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The 2019 cultural programme is out!

The 2019 cultural programme is out! Following our media launch, our 2019 cultural programme is out! Discover our exciting highlights and much more. TERRITORIES OF MIGRATION: Cities such as Johannesburg emerged from massive transfers of populations in the late…

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Celebrating the French Touch at the Cape Town…

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is proud to announce its participation in this year's Cape Town International Animation Festival, which is to be held from 8 to 10 March at The River Club in Observatory, Cape Town. The festival promotes…



Dibuka Library Festival

Not your ordinary book festival! 1 – 29 September 2018 Spring is coming! And with it, the Dibuka Library Festival, a new kind of book festival to celebrate Dibuka's new revamping and its 15th birthday. Dibuka Library Festival will run from the 1st to the 29th…

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Programme des assistants internationaux en France

La campagne de recrutement d’assistants d’anglais en France pour l’année scolaire 2019-2020 est désormais ouverte jusqu’au 20 janvier 2019. Introduction : Un maximum de 50 postes d’assistants d’anglais en France métropolitaine et les Collectivités d’Outre-mer…


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    Caractéristiques : Durée : stage conventionné de 6 mois, à partir de juin 2019 Gratification horaire : Gratification horaire : 3,75 €, soit environ 550 € par mois (prévoir complément personnel de 400 €)Missions : appui au pôle culture de l'IFAS et à…
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    L'Atelier Competition 2019: Registration now open until 31 May

    L'Atelier Competition 2018: registration now open! ENTER HERE ABOUT The Absa L'Atelier art competition is one of Africa's most prestigious art competitions, and 2019 sees the 34th iteration of the competition. The Absa L'Atelier art competition rewards young…
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    Ubuhle Bendalo - An Urban Art Residency

    UBUHLE BENDALO - AN URBAN ART RESIDENCY The French Institute of South Africa is proud to announce the first edition of Ubuhle Bendalo, an urban art residency devoted to street art in all its forms, curated by Breeze Yoko. Street artists Sitou Matthia and…
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    Feminism at work:Crafting feminist ideals in and beyond the creative sector ABOUT THE NIGHT OF IDEAS The Night of Ideas is global initiative from the French Institute in Paris that will bring a diverse group of voices together to discuss the theme "Facing Our…
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    MyFrenchFilmFestival.com - 9th edition

    MyFrenchFilmFestival 9th edition18 January – 18 February 2019 All of you French film lovers out there, the wait is finally over! MyFrenchFilmFestival, the world's first online French film festival, is back from 18 January to 18 February 2019. For a whole…

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Feminism at work:
Crafting feminist ideals in and beyond the creative sector





The Night of Ideas is global initiative from the French Institute in Paris that will bring a diverse group of voices together to discuss the theme "Facing Our Time". The event will be held on January 31st 2019 in cities across the world, including Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Dakar, Brussels and Kathmandu. More than 170 debates will be organised in over 65 countries on the same night.



From the recent #MeToo movement to long-term local women's rights campaigns in South Africa, many critical conversations about women, feminism and the state of equality have been held over the past year. South Africa's Constitution protects the equal rights of all, and includes statutory and policy architecture for gender empowerment and equality. But, as in most countries around the world, South African women are still fighting for equality in all spaces.

During this Night of Ideas, we will focus on the topic of feminism at work and more specifically in the creative world, through the experience of three women working in the creative sector. Our three panellists will discuss how being a woman has impacted their careers, and will share their understandings of feminism. They will talk about their own career path and struggles, and the role of women in nourishing their work, in areas ranging from arts to film to gastronomy.

• How can we, women and men, help each other succeed?
• Is being a woman in the creative sector a strength or a weakness?
• How have our panellists lived and perceived their feminist and/or feminine values throughout their careers?

Join us for a debate to discuss these questions and more.



Danielle Bowler
Managing Editor for ELLE South Africa

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Danielle Bowler is the Managing Editor of ELLE Magazine. Based in Johannesburg, she writes on the intersections of feminism, popular culture, art, race and gender and has bylines in Mail & Guardian, Eyewitness News, Cosmopolitan, Africa is a Country and Superbalist, among other publications. Danielle is a Mandela Rhodes scholar and 2017 YALI fellow, and has an essay in 'Feminism Is', a new collection of writing by South African feminists.



Nandipha Mntambo

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Nandipha Mntambo was born in Mbabane, Swaziland.
Her work addresses ongoing debates around traditional gender roles, body politics, and identity. She works in photography, sculpture, video, and mixed media to explore the liminal boundaries between human and animal, femininity and masculinity, attraction and repulsion, life and death.
She has been shortlisted for the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize in Canada (2014), was a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2013), received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art (2011) and the Wits/BHP Billiton Fellowship (2010).


Fanny Glissant
Documentary producer


Documentary producer for about a decade, Fanny Glissant joined la Compagnie des Phares et Balises (CPB Films) in 2012. She produces history documentaries, some aired in prime time such as Dénoncer sous l'Occupation by Laurent Joly and David Korn-Brzoza, or 39-45: The Children's War by Julien Johan and Michèle Durren (Audience award at the Luchon Festival) She also produces Arts & Culture movies, like Orson Welles, Shadows & Light selected at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival (Cannes Classics category) and Karen Blixen, an African night's dream by Elisabeth Kapnist. At the same time, she writes and directs documentaries: she attended the FEMIS Screenwriting workshop and she received the first prize for best Caribbean documentary scenario (Prix Azur). In 2018, she co-directed the series Slavery Routes.


Jabulile Nadia Newman
Winner Web Creation of DLA #2, director of Ricochet Film and producer


Ricochet Films (Pty) Ltd is a production company that was created in October 2016 by director Jabulile Newman to produce South African films that are focused on authentic storytelling. It is an independent company based in Cape Town and has produced several films looking at the youth and subcultures of South Africa. Its films have screened at several film festivals including 12th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin, shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival, and more. She integrated the DLA incubation programme in 2018 to develop her web-series project The Foxy Five, which follows the lives of five women living in Cape Town.



Date: Thursday 31 January
Opening time: 18:00
Venue: The Project Space at Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg 2094
Safe parking available.

Booking essential as space is limited.
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