A Performance-Filled Celebration of Mois de la Francophonie

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Sang, directed by NAC French Theatre Artistic Director Brigitte Haentjens © Photo: Jean-François Hétu
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Sang, directed by NAC French Theatre Artistic Director Brigitte Haentjens © Photo: Jean-François Hétu

With the support of generous donors like you, Francophone artists were centre stage at the NAC throughout March in celebration of Mois de la Francophonie. A diverse virtual program of music, theatre, dance and more drew thousands of visitors, offering Francophiles and Francophones the opportunity to discover exceptional talent. 

The lineup included free shows and activities as well as some paid performances. One of the highlights included a livestream performance of Quebec quintet Le Vent Du Nord presented by NAC Popular Music and Variety. Viewers from Canada the United States and from as far away as Ireland, U.K., Sweden, Denmark, Singapore, France and Belgium tuned into watch the flagship group of traditional Quebec music that has won numerous awards in Quebec and internationally. 

A pre-recorded performance of Sang, one of NAC French Theatre Artistic Director Brigitte Haentjens’ most recent stage productions, was available online from March 25 to 30. More than 300 tickets were sold to watch this contemporary retelling of the myth of Oedipus.   

In partnership with the Ottawa Public Library, NAC Indigenous Theatre’s Our Stories: Indigenous Book Club featured book for March was Uiesh - Quelque part, a book of poetry in French and Montagnais by Josephine Bacon. An Innu poet from Pessamit in Quebec, Josephine joined multidisciplinary artist Natasha Kanapé Fontaine on Facebook Live to discuss the book. The engaging discussion between these two artists brought joy to viewers who shared comments such as “Your discussion brings me as much joy and hope as drinking a tonic. Thank you for this chat filled with smiles!” and “A big thank you for this beautiful conversation bursting with hope and laughter … it feels so good!” 

These, and other performances and activities by francophone artists, helped to showcase what Xavier Forget, head of artistic programming for the Mois de la Francophonie, said is “a good example of the rich, diverse talents and artistic voices that make up the Francophonie creative scene." 

Thank you for helping the NAC shine a light on our country’s wonderful francophone artists! 

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