March, the month of Francophonie !

Every year in March the world celebrates the Francophone culture month. Here you will find the program about the events in Estonia.

Films, concerts, workshops, expositions, conferences, theater, youth literature and even techno- and disco music nights - all the events will be in the "French touch" style.

From the 3rd till 25th March 2017 many events will take place to celebrate the cultural creativity and diversity of francophone countries.

Every year The French Institute organizes "the French language Day" in one Estonian high school. This year it will take place on the 11th of March in Gustav Adolf Grammar School. Information for teachers: if you want to subscribe your students for the "French Language Day", please contact: virginie.philiber(at), if your students want to take part in our competition, more infrmation here.

The program is being finalized, but you can have a first look at the events that are waiting for you:


1st Week: March 1 - 5, 2017

  • Concert : 3 March at 7pm, opening concert with the groupe Rhizottome (neo trad-imporovisation saxophone-accordion duo), at Philly-Joe’s.
  • Cinema : 3 March at 10.30pm, "La famille Bélier" on ETV, a French comedy about a deaf family.
  • Cinema : 4 March at 5pm, "Violette", free movie at Artis cinema. Biographical drama film written about the French novelist Violette Leduc.
  • Concert : 4 March at 7pm, the band Rhizottome in Viljandi, at Pärimusmuusika Ait.
  • Techno Music : 4 March, from 11pm until 6pm, techno party MÜRK at EKKM.
  • Art Exhibition : 5 March at 2pm, guided tour in French of the  Paul Delvaux exhibition at KUMU Art Museum (more information about the exhibition).
  • Cinema : 5 March at 5pm. Free movie at Artis cinemaSummertime ("La Belle Saison") spans a romance that launches in the vibrant Paris of the early 1970s, when feminist activity flourished in the city, and moves to take root in the beautiful French countryside. 

2nd Week: March 6 - 12,  2017

  • Cinema: 6 March at 9pm, Xavier Dolan's I Killed my mother (I"J'ai tué ma mère"), from 2009, at Kino Sõprus (in French)
  • Concert : 7 March at 7pm, the band Rhizottome (neo trad-imporovisation saxophone-accordion duo) in Tartu. Concert at The Estonian National Museum (More information regarding the venue).
  • Cinema : 7 March at 7pm, free movie at Artis cinema "Where Do We Go Now?" ("Et maintenant, on va où ?"), tells the story of a remote, isolated unnamed Lebanese village inhabited by both Muslims and Christians, where women of both communities will try as hard as they can to avoid men starting a war. In French.
  • Exhibition : 7 March at 6pm, opening of Jacques Prévert’s exhibition at The French Institute with aperitif held by Charles Cros de Carcassonne Hotel Management School. Upon invitation only.
  • Cinema: 7 March at 9pm, Xavier Dolan's Heartbeats ("Les amours imaginaires" - 2010) at Kino Sõprus (in French)
  • Exhibition : 8 March at 5pm, opening of the exhibition « Cherchez la femme » (Look for the woman) as part of the Month of Equality of Rights at the Museum of Occupations in Tallinn.
  • Theater : 8 and 31 March at 7pm, The Map and the Territory ("La Carte et le territoire") by Michel Houellebecq at the Estonian Drama Theater. Discount during the Month of Francophonie with password "Francophonie". (Read more information)
  • Cinema: 8 March at 8:30pm, Xavier Dolan's Mommy (2014) at Kino Sõprus (in French) 
  • Gastronomy: 9 March at Café Lyon, regional dinner prepared by hotel and catering school Charles Cros of Carcassonne
  • Cinema: 9 March at 7pm, premiere of Xavier Dolan's It's only the end of the world ("Juste la fin du monde" - 2016) at Kino Sõprus.
  • The French language Day : 11 March, 1-4pm. It’s held at the Gustav Adolf Grammar School in Tallinn and open to everyone. During this day different kinds of activities are organized in connection with the French language and the cultures of french-speaking countries. Includes tastings of French products!  READ MORE.
    For teachers : to subscribe your class, please contact virginie.philibert (at)

    3rd Week: March 13  - 19, 2017

  • Youth Literature : 13 and 14 March, the French author and illustrator Benjamin Chaud comes to visit us. A public conference will be held with the author on the 13th of March at 12am for children at the Centre of the Youth Litterature (Lastekirjanduskeskus) and for adults at 4pm. If you want to participate, please contact
    On the 14th of March, Benjamin Chaud will be at the French Institute with the association Les Petits Francophones, from 5pm to 7pm.
  • French language Coffee : 15 March 6-7pm, « Café de langue » session at the French Institute. Free of charge. Come and practice your French in a friendly conversation  and cosy atmosphere, while sharing a snack.
  • Cinema : 15 March at 8pm,  cinema-club in Tartu: screening of "Fatima", a film directed by Philippe Faucon (2015).
    The summary:  Fatima lives on her own with two daughters to support: 15-year old Souad, a teenager in revolt, and 18-year old Nesrine, who is starting medical school. Fatima speaks French poorly and is constantly frustrated by her daily interactions with her daughters. Her pride and joy, they are also a source of worry. To ensure the best possible future for them, she works hard as a maid. One day, she fell on the stairs. On leave, Fatima begins to write to her daughters in Arabic what she has never been able to express in French. 
  • Afterwork : 16 March, 6-8pm.  A special session of the regular French Afterwork, this time held at the French Institute. Bring something to drink (BYOB - Bring your own bottle!), be ready to speak French and we will take care of the rest!
  • Theater : 16, 17 and 18 March, "Le Petit Prince" (The Little Prince) at the NUKU theater. A show for children and adults, performed in Estonian. More information in estonian here.
  • Concert : 18 March at 7pm, the Quartet "Quatuor Tana" performs in Tartu, Vanemuine Theater. The French ensemble uses new technologies to revisit the traditional string quartet, using iPads rather than conventional scores and being the first quartet to perform on hybrid instruments with both acoustic and electronic capabilities. 
  • Concert : 19 March at 5pm, the Quartet "Quatuor Tana" performs in Tallinn, at Kultuurikatel. 
  • Theater : 19 and 29 March at 7pm, "Tartuffe" by Molière at the Estonian Drama Theater. Discount with password "Francophonie". For more information. 

        4th Week:March 20 - 26, 2017

  • Gastronomy : 20 and 21 March in collaboration avec "Goût de France/GoodFrance", come and taste our meals "à la française" in several estonian restaurants.
  • Concert : 22 March at 7pm, the Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook performs at Vaba Lava Theater. Guitarist, composer, and producer, Jesse Cook is widely considered one of the most influential figures in nuevo flamenco music, he incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work.
  • Cinema : 24 March at 10.30pm "Mon Roi" on ETV
  • Party : 25 March from 10pm, see you at the NO99 Theater to dance to the Francophone hits,for a special session of Tantsulaager ! 








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