Laughs Comedy Tour and various National Film Board screenings. Participate in contests, many of which are already online. And don’t forget to visit the RVF’s ACTION! section, where you’ll find videos and blog articles posted daily.
The Canadian Foundation for Cross Cultural Dialogue and the 2019 RVF team would like to thank their key partners: the Department of Canadian Heritage, Air Canada, the Language Portal of Canada, NAV CANADA, the National Film Board, VIA Rail, the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne‑française (FJCF), the Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité (RDÉE Canada), the Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (ACELF), the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), the Association de la presse francophone, the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC), the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes and La Cité College.