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La lettre de l'IFAS


A word to our friends, partners and fellow art and culture lovers

Dear Friends of the French Institute of South Africa,

We wish to express our support to the artistic community and the creative industries of South Africa during this critical time.

The French Institute has worked hand-in-hand with artists and cultural institutions throughout its 25 years in this country. Our success in South Africa is down to our collaborations with our wonderful partners, to whom we send our best wishes during this period of lockdown.

The current health crisis raises important questions about access to culture, the use of new technologies for artistic creation, and how artists can help us rethink the world. We have seen many examples of innovative approaches to these questions as artists, cultural spaces and festivals are exploring online venues to connect with their audiences.

We need culture more than ever right now. In the coming days, we will continue to share content that we find interesting, relevant, or sometimes just entertaining, as we try to bring the best of French and South African culture to your living room.

We will also produce our own videos to explore new ways of experiencing culture, and to offer a platform for self-expression to the artistic community.

This is a time to think and a time to dream, and we hope to remain by your side throughout this difficult journey.

May you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe.

The team of the French Institute of South Africa




A look at the programme for this month






My French Film Festival

Until 27 April 2020 is back with a special #stayhome edition. For a month, visitors will be able to enjoy a selection of 50 French and Francophone short films for free, from the past 10 editions of the festival. All the films are available from anywhere in the world, and are subtitled in more than 15 languages. The festival has also partnered with the French Institute in Paris to offer an extra 10 animated short films for children, completing the already quite full Kids Corner section of this #stayhome edition.
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> Teaser 







Until the end of the lockdown period

Culturethèque, the online multi-media library of the French Institute in Paris has now made its content available online for free. This online library offers thousands of online resources: e-books, magazines, cartoon strips, concerts, television programs, self -learning resources, cooking recipe books, travel guides, books for children, but also language learning and much more. Please create a free account on the link below to access all these resources.
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Personal experience


Until the end of the lockdown period

The French Institute of South Africa will be sharing on its social media pages interviews of artists and partners, who are sharing their experience of the confinement and how they cope with it. Our first interview is with Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation, available now on our Facebook page.
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Online Comics Drawing Workshop

11 April 2020 | 11.00
Live on the French Institute Facebook Page

Artist and illustrator Nas Hoosen, who worked on "The Art of Comics" exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, will be animating a comics drawing workshop this Saturday, live from our Facebook page. Explore the world of comics and bandes dessinées and learn how to tell your own story with fun characters, panels, speech bubbles and onomatopoeias! With a simple pen and paper, and a little bit of crazy imagination, you will become a young comic author!
For kids (and kids at heart) from 7 years old






Online Story Time

18 April 2020 | 11.00

Live on the French Institute Facebook Page

Our great story teller Juanita Azannai is now reading children books live on our Facebook page! Join us on 18 April at 11am to enjoy “Lizard, the hero” (“Lézard, ce héros”) by Beatrice Tanaka, that Juanita will read in both English and French, for an enchanted – online – time.
For kids from 2 years old










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