The ceremony of opening the 2010 Francophonie Week took place on March 26, 2010, at Magtymguly Turkmen National Music and Drama Theatre. The cultural action is organized by the Embassy of France in Turkmenistan in collaboration with the Embassies of Ukraine, Armenia, the Republic of Poland and Romania with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Broadcasting in Turkmenistan.
The International Day of Francophonie – the festival for all those speaking and studying the French language is celebrated each year on March 20. 40 years ago on March 20, 1970the agreement on the establishment of the first intergovernmental organization which unites the French-speaking countries was signed. Nowadays Francophonie unites 47 French-speaking countries all over the world.
Numerous fans of French culture and schoolchildren and students from Ashgabat who study the French language gathered together in the auditorium of the Magtymguly Theatre. The program of cultural events includes an exposition of information materials dedicated to French history and culture and the demonstration of Jean-Luc Godard’s film The End of Breath (1960) in the French language. This film that received a number of the honorary awards is inscribed on the ‘golden fund’ of French cinematography.
Within the framework of the 2010 Francophonie Week an artist and sculptor Papa Cire Dime will conduct the master classes and presentations at Magtymguly Turkmen State University, D. Azadi Turkmen National Institute of World Languages and secondary school 27. The representative of the French school of painting was born in Senegal. The painter is keen on such themes as the wonders of the world and evolution of urbanism that conditioned his interest in Turkmenistan – the country with the centuries-old culture and beautiful landscapes as well as in the Turkmen capital which amazes with beauty and paces of urban development.
By tradition the Francophonie Week program includes contests among reciters, painters and French language experts. The ceremony of awarding the winners will be held at Alp Arslan Youth National Theatre on the day of closing the Francophonie Week on April 2.
Those speaking at the opening ceremony said that the organisation of the Francophonie Week in Turkmenistan was a new step to strengthen and foster traditionally friendly relations and fruitful humanitarian and cultural cooperation between Turkmenistan and France