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RIYADH: Every March, countries around the world celebrate la Francophonie through cultural events honoring the French language – and Saudi Arabia is no exception.

During the 2022 edition of the month of La Francophonie, the richness and diversity of the French language and culture around the world will be celebrated in several cities of the Kingdom.

The event promotes Francophone values ​​and cultures and is the result of a partnership between the International Organization of La Francophonie and international embassies and diplomatic representations.

This year, several foreign embassies and consulates, including Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Lebanon, Morocco, Senegal, Switzerland and Tunisia, will participate in the Saudi festival.

More than 50 events will take place in Jeddah, Alkhobar, Riyadh and AlUla.

Francophones and Francophiles can expect workshops, conferences, shows, films, exhibitions and dictations for all ages.

The festival will also feature events on culture, art, sport and gastronomy, according to the Francophonie organizing committee. The festival will kick off with a performance by the Riyadh Comedy Club on March 6 in Riyadh.

Adults and children will be able to enjoy the traditional African tales presented in “Sagesse de la savane” on March 14 at the French International School in Jeddah, and in Alkhobar and Riyadh on other dates.

French-speaking Swiss, Canadian and Congolese films will also be screened. The French feature film “Fahim” will be screened on March 10 in AlUla and on March 21 in Alkhobar.

On the eve of March 23, in Alkhobar, a national dictation by the Alliance Française de la Francophonie will put the best spellers in competition in a friendly atmosphere. Athletes will take part in a game of “French-speaking petanque” at the Al-Nakheel Compound in Riyadh on March 12.