Around one hundred events covering the tourist, economic, scientific, technological, sports and cultural sectors.
From June/July to October/November 2012 for the French Season in South Africa.
From June/July to October/November 2013 for the South African Season in France.
Throughout South Africa and France, and in the main cities in particular (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth etc; Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse etc.).
At the behest of French and South African Commissions run by a French (i.e. the French Institute) and South African (to be determined) agencies, in collaboration with the French network in South Africa (French Embassy, IFAS, network of Alliances Françaises, AFD, Ubifrance and Atout France), the South African network in France (Embassy and SA Tourism) and various partners in each country (government departments, provinces, municipalities, institutions and operators). Season financing is ensured by a public-private partnership. French and South African companies are called upon. A business personality will soon chair a sponsors’ meeting for each country.
French Season in South Africa
Culture and Debating Ideas
Beyond heritage-related projects, the French Season in South Africa will seek to project a new image as far as French culture is concerned, by showing off the diversity and vitality of contemporary artistic creation through a series of encounters, conferences and round tables.
Trade and Investment
The French Season in South Africa will be an opportunity to promote commercial exchange between our two countries: participation in trade shows, Business to Business exchange, delegation of company directors etc.
Science and Technology, Academic Exchanges
Scientific and technological co-operation between our two countries is strong and constant. The French Season will highlight French-South African co-operation and initiate projects in sectors as varied as astronomy, archaeology, chemistry, engineer training, town planning etc.
Environment and Sustainable Development
Environmental and sustainable development issues which represent two of the major challenges in our societies could not be overlooked during the French Season in South Africa. In this regard, the Agence Française de Développement will organise a series of events around the energy sectors and water management as far as the concept of a sustainable city is concerned. An architectural project will look at social housing densification as well as quality and way of life.
Education, Social Responsibility and Legacy
At the request of our South African counterpart, the French Season in South Africa will endeavour to link the projects to educational and skills development activities, with training activities organised in underprivileged areas, master-classes, school competitions, activities with children organised by “Clowns without Borders” on AIDS-related themes etc.
Tourism is a vital sector for our two countries. Atout France will be promoting tourism in relation with certain French regions.
France and South Africa share a common interest for sports, especially for soccer and rugby. Beyond this, sports events for the disabled, in other disciplines such as tennis, canoe-kayak, swimming and athletics will be most welcome.
A pool of funds will be dedicated to promoting the seasons through large scale communication actions with all the media.
Contact in South Africa:
Guy de la Chevalerie
Counsellor for Co-operation and Cultural Action
French Embassy in South Africa
+27 (0)12 425 1711
Contact in France:
Head of the Seasons Office
+33 (0)1 53 69 83 00 | 32 58
General Commissioner for the
French and South African Seasons 2012/2013
+33 (0)1 43 13 11 09
Head of Sponsorship Division
+33 (0)1 53 69 83 00 | 83 76