16.03.2012 0

Provence & Côte d'Azur: Fancy watching some traditional Tahitian dancing or dramatic Senegalese fighting?

Nice and the five Continents

A history, a language, a future: French-speaking countries are tied together through more than just the name of Monde Francophone. The city of Nice will honour its links with the outside Francophone world this weekend as it brings together representatives from five continents to celebrate a shared patrimony at the Village du Monde Francophone.

Visitors can watch a range of performances. Copyright: Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis

Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, will be opening a ‘pop-up’ exhibition in the city-centre Théâtre de Verdure at 5pm this Saturday. The dedicated space will give visitors a chance to get to know the cultures and traditions of their French-speaking partners through dance and cuisine.

Nice will become a vibrant and colourful city as dancers perform traditional Tahitian, African and Oriental dances along with a dramatic rendition of the historic Senegal fighting dance. In a feast for your taste buds as well as your eyes, chefs will cook up dishes from all of the Francophone world for the public to sample and try.

The event will also be a chance for Estrosi to present the city’s plans for the up-and-coming Jeux de la Francophonie athletic competition which will be held in the new Nice Stadium when it opens next year.

While this year’s Nice Carnaval may only have just left our streets, the city is already gearing up for the 2013 festivities, promoting its links with other French language locations, as the carnival features the French-speaking world as it’s theme: Roi de Cinq Continents - the King of Five Continents.

Elsa Carpenter

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