Annual week-long celebration honours French town twinning programme

A long-standing partnership between Wigan Borough and Angers, a city in France, is set to be celebrated as the third annual French Week is announced.

French Week, which will take place at various venues across Wigan, Leigh, and Hindley, will offer local residents the chance to immerse themselves in French culture while strengthening the cultural ties between the two communities.

The week’s events will include cinema screenings, cheese and wine tasting, games and craft activities, a pétanque tournament, and a mural created in collaboration with Angers artists Dupin and Duclos and young people from Wigan Youth Zone.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities at Wigan Council, expressed pride in the longstanding twinning relationship with Angers, which began in the 1970s and was officially established in 1988.

The event, organised by the Ambassadress of Angers at Wigan Council in partnership with cultural partners from both towns, will run from Friday, April 5 to Saturday, April 13.

French art duo, Dupin and Duclos, shared their excitement for the cultural exchange, stating, “We are thrilled to participate in this exchange with Wigan Council and Angers, and look forward to creating a large mural at Wigan Youth Zone with youngsters aged between eight and 18, representing their dreams for the future.”

Some events will require booking, and a full programme will be available online soon.

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