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In partnership with

Canada

The Games of la Francophonie

The national cultural competition for the Games of la Francophonie is coordinated through a partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts and the department of Canadian Heritage.

The Games reflect our ongoing commitment to

  • create more opportunities for the next generation,
  • ensure the vitality of Official Language Minority Communities, and
  • support the strong and sustainable presence of Canadian artists and their work in the world.

Created in 1987, and held every four years since, the Games of La Francophonie bring together thousands of young (18-35) athletes and artists from member and observer states and governments of La Francophonie. They are the only major games that feature both sports and cultural competitions. The next Games are scheduled for 2022.

Team Canada: 2017 Culture Component Finalists and Winners

Represented in twelve cultural competitions, discover the Team Canada finalists who competed in the cultural components of the 2017 Games in Ivory Coast, and the lucky ones who brought home a medal.

Benoit Davidson

Benoît Davidson

Stories and Storytellers
Saint-Rémi-d'Amherst, QC

Collectif Pi

Collectif Pi

Street Arts: Giant Puppets
Montréal, QC
Silver

Freestyle Soccer

Freestyle Soccer Inc.

Street Arts: Freestyle Ball
Toronto, ON

Freya Bjorg Olafson

Freya Björg Olafson

Creative Dance
Winnipeg, MB

Gabriel Marcoux Chabot

Gabriel Marcoux-Chabot

Literature
Saint-Nérée-de-Bellechasse, QC

Guillaume Boudrias-Plouffe

Guillaume Boudrias-Plouffe

Sculpture
Longueuil, QC

Wasa

Jeux Wasa

Sustainable Creation
Montréal, QC
Gold

Karine Frechette

Karine Fréchette

Painting
Montréal, QC

Les Poules à Colin

Les Poules à Colin

Song
Montréal, QC

Michelle Bui

Michelle Bui

Photograhy
Montréal, QC

Mix Mix Dance Collective

Mix Mix Dance

Street Arts: Hip Hop
Toronto, ON

Sabrina Ratté

Sabrina Ratté

Digital Creation
Montréal, QC
Gold

Created in 1987, and held every four years since, the Games of La Francophonie bring together 3,000 young (18-35) athletes and artists from member and observer states and governments of La Francophonie. They are the only major games that feature both sports and cultural competitions.

The Comité internationale des Jeux de la Francophonie, reporting to the International Organisation of La Francophonie is responsible for organizing the Games in co-operation with the host country’s national organizing committee.

In Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage (on behalf of the Government of Canada) organizes and coordinates all activities related to the participation and coaching of athletes and artists who represent Team Canada. The Canada Council, for our part, organizes a national cultural competition.

Artists are pre-selected through a national cultural competition organized by the Canada Council for the Arts, after which point a jury appointed by the Comité international des Jeux de la Francophonie selects the final candidates.

Canada has participated in every edition of the Games of La Francophonie since the very first, held in 1989, in Morocco.

Discover how many medals we've taken home over the years: Past Games of La Francophonie

For more information

Vanessa Novak

Senior Administrative Assistant

E-mail: Vanessa.Novack@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 4102

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4102

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Testimonials from previous Games participants

Performance in front of large crowd at the Jeux de la Francophonie
Dance Francophonie Artist Stories

Connections, experience, love of the culture and our country

Supernaturalz arrived in the Nice airport surrounded by people in red-and-white maple-leafed athletic gear.

Dancers from the company maribé - sors de ce corps, Jeux 2013
Dance Artist Stories Francophonie

Participation, a medal and a confession: I’m coming back!

I took part in the last edition of the Jeux de la Francophonie, in 2013, and it turned out to be an absolutely unique experience in my life as an artist.

Guillaume Corbeil at the Opening Ceremony
Francophonie Artist Stories

The opening ceremony: a well-kept secret… a chance to discover each other

This year, the Council, in association with Canadian Heritage, is shining more light on young artists who are breaking onto the international scene via the Francophone Games.