Islamabad: A magnum opus of theatrical performances, soulful poetic and lyrical renditions, pop and jazz French and Pakistani music, literary adaptations, Cultural fair and diplomats’ tête-à-tête at week-long celebrations of Francophonie Festival 2014 finally concluded at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, today.
Francophonie Festival 2014 was arranged by French Language Department of NUML in collaboration with Embassy of France in Islamabad and Alliance Françoise. The French Ambassador in Pakistan, Philippe Thiebaud was the chief guest in the closing ceremony while it was also attended by the Canadian High Commissioner Greg Giokas, Ambassador of Switzerland, Belgium, Egypt, Romania, and Tunisia. Rector NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan, and Director General (DG) Brig Azam Jamal were also present on the occasion.
Speaking at an interactive sessions between Diplomats of seven member states of International Francophonie Organisation and students, French Ambassador, Philippe Thiebaud, said that French Embassy and Govt were putting a lot of efforts and time for development of academic links and cooperation between French and Pakistani universities and institutions as work was going on for provision of a software to facilitate online learning of French language, languages labs and French Departments were being established, French teachers and learning materials were provided in different Pakistani universities and institutions for the promotion of French Languages and Culture.
He said negotiations were going on with different French professors and scholars to come Pakistan and guide and train teachers and scholars pursuing their higher studies in French language. He also appreciated the commitment and interests of the NUML authorities for brining the diverse and heterogeneous mosaic of Francophonie nations under one roof and putting up an opportunity for students to interact with a community of knowledge, opportunity and diversity, he added.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of Francophonie Festival Swiss Ambassador Christoph Bubb said that he was simply impressed with the fluency and ease of students in French language. This event was the epitome of cultural diversity and it was sufficient to learn that how we can live in a diverse world by knowing and interacting with each other.
Earlier to this, students of NUML Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Quaid-e-AzamUniversity, Alliance Françoise and officials from different embassies performed songs, skits and played musical instruments and these performances were highly applauded.
French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud, Canadian HC Greg Giokas, Swiss Ambassador Christoph Bubb, Rector NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan distributed the prizes and souvenirs among the winners and participants of the event. Latter a great gathering of students, faculty members, diplomats and others enjoyed a musical evening with pop singer Jawad Ahmed.