Ambassador Farnaud awards Gregory Maqoma and Georgina Thomson
The ceremony was attended by friends and family of both Ms Thomson and Mr Maqoma as well as friends of the Embassy of France. Among the guests were South African fashion designer David Tlale and radio personality Azania Mosaka.
- Ambassador Christophe Farnaud with Gregory Maqoma and Georgina Thomson at the French Residence in Pretoria.
Officier de Arts et des Lettres: Ms Thomson is the renowned artistic director of the famous annual Dance Umbrella Festival in Johannesburg.
Ambassador Farnaud: “By promoting the cultural exchange in performing arts through the Dance Umbrella Festival over the past 20 years, you are an exceptional example of determination and commitment”.
Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres: Mr Maqoma, an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher and director, was the head choreographer for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert held in Soweto. He also founded the Vuyani Dance Theatre.
Ambassador Farnaud: “You are an outstanding and unstoppable artist, who did not let barriers or scars of the apartheid government determine your fate”.
The Order of Arts and Letters is a French order established in 1957 and awarded by the French ministry of Culture in recognition of significant contributions to the enrichment of the arts and literature in France and abroad.
There are three degrees: knight, officer and commander.
South African citizens who have been awarded the order: Johnny Clegg (1991), William Kentridge (2013) and Ramadan Suleman (2014).