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Rendez-vous de la Francophonie 2018 starts this week

A participant of the Tintamarre making its way to Université Sainte-Anne through Church Point on National Acadian Day displays Acadian spirit. TINA COMEAU
Rendez-vous de la Francophonie will take place March 1 to 21 in various locations across P.E.I.

RUSTICO, P.E.I. — Islanders across the province are invited to celebrate the Francophonie through a variety of events planned as part of Rendez-vous de la Francophonie 2018.

Marking its 20th edition this year, Rendez-vous de la Francophonie will take place March 1 to 21 and feature educational games and activities, film showings, songs, shows and multicultural gatherings.

Hosted by the Société Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin, the Prince Edward Island Cultural Federation and other community and government partners, Rendez-vous de la Francophonie will officially open at a ceremony at Government House in Charlottetown on Thursday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. with Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry.

To kick off the celebrations, there will be a traditional Acadian fiddling concert and presentation celebrating the great Acadian fiddlers of the Evangeline Region on March 4 at 2 p.m., at the Vanier Centre in Wellington.

As well, the Conseil acadien de Rustico is organizing the following events at the Centre Acadien Grand-Rustico.

On March 3 from 2 to 4 p.m., a winter trail walk of the Sentier de nos racines trail as part of Jardins de Rustico community gardens project will feature a presentation by Jamie Stride of Island Falconry Services, free snowshoes, snacks and hot chocolate.

On March 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., an information meeting will be held for families interested in hosting a family reunion at the 2019 World Acadian Congress in P.E.I. in August of 2019.

A traditional music square dance will take place March 10 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. No experience needed and listeners are welcome. This event is bilingual. Bar service will be available.

A film screening of NFB films with popcorn and free drinks is planned for March 12 and 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The province will also fly the Acadian flag at Province House for the duration of the celebrations.

Many more French-language activities, shows and cultural events are scheduled from March 1-21 across P.E.I. Visit for a complete list of daily activities.

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