The 2019 cultural programme is out!

The 2019 cultural programme is out! 





Following our media launch, our 2019 cultural programme is out! Discover our exciting highlights and much more.



Cities such as Johannesburg emerged from massive transfers of populations in the late 19 century, and recent migrations even reshaped neighbourhoods and their activities. Similarly, Beirut often became a terminus for migrants and refugees beeing the different crises across the Middle East. Through the dialogue of academic researchers and artists, this one-day conference and exhibition propose an innovative approach, bringing together refugee experiences and testimonies from these two parts of the world that rarely meet one another



For the 5 year, Goût de France / Good France brings together over 2 000 chefs on 5 continents to celebrate French gastronomy. Over 36 restaurants cook for Goût de France /Good France in South Africa and Lesotho. Each participating restaurant pays tribute to the excellence and values of French cuisine: sharing, pleasure and a respect for good food, accompanied by wine and champagne. Find a participating restaurant near you online!



The Francophonie Festival celebrates the diversity and richness of the Francophone cultures around the world through a series of cultural events. Coordinated by the Alliance Française of Pretoria and the Embassy of France in South Africa, in partnership with ProArte Alphen Park School, over 27 Francophone and Francophile countries represented in South Africa participate in the event. All Gauteng schools teaching French have been invited. Entrance is free and includes traditional food, drinks, concerts (feat. La Fanfare Couche-Tard), art masterclass (feat. Breeze Yoko), lottery, contest, fun activities and much more.


MYFRENCHFILMFESTIVAL.COM:, the world's first online French Film festival organised by UniFrance, is an innovative concept aiming to throw the spotlight on a new generation of French filmmakers. It allows web users across the globe to watch a selection of recent French movies, and to share their enthusiasm for French cinema with the option to comment and rate the movies. IFAS helps to spread news of the festival throughout South Africa withcommunication and the organisation of screenings. The festival is free in South Africa!



The Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct is a cluster associated to the University of the Witwatersrand. A real "Silicon Valley" located in the heart of Johannesburg, the Tshimologong ecosystem is dedicated to the digital economy and innovation. Driven by common goals, including the desire to combine technology, innovation and creative content, Tshimologong and the French Institute of South Africa joined forces to create the Digital Content Hub (DCH), and integrate the existing Digital Lab Africa programme.



The Alliance Française of Johannesburg is hosting a James Barnor the photographic exhibition, following its success at the 11 Rencontres de Bamako in 2018 and at the Alliance Française of Accra, Ghana. James Barnor is considered a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. His career covers a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres to create a transatlantic narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures. Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor's photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis.



The Fête de la Musique is back for its 8th edition of Johannesburg. Open to musicians from all genres, hosting international artists alongside local musicians, this is a popular family-friendly event. It is a celebration of live music, that offers free entertainment for all in a safe and inclusive environment. The French band Dark Blue Orchestra will headline this year.



Once a month, enjoy the sunshine with a musical afternoon in the garden of the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, featuring local bands of various musical styles. Each month will be dedicated to a different kind of vibe:

February | Jazz session
March | French Guinguette, moved to a Friday Night
April | Sieste Electronique
May | Urban Village
And more to come.



So Chef! is back for a 6 edition of culinary activities and gastronomic masterpieces. Renowned Michelin Star chef Vincent Lucas and the "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" Frédéric Jaunault are taking part this year, along with other top chefs to be announced later. Last year saw over 1 300 people attend 44 events, including workshops in schools, TVET colleges, universities and cooking schools,gastronomic dinners, wine tastings and movie eat-alongs. Part of the National Nutrition Week of the SA Department of Basic Education (DBE) and in partnership with the Alliances Françaises.


FIVE PHOTOGRAPHERS - A Tribute to David Goldblatt:

Featuring the work of four photographers selected by David Goldblatt before his death, Five Photographers was developed as a tribute exhibition, to celebrate Goldblatt's retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (21 Feb -13 May 2018). "When the Ambassador of France to South Africa became aware that I was to have an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, he suggested that we should celebrate here. I thought then that this could be an opportunity to look at some of the photography – really a tiny fraction of the photography - coming from this part of the world today. So I suggested to the Ambassador and he agreed to an exhibition of photographs to celebrate some of that work. Then I asked John Fleetwood if he would curate the show which I am very happy to say he agreed to do. Here then are a few photographs of four photographers each of whose work is as different from the others as can be imagined".

- Alexia Webster / Street Studios In Street Studios, Alexia uses street corners and public spaces to set up outdoor photo studios in different communities.

- Jabulani Dhlamini / Recapture Recapture is about the memory and remembrance of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, a turning point in South Africa's history.

- Pierre Crocquet / Pinky Promise Pinky Promise by the late Pierre Crocquet deals with stories of victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse.

- Mauro Vombe / Passengers Passengers deals with the inhuman conditions of informal public transport in Maputo.



Cité Internationale des Arts |  SAFFCA residencies

Ever since the Cité Internationale des Arts was founded in 1965 in Paris, artists from all over the world have been taking part in the residency programmes, creating cross-cultural dialogue. The Cité provides a place for artists from a wide range of disciplines to develop their projects, meet with other professionals and expand their networks, during a residency period of 3 to 6 months. The call for 2020 residencies will be available from August 2019 on IFAS website.


This year, the artists will be coming at residences are:

- Mishka Hoosen (Littetaure), Mawande Ka Zenile (Visual Arts) and Kitso Lynn Lelliott (Video) at la Cité Internationale des Arts

- Lwandiso Njara (Visual Arts) and Asemahle Ntlonti (Visual Arts) at SAFFCA residencies



Comics are becoming increasingly recognised as a way to challenge and retell historical stories, both personal and social. The Johannesburg Art Gallery and the French Institute of South Africa are presenting an exhibition on South African comics and French "bandes dessinées", curated by one of France's leading comics researchers and theorists, Thierry Groensteen, and a South African curatorial team, to explore these stories. The exhibition shows the development of a comic strip as well as its influence on other artistic practices such as cinema and creative writing. It focuses on the role that comics play as an accessible form of creative expression and a means of enriching and educating our minds. The exhibition incorporates a wide selection of French "bandes dessinées" and celebrate comics and artists from South Africa and from the Francophone world. Local comics artists whose work is on display include Loyiso Mkhize, the talent behind South Africa's first real superhero, Khwezi; Mogorosi Motshumi, the first black South African to publish an autobiographical graphic novel (The Initiation) and the artist behind 80s comic strip Sloppy; and Luke Molver, who will be launching the second edition of his graphic novel series Shaka Rising this year. The exhibition also provides an opportunity for professional networking in publishing, animation and virtual reality innovations.



IFAS is participating in Vogue Nights Jozi to redefine South African queer culture, with the famous French dancer Lasseindra Ninja and a French DJ participating in this inclusive and intersectional nightlife project. Originating from the LGBTQ community in the late 1980s, Voguing is a form of modern dance characterised by photographicstyle poses integrated with angular, linear and rigid movements inspired by the model poses of Vogue magazine. Come and strike a pose! In partnership with Vogue Night Jozi, W.O.K.E. Arts,