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Bienvenue sur le site de l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud !
The French Institute of South Africa is proud to support the new edition Open Book Festival by inviting authors Franck Meynet, Charlotte Moati & Yassine de Vos and Benjamin Chaud, to participate alongside other international and local writers and illustrators.
The festival presents over one hundred events including panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances and more, designed to inspire, stimulate and entertain audiences. As in previous years, Open Book 2016 includes Poetica (a dedicated programme of poetry and spoken word events), Comics Fest (including the bigger and better weekend Marketplace) and KidZone.
Hippolyte (Franck Meynet) resides in Reunion but was born and raised in the Alps, where he got his interest in comics by reading old American comic books. He studied arts at the École Emile Cohl in Lyon, under Yves Got, Lax and Nicollet. He developed a personal graphic style with "scratch card" techniques that was already evident in his debut comic book Monsieur Paul (Alain Beaulet Editeur, 2002). He gained success with his adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula that was published in two volumes by Vents d'Ouest in 2003 and 2004. He is an avid traveller. His 2008 visit to his father in a Senegalese fisher's village was chronicled in a comic report that mixes photography and drawings, L'Afrique de papa, for the famous Revue XXI. He has continued to do work for XXI, including Les enfants de Kinshasa (about children accused of witchcraft), Bataye Kok (about cockfighting in Reunion) and La Fantaisie des Dieux (about the Rwandan genocide).
L'Articho is a publishing house created and run by Chamo and Yassine. Chamo is an illustrator and bookseller, while Yassine is a comic book artist, graphic designer, DJ and journalist. They share a love for all forms of drawing, including illustration, comics, outsider art, graffiti and contemporary graphic design. They are consumers of all kinds of images from the good to the bad, passing by kitsch as well. Through L'Articho, they edit children's books, magazines and fanzines and organise exhibitions and parties (for adults and children).
Benjamin Chaud was born in Briançon in the Hautes-Alpes and studied drawing and applied arts at the Arts Appliqués in Paris and the Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. He's worked with numerous publishers including Albin Michel and Actes Sud, and his award-winning books have been translated into over twenty languages.
Visit Open Book Cape Town:
Date: 7-11 September 2016
The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge in Cape Town
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