Cultural and Community Life

Located at the heart of Winnipeg's French Quarter, the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM) was established in 1974 as a Crown Corporation. It plays a key role as a showcase for the talent of Francophone artists and acts as a meeting place for French-language cultural life in Manitoba.

L'Association culturelle franco-manitobaine (ACFM) represents cultural committees in 19 French-speaking communities. Its mission is to represent and develop French-language cultural committees in Manitoba. These committees offer a wide variety of activities and events which complement each other and meet the needs of each community.

Established in 1925, Le Cercle Molière is the oldest theatre group still in existence in Canada. Other theatre groups include Chiens de soleil at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, the Ligue d'improvisation du Manitoba (LIM), the Théâtre Montcalm de Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the Théâtre de la FAFM, the Théâtre des crudités, the Théâtre dans le cimetière and the "Bières et Saynètes" (beer and playlets) evenings.

There are two publishing houses: Éditions du Blé (1974) and Éditions des Plaines (1979).

Alliance chorale Manitoba, established in 1971, is a non-profit provincial federation which promotes French-language choir music and thus contributes to the development of Frenchlanguage culture in Manitoba.

Les Productions Rivard (1995) is the most important film production company in Western Canada.

The Saint-Boniface museum, established in 1959, gathers and preserves a significant collection of artefacts pertaining to the French and Metis heritage in the Canadian West. Other museums attract visitors in rural communities like Saint-Claude, Saint-Joseph, Saint-Pierre-Jolys, Notre-Dames-de-Lourdes, Sainte-Anne and Sainte-Geneviève.

The Gabrielle-Roy House, where the famous Franco-Manitoban author was born, was completely restored and welcomes visitors since 2003.

The Maison des artistes visuels francophones du Manitoba is a group of Francophone artists working with the Franco-Manitoban community and the French-speaking community at large.

The Festival du Voyageur Inc. is a major meeting place for the community and is recognized internationally for providing authentic and unique historical and cultural experiences that reflect the spirit and culture of the voyageurs as well as the joie de vivre of Manitoba's Francophones.

Since its creation 35 years ago, 100 Nons has worked to develop the French-language music industry in Manitoba.

Annual Events


Details on these events can be found at www.franco-manitobain.org.

Activities in Winnipeg


The Chicane électrique organized by 100 Nons is a contest open to all Francophone music groups in Manitoba.

The Foyer des écrivains takes place during the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.

The Fédération des aînés franco-manitobains, representing Manitoba's Francophone seniors, presents the Théâtre de la FAFM every year.

Since 1991, Cinémental, le Festival de films francophones du Manitoba presents Manitoban, Québécois, French and international movies for a week in November every year.

The Festival du Voyageur, the most important winter festival in Western Canada, was established in 1969.

The Festival de l'humour Radio-Canada showcases local comics every year.

The Gala manitobain de la chanson, organized by 100 Nons, provides professional training for participants while giving them the opportunity to perform on stage.

The Festival des vidéastes offers 8th to 12th - grade youths in French-language or immersion school the opportunity to make their own short video in French.

Youths from French-language high schools and immersion schools present plays during the annual Festival théâtre-jeunesse organized by the Cercle Molière.

Activities and events in rural communities


Fête d'été – Saint-Malo / September
Théâtre Montcalm – Saint-Jean-Baptiste / March
Festival Manipogo – Saint-Laurent / March
Cabane à sucre – Saint-Pierre-Jolys / April
Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste – La Broquerie / June
Festival Rivière-aux-rats – Otterburne / July
Les Journées Cheyenne – Sainte-Agathe / July
Festival du Patrimoine Montcalm – Saint-Joseph / July
Festival Chateauguay – Saint-Georges / July
La Journée des Pionniers – Saint-Lazare / July
Follies Grenouilles – Saint-Pierre-Jolys / August