Celebrate French Heritage and Cultures Throughout March

Celebrate French Heritage and Cultures Throughout March


French cultures will be on vivid 3D display as Alberta celebrates Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, March 3 to March 23.

The province is kicking off this annual, national celebration on March 2 at noon with a public event in the Legislature rotunda hosted by the Hon. Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. This event will be followed by community gatherings, multicultural meetings, concerts, performances, contests, traditional sugar shack activities, educational opportunities and more – all organized around the theme La Francophonie in 3D: Diversity, Duality and Dynamism.

“Alberta’s francophonie is incredibly energetic and dynamic. The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie presents an opportunity for all Albertans to discover and immerse themselves in vibrant French cultures through a range of activities taking place throughout the month of March.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, responsible for the Francophone Secretariat

Events and activities include symbolic Franco-Albertan flag raising ceremonies in more than 15 municipalities across the province on March 4. Visit the official Rendez-vous de la Francophonie Events Calendar to find out what’s happening in a community near you.

“The French-speaking community of Alberta is constantly evolving and we invite you to discover the vitality of the French language and its different cultures during the month of March. This year we will celebrate diversity, dynamism and linguistic duality! Join us during Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie to be held from March 3 to 23 to highlight the added value of the French community that contributes to the local economy, culture and innovation of our beautiful province!”

Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is part of the events surrounding International Francophonie Day, which is celebrated by more than 50 countries on March 20. Approximately 10 million Canadians participate in the celebrations each year. Alberta has the highest Francophone net growth in Canada after Québec and Ontario, and the third largest minority Francophone population after Ontario and New Brunswick.