Francophonie Month is celebrated every year in March, with International Francophonie Day (Journée internationale de la Francophonie) taking place on March 20. This is a celebration of French language and culture around the globe.
While the United States is not officially a member country in the International Organization of La Francophonies, a network of countries that share use of the French language, many regional festivities take place in American communities that celebrate French heritage, historical ties, and shared culture.
Throughout the month, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as French consulate offices around the United States, will be hosting events. This includes tours in French of the National Museum of African Art, a film festival, and wine tastings, among other cultural gatherings.
On Monday, March 9, as part of the Francophonie D.C. Festival, Vincent: the real story of Van Gogh will be presented at the French Embassy. Over 100 Van Gogh paintings will be projected on a screen during this play starring Jean-Michel Richaud.