Every year on 20th March, countries around the world celebrate Francophonie through cultural events honouring the French language.This year the Institut français and Francophonie UK present the national final of the Joutes Oratoires Lycéennes and you can watch the event LIVE from 3:30pm GMT on 20th March right here - live streaming direct from the Institut français du Royaume-Uni - see below.
(Please note the streaming will not start until 20th March at 3:30pm GMT)
TV5MONDE is delighted to support this event and to work with Francophonie UK. This year, the Francophonie UK group (which includes the representations of France, Canada, Switzerland, Monaco, Belgium, and Quebec in the UK) decided to place schools in the spotlight by organising a grand debating competition the Joutes Oratoires Lycéennes for British pupils in years 12 and 13 learning French in secondary schools.
These debates are very impressive in terms of eloquence and the high quality of exchanges, and select the best debating teams in the country. More than ten teams representing seven regions of the United Kingdom will face each other in the last qualification round. The national final will take place at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni and can be viewed LIVE below via the video which will begin broadcasting 20th March at 3:30pm GMT
The jury teams will comprise members of diplomatic missions of French-speaking countries, representatives of educational circles, and individuals from the world of the arts.
This event will be followed by a screening of the documentary Speak-Up (À voix haute – La force de la parole) by Stéphane de Freitas.
Screening of Speak-Up, 6.30pm GMT
Institut français du Royaume-Uni
17 Queensberry Place
London SW7 2DT
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