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The Art of Comics: French bandes dessinées and…

The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French Institute of South Africa are pleased to present The Art of Comics, an exciting new exhibition that showcases the fascinating worlds of South African comics and French…

Cinema & Media


Celebrating the French Touch at the Cape Town…

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is proud to announce its participation in this year's Cape Town International Animation Festival, which is to be held from 8 to 10 March at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town. The festival promotes…



Programme DibuKlub and DibuKids - July to December

July - December 2019 Dibuka Francophone Multimedia Library at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg This year will be full of exciting events and activities at Dibuka. With movies twice a month on Wednesdays for adults; and storytime, films or activities…

French Language


Programme des assistants internationaux en France

La campagne de recrutement d’assistants d’anglais en France pour l’année scolaire 2019-2020 est désormais ouverte jusqu’au 20 janvier 2019. Introduction : Un maximum de 50 postes d’assistants d’anglais en France métropolitaine et les Collectivités d’Outre-mer…


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    Exhibitions & Workshops

    Reading in Digital - New Interactive Literary Experiences

    The Reading in Digital exhibition displays new forms of literary creations through apps on tablets, computers, and illustrated books. Digital literary creations have been booming, in recent years, showing an unprecedented creative dynamism. Authors, editors,…
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    Phoka Nyokong wins 2019 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award

    ©Phoka Nyokong - Collector-Gatherer IIPhotographic Digital print on aluminium On 3 September 2019, Phoka Nyokong walked away with the esteemed Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award, which is bestowed on the most promising emerging South African artist aged 25 to…
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    Calls for applications

    Call for application 2019 - Artist residency Cité Internationale des Arts

    Call For ApplicationResidency programme at the Cité Internationale des ArtsParis, France ©Aisling McCoy The Institut Français in collaboration with the French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) is launching its 2020 call for applications for the residency…
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    Programme DibuKlub and DibuKids - July to December

    July - December 2019 Dibuka Francophone Multimedia Library at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg This year will be full of exciting events and activities at Dibuka. With movies twice a month on Wednesdays for adults; and storytime, films or activities…
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    Calls for applications

    We are looking for a new University Cooperation Officer

    University Cooperation Officer Embassy of France in South AfricaFrench Insitute of South Africa The Embassy of France and the French Institute of South Africa are seeking to appoint an Officer in charge of the Espace Campus France whose main objective will be…

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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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