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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, will host the Jeux de la Francophonie, an artistic and sporting competition from July 28 to August 6, 2023. There will be gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded to outstanding Francophone artists ranging in age from 18 to 35, from all parts of the world.
It's much more than a competition. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network with Francophone artists from around the globe and make your mark on the international scene.
Participation is the key to success
Les Jeux de la Francophonie is a chance for Canada to celebrate the incomparable talent of its young Francophone artists.
Throughout the Jeux de la Francophonie, young artists will be presenting their talents on an international stage that the world will be watching.
The next Games will be held in Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa) from July 28 to August 6, 2023.
About the Games
The Comité international 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.
The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for the preparation of Team Canada to participate in the IX Games of La Francophonie and is working with the Canada Council for the Arts for the national preselection for the cultural component. For more information, visit Games of La Francophonie - Canada.ca
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 athletes and artists (ages 18 to 35) from member and observer states and governments of La Francophonie. They are the only major games that feature both sports and cultural competitions.
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.
Selection of artists
The Department of Canadian Heritage has engaged the Canada Council for the Arts to select the best young artists who will represent Canada at the 2023 Jeux de la Francophonie.
We invite artists from across the country to sign up for a chance to represent Canada next year at the 2023 Games.
To be considered, you must apply by September 30 for one of the 11 listed categories. The categories include Original dance, Song, Painting, Sculpture-installation, Photography, Literature (short story), Storytelling, Hip-hop (dance), Giant puppets, Freestyle ball and digital creation.
A jury of peer professional artists from across Canada will pre-select up to three (3) competitors (individuals or groups) for each cultural discipline. Artists will be validated by the Comité international des Jeux de la Francophonie jury after this selection has been presented to them. This international jury receives the finalist lists from all the participating countries and governments.
How to participate
Peer evaluators for the national pre-selection
Jury members to be announced soon.
Past Games of La Francophonie
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
Program Officer, Games of la Francophonie
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) ou 613-239-0211
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.
Stories and Storytellers
Street Arts: Giant Puppets
Street Arts: Freestyle Ball
Street Arts: Hip Hop
Testimonials from previous Games participants
Supernaturalz arrived in the Nice airport surrounded by people in red-and-white maple-leafed athletic gear.
I took part in the Jeux de la Francophonie, in 2013, and it turned out to be an absolutely unique experience in my life as an artist.
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.