Mois de la Francophonie: A Celebration of Senegal

Join Alliance Française for the exciting month of March in which we will be beginning ” Le Mois de la Francophonie, A Celebration of Senegal.” We will be kicking off the month with our opening ceremony, Ndajé Téranga Party, a celebration of the historical and cultural aspects of Senegal on Saturday, March 4 at 6pm. We will enjoy Senegalese cuisine, and have a dance session!

Our next event, Art Opening with Bamba Cissé & Carol Bouska will take place on Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 pm. We will be celebrating the artwork of the young Senegalese artist, and have a live painting session along with viewing photographs of Senegal taken by a local photographer.

On Saturday, March 11 at 1pm, we will be learning about and watching Senegalese Pottery with Adama SowThis Senegalese pottery master has been working on the potter’s wheel for more than 20 years!

Soon following this, Senegalese Short Film Screenings will be taking place on Sunday, March 12 at 7pm at St, Anthony Main Theatre. We will be showing the films Un Transport En Commun and Revers de l’Exil.

From film to literature, we will be hosting An Evening of Senegalese Literature on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm. Discussion topics will feature the question about African participation in the two World Wars, African intellectual life during colonial time, and an overview of West African immigrant literature.

On Saturday, March 18 at 4 pm we will have a Wolof Class & Ataya event where we will learn some Wolof terms, the national language of Senegal while enjoying a delicious round of Ataya, Senegalese tea!

On Thursday, March 23 at 7 pm will be the Webster Concert at The Cedar Cultural Center. The iconic SénéQueb hip hop artist, Webster, will be on tour in the Midwest, and will be featuring a guest performance. Following this on Saturday, March 25 at 10am, the artist will visit Alliance Française for a Writing Workshop, and will tackle the rhymes, metaphors, comparisons, and inspiration methods that are incorporated into his music.

This same day at 6:30 pm, we will be hosting a Soirée Djembés avec Ghana MbayeGhana will be performing live in la Grande Salle and will teach an hour long Djembé class that will be open to ALL skill levels.

The event series will continue on Sunday, March 26 at 7 pm, with a Senegalese Short Film Screening at St. Anthony Main Theatre. We will be showing the film, La Petite Vendeuse De Soleil, which will include an introduction and post-film, with a discussion led by Professor Charles Sugnet.

And to conclude our month of Senegalese events, we will have a Round Table Discussion on the Role of Senegalese Women on Friday, March 31 at 6:30 pm. The panel will feature Khoudia Dia, Fatou Diop, Khadi Aidara, Fatou Diaham, and Judy Hawkinson.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this exciting month full of Senegalese culture, and the French language! For more details, visit our event’s page. Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at Alliance Française.

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