From a press release:
“WHAT: SMITHSONIAN at 8 in collaboration with Francophonie DC and the Embassy of France presents “La Grande Fete”
WHEN: Friday, March 31, 7 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW Washington, DC
Get ready for a spectacular party with a French accent. The annual Francophonie Cultural Festival spotlights the music, art, literature, film, cuisine, and customs of French-speaking countries and regions from across the globe. Its closing celebration, La Grande Fete is always magnifique, and this year’s bash is no exception.
Beginning at 7 p.m., guests will launch into a world tour of francophone cultures. They’ll sample food and drink from more than 30 embassies as they explore each nation’s unique attractions and traditions. There are plenty of giveaways to take home as souvenirs, and guests can share their experiences throughout the night on Instagram using #at8enfrancais.
Multi-talented musician Francis Jocky (Cameroon/France) kicks off the night with his blend of jazz, soul, funk, and rhythm and blues. Later, DJ Princess Slaya spins music from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and plenty of destinations in between.
Participating organizations and embassies include but are not limited to: Alliance Francaise, Armenia, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, France, Gabon, Georgia, Guinea, Haiti, Lebanon, Québec, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, and Tunisia
All tickets are $40.
Tickets must be purchased in advance (no sales at the door).
Tickets include admission and food and drink samples from 7 to 9 p.m.; a cash/credit bar provided by Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grille is open throughout the night.
IDs are checked at the door. Those under 21 will not be served alcohol.
All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
For tickets and further information the public may call 202-633-3030 or visit www.SMITHSONIANat8.com”