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South Africa-France Seasons 2012 & 2013 FAQs

What are the Seasons ?
The Seasons are a mechanism to promote a multifaceted bilateral collaboration between France and South Africa who wish to build a lasting reciprocal legacy.
 
What are the aims of the Seasons ?
The aim of the Seasons is to improve mutual understanding, promote exchange and innovation and to contribute towards the diversification of France’s image in South Africa and South Africa’s image in France by emphasising values that the two countries share.
 
Is South Africa the first sub-Saharan country to partake in reciprocal Seasons with France ?
 Yes, after several years of France engaging in a series of reciprocal Seasons with its key international partners such as India, Vietnam and Croatia, South Africa is the first sub-Saharan country to partake.
 
When did the reciprocal Season begin ?
The Season runs between 2012 & 2013. Last year South Africa successfully hosted the French leg of the Seasons between July and November, 2012.
 
When does this year’s Season start ?
The Season runs between May and December, 2013.

What will the South African Season include ?
The South African Season will offer the French people a glimpse of the cultural scene in the South Africa which embraces the legacy of our past and the potential of our future and which is as rich as it is varied. It allows local artists, culture and heritage practitioners a chance to showcase their work to a French audience and allows for collaboration with their counterparts in that country.
 
What format will the Season run according to ?
Various events will take place, including exhibitions, performances, academic events and festivities throughout the country.
 
How many people are involved ?
Over 800 South African artists, sportsmen and women, academics, scientists and learners will travel to France to participate in the Season.
 
What fields will be covered in the Season ?
The Season will be marked by a wide range of over 150 different projects, performances and initiatives. Cultural events will be combined with a wide array of events in other fields including innovation, science and technology, higher education, business, tourism, sport and languages.
 
Where will the events take place ?
The Season’s events will take place in more than 100 cities across France.

Key Facts About the Seasons :

• More then 800 : the number of artists, scientists, technicians, etc. coming for the Season
• 30 exhibitions
• 100 concerts
• 250 dance and theatre performances
• 50 movies
• 40 residencies
• 35 workshops
• Taking place in more than 100 cities
• 150 South African wines will be tasted
• 12, the number of languages you can hear during the Season (11 official SA languages and French)
• 1 980 000 : number of years between Sediba’s skeleton copy presented at Toulouse Museum and the Season
• 67 : number of minutes the public will dedicate to Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July
 South African Minister of Arts and Culture Mr Paul Mashatile’s wish for the Seasons :
 “Our simple wish is for the French public to fully engage with the South African Season and to enjoy all that the country has to offer. This is an opportunity for the French to learn to love South Africa, with all its wealth and beautiful diversity. The ultimate reward will be to see the two nations advance towards a better, more humane and caring world through greater cooperation in the fields of arts, culture and heritage, science and technology, sport and business.”
 
Who has contributed towards making the Seasons possible ?
Thanks should go to the governments of South Africa and France, the corporate sponsors of the Seasons who have supported both years, including Air France, AREVA, Bouygues Travaux Publics, EDF, Fondation Total and Mazars. The implementing agents, Institut français and the National Arts Council of South Africa as well as the many other institutions, companies and individuals are making ongoing contributions to this Season.
 
How were the participants’ chosen ?
Participants were selected to be part of the Seasons through a series of open calls for applications. These applications are reviewed by a series of technical meetings, led by the Commissioners General that make recommendations to the Seasons governing structure, the Joint Organising Committee (JOC). The JOC comprises the Chairpersons of Seasons, representatives from the Department of Arts and Culture, the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Institut français, and is attended by all participants on the technical meetings.

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More information on the France - South Africa Seasons 2012-2013

Presentation : The France-South Africa Seasons 2012 – 2013 [en]

Launch of the South African Season in France 2013 [en]

The French Ambassador speech at the opening [en]

The Highlights of the South African Season [en]

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The French Season in South Africa - 2012 [en]

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The France - South Africa Seasons website: http://france-southafrica.com [fr]

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