France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013
For several years, France has been engaged in a series of reciprocal Seasons with its key international partners (China, Japan, India, Turkey, Russia and Brazil among others). With South Africa, this was the first time that a sub-Saharan country is involved in the Seasons with France.
The goal of these Seasons was to improve mutual understanding and contribute to the diversification of France’s image in South Africa and South Africa’s image in France by emphasising the modernity and values that the two countries share.
The first part of this journay was the French Season in South Africa which took place in 2012. Six months of festivities, throughout the country, with more than 120 events.
From Grahamstown to Johannesburg, Cape Town to Nelspruit, via Durban, Thohoyandou, Port Elisabeth, Pretoria, Soweto and many more scenic and inspiring places in between, the French Season in South Africa has brought over 120 events to life in arts, culture, education, debate, science, economics and business, sports, tourism, gastronomy.
Ranging in theme and discipline, there have been productions of French plays, exhibitions of classic art, scientific expositions, workshops, university days, film and literary festivals, showcases of the French art de vivre, photographic exhibitions, collaborations between French and South African choreographers and performers, business forums and many other events that have touched on every aspect of the relationship between France and South Africa.
In 2013, the South African Season in France brought some 800 South African performers, scientists, business people and countless others to France to showcase their work to an eager French audience.