IFAS Cultural news and events

03 December 2021

IFAS Cultural News and Events 


Meet our True Fashion – Try On Green Mentees

A program supported by the Franco-German Cultural Fund. 

Our collaboration with the Goethe-Institut South Africa to support aspiring fashion designers about sustainable fashion through the True Fashion – Try On Green mentorship program was a resounding success.

The five mentees: Burton Miles, Khumo Morejele, Xola Makoba, Zaza Hlalethwa and Zovuyo Mputa were chosen to work closely with experts from South Africa, France and Germany, who taught them valuable information on the fundamentals of sustainable fashion. Three of our mentors, Akomolafe, Mdingi and Pham led workshops in Johannesburg with artist Lulama Wolf. We continued these dialogues in Cape Town with Emilie Gambade (Daily Maverick), Jackie May (Twyg), Sindiso Khumalo (joint LVMH Prize winner 2020) and Erica De Greef (Co-Director at The African Fashion Research Institute- AFRI).

Join us over the next few weeks as we profile each of the sustainable designers and their work on our social media pages.

In the meantime, you are invited to meet the mentees and see what they got up to during the workshop in this video: youtu.be/5VkjRipxDw4

Photographer: @LukeAloisHouba
Models: Sarah & Alonzo (@20ManagementModels agency)
Makeup artist: @IngaAmberHewett
Score: Albany Lore
DOP: Robin Taylor
Assistants: Alex Zonomessis and Keenan Brown

Regional Blue Cinema Week 

From December 6 to December 10, all over the Indian Ocean, French cultural agencies and French embassies involved in the FSPI Indian Ocean Blue Year (2021-2022) will organize film and documentary screenings about the oceans, for the general public. 

A week to learn and discuss the role of our oceans and their importance in the daily of millions of citizens. Exceptional images shot under the ocean surface will captivate the public and open debate.

Screenings will be organized by French operators in 9 territories namely Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion Island, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania.

In South Africa, the screenings are scheduled as follows: 

08 December, 10 am – French primary school 

Class of CM1-CM2 (10 + 12 pupils): Screening of Planet Ocean by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and discussion facilitated by Gratien Ban, Director.

Contact: Gratien BAN, Director and teacher (CM 1/CM2) – Primary school/Pretoria Campus; directionprimaire.pretoria.ljv@aefe.fr / +27 (0)68 024 75 88.

09 December, 18h00 – Alliance Française – Port Elizabeth
Screening of the documentary Planet Ocean, followed by a discussion/debate moderated by Dr Lorien Pichegru, Acting director of the Coastal and Marine Research Institute – speakers to be confirmed.

The event will be the launch of a cycle of screening, for the general public and for schools. The Alliance Française Port Elizabeth is planning to organize at least 8 events from December 2021 to June 2022 (subject to confirmation depending on the COVID-19 situation).

Contact: Guillaume FAVIER NIRERE, Director of the AF Port Elizabeth; director@pe.alliance.org.za / (+27) and Coralie GAMPER, communication; courses@pe.alliance.org.za.

06 – 10 December – Iziko Museums / French Consulate – Cape TownIn collaboration with the Iziko Museums, the French consulate in Cape Town is organizing screenings and talks, for schools, at the Iziko Planetarium. The 8 events will be held from December 6 to 10, with the participation of the Iziko Museums teams and experts. Each session will bring together 40 pupils (+ 10 seats open to the general public).

06 December, 10h00: Screening of Hello World. Welcome by Ms Rooksana Omar (Iziko Museums CEO) and speech by the French Consulate General Laurent Albert.
Public : Cape Town French School.

06 December, 14h00: Screening of Planet Ocean. Welcome by Lucky Sithole from Iziko Museums.
Public : South Peninsula High School and Zwaanswyk High School.

07 December, 18h00 – Alliance Française – Cape Town: Screening of Planet Ocean by Yann Arthus-Bertrand at the AF.

08 December,morning – Pupils of the French School in Cape Town will attend classes at the Two Oceans Aquarium in partnership with the Two Oceans Aquarium foundation. 

08 December, 10h00: Screening of Out of Plastics and panel discussion. Welcome by Dr Melissa Boonzaaier-Davids from Iziko Museums, introduction to the Marine Science school’s program by Dr Mariette Wheeler from PHA.
Public : Protea Heights Academy.

08 December, 14h00: Screening of Out of Plastics. Welcome by Lucky Sithole from Iziko Museums. Screening followed by a visit of the museum.
Public : Emithini Primary school and South Peninsula High.

10 December, 08h30: Pupils of the French School in Cape Town will take part in a beach cleanup operation.

10 December, 11h00: Pupils of the French School in Cape Town will attend the screening of Planet Oceans.

10 December, 10h00: Screening of Rise from the Cape Flat followed by a talk by Mr Shamier Magmoet + screening of Hello World. Welcome by Dr Melissa Boonzaaier-Davids from Iziko Museums.

10 December, 14h00:Screening of Rise from the Cape Flat followed by a talk by Mr Shamier Magmoet + screening of Out of Plastics. Welcome by Lucky Sithole from Iziko Museums. Screening followed by a visit of the museum.
Public: Helderberg Ocean Awareness Movement (HOAM).

Contact: Paul Cavalier, Cooperation attaché in Cape Town, paul.cavalier@diplomatie.gouv.fr

IMPORTANT: Due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, several screening events planned during the week are being postponed or downsized (e.g. no external speaker). All COVID-19 and social distancing protocols will be strictly observed.


IFAS Research has produced a series of 9 podcasts, in which researchers and experts discuss how music, politics and freedom of speech have been closely intertwined on the African continent in the 20thcentury.

In addition to the podcast, they collaborated with the Institut français (Paris) and the French Embassy in South Africa to present the Hidden Years Music Archive Project, which is hosted by the Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation (Faculty of Art and Social Sciences, Stellenbosch University).

This documentary is part of a project initiated and supported by the Institut français (Paris), the French Institute of South Africa and IFAS-Research, called “Sounds of Southern Africa”.Podcast series: http://www.ifas.org.za/research/2021/sounds-of-southern-africa/
Hidden Years video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPZYycsak5g

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About the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS): Over the 20 past years, IFAS has worked with multiple public and private partners in South Africa and in more than 30 African countries, prioritising the development of skills and ecosystems for innovation in the cultural and creative industries sector. With each project, IFAS develops unique collaborations with the shared goal of making the exchanges between the countries within creative industries more rewarding, complementary, dynamic, innovative, creative and ambitious. The Institute facilitates and implements these collaborations with key players of the French creative industries in training, innovation, business development and public policies to design programmes with a win-win approach.

About the Goethe-Institut South Africa: The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. Its mandate is to promote the study of German abroad and to encourage international cultural exchange. Today it is represented in 98 countries and has some 3,300 employees. It contributes widely to the promotion of artists, ideas and works. Supporting the local cultural scenes and strengthening pan-African dialogue through the arts are part of its mission on the African continent, where it operates 20 institutes in Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Cairo, Casablanca, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kigali, Lagos, Lomé, Luanda, Nairobi, Ouagadougou, Rabat, Tunis, Windhoek and Yaoundé, as well as 2 liaison offices in Algiers and Kinshasa. Visit www.goethe.de/ins/za/en