2012/2013 : Cross-Seasons France-South Africa

The goal of these Seasons is to improve mutual understanding and contribute to the diversification of France's image in South Africa and South Africa's image in France by emphasizing the modernity and values that the two countries share.

The French Season in South Africa is:

  • a festive period : a wide range of over 70 different projects, performances and initiatives are planned across South Africa. Cultural events will be combined with a wide array of events in other fields: innovation, science and technology, higher education, business, tourism, sport, and language with the involvement of many different actors.
  • an opportunity to reinforce a wide range of existing collaborations and to build a lasting legacy for both nations.

There is so much to look forward to as the French Season in South Africa continues right through until November 2012 in towns and cities across South Africa.
The South African Season in France will take place from May to December next year (2013)

Paul Mashatile, Minister of Culture of the Republic of South Africa © Mike Turner

Sibusiso Xaba, CEO of the Ministry of Arts and Culture, Jacques Lapouge, French Ambassador in South Africa, Paul Mashatile, Minister of Culture of the Republic of South Africa, Dikgang Moopeloa, President of the France-South Africa Season 2012 & 2013 for South Africa, Laurent Clavel, General Commissioner of the France-South Africa Season 2012 & 2013 for France, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, Minister of the Arts, Culture and Sports of KwaZulu-Natal, Bongani Tembe, General Commissioner of the France-South Africa Season 2012 & 2013 for South Africa © Mike Turner

Soon, you will find updates of the projects supported by Mazars in France and in South Africa within the framework of the Season.






  • 12th July - Official season launch event – Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

 Press release: http://france-southafrica.com/massive-france-south-africa-bi-lateral-collaboration-kicks-off/

 Programme of the Season:


  • 14th July – Bastille Day celebrations in Cape Town

The French national day, also known as Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a fortress prison in Paris, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. At the time of its capture, the storming of the prison became a symbol of liberty and of the fight against oppression for all French citizens hence symbolizing the birth of a new era.

This year the French consulate celebrated Bastille Day at the Cape Town Stadium. The public was invited to join the French community for the fireworks followed by the 14th of July party with DJ Didier from the French Connection.


  • 18th July – Mazars’ launch event – Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

As the launch of the Season, Mazars organised a tour of the “20th Century Masters: the human figure” exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery, in Johannesburg, for its clients and partners.

“20th Century Masters: the human figure” (13 July – 15 September 2012) is the flagship exhibition of “The France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013”, a collaborative project involving the French and South African governments. Curated by Sylvie Ramond, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, the exhibition showcases works by French artists have depicted the human body over the past 100 years such as 19th century greats Gustav Courbet, Jean-Francois Millet and Edouard Manet, paintings and drawings by artists associated with Impressionism - Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and August Renoir, works by pioneers of early modernism - Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Félix Vallotton, Victor Brauner and Wilfredo Lam, amongst others, as well as contemporary artists such as Annette Messager and Jan Fabre.


  • From the 1st – 26th August: French Film Festival (in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth


The festival has been co-organised by the French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) and the network of Alliances Françaises in South Africa in partnership with Cinema Nouveau, Ster Kinekor and Unifrance.

The FFF is in response to the request of film fanatics and Francophiles to create a completely different experience to what is currently offered by most cinema complexes. This festival also presents the opportunity to make the South African general public and those who work in the film industry aware of the richness and diversity of French film.

This year, the FFF is offering a programme of 10 films broadcasted over a period of 5 days in each city. The Alliances Françaises in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth welcomed the FFF and adapted their respective programmes to suit the local tastes.


  • 23 to 25 August: Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg


Joy of Jazz marks over a decade of putting South Africa on the international jazz map. The annual fest attracts an audience of 20 000, across 7 venues in Johannesburg's buzzing Newtown Cultural precinct.
 With an international line-up of top artists, and an exciting mix of home-grown talent, Joy of Jazz has contributed to the cultural exchange between artists and many international performers have met their local counterparts and subsequently collaborated on various projects.
 Importantly, Joy of Jazz has also seen a phenomenal growth in the number of developing jazz artists who have been given exposure and a platform on which to perform.
 The staging of the Joy of Jazz in the Newtown Precinct has played an integral part in the regeneration of the inner city, having had significant benefits in helping to shape the future of Johannesburg, and contributing to the city's changing creative and cultural landscape.

Mazars was a co-sponsor of this event, and invited clients to enjoy the music.

Click here to see the video of the event :


  • 26-29 September:  SA Fashion Week in Johannesburg

Mazars’ staff was invited to take part in this major event in the South African fashion area.


  • Opening Night of the Sanlam Investments Food Wine Design Fair 2012, Johannesburg 22 Nov


The FoodWineDesign Fair was launched in 2010 by Artlogic and Sanlam Investment Management. The first of its kind in South Africa, this boutique outdoor market features the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, micro breweries and speciality foods. Top SA chefs also educate and inspire with on-site demonstrations.

The Fair caters to the crossover interests of a discerning lifestyle: eating the best local foods, tasting boutique wines and decorating one’s home with the works of South African designers and artists.


  • 9-10 November: Cape Town World Music Festival


The festival is designed for enthusiastic fans of the genre, as well as hopes to attract a new culturally curious audience. Cape Town experiences 32 acts over 2 days, placed on four unique stages, each showcasing diverse music from across the globe. From traditional and roots music to world dance music and modern world adaptations from all continents, the festival caters to all music lovers.





More information about this exhibition: http://france-southafrica.com/programmation/20th-century-masters-the-human-figure