Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF) is part of the cultural events surrounding the Journée Internationale de la Francophonie (March 20), which is organized every year in Canada to promote the French language in all its forms!

The 22nd annual Rendez-vous de la Francophonie will be held in 2020 from March 1 to 31! It’s an initiative of the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, whose mandate is to promote dialogue and forge closer ties between the Francophone and Acadian communities and all other communities in Canada.

The RVF is a time for Canada’s Francophonie to celebrate! Hundreds of activities take place across Canada: community gatherings, multicultural meetings, ceremonies, performances, film screenings, word games, contests, educational activities—in short, a whole series of events that provide an excuse for celebrating.

By creating a directory of activities organized by Francophones and Francophiles across the country, the RVF conveys the tremendous energy of these communities and regions. By promoting these celebrations through the pan‑Canadian event calendar, the RVF invites you to join the party.

Throughout the year:

  • Check out the Action! section to read our blog posts, watch videos and listen to playlists.
  • Visit the Communities section to learn about Canada’s many Francophone and Acadian communities.
  • Organize a French-language activity in your area and add it to the event calendar.

 

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Did you know…

The Foundation was created in 2004 by the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada.

History

The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie were established in 1999. Luminaries as prestigious as the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer, Antonine Maillet and the Honourable Paul Gérin-Lajoie were instrumental in the origins of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie.

In 2005, the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue assumed responsibility for organizing the annual event, which takes place over a 15-day period. The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie are a valuable opportunity to celebrate and promote the French language and the Francophonie in Canada.

From its inception, the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie have been fortunate to be able to count on the dedication of numerous spokespersons:

  • Marc Dupré – 2000
  • Natalie Choquette – 2001
  • Natasha St-Pier – 2002
  • Gabrielle Destroismaisons – 2003
  • Véronique Cloutier – 2004 à 2007
  • Jean-François Breau – 2008 et 2009
  • Mario Pelchat and Catriona Le May Doan – 2010
  • Andrea Lindsay and Stéphan Bureau – 2011
  • Jessica Holmes and Boucar Diouf – 2012
  • Cathy Jones and Boucar Diouf – 2013
  • Damien Robitaille – 2014
  • François Massicotte and Jennifer Botterill – 2015
  • Mario Jean and Elisapie – 2016
  • Emmanuel Bilodeau and Mariette Mulaire – 2017
  • Eddy King and Mariette Mulaire – 2018
  • Caroline Savoie and Patrick Chan – 2019

Themes

Les RVF have annual themes linked to a representative visual.

poster rendez-vous de la francophonie

2019

Theme: In 2019, we are highlighting the importance of our country’s official languages, the strength of those who speak these languages and their commitment to ensuring that bilingualism is entrenched as one of the fundamental values of our society. We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act in 2019.

 

Official poster Rendez-vous de la francophonie 2018

2018

Theme: La Francophonie in 3D: Diversity, Duality, and Dynamism!*

*2016-2018 triennium theme

RVF poster 2017

2017

Theme: La Francophonie in 3D: Diversity, Duality, and Dynamism!*

*2016-2018 triennium theme

RVF poster 2016

2016

Theme: La Francophonie in 3D: Diversity, Duality, and Dynamism!*

*2016-2018 triennium theme

RVF poster 2015

2015

Theme: Joie de vivre bring us together!

Gathering around a table, at a sporting event, at a show, or behind a worthy cause are all pretexts for Canadians to come together and show themselves to be a vibrant, festive and inclusive community.

RVF poster 2014

2014

Theme: Joie de vivre from yesterday to tomorrow

Upon his arrival in Canada, Champlain instituted the Order of Good Cheer in an effort to bring some life and activities to the Port-Royal Habitation.

RVF poster 2013

2013

Theme: Let’s celebrate la Joie de vivre the French way in Canada!

Joie de vivre is a feeling that reflects Canada’s Francophone communities well.

RVF poster 2012

2012

Theme: Understanding builds a better future.

Understanding builds a better future is the perfect opportunity for all generations  to explore and discover the wealth of the French language. 

RVF poster 2011

2011

Theme: Interaction leads to understanding.

Interaction leads to understanding. It’s all about the many benefits that come from cultural exchange and mutual understanding.

RVF poster 2010

2010

Theme: Discovery stimulates interaction.

Discovering the Francophonie through interaction and building bridges between Francophones and Francophiles in various parts of the country

RVF poster 2009

2009

Theme: Celebrate Canada’s Francophonie Today – Rich in its Diversity!

The contribution of immigration to Canada’s Francophone communities

RVF poster 2008

2008

Theme: From past to future generations, my world is La Francophonie

Francophone heritage passed down through the generations

RVF poster 2007

2007

Theme: Recognizing the aboriginal contribution to identity building in Canadian communities

RVF poster 2006

2006

Theme: Discussing, sharing, dialogue

Affiche RVF 2005

2005

No specific theme.

National Newspaper

Games, articles, contests and visuals, Les RVF’s annual newspaper is distributed in one million copies across the country and its content is bilingual.

Here is some examples: