• Welcome to the website of the French Institute of South Africa!

  • Bienvenue sur le site de l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud !

France celebrates South African Writers

 A significant number of South African authors will be boarding planes later this week to participate in Etonnants Voyageurs, the biggest literary festival in France.
Some of you may remember the exciting partnership we forged with the French Festival in 2012, which saw 10 French speaking authors join us for Open Book last year…we are delighted that the partnership continues and that they will be welcoming the same number  of South Africans at their festival!

Authors who will be travelling are : Mark Behr, Kevin Bloom, André Brink, Damon Galgut, Michiel Heyns, Kopano Matlwa, Deon Meyer, Niq Mhlongo, Kgebetli Moele and Mike Nicol.

We are expecting the 3 day festival to do much to raise awareness about the talented writing happening in South Africa!

Programme and information

If you would like further details about the trip or Open Book 2013, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from Open Book Cape Town).

This event is part of the French &South African seasons 2012-2013 and is supported by l'Institut Français and the National Arts Council of South Africa

Books - Events & News

  • DIBUKALOGO
    Events and News

    Dibuka library - the French information center of Johannesburg

    Dibuka is a multi-media library focussing on France and contemporary francophone culture, the result of a partnership between the French Embassy in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance française of Johannesburg.The library offers to the general public almost 20 000… Read more
  • open book banner
    Events and News

    Open Book Festival Cape Town | 6-10 Sept

    Open Book Festival at The Fugard Theatre is an annual literary festival, the first of which happened in 2011. The hubs will once again be the Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and much-loved indie bookshop, The Book Lounge. The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), the… Read more
  • 2016-book-exhibitions
    Events and News

    Book exhibitions at Dibuka - 14-28 October

    Celebrating 50 years of the famous French publishing house of children's literature, L'école des loisirs, we are showing two concurrent book exhibitions: La fabrication d'un livre and Nos héros préférés. La fabrication d'un livre shows the full creation and printing chain for a book through a… Read more

Frenchlinks.sa.logo

According to your personal taste and interests, Frenchlinks helps you get in touch with the French speaking community and agencies in South Africa and Lesotho. Learn more...

I'm a writer of the world

Patrick Chamoiseau with Nadine Gordimer during the French Season in South Africa

See video