Francophonie Fortnight 2013, which began on March 6 and runs through March 20, was organized around the theme “The Creole in the Francophonie” (Plas Kreyòl na frankofonie an). During this fortnight, activities include conversations with writers, roundtables, educational workshops, cinema, literature, lectures, music, theater pieces, exhibitions, contests, and more. Events will be taking place all around Port-au-Prince, including the CNF (at 51 rue Dufort, Bois Verna), Quisqueya University, and Espace PENDHA among other venues. For a full calendar of lectures and roundtables of Francophonie 2013, see link below.
In her speech at the launching of this event, Minister of Culture Josette Darguste stressed that “The knowledge of two languages Goethe said ‘It is to be man twice’ (C’est être Homme deux fois). I share this thought that coincides this year with the theme ‘the Creole in French’. [. . .] Francophonie is a legacy that we must defend and preserve. We remain committed to the essential and immutable values that it teaches. However, we should aim for a constructive alliance and a productive coexistence of French and Creole in all areas: academics, the social sphere, the State, art, literature… We wish for a Francophonie that strengthens and maintains the indelible links created by history and maintained by all. She also stated that: “The coexistence of French and Creole offers interesting possibilities of expression, whose result continues to fuel studies and the discourse of writers, researchers, educators and linguists.”
For full calendar of events, see
For more information and full lecture by Minister Darguste, see http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-8041-haiti-culture-the-creole-in-the-francophonie.html