HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City will host a wide range of activities to mark the Francophone Week, which will be held in from March 18-25.

The highlight of the week will be a Francophone Festival taking place at the Saigon Zoological and Botanical Garden on March 20, with games and an art programme performed by French-language students and foreign artists.

Visitors to the festival will be offered a chance to enjoy a performance named “Distorsions Urbaines” (Urban Distortion) jointly performed by the t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e dance troupe from France and Belgium, and Vietnamese artists.

French-speaking countries will have booths to introduce their cultural identities to visitors.

From March 16-21, many French films with Vietnamese subtitles will be on screen at the Institute for Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF).

A painting exhibition showcasing works of both Vietnamese and French artists will also be held during the week.

French is spoken by 274 million people in 80 countries across the world. The International Francophone Organisation now has 57 official members, with five, including Vietnam, in the Asian-Pacific region.-VNA