Francophonie Festival to kick off in Beijing

Updated 2019-03-01 14:36:00

Posters of the 2019 Francophonie Festival [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The annual Francophonie Festival is ready to rock your world as variety of activities in the field of music, art, book, cinema and sport will be unveiled to anyone interested in French culture and language this month in Beijing.

A press conference on the festival was held in Beijing on Feb 28, with Chinese actor Huang Jue acting as the ambassador. This year's festival theme is "Game".

Actor Huang Jue speaks at the press conference.[Photo by Zhang Xingjian/chinadaily.com.cn]

According to the organizer, Faguowenhua.com, game can be a way of sharing, entertaining and learning. And the above mentioned three keywords also reflect the spirit among the French world. Through playing games, people can learn the value of sharing and tolerance.

"Anyone who speaks multiple languages understands the benefits that the other language brings. Learning another language is not only a question of using different words. It means opening up to another culture, thinking about things from another point of view," said Jean-Maurice Ripert, ambassador of France to China.

The ambassador also said that China had played its part in French language development and China's role, more so than that of any other country, would be crucial for the future of plurilingualism.

Olivier Richard speaks at the press conference. [Photo by Zhang Xingjian/chinadaily.com.cn]

Olivier Richard, minister counselor of France embassy in China, delivered the keynote speech during the conference.

According to him, French is the most used language after Chinese, English, Spanish and Arabic. There are currently 300 million French speakers in the world, which will increase to 800 million in 2050, and 85 percent of which are in Africa.

"Language learning promotes a better understanding of the history, society and creation of countries," Richard added.

As the festival ambassador, Huang Jue, who has starred in hit films like Long Day's Journey Into Night and Letter from an Unknown Woman, said he has always been passionate about French history and culture and is ready to learn French in the future.

"Learning French requires a lot of rigor and hard work, but it nourishes tolerance and solidarity," the actor said

Actor Huang Jue accepts the certificate for acting as the ambassador for the festival. [Photo by Zhang Xingjian/chinadaily.com.cn]

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