Ac­tiv­i­ties galore at Al­liance Française

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AL­LIANCE Française has lined up mu­sic, po­etry and film ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin­ning on Satur­day till 29 Septem­ber this year.

Al­liance Française has been pro­mot­ing cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­change in Lesotho since 1981, form­ing part­ner­ships with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and artistes.

The open­ing event for this month will be the cre­ative writ­ing work­shop by Bangladesh-born poet Has­san Ma­sum who is on a mis­sion to fos­ter links be­tween lo­cal and Bangladeshi po­etry.

The po­etry class will be fol­lowed by a writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion which is open to 30 po­ets who are ex­pected to reg­is­ter be­fore the event by email­ing Ma­sum on has­san­ma­sumpo­etry@gmail.com.

A monthly dis­cus­sion fo­rum “Speak Up 4 Lesotho” will be held at the AF Hall on 15 Septem­ber. The fo­rum is aimed at stim­u­lat­ing de­bate on top­i­cal is­sues.

The dis­cus­sion topic will be ‘Arts and Cul­ture Poli­cies - a bless­ing or a curse?’ and it will be held ahead of the Arts and In­no­va­tion Week or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Tourism, En­vi­ron­ment and Cul­ture which has been set for the first week of Oc­to­ber.

The reg­u­lar wine and mu­sic event, In Al­liance Ver­i­tas, will be held on 21 Septem­ber.

The event of­fers pa­trons the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple French wines while en­joy­ing good mu­sic.

This time AF has part­nered with Conservation Mu­sic to raise funds for the lat­ter’s up­com­ing project which is aimed at cre­at­ing mean­ing­ful songs with a tra­di­tional feel.

On 25 Septem­ber, The Alchemy of Words will be staged for stu­dents at Mach­abeng College. This is a multi-me­dia per­for­mance about the life and work of the late French poet Arthur Rim­baud which com­bines an­i­ma­tion, mu­sic and pup­petry.

It pre­miered at the South African Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val in Gra­ham­stown from 29 June to 9 July, 2017 and it is a French-south African col­lab­o­ra­tion which fea­tures the likes of Naomi van Niek­erk, Ar­naud van Vliet and Yoann Pen­colé.

The screen­ing of the short film, Pa­pali– We Dare You, will bring down the cur­tains on 29 Septem­ber at the AF Hall.

The film, by Se­sotho Me­dia & De­vel­op­ment, is about love and re­la­tion­ships among young peo­ple in the era of HIV/AIDS.

BE­HIND the scenes of the film Pa­pali - We Dare You.

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