The 25e The Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie will take place from March 14 to 22, 2020, under the theme “Au fil de l’eau”. Water, a fundamental human right and inexhaustible source of literary and artistic inspiration, will be highlighted with numerous activities in France and throughout the Francophonie.

This year, the event will be sponsored by two committed artists, Emmanuelle Laborit and Abd al Malik, succeeding Bernard Pivot and Riad Sattouf for previous editions.

An actress, Emmanuelle Laborit was revealed by her role in Les Enfants du silence, which earned her the Molière de la Révélation théâtrale in 1993. In addition to her commitment to the recognition of French sign language (LSF), in 2004 she became director of IVT - International Visual Theatre, and opened in Paris, in January 2007, the first theatre in France dedicated to sign language, visual and body arts. In October 2017, Emmanuelle Laborit returns to the stage with Dévaste-moi, a hybrid show combining chansigne, theatre and concert that will be scheduled in Avignon in July 2020.

Rapper, singer-songwriter, writer and director, Abd al Malik was appointed Officer of Arts and Letters in 2017. Alongside his musical career, he has been fighting against illiteracy since 2007. Also noted for his theatre productions, Abd al Malik was recently applauded for his adaptation of Just Albert Camus at the Châtelet Theatre. He is currently touring with his latest creation Le jeune Noir à l'épée, a long musical poem. First published in audio-book format by Flammarion, the artist has turned it into a show where poetry, slam, theatre and dance blend harmoniously. He will perform from April 4 to 7 in the auditorium of the Musée d'Orsay.

Organized every year by the General Delegation to the French Language and Languages of France at the Ministry of Culture, around March 20, International Day of La Francophonie, the Week of the French Language and La Francophonie is the meeting placeYou are a must for lovers of words, both in France and abroad. Once again this year, the week will be a moment of cohesion to bring together the francophone population, in all its diversity, around this living and modern language. More than 1,500 events are offered throughout France and around the world, inviting the general public and all the actors of the event (such as the Alliances françaises, the Institut français or the libraries and schools) to celebrate the richness of the French language through artistic, cultural and civic projects.

All information about the Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie 2020 on: www.semainelanguefrancaise.fr  and on social networks #SLFF.