Festival des Folies to make a return

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DISTRICT – A popular district-wide event that reaches all rural municipalities in Temiskaming is making a return in 2021 after a year-long hiatus.

Festival des Folies Franco-Fun is slated to host its 15th annual event April 27 to April 30, this time in an all-virtual format.

The festival honours French Canadian traditions, culture, music, art, literature, food and entertainment.

“For the committee it was very important to have a 15th edition, version 2.0., because we felt that our population needed this,” explained festival co-organizer Jean-Claude Carrière in an email interview.

“At first, we were thinking of presenting a live version of the festival but with the new restrictions, we have decided to go with a virtual festival.”

A school activity, entitled le petit gnome et la Blande des Cinq, for children in kindergarten through Grade 3 will take place each day of the festival with Lorraine Hacquard and Annette Beukelman.

All of the festival’s activities will be held over Zoom. Participants are encouraged to visit the Festival des Folies Franco-Fun Facebook page and website for the Zoom links and any additional information regarding each activity.


The Festival kicks off on the Wednesday morning with the opening ceremony at 10 a.m.

My French Challenge is then set for 4 p.m.

Another school activity for students in Grades 4 through 8, called les creatures du jurassique with Bill Bestiole, will also take place during the day.


Activities on the Thursday will feature a quiz at 9 a. m., a duck race at 10 a. m. and Rebus at 1 p.m.

“We are very proud to have a partnership with the Temiskaming Shores and Area Rotary Club so the Festival des Folies Franco-Fun will be able to have a TV bingo in French and in English for our participants on Thursday, April 29,” said Carrière.

It starts at 2 p.m. on Eastlink channel 10.

“We also have this year a new event called Challenging My French, which is a series of activities where you have to solve the solution and practice your French.”


The Festival winds down on the Friday with a theatre play, presented by the theatre troupe Grouille ou Rouille, starting at 4 p.m.

There will also be a final school activity for students in Grades 4 through 8, called Ca demenage!, with Carolyne Mailhot.

The Saturday with the Family event has been postponed to Saturday, May 29.

“COVID did affect our preparations because we can’t have anything in-person,” said Carrière.

“So the committee had to think about having activities virtually. Then you need to have some notions with the technology. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly.”

Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker