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The Night of Ideas 2020

ABOUT THE NIGHT OF IDEAS A night of debate to share and express our ideas The Night of Ideas is a global initiative from the French Institute in Paris that will bring a diverse group of voices together to discuss a contemporary issue. This year, the event…

Cinema & Media


MyFrenchFilmFestival 10th edition

The cosiest film festival is back in South Africa from 16 January to 16 February! After 10 million streams recorded across 200 territories in 2019, MyFrenchFilmFestival, the first online French film festival will be back on 16 January for its 10th edition.…



Reading in Digital - New Interactive Literary…

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,…

French Language


Programme des assistants internationaux en France

La campagne de recrutement d’assistants d’anglais en France pour l’année scolaire 2020-2021 est désormais ouverte jusqu’au 20 janvier 2020. Introduction : Un maximum de 26 postes d’assistants d’anglais en France métropolitaine et les Collectivités d’Outre-mer…


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    French film Les Misérables to premiere at the European Film Festival

    The French Institute of South Africa is pleased to announce that Les Misérables, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, will be opening the European Film Festival on Friday 29 November. The film won Best International Feature Film at the Durban…
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    Novembre Numérique in Johannesburg

    In 2019, with his one-year partner Tshimologong Digital Precinct, the Audiovisual department of IFAS seizes the opportunity of the French Institute's international program "November Numérique" (Digital November) to create his "French Lab for Creative…
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    So Chef! 2019 - A taste of France in South Africa

    So Chef! 2019 - A Taste of France in South Africa05 - 20 October 2019 Your favorite culinary rendez-vous with some of the crème de la crème of France's top chefs is back in South Africa and Lesotho this October. Four talented French chefs are flying in to…
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    Theatre / Dance / Performing Arts

    Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros debuts at the Market Theatre

    The French Institute of South Africa and the Market Theatre Laboratory, with the support of Mazars, are pleased to present Kwasha! Theatre Company's latest production, Rhinoceros, written by celebrated French-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco, and directed…
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    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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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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