The days of French culture and language are all set to return to the national capital with the beginning of Francophone Festival. The four-day event (March 13-16) will feature exhibitions, film screenings, theatre, live music, and the much-awaited Francophone Méla.Organised by Alliance Française de Delhi, ‘Semaine de la Francophonie’ or the Francophonie week will begin with a tête-à-tête with Canadian author Frédérick Lavoie. The session will focus on countering fake news and literary journalism as a tool to counter it. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe festival will then move on to the screening of Canadian drama Mommy which debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and won the jury prize. Another Canadian movie Origami, which revolves around an art curator who discovers his ability to travel back in time following a traumatic event, will also be screened. In the evening of March 14, Alliance Française de Delhi will inaugurate an exhibition titled ‘Back from France – Living Outlines’. Organised in collaboration with Raza Foundation, the art show retell the India-France-India story through the works of Reji Arackal. The exhibition will be on view until March 28, from 10 am to 7 pm, at the Gallery Romain Rolland. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Since 1988, every year French speakers and Francophiles unite to promote the French language and the diversity of Francophone cultures. This will be a one of its kind experience for all those who know no boundaries when it comes to adapting and enjoying different cultures,” said Jean-Francois Ramon, Director of Alliance Française de Delhi. On the third day of the festival (March 15) French accordionist Noé Clerc along with an Indian Classical vocalist Ujwal Nagar and percussionist Zaheen Khan will present various ‘shades of sound’ from the musical series of Alliance Francaise de Delhi In[Chorus] to the visitors at the M L Bhartia Auditorium, 6:30 p.m onward. The festival will culminate on March 16 with the Francophonie Méla, which will witness representatives from different Francophone countries, animating stalls all over Alliance Française de Delhi, sharing information about their cultures, accompanied by delicious food from all over the world. The festivities will begin with various competitions organised for Delhi Schools students followed by a theatre play in the afternoon by the Alliance Francaise de Delhi’s theatre group. On this occasion, the students of Alliance Francaise de Delhi will get a platform to showcase their talent during an interesting segment called ‘AFD’s got talent’. The celebrations will conclude in the evening with an acrobatic performance ‘Via’ – A fusion of Chinese Pole and Kalaripayattu by an Indo-French performing group, at 5:30 pm, followed by a French DJ night by DJ Roli.