Bilateral cultural workshop between France and South Africa [fr]
On 6 and 7 July 2015, the South African Department of Arts and Culture hosted a French delegation for a bilateral cultural workshop.
The workshop took place at the National Library in Pretoria.
The French delegation in attendance included Mr Frank Marchetti, Counsellor, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs for the French of France in South Africa, Mr Charles Courdent, Executive Director of the French Institute in South Africa (Ifas), Mr Frédéric Chambon, Regional Audio Visual Attaché for the Embassy of France in South Africa, Mr Jean Bourdin, Regional Director of the Alliance Française, Mr Xavier Person, Secretary General of Ifas, Ms Nathalie Lelong, Books Officer at Ifas, Ms Claire Métais and Ms Alizée Dallemagne, cultural officers at Ifas.
Two special delegates from France also attended the workshop: Ms Anne Crozat, Chief director for European and international relations at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and Mr Brice Amouroux, Director of operations at the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA).
Mr Amouroux reported on the implementation of an agreement signed with the Department of Arts and Culture in 2013 in Paris, for the digitalization and restoration of the sound archives (dictabelts) of emblematic Nelson Mandela’s Rivonia Trial.
The South African delegation was chaired by the Deputy-Director General of the Department of Arts and Culture, Mrs Monica Newton, as well as the Chief Director for International relations at the Department of Arts and Culture, Mrs Louise Graham.
Ambassador of France to South Africa, HE Elisabeth Barbier, attended the first day’s meetings where a review of the French Seasons in South Africa in 2012 and the South African Seasons in France in 2013 took place.
During this workshop, the French and South African delegation started negotiations around a new draft programme of bilateral cooperation in Arts and Culture for the next three years, based on the review of 2012-2013 French-South African Seasons.
Other items on the agenda included briefings on the work of Ifas and the Alliance Française in South Africa and also the priorities of the South African Department of Arts and Culture to further develop cooperation. The French delegation also shared information about the South African State Visit to France scheduled in the last quarter of 2015. The South African Department of Arts and Culture also shared their initial plans for the commemoration in France of the 100th anniversary of the battle of Delville Woods in 2016.
The workshop ended with a guided tour of Freedom Park where Paul Emmanuel’s exhibition Remnants is on display.