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Francophonie 2015 in South Africa

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The Alliance Française network in South Africa and the French Institute of South Africa presents the FRANCOPHONIE Month, with the support of the French Embassy, and Dibuka. Every year in March, the French network worldwide celebrates French language and Francophone cultural diversity.

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In 2015, more than 60 events will be organized across South Africa: concerts, screenings, exhibitions, workshops and performances are part of an exciting programme, from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth to Pretoria, and Durban to East London.
The month long festival is intended to celebrate the international and linguistic community that share French - either as a native or a second language - that is referred to by the coined term “La Francophonie”.

In Johannesburg, a full programme of events, all free and open to everyone, will be taking place at the Alliance Française. From live music and books’ launches to theatre, during 8 evenings the Alliance will showcase the diversity of Francophone cultures. 


* Wednesday 11 March (19:00) | Alliance Française of Johannesburg | Literature
Book launch of Les Sud-Africains by Valérie Hirsch (Belgium) 
The free-lance Belgian journalist Valerie Hirsch, based in Johannesburg since 1996, explores the evolution of racial identities since 1994 in her book Les Sud-Africains, published in February in Paris (Ateliers Henry Dougier).

* Thursday 12 March (19:00) | Alliance Française of Johannesburg | Literature
Book presentation of La route des clameurs by Ousmane Diarra (Mali) 
In his third novel, La route des clameurs, the Malian author explores the terror that happened in his country and show up how the madness took possession of men.

Friday 13 March (18:30) | Alliance Française of Johannesburg | Literature
A tribute to André Brink (South Africa) 
A tribute to André Brink and to his work, an evening to remember his legacy through readings of extracts of his books in as many languages as possible.

* Saturday 14 March (11:00) | Alliance Française of Johannesburg | Storytelling
Malian storytelling in French for children with Ousmane Diarra (Mali) 
Discover the magic universe of storytelling with Malian novelist, poet and storyteller Ousmane Diarra.

* Tuesday 17 March (19:00) | Alliance Française of Johannesburg | Live Music
Concert by Nicolas Fraissinet (Switzerland) 
presented with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland

Fraissinet plays his voice as a vibrant instrument, full of emotions: pain or pleasure, the words inspire the variations. Nostalgy, poetry or solitude surface in the modulations; sensuality glides in a breath, and the music does the rest…. Nicolas Fraissinet is accompagnied by David Obeltz with a bass guitar and the guitarist and drummer Loic Molineri.

* Thursday 26 March (20:00) | Alliance Française of Johannesburg | Theatre
Le premier homme by Albert Camus, with Jean-Paul Schintu (France)
The play is adapted from French author Albert Camus’ last novel.

* Friday 27 March (19:00) | Live Music
Concert by Rumbaccordéon (France and DRC) 
The Rumbaccordéon duet challenges genres, mixing Congolese rumba (Papa Noël) and French accordion (Viviane Arnoux). 

* Saturday 28 March from 18:00 | Dance & Music
African Young Talents

VPC Danse: Between Us and Derrière le Rideau
18:00 Dance Factory, Johannesburg
The double bill showcases South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala’s duet Between Us and Beninese choreographer Marcel Gbeffa’s solo Derrière le Rideau.

Concert by Marema (Senegal) 
20:00 Bassline, Johannesburg

2014 RFI Discoveries Award Winner, Senegalese singer, Marema, strongly influenced by the acoustic music of Tracy Chapman, succeeds to the Burkinabe rapper, Smarty (2013 RFI Discoveries Award Winner). Marema will stop over in South Africa as part of an Africa tour and the Francophonie celebrations. The evening will feature DJ sets by Kapula and MZ Buttons.

* Wednesday 31 March (19:30) | Alliance Française of Johannesburg | Literature
Book launch of On est foutu by Matthews Mngadi (South Africa) 
Set in 1980s Apartheid-era, the story relates the challenging journey of a South African Zulu family who has to move to Durban to survive. The French translation of this zulu work by Matthews Mngadi will be launched, following an intensive team work led by French linguist Michel Lafon.


Photos credit (from top left to bottom right): Les Sud-Africains book cover, La Route des Clameurs book cover, André Brink © Andersen Sipa, La princesse Ndéhini et le Serpent Python Institut © Français Mali, Nicolas Fraissinet, Jean-Paul Schintu, Rumbaccordéon © Willy Vainqueur, Marema,Derrière Le Rideau © Jorge Perez-LookMeLuck.com, Between Us © Christo Doherty, On est foutu book cover

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