Little Paris, the interwar nickname of Kaunas, isn’t the only thing in common between Lithuania and France. In fact, the friendship between the two countries is very close, and there are a lot of stories to tell, starting much, much earlier than 1930. That’s why March in Kaunas and pretty much the rest of the world is The Month of La Francophonie. Expect lectures, exhibitions, film screenings, food tastings and other events presenting the culture of France, Canada, Morocco, and other French-speaking countries. Here are some of the highlights you can enjoy if you speak French (well, music and food can be appreciated if you don’t, too).
On Sunday, March 1, The Month of La Francophonie will be opened with an afternoon concert of music by French composers, performed by Makštučiai family, at the Aula of the Kaunas University of Technology (A. Mickevičiaus 37). On March 3, a student photography exhibition “Francophonic Kaunas” will be opened in the Putvinskio street building of Vytautas Magnus University.
On March 5, a free screening of “Les Invisibles” by Lous-Julien Petit will take place in Romuva cinema. In the film, social workers do whatever it takes to reintegrate the women they care for when it is announced their facility will close.
Dr Mohamed Saki from University of Western Brittany will read a lecture on Maroccan literature, focusing on the hybrid French language in the works of Fouad Laroui at 5:30 om, March 17, in class 102 in VMU (V. Putvinskio g. 23). On March 18, 6 pm, in class 213 of KTU (A. Mickevičiaus g. 37) an expert of Baltic states history Gilles Dutertre will read a lecture “Stendhal during thee Russian campaign“. A bi-lingual (French and Lithuanian) conference on francophonie in the contemporary world will take place on March 19 in VMU SMall hall (S. Daukanto g. 28).
Also on March 19, you’re welcome to join a tasting of cheeses from various regions of France in a tiny bar called “A Frenchman’s Warehouse”. The language of the evening will be Lithuanian, but the place is too small not to feel at home. It’s a paid event. More details: email@example.com.
On March 24, a French-language performance “The Perfect Match”, based on “Frenzy for Two, or More” by Eugène Ionesco, will be shown at Kaunas City Chamber Theatre. A French music night called “Les chemins de l’amour” and featuring soprano Magali Léger will take place in Kaunas Cultural Centre on March 25. The closing night of The Month of La Francophonie will also be full of music – singer Evelina Sašenko and her band will perform the well-known programme “La Vie En Rose” in the 3rd building of KTU (Laisvės al. 13).
Photo by A. Aleksandravičius