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Francophonie Festival

7-31 March 2020
Alliance Française of Pretoria & French School of Pretoria

The annual Francophonie Festival is back in South Africa. For the whole month of March, a series of cultural events will be organised to celebrate the diversity and richness of the Francophone cultures around the world. The opening of the Festival will take place on Saturday, 7 March 11am to 4pm at Crawford Schools in Pretoria. Over 30 Francophone and Francophile countries represented in South Africa will participate in the event, with special food and drinks, choirs, concerts (feat. Les Fantastiques) and other fun activities to look forward to.

Free entrance!

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Skin, Bone, Fire: The First Album by Philiswa Lila

2 February - 6 March | Absa Gallery | Johannesburg

Philiswa Lila is the 2018 winner of the Absa l'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award. After spending a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2019, as part of the award, 2020 will see her touring the country through the Alliance Française network and partnering galleries, starting at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg, before moving on to Potchefstroom from 2 April to 5 May, Port Elizabeth from 12 August to 1 September and Stellenbosch from 22 September to 31 January 2021. 
The Absa l'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award is supported by the French Institute of South Africa, the Embassy of France and the #AllianceFrançaise network of South Africa, in partnership with Absa South Africa and Sanava.

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Digital Lab Africa

Last days to apply to the call for projects for DLA#4

Until 1 March 2020 | Johannesburg

The Digital Lab Africa call for applications is open to anyone from the field of digital content creation: artists, producers, designers, start-ups, SMEs, collectives, students or entrepreneurs, based in Sub-Saharan Africa or a national of a country in this region. The call targets innovative digital content from the perspective of form, storytelling and technologies used in one of these 5 categories: immersive realities, gaming, music, animation and digital art. The objective of Digital Lab Africa is to provide a springboard to creators and to make their project happen with the support of French & Sub-Saharan African leading companies in the creative industries.
Deadline to apply is 1st of March 2020

Apply here

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Inequality, a different picture 
Photo exhibition

28 January - 18 March 2020 | UJ Art Gallery | Johannesburg

An exhibition entitled Inequality: A Different Picture, featuring poignant photo essays by three visual artists, will be hosted at the UJ Art Gallery from 26 February to 18 March 2020. Questioning pervasive stereotypes about ‘township’ youth, black fathers, and women’s abilities, the trio of photographers aimed to portray how three Cape Town-based individuals have confronted various forms of inequality to realise their passions, sustain themselves and their families, and ultimately bring change in their communities.
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) spearheaded this project in line with its mandate to address inequality and social cohesion. Working with award-winning South African photographer Neo Ntsoma, who mentored budding photographers Andiswa Mkosi and Ross Jansen, the resulting photo essays were realised in partnership with Igalelo. This NGO is dedicated to equipping entrepreneurs from underprivileged areas of Cape Town with valuable skills such as marketing, accounting and management, which are essential to build a successful and sustainable business.

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The Bare Necessity

26 February 2020 | 18.00

Dibuka @ Alliance Française Johannesburg

Film by Erwan Le Duc (2019, 1h39 min, Comedy, Drama, Romance) 
Pierre Perdrix has been enjoying an enchanted though restless existence since the enigmatic Juliette Webb burst into his life. A stranger who landed in his family’s unique world like a meteorite, and who by her presence alone will force this tight-knit microcosm to redefine their boundaries and  finally begin to fully live their lives.
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Story Time

7 March 2020 | 11.00
Dibuka @ Alliance Française Johannesburg

Don't miss our free story time at Dibuka! Our story teller Marylise Gordon will be reading I, Ming (Moi, Ming), by Clotilde Bernos and Nathalie Novi and Where do you live? (Et toi, où habites-tu ?) by Gaia Stella 
Open to children 2-6 years old;  story time in both French and English
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National Diploma

11 March 2020 | 18.00

Dibuka @ Alliance Française Johannesburg

Film by Dieudo Hamadi (2017, 1h32 min, Documentary) 
This documentary follows a group of high school students in the two months leading up to their national exam, in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. The director focuses on their preparation, from the benches of the school, which they are regularly banned from as they cannot afford to pay the teachers' fee, to the communal house where they gather to study and the chaotic streets of the city where they spend their time trying to survive. 
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