By Lusito Tsela | 2018-03-14
Total Swaziland has pumped in E25 000 to the Francophonie Festival.
The E25 000 cheque was presented by Total Swaziland Managing Director Sindisile Horton.
Delivering her speech Horton said, “We are happy that the relationship between Total and Alliance Française continues to be fruitful.”
“We sponsored the event last year, and this year we are sponsoring it again and that shows that we believe in the good that Alliance Française is doing for the country.” The cheque was received by Alliance Française Chairperson Archie Magwaza. Magwaza said each year in March, the world celebrates the Francophonie week in a quest to promote French language and culture throughout the world.
“The Francophonie week also celebrates cultural diversity by promoting Swazi Culture throughout the different events, hence there will also be different events for the Festival in Swaziland beginning from next week,” he said.
This year the Alliance Française de Mbabane will be holding a series of events to celebrate the Francophonie week from March 17 – 24. The Francophonie celebrations will start with schools Festival which will take place on March 17 and March 23 at the MDS High School Hall.
Schools will celebrate the French and Siswati language through different performances including drama, poetry, music and more. On the other hand, Alliance Française Director Valerier Munier said Francophonie is for celebrating both French and Siswati language.
Francophonie also celebrates diversity in different cultures.
Munier added, “During the Francophonie week, children will have the opportunity to experience and share the Francophonie spirit, but most of all they will be given the chance to share their creative talents and perform.”
“The main festival will be free and will take place on March 24 at the Alliance Française of Mbabane from 12 pm to 5 pm.
Swazi Culture will be the focus of the day as many Swazi singers and musicians will perform, the Alliance Française of Mbabane being well known for its support to many of the most popular Swazi artists and events such as Bholoja, Bush Fire, The Rooted Soulz and Pelepele dance group. This year again the festival will offer the winner of the rap contest the chance to perform at MTN Bushfire Festival 2018,” she said.
She added, “Festival goers will also have access to a local craft market and will be able to taste international food and enjoy art craft from all over Swaziland. “The director also passed her gratitude to all the sponsors who have ensured that the event becomes a possible success, in the likes of Total, Trans Magnific, Royal swazi Spa and the Bushfire Festival to name a few.
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