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  • Bienvenue sur le site de l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud !

Explore online the Palace of Versailles

Explore online the Palace of Versailles, the unrivalled estate that was the centre of Fench monarchical power. Get lost in the Hall of Mirrors, visit Louis the XIV's lavish bedrooms, wander in the stylish Garden or discover Marie-Antoinette Hamlet - a place where the Queen used to "seek refuge in peasant life".

Books - Events & News

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    Dibuka

    Dibuka Library is closed until further notice

    Due to the current situation, and the Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions, your favourite library in town will unfortunately be closed until further notice. Read more
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    Events and News

    Somebody Told Me - An Audio Theatre Experience

    Put on your headphones, sit back and make yourself comfortable! Are you ready? Come and follow the adventure of 5 travellers embarking on a dreamy, fun and quirky journey aboard a hot-air balloon.Somebody Told Me was born out of an international collaboration between five actors who have selected… Read more
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    Dibuka

    Dibuka is reopening, by appointment only!

    The Francophone multimedia library Dibuka is slowly reopening, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only. And because we've missed you so much, we, at the French Institute and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, have prepared some surprise bags for you! SURPRISE BAGS AT DIBUKA WHAT ? We… Read more

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Patrick Chamoiseau with Nadine Gordimer during the French Season in South Africa

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