Piano Lafitte twins open Francophonie Week

 14 Mar 2016 - 2:15

Piano Lafitte twins open Francophonie Week
Florence and Isabelle Lafitte are not just twins, they are also a pianist duet working for over 30 years with a repertoire that exceeds 6.000 masterpieces. 


Doha: French piano duet Lafitte opened the Francophonie Week at Cultural Village Katara on Saturday.
The festivities are being held until March 31, under the patronage of Minister of Sports and Culture H E Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali, in cooperation with the French embassy, the French Institute in Qatar, Cultural Village Katara, Doha Film Institute, the SIWAR Choir and Qatar Music Academy.
Florence and Isabelle Lafitte are not just twins, they are also a pianist duet working for over 30 years with a repertoire that exceeds 6.000 masterpieces. They have collaborated with the prestigious National Orchestra of France, the Hong-Kong Philharmonic, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and others and won prizes, including  at the Murray Dranoff International Two Pianos competition. 
The Lafitte duet performed songs, with the SIWAR Choir and musicians from Qatar Music Academy at Katara Opera House. It was sponsored by Nexans.
The week is also supported by FNAC and Fifty One east and includes a photography exhibition, poetic apparitions and movie screenings. 
A photography exhibition ‘Aleppo’ by French-Syrian photographer Ammar Abd Rabbo, opens today at 7pm at Katara Building No. 22 and runs until March 30.  On March 17 and 18, the Verses Blowers will appear at Katara, Fnac and Souq Waqif, among others, to share their poetic and literary ‘secrets’. 
Cinema aficionados will have the opportunity to watch the latest RoschdyZem’s movie Chocolat  on March 17 at 7.30pm at Katara Drama Theatre; and the seven-time Cesar Award-winning movie Timbuktu by director Abderrahmane Sissako.
French Ambassador Eric Chevallier said: “Discover the photography exhibition on the martyr city of Aleppo by Ammar Abd Rabbo and listen to some poetry with the Verses Blowers. This year again, cinema aficionados will be pleased with the screening of Chocolat  released last month in France.”
The Verses blowers are poetic commandos. Les Souffleurs (The Whisperers) is a group created in 2001 by Olivier Comte. It comprises over 40 artists, including actors, writers, dancers, and musicians, around the idea of an attempt to “slow down the world”.  They are internationally famous for their “poetic commandos” during which they whisper at the ears of bystanders poetic and literary secrets. 
So far, they have made over 100 appearances in France and abroad, working their texts in the original language of the country in which they perform. In 2015, they received the Senghor-Césaire prize for their work and were decorated with Chevalier of the Order of la Pléiade by the Parliament of Francophonie. They have illustrated themselves in the promotion of Francophonie and intercultural dialogue.
Several  European, African and Arab countries are taking part, including France, Canada, Belgium, Senegal and Tunisia, among others.
Faleh Al Ajlan Al Hajri, Director,  Culture and Arts Department at the ministry, said the event carries a message of love and peace to the world.
He said the ministry is keen to organise such festivities being held for the third year to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030 and the ministry’s vision. He said the ministry is exerting all efforts to ensure the success of these events which not only target the French-speaking people but also aim to create a state of integrated cultural dialogue, out of the belief that intercultural dialogue opens doors for interaction and communication among peoples and the establishment of the relationship between countries.
Al Hajri said the organisers are keen on the diversity of cultural and artistic events to achieve this communication and cultural interaction and the programme includes Qatari folklore reflecting sea and desert arts, Tunisian fashion, and French concerts with participation of a Qatari music band. The Peninsula