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Lebanon has been independent of French rule for some decades now, but francophone cultural production remains popular. It's estimated that more than 4,000 visitors attended performances, workshops and exhibitions scheduled during the 2013 edition of Beirut's Francophone Month, a number that doubles if you include attendance at events hosted by centers outside Beirut. Organized by the French Cultural Center, this year's Francophone Month, which opens Feb. 28, has scheduled workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, stand-up comedy shows and many other activities planned to celebrate French culture in Lebanon. In fact stage acts seem to have pride of place in this year's Francophone Month program, with two evenings of improvisational performance planned.Accompanying the performances are several exhibitions.Ecrans du Reel, the French Cultural Center's yearly documentary festival will also fall during the Francophone Month. Though the program for the 2014 edition has yet to be unveiled, this screening cycle has over the past several years brought a range of recent, world-class documentary works to Beirut audiences.
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