French Language Week 2011 in Kuala Lumpur

The Francophonie represents more than 200 million French-speakers on the 5 continents!

Every year, the French Language Week is celebrated worldwide. It will be the 16th edition in Malaysia this year from 20th to 27th March.

The French Language Week is an initiative taken every year in Malaysia by 23 diplomatic missions who are members of the OIF: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Ghana, Guinea, Laos, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritius, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam.

The Alliance Française of Kuala Lumpur and Penang, the Association Museum Volunteers Malaysia hosted by Muzium Negara Kuala Lumpur, the Association des Francophones en Malaisie (Association of French-speakers in Malaysia, AFM) and the AMPF (the Malaysian French Teachers Association) as well as the French school in Kuala Lumpur are also associated to the project in Malaysia to make this event an unforgettable week.

French Language Week in Museum Negara :

Guided tours in French
From 21st to 23rd March
Time: 9.00 am to 12.30 pm
Lieu: Muzium Negara, Jalan Damansara
Only for students and scholarsFree admission – Please registrer / 03 20 53 55 00

Explore treasures of Malaysia at the Muzium Negara thanks to the French-speaking guides from the association Museum Volunteers(MV).

Night guided tour and talk in French
Date: Tuesday 22nd March
Time: 7.00 pm
Lieu: Muzium Negara, Jalan Damansara

Free admission – Please registrer
A night at the museum, is that fine with you? Mr Po Dharma Quang, expert of history and civilization of Campa, has proposed to share his knowledge (it will be in French of course) to make us discover all the secrets of this civilization. Then, accompanied by the French-speaking guides from the association MVM, the Museum Negara opens its doors to the public after nightfall.

Folk tales to the Cham people at Mid Vietnam
By Po Dharma Quang, French School of Far East (EFEO)

The Cham people, descendants of the ancient kingdom of Champa at Mid Vietnam, speak like the Malays people, a language belonging to the Austronesian family. The close relations with the Malay civilisation involved reciprocal influences.

The Cham people have a great literary treasure even though this domain is relatively unknown in South-East Asia and worldwide. This civilisation likes telling stories and tales are an integral part of the popular literature. Diffused in all social classes, folk tales are recited by the common people during a vigil, a period of relaxation or during a festival.

About the expert
Po dharma Quang is working in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, the Muzium Negara, the University of Malaya and the National University on a program officially established by the EFEO ( French School of Far East) in 1987. The main objectives concern the Malay culture and civilisation and the West Austroasians dialects. The first specific results of this program are the publication of a Malay dictionary from XVII based on 7 Cam manuscripts and the writing of a dictionary integrating 6 Austroasians languages of the Indochinese and Malaysian peninsulas.



Author: Museum Volunteers, JMM

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