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Fête de la Musique postponed to the spring

This year's Fête de la Musique postponed to spring 2021 for more safety for everyone. This month the popular music festival, Fête de la Musique, put out a call for musicians and DJs to apply to perform at the annual event due to happen in Johannesburg on the…

Cinema & Media

MOOC - Basics of author's right

Would you like to know more about author's right in the creative industry? SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music in France) partnered Paris Saclay University to offer an online MOOC available on the platform www.fun-mooc.fr…



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.

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Offre de stage au sein du département éducation…

Offre de stage (6 mois) au sein du département éducation et linguistique Basé à l'Ambassade de France à Pretoria (Afrique du Sud) (à partir de juin 2021 en fonction des disponibilités) Contexte L'Institut français d'Afrique du Sud recherche un(e) stagiaire…


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    She Bad Bad Exhibition

    Image: "Shields and Protection" - photographic montage, Bongiwe Phakathi The French institute of South Africa is proud to support She Bad Bad, an exhibition curated by Fulufhelo Mobadi that spotlights the work of emerging black female photographers in South…
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    Fête de la musique 2021: Call for applications

    About the Fête de la Musique The Fête de la Musique (or World Music Day) is a popular and free music festival that has been taking place each year in France, internationally and in South Africa since 2010. In Johannesburg it has become a great platform for…
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    Call for Applications - Fashion

    Deadline extended to 20 April True Fashion, Try on Green Within the framework of the Franco-German Cultural Fund, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Goethe Institut are joining forces on a project combining fashion and sustainable…
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    Launch of a new South African Poetry Anthology

    The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is proud to announce the launch of Yesterdays and Imagining Realities: An Anthology of South African Poetry Yesterdays and Imagining Realities: An Anthology of South African Poetry will be launched on Sunday 21…
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    Programme of the opening of the Francophonie Festival 2021

    The programme of the opening of the Francophonie Festival is out! Join us on Saturday 13 March to celebrate the diversity and richness of the Francophone cultures around the world. Over 20 Francophone and Francophile countries represented in South Africa will…

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Laugh your socks off this October

It’s the month of laughter and smiles this October as the French cultural network receives special visits from some comic productions both local and foreign. Les Matapestes, brought to you by the French Institute of South Africa and the network of the Alliance Francaise in SA, come all the way down from France to perform in various cities in October – see the dates of the tour in our calendar. In Durban, the Alliance française has teamed up with Les Matapestes and Clowns without Borders SA (CWBSA) to offer to professional artists 2x3h of workshops at the Bat Centre, bringing together local artists and professionals – further details on the workshop here.

It is the perfect time to mention a more local and charitable organisation: Clowns without Borders South Africa. CWBSA will be making their usual appearances this month as well. This organisation, initially founded in Spain and straight after in France in 1994 and now international in over 50 countries, uniquely uses art forms to improve psychological conditions of children in need. For those of you who have not heard of “Clowns without borders”. Lulu Ncgobo, managing director in Durban explains it to be a kind and giving humanitarian organisation who have dedicated their time and efforts to help children and caregivers in the community affected by AIDS, poverty and violence to re-find that vital laughter and happiness using the resources of laughter and play.

Talented artists such as clowns, acrobats, circus artists, actors, musicians, and facilitators have all come together in order to participate in this special cause. And it’s working! Since the start of CWB South Africa in 2004, over 20 000 children and guardians have been aided by the organization. Events such as the Chibini circus program, where facilitators and artists have been sent around the country for the past three years to train orphans and vulnerable children at Woza Moya to as circus performers; have made huge impacts on our society! So this month, make a difference and support this organization. It would be impossible for CWB South Africa to continue their work if it wasn’t for the generosity of individuals like you, which is why they need all the help they can receive. You can contact them on their website or you can contact Lulu Ngcobo on +27 76 384 9478

However if some more mature foreign humor is what you’re looking for, then Les Matapestes is the perfect occasion for you. This French production titled Clic Clac – see dates of the tour here – is a mixture of French music and theater specially aimed at adults and adolescents and consists of talented actors such as the likes of Francis Lebarbier and Gerard Baraton and the heart and soul of the production, director Michel Geslin. With exciting events occurring in the month of October, what’s there not to smile about?

Anne Beltran – Af Durban

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