French Season in South Africa 2012: What’s OnMeropa Communications
The French Season in South Africa 2012, which kicked off in June this year, is in full swing ...
A range of different communities and interest groups are raving about the different Season projects and the rich France-South Africa collaborations that are taking place.
The France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 are a bilateral government-to-government programme to give the people of France and South Africa an opportunity to understand each other better through cultural, scientific, sport, education and business engagement.
The French Season in South Africa 2012, showcasing more than 120 exhibitions, performances, film screenings, literary events, workshops, conferences and round tables, runs through until November this year.
The following provides members of the media with some of the Season events taking place during the month of October.
Please also visit www.france-southafrica.com for more comprehensive information.
Danse l’Afrique Danse! (contemporary dance)
Since the inception of the bienniale, Dansel’Afrique danse! has done much to put African contemporary dance on the map. This year’s contemporary dance event - the ninth of its kind - showcases the best of dance from across the African continent. Where? Wits Theatre, Market Theatre, Soweto Theatre and Dance Factory, Johannesburg
When? 28 September - 7 October
More info? www.danselafriquedanse.com
Rocking the Daisies (music and lifestyle)
Rocking the Daisies is an established lifestyle and music festival. This year’s event includes collaborations, workshops and performances. Four French acts will be present including Dub Inc and Agoria, as well as two acts from Reunion Island.
When? 4 - 7 October
Where? Kloof Wine Estate, Cape Town
More info? rockingthedaisies.com
Business Forum (business and trade)
The Franco-South African Business Forum brings together French and South African businessmen, financiers, political leaders and opinion leaders who will explore Franco-South African partnerships in terms of improving quality of life through infrastructure and urban development, energy, transport, education and healthcare.
When? 15 – 17 October
Poetry Africa (poetry)
This annual festival testifies to the popularity of poetry in all its contemporary forms, such as slam and hiphop. This year’s event includes a strong dose of French poetry, notably from Reunion Island. Poetry performances as well as music events, book launches, seminars and workshops are on the programme.
When? 15 - 20 October
More info? www.cca.ukzn.ac.za www.facebook.com/PoetryAfrica
Plaisirs de France (art de vivre)
Plaisirs de Francecelebrates ‘the art of living’ in France. From cosmetics to food and wine, from cars to planes and trains, the South African public will be able to discover and experience a range of French products and services from some 25 different French companies whose brands are well known in South Africa today.
When? 15 October - 15 November
Where? Various venues nation-wide
More info? www.plaisirsdefrance.co.za
Kunjani’mation#2 is the only French Season event dedicated to animation. It involves the screening of French and South African animated movies. The French animation industry is regarded as one of the most creative in the world and the event seeks to forge ties between French and South African animation artists.
Where and when?
17 - 21 October in Cape Town
26 - 27 October in Johannesburg
Fred Sathal (fashion and mixed media)
Exciting French visual artist FredSathal will feature her show Constellations on 25 October at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa. A protean artist, her work includes graphics, design, performing arts and contemporary art (sculpture, installation, mixed media and drawing). Sathal will also present a unique installations show at the Alliance Française in Pretoria from 1 November. When? 20 October - 2 November
Where? Johannesburg and Pretoria
More info? www.chamanita.fatalblog.com
Molière’sThe Miser (theatre)
Sylvaine Strike’s Fortune Cookie Theatre Company presents a contemporary interpretation of Moliѐre’s timeless classic written in 1668. The play explores the derision of a man obsessed with his money to the detriment of his family and others.
Where? Market Theatre, Johannesburg
When? 25 October - 9 December
More info? www.markettheatre.co.za
Echos à Abdullah Ibrahim (music)
The Didier Labbé Quartet will play live at various venues in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Established some ten years ago, the Didier Labbé Quartet has performed over 300 concerts in France and internationally, has produced five repertoires and recorded four albums. Their 2010 creation was inspired by the work of Abdullah Ibrahim. This repertoire is a mixture of pieces from the South African composer as well as personal compositions. The Quartet performs with Tlale Makhene and Theo Ndidwa.
When and where? Sun 30 Sep at Lucky Bean restaurant, Johannesburg
Mon 1 Oct at Ikapa Dance Theatre, Cape Town
Tues 2 Oct at Ikapa Dance Theatre, Cape Town
Wed 3 Oct at UKZN, Durban
More info? http://france-southafrica.com
French Connections exhibition
This important exhibition highlights the French works in the Johannesburg Art Gallery Collection that many art lovers in Joburg are not aware of. The exhibition is curated by Sheree Lissoos and Antoinette Murdoch and features works by Delacroix, Manet, Millet, Boudin, Michel, Courbet, Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Masson, Ernst, Man Ray, Léger, Chagall, Braque, Toulouse-Lautrec, Signac, Modigliani and others.
Where? Johannesburg Art Gallery
When? 28 October – 10 March 2013
More info? email@example.com
Rendez-vous 12 (contemporary arts)
Ten curators, 20 artists and five continents, Rendez-vous 12 is an exhibition of international contemporary art from the Lyon Biennale in France. It showcases new projects in sculpture, video, installation, drawing, painting and performance.
Where? Iziko South African National Gallery
When? Until 14 October 2012
The Home Movie Factory (film and film making)
Inspired by his film Be Kind Rewind, internationally celebrated film director Michel Gondry conceived The Home Movie Factory. This unique and interactive exhibition invites the general public at no charge to star in and make their own movies through a formula designed by Gondry himself.
Where? Johannesburg, Museum of African Design
When? Until 25 October
More info? www.thebioscope.co.za/thehomemoviefactory
For information on the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 and to set up interviews, please contact: Lebo Mahlaela, tel 011 506 7300, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Djordjevic, tel 011 506 7300, e-mail email@example.com
The France–South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 are organised and implemented:
For France: By Institut français with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Ministry for Sports, Youth, non-formal education and Voluntary organisations, the Ministry of Production Recovery, the French Embassy in South Africa and the network of Alliance Française. Chairman: Xavier Darcos, Commissioner-General: Laurent Clavel.
The French Season in South Africa is supported in 2012 by a committee of sponsors chaired by Mr Luc Oursel, AREVA President and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Executive Board of AREVA. This committee is made of the following corporations: AREVA, Air France, Bouygues Travaux Publics, EDF, GDF-SUEZ, Mazars, Fondation Orange and Total.
For South Africa: By the Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Council (NAC), with the support of the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Sports and Recreation, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Department of Basic Education, and the Embassy of South Africa in France. Chairman: Dikgang Moopeloa, Commissioner-General: Bongani Tembe.
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France-South Africa Seasons 2012/2013
Web site: http://www.france-southafrica.com