Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie - Fondation Dialogue

Rendez-vous de la FrancophonieLes Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF) is part of the events surrounding the Journée Internationale de la Francophonie (March 20), which is organized every year to promote the French language and its numerous cultural expressions!

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

Why Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie ?

Today, nearly 9.5 million people in Canada keep the French language alive and make it a vital facet of their communities. They can be found in Acadia, Quebec, Ontario, the West and Northern Canada. They may be Francophones whose families have been in Canada for generations or French-speaking immigrants, or they may be Anglophones or people from other language communities who have chosen to learn French. The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie give all of these groups a great opportunity to celebrate together!

The Rendez-vous shine the spotlight on the hundreds of thousands of people from all backgrounds, Francophone and Francophile, who make the most of this opportunity to show their dedication to the French language, to meet or reunite with each other, to have discussions and build relationships, and to explore what they have in common, but also what makes them unique.

The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is the only event that brings such a wide variety of people and activities together across the country.
In a spirit of celebration, the Rendez-vous seek to highlight the important contributions of Francophones to building the country, to encourage appreciation of the French language in its many cultural incarnations, and to promote strong ties between Francophone communities and other social groups within Canada.

The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie are a reminder of our place within the international Francophonie organization and the special relationship we enjoy with the member nations and governments of this great family, which spans every continent on the globe.

 

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

Themes

Les RVF have annual themes linked to a representative visual.

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.

Journal national bilingue

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: