French Institute of South Africa [fr]
The French Institute of South Africa
IFAS-Culture, IFAS-Research & Dibuka
The French Institute of South Africa
Food-for-thought provider “à la française”, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) was established in the Newtown Cultural Precinct in 1995. After 16 years in Newtown, IFAS moved to the up and coming area of Braamfontein in November 2011. Since its creation, the organisation which consists of IFAS-Culture, IFAS-Research and Dibuka, has been a key player on the Johannesburg and Southern African artistic, cultural, academic and literary scenes.
IFAS was involved in the implementation of the bilateral exchange programme “France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013” alongside the Institut français, the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the National Arts Council and the South African Tourism among others.
IFAS-Culture is the cultural section of the French Embassy in South Africa and supports artistic events in various domains, throughout the year and around the country. Highly demanding in offering quality creations while favouring the exchange of ideas between communities, IFAS-Culture strives to introduce French and Francophone artists in South Africa, to promote South African artists on the international artistic scene and to support artistic residencies leading to original creations.
IFAS-Culture supports artistic events ranging from dance, theatre, puppetry and fashion shows to music, gastronomy, design and architecture, art exhibitions, cinema and literature. As a promoter of French language and Francophone cultures, IFAS-Culture works in close collaboration with the network of Alliances Françaises in South Africa. Over the years, the organisation has established an important network of strong partnerships with various festivals, universities, artists, museums and galleries, as well as government institutions, businesses and the creative industries.
IFAS-Research has been founded to answer France’s wish to take part in the construction of the new South Africa, by developing research in the Human and Social Sciences. Its regional mandate over Southern Africa brings IFAS-Research to develop transversal projects on the countries of the region as well as continental programmes.
Its mission is to promote the creation of transnational research teams through annual calls for proposals. IFAS-Research supports around 80 researchers every year coming from the most prestigious French and European centres on Southern Africa, hosts French students and researchers during their field trips in Southern Africa and assists Southern African researchers doing research work in Europe.
Since its inception, the Institute has emphasized the reconstruction of space and identities in post-apartheid South Africa, and the observation of social and political change indicators by favouring an interdisciplinary approach. Past programmes have for example focused on governance in Sub-Saharan African cities, democratic transformation in developing countries and land redistribution in constitutional, liberation and post-liberation regimes in Southern Africa.
Recently, new programmes in Archaeology and History of Southern Africa have been launched.
Dibuka is an information centre and multimedia library promoting French as well as Francophone language and culture.
Dibuka offers almost 20 000 documents in French including books, children’s books, comic books, graphic novels, CDs, DVDs, French magazines as well as French language teaching and learning aids from the learner’s library, where all the material is presented according to proficiency levels (A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1).
In addition to Internet access, Dibuka also offers two specialised areas: the Indian Ocean collection and WAOWH!, a collection of French contemporary novels translated into English.
Dibuka Alliance Française of Johannesburg
17 Lower Park Drive, Cnr Kerry Road, Parkview
Tel.: +27 (0)11 646 1115 | Fax: +27 (0)11 646 1128