Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is an annual celebration of Canada’s membership in the Francophonie and promotes the French language and its numerous cultural expressions. It runs in March each year, in communities across Canada. Check out the project website at www.rvf.ca.
La Francophonie is an international organization representing countries and regions where French is the first or customary language and/or where a significant proportion of the population are Francophones and/or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture. Canada is one of its 57 member states. A full list of all members and observers can be found here. The newly-appointed head of the organization is former Canadian Governor General Michaëlle Jean.
To help celebrate Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, in 2015 nine NCRA member stations from across Canada produced 17 daily two-minute audio capsules that document local Francophone culture, highlight Rendez-vous de la Francophonie events, and the importance of bilingualism. In 2016, 29 NCRA member stations participate in producing 30 minutes between the 11th of January to the end of March.
To expand on the previous two years of success, our goal for the RVF 2016-2017 is to have up to 50 member stations across Canada to participate to produce 28 minutes of audio shows and broadcast weekly documentaries of other participants and their own during 52 weeks from October 2016 to October 2017. Our celebration of la Francophonie in 2017 will include also the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Canada Day. There was a total of 72 documentaries created over 2016-2017
In 2018, the NCRA/ANREC is hosting a special day of programming on March 20th. 20 stations will be airing 20 documentaries to celebrate the 20th anniversary of RVF.