Launch of the 2013 South African Season in France (April 17, 2013)
Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, and Aurélie Filippetti, French Minister of Culture and Communication, at a press conference today announced the launch of the South African Season in France.
After a French Season in South Africa which featured more than 100 events throughout South Africa from July to November 2012, the South African Season in France tooke place from May to December 2013 in more than 100 cities throughout France and in the Reunion Island.
A Season that will unfold on an exceptional scale in the whole of France
This Season provided the French public with an unprecedented opportunity to discover the dynamism of the culture and contemporary society of this emerging power which is a BRICS and G20 member country, through:
40 artists’ residencies
150 South African wines to sample
250 dance and theatre shows
800 artists, researchers and other participants
Official opening week
From 27 May to 2 June, the official opening week launched the Season by, in particular, illuminating the Eiffel Tower with the colours of the South African flag. A Robyn Orlin show was also featured at the National Chaillot Theatre (by invitation) and in Ris-Orangis, as well as an exhibition at the Paris City Hall from 30 May to 6 July to pay an original tribute to Nelson Mandela who was recently made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Paris.
A wide-ranging and multidisciplinary programme
Highly prestigious festivals and institutions, as well as more modest structures strongly highlighted that great country’s contemporary creation in all its diversity, including: the performing arts, the visual arts, literature, music and cinema, as well as gastronomy, tourism and sport.
Nelson Mandela International Day
The Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated worldwide each year on 18 July. This initiative started in 2008 on the occasion of his 90th birthday. As Nelson Mandela has devoted 67 years of his life in the service of justice, on that day he called on each and every one of us to devote 67 minutes of our time to a selfless action in the service of the community. This call was relayed by the United Nations in November 2009 in a resolution that officially designated 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day (A/RES/64/13).
The Season gave this Day national coverage by inviting all French people to participate in it.