Cultural and community life

Francophones are served by a dynamic associative network that provides a meeting place for all forms of expression of the Francophone culture. The Conseil culturel et artistique Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique provides a voice for individuals and organizations working in fields related to arts and culture.

There are Francophone associations in almost every region, with a variety of mandates (provincial, regional, community, various sectors). They organize festivals, theatre events, community soirées, sports or educational activities, etc.

Several communities have access to community centre services: Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Comox, Campbell River, Kamloops, Maillardville, Powell River, Prince George, Nanaimo, Kootenay-Ouest, Surrey and Kitimat.

Various activities in British Columbia include:

Theatre productions by the Théâtre la Seizième, the only Frenchlanguage professional theatre group;

The Festival du bois de Maillardville, held in March, a celebration of French-Canadian traditions;

The Festival d'été francophone de Vancouver, the Coup de Coeur francophone de Vancouver and the Concerts Nouvelle Scène are major celebrations of music;

A traditional dance group, Les Cornouillers, and two choirs, Les Échos du Pacifique and Les Voix de l'Île, recreate the atmosphere of French-Canadian soirées;

In 2009, Juste pour rire will be offered in Vanvouver;

The Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'érable de Nanaimo holds festivities on the theme of the sugar bush. It is now one of the prominent events on Vancouver Island;

The Festival Francophone de Victoria brings together Francophones and Francophiles from the provincial capital region every March to enjoy numerous musical and film-related activities as well as discussions in French;

The Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois takes place in February and March and showcases a wide variety of French-language films;

The Jeux Francophones in May attract hundreds of young British Columbians who wish to take part in sports, cultural and educational activities in an atmosphere of fun and friendship;

Pacifique en chanson, an annual event which takes place during spring and gives Francophone singer/songwriters and singers an opportunity to show their talents. The winners go on to Chant'Ouest, a contest bringing together the Western provinces and the North;

The Parlement jeunesse Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, held in February, has become a major forum for the province's Francophone youth to deliberate and develop;

Every fall, CILS-FM holds a radiothon in Victoria, which brings together volunteers, members and listeners from the Capital region.