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Contest: Francophone Artists (18-35)

Canada Council for the Arts
September 23, 2022
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Keys to the Games

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, will host the Jeux de la Francophonie, an artistic and sporting competition from July 28 to August 6, 2023. There will be gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded to outstanding Francophone artists ranging in age from 18 to 35, from all parts of the world.

It's much more than a competition. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network with Francophone artists from around the globe and make your mark on the international scene.

Participation is the key to success

Les Jeux de la Francophonie is a chance for Canada to celebrate the incomparable talent of its young Francophone artists.

Throughout the Jeux de la Francophonie, young artists will be presenting their talents on an international stage that the world will be watching.

The next Games will be held in Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa) from July 28 to August 6, 2023.

Selection Process

Artists are pre-selected through a national cultural competition organized by the Canada Council for the Arts, after which point a jury appointed by the Comité international des Jeux de la Francophonie selects the final candidates.

Selection of artists

The Department of Canadian Heritage has engaged the Canada Council for the Arts to select the best young artists who will represent Canada at the 2023 Jeux de la Francophonie.

We invite artists from across the country to sign up for a chance to represent Canada next year at the 2023 Games.

To be considered, you must apply by September 30 for one of the 11 listed categories. The categories include Original dance, Song, Painting, Sculpture-installation, Photography, Literature (short story), Storytelling, Hip-hop (dance), Giant puppets, Freestyle ball and digital creation.

A jury of peer professional artists from across Canada will pre-select up to three (3) competitors (individuals or groups) for each cultural discipline. Artists will be validated by the Comité international des Jeux de la Francophonie jury after this selection has been presented to them. This international jury receives the finalist lists from all the participating countries and governments.

How to participate

Application form for your discipline can be downloaded, completed and submitted to

About the Games

The  Comité international des Jeux de la Francophonie, reporting to the International Organisation of La Francophonie is responsible for organizing the Games in co-operation with the host country’s national organizing committee.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for the preparation of Team Canada to participate in the IX Games of La Francophonie and is working with the Canada Council for the Arts for the national preselection for the cultural component. For more information, visit Games of La Francophonie -

The national cultural competition for the Games of La Francophonie is coordinated through a partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts and the department of Canadian Heritage.

The Games reflect our ongoing commitment to

  • create more opportunities for the next generation,
  • ensure the vitality of Official Language Minority Communities, and
  • support the strong and sustainable presence of Canadian artists and their work in the world.

Created in 1987, and held every four years since, the Games of La Francophonie bring together thousands of young athletes and artists (ages 18 to 35) from member and observer states and governments of La Francophonie. They are the only major games that feature both sports and cultural competitions.

For more information

Odile Eda-Pierre

Program Officer, Games of la Francophonie


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) ou 613-239-0211

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