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The Institut français, partner of 2016 Africa Encounters

2016 Africa ‘‘Rencontres’’, the largest economic event organized in France on Africa, will attract more than 800 partners to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of France, in Paris on September 22-23.
Endowed with expertise in cultural affairs related to Africa, the Institut français is a partner of the 2016 Africa Encounters. With a unique film fund that makes up the 1600 titles of the Africa Cinémathèque (Film Library), and organizer of a host of cultural events highlighting African talent (Equation Musique, l’Afrique est à la Mode, les Rencontres de Bamako, Danse l’Afrique Danse, etc.), at this event, the Institut français will be offering musical content, images and a photograph exhibit.
To enhance the importance of the cultural sector, the Institut français has organized a round table discussion on September 23, entitled "Cultural and Creative Industries, what are the stakes for Africa?’’ (Conseil économique, social et environnemental, at 3:30 p.m.).
This discussion will firstly cover, along with major partners from music, cinema, audiovisual and fashion sectors, the stakes involved in the cultural and creative industries in terms of creating jobs, a means for giving youth an identity, a ferment for peacemaking, and copyrights, in the accelerated context of the digital economy.
The 2016 Africa Encounters have been organized under the joint and high patronage of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the French Ministry of the Economy, Digital Industry, in collaboration with AfricaFrance.
The Africa Cinémathèque of the Institut français makes a catalog of over 1,600 films including 700 royalty-free films for non-commercial distribution, available to professionals and programmers both in France and abroad. Set up in 1961, it houses one of the largest African film collections from the 60’s up until today.
Creation in Africa and the Caribbean assists artists and cultural agents from both of these regions with regard to development within their region and abroad. Set up in 1991, this program of the Institut français has helped reveal a host of talent, thus helping to professionalize agents and festivals that today a decisive role in the circulation of artists and works, alongside the French Cultural Network Abroad.