French Institute events - May 2016
Have a look at the events offered by the French Institute of South Africa and its partners in May!
6-15 May | Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban
The 3rd edition of the European Film Festival (previously organised by IFAS in 2014 and 2015) is hosted by Cinema Nouveau and organised by the Goethe-Institut from the 6th to the 15th of May 2016. 11 European films will be screened during 2 weeks in four cities across the country. The selected French film is Chocolat (Monsieur Chocolat) by Roschdy Zem starring French actor Omar Sy. The European Film Festival is organised by the Goethe Institut, in partnership with the European Union and the French Institute of South Africa, the British Council, the Camões Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Embassy of Belgium and the General Representation of the Government of Flanders as well as the Embassies of Austria, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden. www.eurofilmfest.co.za
7 May | Spier Wine Farm - Stellenbosch
This unique literary project comprises a week-long gathering, in the Western Cape, of internationally acclaimed literary voices, for discussion and debate, reading and writing, translation and travelling. It brings about a vibrant space of creativity, interaction and celebration for the participant ‘band’ of poets, translators, minstrels and musicians. Michel Deguy (philosopher and poet) and Maram Al-Massri (poet and musician) will be guests of honour. www.spierpoetryfestival.co.za
7 May | Durban
Gravité is both an installation and choreography. A body leans on a stretch of smooth water through which light and sound constantly come, revealing, in doing so, the slightest movements on the water. United by these movements, body and water
become one entity; they are fused into one graphic image. As part of his African tour, Fabrice Lambert with his new project Gravité will be performing at the Durban University of Technology. In partnership with the Alliance Française of Durban and DUT. www.experienceharmaat.com
9-13 May | Taj hotel and Alliance Française - Cape Town
This intensive five-day training will host a hundred participants (Alliances Françaises, local educational institutions, French schools) working in the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean regions and will offer 9 training modules, roundtables and cultural activities. The trainings will be delivered by experts in teaching French as a foreign language, or CIEP’s expert’s partners in the fields of French for specific purposes, teaching to children, new technology for education, and management. At the end of the training, a certificate will be issued by the CIEP to all participants. Cultural evenings, meetings with the partners of the publishing world as well as a welcoming ceremony, in the presence of the Ambassador of France in South Africa, the director of CIEP and local partners in the field of the education, will be organized alongside. This will present opportunities for the participants to get acquainted and to develop a network. Brought to you with the support of the Alliance Française of Cape Town.
May | Wellington
Award winning French crime writer Olivier Truc, writer of the international bestseller, Forty Days Without Shadow (Le Dernier Lapon), will be opening a new creative residency in Wellington, created in collaboration with the Breyten Breytenbach Centre and Stellenbosch University.
May - June | Southern Africa
Peter Solo is a singer and composer born in Aného-Glidji, Togo, a major site of the Voodoo culture. With his new band Vaudou Game based in Lyon, France, Peter Solo claims and spreads this spiritual and musical heritage. This is Togolese funk, born in the post-colonial era but that never before explored its ancient roots so deeply and proudly. The band will be touring Southern Africa for the first time this year, including at the Bushfire Festival (Swaziland), the famous Rainbow Club (Durban) and the Fête de la Musique in Joburg and Pretoria. Presented with the support of the Alliance Française in Southern Africa. www.metiola.com/artist/vaudou-game
South African Factory Screenings
12-22 May | Cannes, France
On the 12th of May, 4 short films directed by 8 international talents, including 4 South African directors, will be showcased during the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, as part of the opening of the Directors’ Fortnight (Cannes Film Festival section). These
screenings are the results of The Factory young talents programme, initiated by French producer Dominique Welinski and the Directors’ Fortnight with the support of the French Institute of South Africa. The SA Factory allowed 8 young directors to work in tandem and to create short films shot in South Africa during their residency. www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com
13-15 May | Franschhoek
French crime writer Bernard Minier, French publisher Marie-Caroline Aubert and Quais du Polar Festival co-organizer Frédéric Crouzet will be among the international guests to share their insights in their respective crafts of crime writing, publishing and international literary events. www.flf.co.za
19 May - 5 June | Johannesburg
Through 21 photos from the book “60 Solutions Against Climate Change", this exhibition emphasizes concrete solutions in the fight against climate change and in favour of a sober growth model in carbon. Organized in partnership with Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the GoodPlanet foundation. www.goodplanet.org
23-24 May| Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA), University of Cape Town
In September 2012, the fourth meeting of ‘African Solidarity with Cuba’ took place at the African Union, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where 27 African countries engaged in discussions with a Cuban delegation to cries of ‘Viva Fidel!’ and ‘Cuba estamos contigo!’ This forum looks over the histories, representations and practices that accompanied, transformed or influenced the relations between Cuba and Africa by measuring the scale of the many-sided engagements between Cuba and Africa.
29 May |The Bioscope Independent Cinema - Johannesburg
Bande de filles (Girlhood) will be the second instalment of Le Movie Club’s comedy theme. Directed by Céline Sciamma, Bande de filles tells the story of young French girl Marieme, who lives in a rough neighbourhood on the outskirts of Paris, dealing with
conceptions of race, gender and class, by capturing the stories of black teenagers.