New Caledonia’s footprint in Adelaide [fr]
On 13 May, Yves Lafoy, Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia, Counsellor at the French Embassy in Canberra, has inaugurated the fourth "New Caledonia’s Cultural and Educational Space" of Australia, at the Alliance française Adelaide.
The ceremony was attended by Zoe Bettison, Minister for Multicultural Affairs from the South Australian government, Don Palmer, Deputy Mayor City of Unley, Marcia McLachlan, French Honorary Consul, and Raphaëlle Delaunay, Director of the Alliance.
Yves Lafoy outlines that through this cultural and educational space, the Alliance Française in Adelaide now boast a vast collection of art books, comics, novels and DVDs that offer a unique window on the landscapes, traditions and culture of New Caledonia.
Funded by the New Caledonia’s Delegation in Australia, this space has four objectives:
to promote, with a "Pacific touch", the French language in South Australia in general and in Adelaide in particular, by showcasing the diversity of New Caledonia’s languages and culture;
to contribute to the development of relations between the New Caledonian government and the network of the Alliances françaises in Australia, in collaboration with the Pacific Centre for International Meetings and Exchanges (CREIPAC), based in Nouméa;
to meet the strong demand expressed by the 328 members and the 800 students enrolled at the Alliance française Adelaïde;
to promote New Caledonia as a tourist destination to the Alliance’s students and their families.