Lockdown Calling – Winner

Thanks to all the participants of our photography contest #LockdownCalling.

After days of discussion, our jury finally elected a winner !

Who stole our hearts and brought some French vibe to the lockdown ?

Congratulation to our dear student Heather M C Dixon for winning the #LockdownCalling photography contest.

We had many great application during this contest, full of creativity and Frenchness. A huge thanks to all the students who gave us some of their lockdown time.

Lockdown Calling – Photography contest

Lockdown Calling, photography contest

For Alliance Française’s Student

Take a photo that shows how you are spending your time during the lockdown, how you are living the French atmosphere far from the Alliance Française. Whether it’s a photo of you cooking or learning French, get creative and take us on a virtual trip from home to France.

Competition Rules:

  • The competition is open until 1st of May.
  • You can share up to 3 photos maximum.
  • Send your photos to culture@jhb.alliance.org.za with your name and surname, with a small description of each photo and your social media information (@Instagram name, @facebook name).
  • Photos need to be in JPEG format.
  • The winner will be selected by a jury made up of staff of the Alliance Française of Johannesburg. The winning photo will be published on our Social Media with the name of the winner.
  • By participating, you allow the Alliance Française of Johannesburg to use your pictures for internal and external communication purposes.

What’s the prize?

The prize is your next session of French Course (excluding books) for free.

Offer reserved to students currently enrolled at the AF.

Course is to be taken during weekdays (twice two hours) and is not transferrable.

FAQ – Covid 19

You will find below frequently asked questions about the closing of Alliance Française due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Please note this page will be regularly updated.

  • When do you think the classes are going to start again?

Regarding the situation we are faced with, there is a lot of uncertainty, it is impossible to give exact dates. However, we will inform you with reasonable notice when courses can resume on our premises.

  • Am I going to lose my remaining hours?

Please note classes are not cancelled but postponed which means that no hours will be lost.

  • What’s happening with my course?

As mentioned before, classes are not cancelled but postponed. We are actively working on alternative online solutions, you will soon be able to resume your classes online if you wish to.

  • And If I don’t wish/can’t to go online?

As announced, your credit of hours will be preserved, you will be invited to re-join your current group again when the classes reopen.

  • How can I keep in touch with Francophone culture?

Alliance Française of Johannesburg will soon launch a virtual cultural program. Follow us on social networks for more information.

  • Is Dibuka or the Alliance Française open to the public?

For safety reason, all our premises will be closed to public as of 18 March. Update on public access will be posted online.

“Les Misérables” from Ladj Ly


LES MISÉRABLES, the official French submission for the 92nd Academy Awards received the coveted Academy Award nomination for Best International Feature Film it was announced in Los Angeles earlier today.  The film which was acquired for distribution in South Africa by Videovision Entertainment, is the debut feature film by director Ladj Ly who co-wrote the screenplay with Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti.  It is produced by Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barall and stars Damien Bonnard, Djibril Zonga, Alexis Manenti and Almamy Kanouté.  

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