Francophones and Francophiles, it’s time for a slam…

The third edition of Slame tes accents is happening now. 

This international competition, put on by the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, invites Francophone teachers and students from all over the Americas to create a “slam poetry” video reflecting the diversity and multiplicity of French accents in the Americas.

You can watch the 60-to-90 second videos on the Centre’s website and vote for your favourites. 

Slame tes accents aims to engage students’ appreciation of the varieties of French, develop their skills, and encourage them to recognize the Francophonie as an international family. This year the Centre received 38 entries from 14 provinces, states, and countries: Alberta, Bolivia, British Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti, Prince Edward Island, Illinois, Louisiana, Manitoba, Massachusetts, Mexico, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

There are two age categories, 12 to 14, and 15 to 18. An international jury picks a first and second prize winner in each age category. There is also a public choice award (picked by you and other members of the public) and two special prizes. 

I particularly liked an entry by a class at l’école Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys in Calgary and one by Classe de Mydiaderme Jean François from l'Institution Charles Darwin, in Port-au-Prince, Haïti. 

The slam’s spokesperson is the renowned musician and poet Mathieu Lippé. The Centre will announce the contest winners at the end of May.

The Centre de la francophonie des Amériques offers many programs that strive to promote a pluralist, diverse Francophonie in the Americas. It serves the 33 million Francophones that live in the Americas.

Catherine Fisher, blogger