Celebrate French Speaking Cultures in the Twin Cities this March

Alliance Française Event Series Highlights Morocco

Each March, more than 33 million people around the world celebrate Le Mois de la Francophonie, or the Month of French Speaking. This global initiative highlights the diversity of French-speaking cultures. As part of this tradition, the Twin Cities’ French cultural center Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul will showcase the francophone North African country Morocco through a series of events.

“In March, the Twin Cities will beat to Morocco’s vibrant colors. We invite you to join us in a rich and varied cultural program bringing you all of the best of Moroccan culture and its connections to the French language. Throughout the month, there will be a series of musical, linguistic, gastronomic, and cinematic events teamed up with partners including the Cedar Cultural Center, Trylon Cinema and restaurants including Fhima’s and Ziadi’s Mediterranean Cuisine,” said Christina Selander Bouzouina, Alliance Française Executive Director, “The Alliance Française is excited to invite renowned chefs, local artists and others to celebrate Morocco.”

This year’s festivities kick off at Ziadi’s Mediterranean Cuisine on March 3 at 12 pm. The opening celebration includes a couscous lunch by Moroccan-American chef Hassan Ziadi, Moroccan pottery, jewelry and other goods for sale by Raja Samlali, presentations on Morocco’s diversity of cultures past and present, Moroccan music, and finally, a mint tea tasting.

On March 21, the Cedar Cultural Center and Alliance Française present VIVE LE REMIX!, a dance party featuring Moroccan-American multimedia musician and video DJ HAT (Hatim Belyamani) with special guest Hello Psychaleppo, music producer and pioneer of the Electro-Tarab genre. VICE magazine described Hello Psychaleppo as, “A pastiche of twitchy electronic sounds and golden age Arab pop music of the 1950s and 60s. It is alternately danceable and cathartic, melancholic and apocalyptic.

Other events include a class on Moroccan Arabic (Darija) expressions and travels tips, an exploration of Moroccan desserts and arts at the Midtown Global Market, a Moroccan hip-hop workshop with DJ Mehdi Kennar, a prix fixe meal at Fhima’s and a film by Franco-Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch at the Trylon.

On March 31 the series will conclude at Alliance Française’s new home in the Harrison neighborhood of north Minneapolis with a round table discussion on multilingualism in Moroccan education, the impact of the system’s Arabization and its effects on opportunity for Moroccans. Panelists include local Moroccan-Americans with distinct educational experiences, a U of M-Duluth professor and Dr. James Miller, former executive director of Fulbright’s cultural and educational exchange program in Rabat, Morocco.

For further information, visit afmsp.org/moisdelafrancophonie2019/.

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