Cirquons Flex Company showcase new work at DUT’s Courtyard Theatre

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Alliance Française is playing host to a performance by the Cirquons Flex Company in the Durban University of Technology, Courtyard Theatre in Durban at 7 pm on Thursday, September 15. Continue reading

Get ready to test your knowledge at French Friday – World of Sport

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The Alliance Française de Durban is hosting ‘French Friday – World of Sport’ at its base in Sutton Crescent, Morningside, from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm on Friday, July 22.



The evening will start with a general discussion about sports, followed by fun sports quizzes and games to put your knowledge to the test.

You will also get the chance to explore the ten EURO 2016 host cities, and learn more about their history, popular sights, and their EURO 2016 activities. The evening promises to be filled with laughter and good fun! Why not come dressed in the colours of your favourite sports team?

Interact with French speaking people, our teachers and join small conversation groups, making people get to know each other while enjoying themed games !

English or any other language is more than welcome.

Enjoy happy hour cocktails, food from the Fusion French Café and plenty of networking opportunities.

Entry is free and there is safe parking. A cash bar will be available. RSVP to or phone 031 312 9582.


Call for Artists for Francofête

Alliance Francaise are calling on all artists of all backgrounds, professional and emerging artists, to apply and join in the spirit of Francofête – Human Rights Day in Durban on Monday, March 21.

Francofête is a family festival which exudes friendliness, participation and relaxation. Open to all, Francofête celebrates diversity and tolerance through all cultures, generations and communities at the occasion of Human Rights Day and the Francophonie (la francophonie) Week.

Applications close Midnight 21 February 2016. Download the Application Form available on our website:

For more info, contact  Aldé Atchy  on

Enjoy a free celebration of music and culture in Newtown

The annual and uniquely free celebration of music and culture, Fête de La Musique in Newtown, brings musical diversity and showcases a broad mix of music ranging from pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz, traditional and even to brass band music.

The international musical line-up includes the “King of Salegy” from Madagascar, Jaojoby; the French touch of Benjamin Piat (France) and the Reunionese maloya rhythms and sounds of Grèn Sémé (France/Reunion Island).

The local line-up promises to be as diverse and powerful as the international line-up with SA’s favourites established and growing talents: BCUC, The Muffinz, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Coal Train Band, Go Barefoot, Pilani Bubu, Motsatsing and the Rays, The African Ambassadors Brothers, Zetina Mosia, Maria Mombelli and the Belly Buttons, Amandla Freedom Ensemble, and The Meerkat Mob!

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Photographic exhibition in the Durban Botanic Gardens


ALLIANCE Française de Durban and the Durban Botanic Gardens, in collaboration with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), are hosting the international exhibition, Women in Resistance (Femmes en résistance), by French photographer, Pierre-Yves Ginet.
The work, which will be on show in the Sunken Gardens at the Durban Botanic Gardens from June 20, aims to recognise the struggle, contribution and sacrifice of women around the world.
The exhibition is an essay of portraits with bilingual English and French text. It features 25 photo panels of 25 groups of women in 25 countries — from the fight of Congolese women for victims of sexual violence, to the fight of Tibetan nuns in Asia for education, and the fight of Argentinian women against dictatorship.
“Women represent more than half of humanity but many are still today, excluded from their country’s economic, political and social life. They are more vulnerable to poverty, lack of education and wars,” says Ginet.
In his work, the photographer wanted to depart from the stereotypical representation of women as victims. Instead his images give priority to the struggles led by many of them.
“I have always been a traveller and then I started taking pictures as a tourist,” says Ginet. “From 1991, I had a dual role of photo amateur journalist.
“I was a financial analyst at the time and used up unpaid leave, but from 1998, I became 100% committed to being a photojournalist.
“For me, the ultimate journey was Tibet, in 1991. I was shocked by the destruction of the heritage. Under the ubiquitous Chinese army, Tibetans are reduced to begging and there is rampant prostitution.
“The shock was there: it was an encounter with the reality that I did not expect. I went as a tourist and I came back as a journalist.”
Theres is a local, interactive element to this art project on Facebook.
The page Women in Resistance Exhibition, Durban & KZN is open to all and the idea is for participants to go to the exhibition take a selfie in front of the Women in Resistance Exhibition, Durban & KZN backdrop and to upload it to the Facebook page with an inspiring text.
• Women in Resistance/Femmes en Résistance is at the Sunken Garden in the Durban Botanic Gardens, from June 20 to July 10. Admission is free.