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A Dialogue for the Institut français in Avignon

For its 70th edition, the Avignon Festival is offering a committed program, particularly be welcoming creations from the Near and Middle East, echoed by the Institut français through several events.

Round table discussion (Tuesday, July 12)

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ISTS - 20 Rue du Portail Boquier
 
Olivier Py’s words in the editorial of the Avignon Festival’s 2016 edition rhyme with the Institut français’ commitment with regard to artists and cultural actors abroad, particularly in today’s Arab world. In hardly hit civil societies, filled with questions as to their heritage and future, cultural practices and sharing, to which they are committed, are vital.
 
This year, the Institut français wished to invite partners from the Maghreb, Near and Middle East who share a common will, that of actively endeavoring to transform the cultural landscape around them. Their inventive nature and artistic high level of standards play a role in opening up new opportunities for a dialogue, creation and resistance. Between testimonial and commitment, memory and project, exchange and expression, what meaning can art give to such an obligation to culture?
 
With:
  • Omar Abi Azar, Artistic Director of Collectif Zoukak and INTER_FEST in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Syhem Belkhodja, Director of the Ness El Fen Association/initiator of the Artistes100 frontières Association and the El Fabrica project (Tunisia)
  • Ahmed El Attar, Director of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo (Egypt)
  • Sanae El Kamouni-Lakmaïs, Director of Scènes du Maroc in Tangiers (Morocco)
  • Afif Riahi, Director of the Echos Electrik Association and the E-Fest festival (Tunisia) 
Discover the collaborative effort of Aurélien Bory and the Groupe Acrobatique de Tangier, a Scènes du Maroc project.
 
 
 

France, Guest Country at the Frankfurt International Book Fair (Tuesday, July 12)

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at ISTS - 20 Rue du Portail Boquier
 
France will be the guest of honor of the Frankfurt International Book Fair in October 2017. The event’s major themes (French language, innovation, youth and Franco-German relations), in the presence of Paul de Sinety, General Curator, and Louis Presset, General Coordinator, will be followed by an exchange with French and German professionals on their possible projects in Germany, at the Frankfurt International Fair throughout the year 2017.
 
 
 

Presentation of the 2016-2017 CircleS projects (Thursday, July 14)

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ISTS - 20 Rue du Portail Boquier 
 
Within the scope of CircleS, the Institut français’ program to boost international production involves organizing projects to be presented selected for the 2016-2017 period and destined for foreign programmers. The next creations by Caroline Guiela NGuyen, Dorothée Munyaneza, Blandine Savetier, Vincent Macaigne, Fanny de Chaillé and Radhouane El Meddeb will be presented by the artists themselves.
 
 
 

Reading session (Friday, July 15)

 
11:30 - Jardin de la rue de Mons
 
Reading session for Tais-toi et Creuse by Hala Moughanie, RFI Theater Prize in 2015 (LEBANON) within the scope of a series entitled ‘‘Ça va, ça va le Monde’’, organized by RFI. The aim of the ‘‘RFI Theater Prize’’ is to promote the riches of contemporary French-language drama writing in the South and foster the career development of young authors writing in French. The Institut français, a partner of the RFI Theater Prize since its creation, offers the winner each year professional support by way of a financial endowment and by organizing a residency in France. Furthermore, it supports the winner of the RFI Prize by distributing his or her texts and work abroad.
Within the scope of its Creation in Africa and the Caribbean program, and in partnership with Le Tarmac, the Institut français above all organized a major African Tour, in May and June 2016 for ‘‘Au nom du père, du fils et de JM Weston’’ along with a round table discussion on the author, Julien Mabiala Bissila, distinguished with the RFI Theater Prize in 2014.
 
As it was the case in 2015, the RFI Theater Prize, the third edition, in 2016, will be held in Limoges within the scope of the Les Francophonies Festival in the Limousin Region, from September 21 to October 1, 2016.
 
 
 

2016 CultureLab in Avignon (July 18-24)

 
CultureLab’s aim is to provide young, foreign “francophiles” and those learning the French language with trips enabling them, while reinforcing their language level, to exchange with professionals in the realm of culture, at the time of major French festivals. Dedicated to being open to culture and encounters, Culturelab in Avignon offers 48 participants from 17 countries, directed by the French Cultural Network Abroad, an opportunity to cultivate their experience as spectators by enabling them to express their taste and sensitivity with regard to shows and group practices, by questioning the group on the role of artistic creation in France and in the world.
 
The participants of Culturelab Avignon will come from a host of horizons: Algeria, China, Comoro Islands, South Korea, USA, Greece, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Morocco, Montenegro, Turkey and Ukraine.