To close the 7th Jeux de la Francophonie (Francophonie Games) in Nice, the Palais Acropolis Apollon Room welcomed on September 14 the Winners Gala. The opportunity for artists to demonstrate their talent for the last time and to make an appointment in four years in Côte d’Ivoire.
The ceremony was chaired by Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice and President of Nice Côte d’Azur Metropole and Chairman of the Jeux de la Francophonie National Committee, in the presence of Bernard Maccario, CEO of National Committee and Mahaman-Lawan Seriba, Director of the International Committee for the Jeux de la Francophonie. Robert Beugré Mambé, Governor of the District of Abidjan, awarded the honorary citizenship of the city of Nice by Christian Estrosi on the very the morning, was also present.
Live demonstrations of the winners of song, juggling, hip hop and dance contests, video screenings of victorious ecological and digital creation projects, literature meetings, storytelling, visual arts and giant puppets. Sport was under the spotlights and the party was happy.
The President of the APF (Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie) Andrée Champagne (Senator of Canada) and honorary president of the jury, presented the APF award (a fellowship of € 7,000) to “Grandes Personnes”, a company of giant puppets from Burkina Faso, during the Gala Winners, stating “It is with great pleasure that I deliver you this award on behalf of APF!”
The jury of the APF was including Jean-Pierre Dufau (MP), President of the French section of APF, Michel de Lamotte (MP), President of the French Community/Wallonie- Brussels APF section and Zacharias Tiemtoré (MP, Burkina Faso ). The Laotian APF section has also contributed to the endowment of this award .
This is the very first time a competition of giant puppets is one of the cultural disciplines at the Jeux de la Francophonie. Bringing together in a single performance music, dance, storytelling, singing, handling these 6-meter puppets is also an impressive physical performance.
The Grandes Personnes Company includes thirty artists and as many giant puppets in Boromo in Burkina Faso. It has worked with international organizations and in particular with Doctors Without Borders to create educational entertainment for children. The Grandes Personnes also participated in the clip “Mama Sam” of French singer “M”.