Following a Stendhal mission, Liliana Lazar publishes Carpates

In January, Romanian writer Liliana Lazar, who has been based in the South of France since the 90s, published her third novel, Carpates, in immersed in a ruthless religious context. This publication follows the support of the Institut français' Stendhal programme, which has now been replaced by the...

Updated on 29/01/2024

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Adama Diop

A prolific actor, he has already worked with the greatest contemporary directors. Adama Diop cultivates the image of a versatile and unclassifiable actor. 

Updated on 17/01/2024

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  • Cinema
  • Theatre

Éric Faye

Journalist and writer Éric Faye has been writing novels, essays and short stories for almost 30 years. With finely-crafted and elegant writing, he pays particular attention to Asia by portraying, with a hint of fantasy, characters beset by everyday difficulties.

Updated on 17/01/2024

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Didacienne Nibagwire, Rwandan cultural entrepreneur

As a producer, actress and casting director, Didacienne Nibagwire wears many hats to support strong projects to which she commits herself with passion and tenacity. Co-founder and director of L'Espace, a recently-launched cultural exchange centre in Kigali, Rwanda, she is currently working on the...

Updated on 11/01/2024

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  • Cinema
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Sylvia Gathoni (aka Queen Arrow), icon of the African esports scene

Kenyan Tekken player Sylvia Gathoni (aka Queen Arrow) has become an icon of the African and global esports scenes. SAGES (Services for Africa Gaming and Esports), in close partnership with the Institut français, hosted the Swahili Esports Champions at the Nairobi Comic Convention (NAICCON) on 18 and...

Updated on 20/12/2023

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  • Digital creation

Former Villa Kujoyama resident Sébastien Desplat publishes Moku Hanga

A Villa Kujoyama resident in 2022, editor and engraver Sébastien Desplat studies the ancient techniques of wood printing, as well as contemporary printing. With a desire to pass on this know-how, he devotes his work to researching the printed image, while trying to develop a directory of techniques...

Updated on 13/12/2023

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  • Arts & Crafts

Beatrice Alemagna, Grande Ourse 2023 at the SLPJ in Seine-Saint-Denis

Recipient of the Grande Ourse Prize at the 34th Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse en Seine-Saint-Denis (SLPJ), Beatrice Alemagna has illustrated around thirty books published and translated in several languages. Through each book in turn, she has created a poetic universe of her own using...

Updated on 08/12/2023

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Thomas Garnier : "Taotie" exhibition for Novembre Numérique

Thomas Garnier creates installations that play on our perception of architectural spaces and the fantasies that surround them. His work Taotie, in which he explores the theme of Phantasmagoria, is being exhibited this year, during the Beta festival in Dublin, as part of Novembre Numérique, the...

Published on 14/11/2023

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The Institut français is supporting Abdelkader Benchamma's first solo exhibition

Abdelkader Benchamma has become one of the leading talents in contemporary drawing, having invented a practice somewhere between graphic design, design and comics. He sees his work as a form of writing, in which he uses both felt-tip gouache and ink. In works that resemble hectic stagings and visual...

Published on 06/11/2023

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  • Visual arts

Gilles Alvarez, director of the Némo Biennial

In 1997, Gilles Alvarez founded the Némo festival, which quickly established itself as one of the major events for digital art in France. Némo became the Biennial of Digital Arts in 2015, and the 2023 edition, with the theme Je est un autre, is taking place in over twenty venues in the Paris region...

Published on 30/10/2023

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  • Digital creation