The cultural relations between France and South Africa are numerous: through the Embassy of France’s cultural services, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), and the 14 Alliance Française throughout South Africa, an important network of strong partnerships with various festivals, universities, artists, museums and galleries, as well as government institutions and businesses, has been developed.(see the monthly program of the cultural activities).
The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), established in Johannesburg in 1995, consists of IFAS-Culture, IFAS-Research and Dibuka. It is a key player on the Johannesburg and South African artistic, cultural, academic and literary scenes. IFAS strives to introduce French and Francophone artists in South Africa, promote South African artists on the international artistic scene and support artistic residencies leading to original creations.
It produces a bi-annual magazine, EXTRA
The audiovisual department includes cinema, television, radio and journalism. It aims at initiating and developing exchanges and relationships between the different media and the professionals of the audiovisual industry in France and Southern Africa.
As a promoter and diffuser of French language and Francophone culture, IFAS works in close collaboration with the Alliance Française network in South Africa.
The main Alliance Française locations are In Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth: they provide French language programs as well as cultural activities in close relations with public and private partners of the provinces and cities.
Dibuka is an information centre and multimedia library promoting French language and Francophone culture. Based at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, it offers subscribers access to a large collection of CDs, DVDs, novels, newspapers and magazines, comic and children’s books. Dibuka also supports literary cafés as well as poetry and literary festivals.
Fostering closer people-to-people relations between the two countries
The great event in 2012 will be the “French season in South Africa”, followed in 2013 by a “South African season in France” : a whole bunch of exciting events which will be held in different regions of each country, and cover a wide range of fields, including culture, trade and investment, science and technology, and tourism, with wide media coverage.