Vive la France! The “Semana de Francia” French Festival – full schedule of events!

semana de franciaThe 1st (hopefully annual) “Semana de Francia” will be celebrated in Casa de Campo and Altos de Chavón next week, from Thursday March 22nd to Sunday March 25th! Oh la la!

Taking place as part of Altos de Chavón’s 30th anniversary celebrations and the 25th anniversary of the French Dominican Chamber of Commerce (CCDF), Casa de Campo and the CCDF, in collaboration with the French Embassy in the Dominican Republic, the “Semana de Francia” French Festival, will be an extraordinary 4 day event – and you are cordially invited to join the French fun!

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Casa de Campo villa owners are invited to attend all events – we look forward to seeing you there! 

The French festival will bring together more than 200 business leaders and official representatives of both countries for the 1st ever French-Dominican Business Forum, with special guest speaker his Excellency Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, President of the Dominican Republic.

As Altos de Chavón is transformed into “un petit village francais”, a gastronomy, arts and technology fair will line the cobbled streets. There will be French food and drinks tastings, sales of French, Haitian and Dominican products, special menus at the restaurants and exhibits of the latest advances in modern technology. In addition there will also be numerous musical, theatrical and even gastronomical performances as well as an Auto Feria (car show) and lots of lively street performers.

In other areas of Casa de Campo, Casa de Campo villa owners, residents and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy golf, polo and tennis tournaments, as well as sample the famous Château Haut-Brion wine and fine French cuisine at the Gala-Dinner ”Exquisite Flavors of France” on Friday evening.

The Grand Celebration of French music!

Don’t miss this extravaganza celebration of French music and dancing at the Altos de Chavón amphitheater – with the “Gran Orchestre de Rene Coll”, the Dominican-French jazz singer, Cyrille Aimee and CAN-CAN dancers!

Entrance to this event is free and a LIMITED number of tickets are available in the Casa de Campo villa owners club – get yours NOW before it’s too late!
Contact: (809) 523-2079

More info here!

Below is the complete program of  activities which will bring to life “L’Art de Vivre à la Française!”

“Semana de Francia” – Event Schedule: March 22nd - 25th

Thursday March 22nd

Claude Terrail Polo Tournament
Played between Casa de Campo Polo and Domaine de Barbossi polo teams.
Where: Casa de Campo Polo fields,
When: 4pm

Inauguration ceremony and choir performance by INTEC
Where: The main Altos de Chavón plaza,
When: 6:30pm and 7pm

Welcome Cocktail and art exhibit by Michel Bizet
Where: Altos de Chavón art gallery
When: 7:30pm

Live music by Rene Coll’s “Big Band” from Paris
Where: The main Altos de Chavón plaza
When: 9pm

Friday March 23rd

French Dominican Business Forum
Prestigious Caribbean, French and Dominican entrepreneurs and top executives, as well as official representatives from the French and Dominican governments including his Excellency Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, President of the Dominican Republic will discuss economic and commercial topics.
When: 8am-6pm
Where: Flamboyan Conference Centre
Cost: US$450 (members), US$500 (non-members)
Contact: 809-472-0588

Lunch – French Dominican Business Forum
With Gregory Pugin, executive chef of Le Cirque Las Vegas and wine tasting by Carrefour and on behalf of Le Domaine de Barbossi Robert Remi chef de cuisine, Eric Bonneau chef patissire and sommelier Franck Thomas
When: 1pm
Where: La Caña Restaurant & Lounge by Le Cirque

Tours aboard the “Dumont Durville” French Navy Ship
Visitors are welcome to board the “Dumont Durville” navy ship which will be stationed at the Marina Casa de Campo throughout the Semana de Francia.
When: 1:30pm – 2:30pm, 2:30pm – 3:30pm and 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: The Marina Casa de Campo – look out for the big grey navy boat!
Registration: At the French Chamber of Commerce tent in Altos de Chavón (part of the Feria)
Note: Only 15 people are allowed on board at a time so arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Scientific Projects Conference by the New Horizons School
Where: Espace André Malraux (Genesis Disco)
When: 2pm

“Le Petit Prince” play by Antoine de Saint-Exupery produced by St John’s School
Where: Espace André Malraux (Genesis Disco)
When: 3:30 pm

Exhibition of historical French fashion
Held by the students of the fashion design department of the UASD
Where: The main Altos de Chavón plaza
When: 4pm

Closing Forum Cocktail
When: 6:15pm
Where: Flamboyan Conference Centre

Live music by the INDESWASKA group from Guadalupe
When: 7pm
Where: The main Altos de Chavón plaza

“Exquisite Flavors of France” Dinner-Gala
Featuring Clarence Dillon Wines including the famous Château Haut-Brion, as well as fine French cuisine prepared by distinguished invited chefs; Gregory Pugin, executive chef of Le Cirque Las Vegas and on behalf of Le Domaine de Barbossi Robert Remi chef de cuisine, Eric Bonneau chef patissire and sommelier Franck Thomas. Live music by the French jazz group “Sextet Bony & Co.”
When: 8:30pm
Where: Beach Club by Le Cirque, Minitas Beach
Cost: US$300
Reservations: 809-523-3165 – space limited.
Click here for more info! 

Saturday March 24th

Golf Tournament “Copa Foro Empresarial Franco-Dominicano”
Where: Teeth of the Dog
When: 8am and 12pm
Cost: US$225
Reservations:809-523-8115, [email protected]
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Tennis Tournament “Copa de las Cámaras de Comercio”
Where: La Terraza Tennis Club
When: 9am
Cost: US$95
Reservations: 809-523-5940, [email protected]

Tours aboard the “Dumont Durville” French Navy Ship
Visitors are welcome to board the “Dumont Durville” navy ship which will be stationed at the Marina Casa de Campo throughout the Semana de Francia.
When: 9am – 10am and 10am – 11am
Where: The Marina Casa de Campo – look out for the big grey navy boat!
Registration: At the French Chamber of Commerce tent in Altos de Chavón (part of the Feria)
Note: 
Only 15 people are allowed on board at a time so arrive early to avoid disappointment!

CERI Conference: Study in Montepellier by Sup de Co Montepellier
Where: André Malraux (Genesis Disco)
When: 11am

Gastronomic Dictation by French Alliane, read by Marie-Ange Horlaville
Where: André Malraux (Genesis Disco)
When: 11:30am

“Le Petit Prince” play by Antoine de Saint-Exupery produced by St John’s School
Where: Espace André Malraux (Genesis Disco)
When: 2pm

Petanque Tournament
Where:
 Altos de Chavon amphitheatre, door #3
When: 
3pm
Cost: 
RD$500

Claude Terrail Polo Tournament – FINAL including the polo and golf prize-giving ceremonies
Played between Casa de Campo Polo and Domaine de Barbossi polo teams.
Where: Casa de Campo Polo fields,
When: 5pm

Live music by the INDESWASKA group from Guadalupe
When:
 6:30pm
Where: 
The main Altos de Chavón plaza

Grand Gala Celebration of French Music
Where: Altos de Chavón’s amphitheatre
When: 8pm
Cost: Courtesy tickets (limited) available at the Villa Owners Club.
More info here! 

After Party by Praia with DJ Stéphane Pompougnac
Where:
Altos de Chavon VIP Parking lot
When:
11pm
Cost: RD$2,000 (inc. open bar)
Click here for more info! 

Sunday March 25th

Walkabout Foundation Marathon (8km)
Where:
Minitas Beach to Altos de Chavón
When: 9am
Minimum donation:
US$25 [email protected]
Registration: 809-523-5185

Guided tour of the Emilio Robba art studios and archaeological museum
Where: Meet at the Emilio Robba store in Altos de Chavón
When: 10:30am

Brunch “Dominical”
Prepared  prepared by distinguished invited chefsGregory Pugin, executive chef of Le Cirque Las Vegas and on behalf of Le Domaine de Barbossi Robert Remi chef de cuisine, Eric Bonneau chef patissire and sommelier Franck Thomas.
Where: La Piazzetta, Altos de Chavón
When: 11am – 3pm

Live music by INDESWASKA group from Guadalupe
Where: Fish fountain by the amphitheater
When: 11:15am

Petanque tournament continuation and finals
Where:
Amphitheater, door No.3
When: 2pm

“Les Fables de la Fontaine” play by Atelier de Chantal
Where: Espace André Malraux/Genesis Disco
When: 3pm

Percusion concert by “La Gran Mawon” group
Where: The main Altos de Chavón plaza
When: 5:00pm

Air Caraibes inaugural flight from Santo Domingo to Paris-Orly
Where
: Las Americas Airport, Santo Domingo
When: 9:30pm

Altos de Chavón becomes a “petit village français”

From Thursday the 22nd through to Sunday the 25th of March, Altos de Chavón will be opened as a “petit village français”, with the following attractions:

Autoferia Francesa Popular (Car show): open 10am – 10pm

Gastronomic, artistic and technological fair: open 10am – 10pm

• Street performers:
Stilt walking exhibition: Sat. 11:45pm, 5:15pm and Sun. 2pm
Show by the juggler “Chespi”: Sat. 2:45pm and Sun. 2:15pm
Mimes by the Instituto Tecnológico (INTEC): Sat. 4pm, 6pm
Clown show: Sat. 2:30pm, 7:30pm and Sun. 2:30pm
Fire-eating with Renato: Sat. 7pm and Sun. 3:30pm
Facepainting and balloon animals: Sun. 3pm

• Art exhibits!
During the 4-day “Semana de Francia” event,  3 art exhibits will be on display as part of the “Gastronomic, artistic and technological fair”, these are:
• “Soleils” by French artist Michel Bizet, which will be located upstairs in the Altos de Chavón art gallery
• “Art Furniture and Fine Art” by French artist and Casa de Campo resident Jean Pierre Frey, located in between the St Stanislaus church and Papa Jacks
• “La acción del caballo de Polo” by  Rachel White,  on display on the ground floor of the Altos de Chavón art gallery

To find out more about the “petit village français” – click here!

For more details on the “Semana de Francia” French Festival, please visit the official Semana de Francia website: www.semanadefrancia.com