Opening of a New Caledonian “Corner” at the Alliance française Canberra [fr]
Since joining the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF) in 2016, New Caledonia has been working to implement a strategy to promote the French language in the Asia-Pacific region, of which the Pacific Francophone Forum, initiated by the Government of New Caledonia in 2008, is an integral part.
The inauguration of a "Cultural and Educational Space of New Caledonia", which took place on 27 February at the Alliance française de Canberra, is part of this approach.
Representing Mr Yoann LECOURIEUX, member of the New Caledonian government in charge, among other sectors, of the Francophonie, Yves LAFOY, Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia, based at the French Embassy in Canberra, proceeded, with Mrs Christina COOK, President of the Alliance française Canberra, to the inauguration ceremony of this dedicated space.
Financed by the New Caledonia Delegation in Australia, this space, a real showcase for New Caledonia in Canberra, has five main objectives:
to promote the French-speaking world in Canberra, French being the second most taught foreign language in Australia,
to increase the visibility of New Caledonia, including its languages and cultures,
to contribute to the development of relations between the Government of New Caledonia and the Alliances Françaises of Australia, in collaboration with the Centre de rencontres et d’échanges internationaux du Pacifique (CREIPAC),
meet the high demand expressed by the 700 members and 850 students registered at the Alliance française de Canberra,
promote New Caledonia as a tourist destination to Alliance française students and their families.
The Alliance française Canberra now boasts a vast collection of art books, comics, novels, and DVD’s, which provide a unique window into the landscape, traditions and culture of la Nouvelle-Calédonie.
From left to right :
Yves LAFOY, Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia
Christina COOK, President, Alliance française Canberra
Patrice GILLES, General manager, Alliance française Canberra