We are delighted to be hosting author talks, performances, concerts, discussions, and more. Come explore the world with us!
Nous sommes ravis d'accueillir des conférences d'auteurs, des performances, des concerts, des discussions et bien plus encore. Venez explorer le monde avec nous !
March 2024 | All events accessible to English speakers
The Mois de la Francophonie is made possible thanks to the support of our partners.
Monday March 4
Rendez-vous with Florient Jousse & Big Chief Juan Pardo
AFNO | 6:30 pm | Free | Bilingual
During Mois de la Francophonie 2023, theater director and actor Florient Jousse presented his play 'Frénésies,' inspired by Jack Kerouac, in partnership with Tulane University and AFNO in New Orleans. During his time here, he forged a friendship with Big Chief Juan Pardo, leading to a unique theater project, "Flamboyants!" Explore the fascinating journey of how this international connection has cultivated a new theater play bridging Creole legacies across the Indian Ocean and the vibrant Mardi Gras traditions of New Orleans.
WEDNESDAY March 6
rencontre avec nicolas fargues | France
AFNO | 6:30 pm | Free | French
Embark on a literary voyage with Nicolas Fargues, the acclaimed French author and nominee for the prestigious 2015 Goncourt Prize. Join us for a captivating evening as Fargues, world traveler and resident of the Randell Cottage in Wellington, shares his rich tapestry of experiences that have shaped his evocative writing.
After growing up in Cameroon, Lebanon and Corsica, Nicolas Fargues moved to Paris and then Indonesia, where he worked in the cooperation sector. Since 2002, he has lived and worked in Alliance Française and Institut Français in Antsiranana, Yaoundé and Bukavu, destinations that have left their mark on his writing.
In partnership with the Consulate of France in Louisiana.
FRiday March 15
Afro-contemporary dance performance | benin
AFNO | 6:30pm | $5 · Free for members | Bilingual
Be moved by the Dow Dance Company as they communicate captivity and honor their ancestors who were deported from Benin. Dow Dance Company's work pushes the decolonization of the black body and represents the connections between French-speaking West Africa and New Orleans.
The duo, composed of Arouna Guindo and Caleb Dowden, is based in New Orleans. Arounda Guindo is a dancer and choreographer from Benin. Caleb Dowden, born in New Orleans, has been working for years in West Africa where she found her inspiration for the choreographies performed by her artistic company Dow-Dance.
open house and live Cajun music | louisiana
AFNO | 4-8pm | Free | Bilingual
This afternoon aims to celebrate New Orleans’ role in the Francophone world, and all relationships between Louisiana and other French-speaking countries. We will be joined by local, Cajun musician and native Louisiana French speaker, Bruce Daigrepont from 6-8pm.
In addition to free placement tests, trial classes, and a used French book sale, don't miss the exclusive promotions and discounts available only during the Open House. Take advantage of our Early Bird Discount of $30 off Full Courses when you register early. Plus, enjoy $10 off Partial Courses, perfect for those seeking a refresher or an introduction to French language skills. In person only, 50% off memberships!
Monday March 25
documentary screening : "Noirs en France" | France
with Alain Mabanckou
TBC | 6:30 pm | $5 · Free for members | French with English subtitles
“Noirs en France” (Black in France) is a documentary produced by France Television, directed by Aurélia Perreau and narrated by novelist and academic Alain Mabanckou, who will be in attendance.
Synopsis: What do French Black people have in common? Not much, except for their skin color and the racism they face. For the first time, the film “Noirs en France” (Black in France) gives a voice to Black French people of all ages and backgrounds, known or unknown to the general public. Narrated by the writer Alain Mabanckou, this documentary tells their stories filled with prejudice and stereotypes, but also marked by hope and pride.
We will be joined by author and narrator of the film, Alain Mabanckou!
In partnership with OIF and Villa Albertine.
tuesday March 26
conversation with alain mabanckou | congo
Ashé Cultural Center | 6.30 pm | Free | Bilingual with Traslator
Alain Mabanckou is a novelist, journalist, poet, and academic. A French citizen born in the Republic of the Congo, he currently teaches literature and creative writing in the Department of French & Francophone Studies and African Studies Center at UCLA. Known for his novels and non-fiction writing depicting the experience of contemporary Africa and the African diaspora in France, Mabanckou is among the most recognized Franco African writers in France in contemporary literature.
In partnership with OIF, Villa Albertine, Tulane University, and the Garden District Book Shop.
wednesday March 27
discussion "louisiana french history and challenges" | louisiana
Online | 5:00 pm | $10 · Free for AFNO members | English
Join AFNO and the entire Federation of Alliances in the US as we discuss Louisiana's francophone past, present, and future. Joseph Dunn’s understanding of Louisiana’s distinct cultures, languages, and heritage has led him to work at the highest levels of the state’s tourism and cultural industries. Joseph is an outspoken advocate for the development of social, professional, and economic opportunities for Louisiana’s franco-créolophone heritage language communities and is particularly interested in the concepts of minority language rights and identity. Joseph Dunn was named a Chevalier dans l’ordre national du Mérite in 2021.
In partnership with the Federation of Alliances Françaises in the US.
thursday March 28
conversation with thomas sandoz | Switzerland
AFNO | 6:30 pm | Free | French with translator
Meet Swiss author Thomas Sandoz as we divulge into cultural psychological question of francophone literature’s creation and promotion in the small country with four national languages.
Event will be presented in French with an English translator.
In partnership with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta.
wednesday March 13 and 27
louisiana creole round tables | louisiana
AFNO | 5:30 pm | Free | Bilingual
Join us for special sessions of AFNO's free social and conversation hour, with Creole culture-bearer Lawson Ota. Louisiana Creole is a rich language and culture deeply rooted in local heritage. Take this opportunity to enrich your knowledge about it!
Check out these events with our partners
French Film Festival
Prytania Theater & online | Feb. 22 - March 3 | Various
Film Festival organized by the New Orleans Film Society with short and feature-length films. To learn more click here.
Le Grand Pique Nique
West Baton Rouge Museum | March 2 | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
We will be joining all 25 French immersion schools for this wonderful afternoon in Baton Rouge! Check out the full lineup of events on their website here. In the meantime, stay up-to-date with their Facebook page.
In partnership with Parents for Immersion and Louisiana Consortium of Immersion Schools (LCIS).
Francophonie Door decorating competition
Audubon Charter | March 22
We will be supporting this creative event at Audubon Charter campuses. Judging will take place March 22nd.
Ecole Bilingue | March 23
Visit the AFNO's booth at this annual street festival celebrating French.