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The French Season in South Africa - 2012

The French Season in South Africa was the first part of an ambitious joint programme designed by France and South Africa to further strengthen and extend our already flourishing relationship.
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, science, economics and business, sports, tourism, gastronomy...

Ranging in theme and discipline, there have been productions of French plays, art and science exhibitions, 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.

From the opening of the Season at the Standard Bank gallery with the “20th Century Masters Exhibition” of renowned French artworks from Picasso, Matisse and many others showcased in South Africa for the first time to the innovative “Home movie factory”, a groundbreaking event and the brainchild of French Director Michel Gondry, the Season has enticed and captivated the public.

With events to capture every interest, from literature at the French Literary Festival “Étonnants Voyageurs” sailed all the way towards Cape Town, through theatre with a South African adaptation of the classic French play, “The Miser”, to dance with the “Danse l’Afrique Danse”, an African biennial hosted in South Africa for the first time, gathering forty-two dance companies from fifteen different countries. There were scientific exhibitions, “Reacting to Chemistry” at Sci-Bono and one on Prehistory at the Origins Centre at Wits University. There was even a chance to experience the French art of living with the “Plaisirs de France” campaign.
Finally, the entire Season has been brought to a spectacular finale with the Angels’ Place in Durban, a magical show choreographed by world renowned acrobats.

Above all, these events were crafted with the express goal of entrenching our people to people relations in a way that would break down our clichéd views of one-another. South Africa and France have been brought closer and looking back over the Season highlights, it is possible to pick out a favourite for every taste, a memory for everyone.


> Over 100 000 people attended the different events
> 20 000 visitors to the 20th Century Masters Opening Exhibtion at the Standard Bank Gallery
> the French Days at South African Universities were attended by 3 500 students


The French Season in South Africa 2012 - brochure (click to open)





The French Season in South Africa 2012 - Partners 





More information on the South Africa-France Seasons 2012-2013

Presentation : The South Africa-France Seasons 2012 – 2013 [en]

Launch of the South African Season in France 2013 [en]

The French Ambassador speech at the opening [en]

The Highlights of the South African Season [en]

South Africa-France Seasons 2012 & 2013 FAQs [en]

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The France - South Africa Seasons website: http://france-southafrica.com [fr]

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