Soundwave music week – Free online music festival

⭐Soundwave Music Week is a free online music festival that will take place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July 2020 streamed live on our Facebook and YouTube pages (19h-21h).  (A small surprise might be online on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July).

The Alliance Française de Potchefstroom, in partnership with the North-West University, and in collaboration with Wallonie-Bruxelles International (Belgium), the Alliance Française of Durban and the Deutsch-Französisches Institut (Germany) is creating this music festival to bring us together as a community in support of our local and “Francophone” artists.

We have 8 artists (local and international) who will be performing for free on our Facebook & YouTube pages. Here is the line-up :

Friday 24 July : 
19h10: Linagane (France/Germany)
19h30 : ESINAM (Belgium)
20h00 : 21 Juin le duo (France)
20h30 : Congo Cowboys (Congo / South Africa)

Saturday 25 July :
19h00 : Philomène& (South Africa)
19h30 : INES KHAI (Guadeloupe / Ireland)
20h00 : Cherry Vynil (South Africa)
20h30 : Majozi (South Africa)

The event is FREE, but you can support us by liking and sharing our page/event to make our event a success. You can also make a donation to support our emerging artists affected by this crisis:

We hope to “see” you at our festival.

3D exhibition by Philiswa Lila & the NWU Gallery

SKIN, BONE, FIRE: First Album is a solo exhibition where Philiswa Lila explores different mediums and materials to create her artworks.  Through the use of animal skins, beading, wood, paper, canvas and video, Philiswa says, “I explore the physical, mental and spiritual spaces kept close by personal experiences and stories. I am particularly interested in the notions of meaning, emotions and memories related to humans and animals.”

Click here to view the exhibition in 3D

Who is the artist?

Philiswa Lila is the 2018 ABSA L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award winner. After winning this prestigious award, she completed a residency in the famous Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. She has also been listed as “the artist to watch” by Dr Eshter Mahlangu. 

Born in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Philiswa has completed an Honours degree in Curatorship and is currently busy with a Master’s Degree in Art History. However, she enjoys working across all disciplines of the art industry from creation to installation.

SKIN, BONE, FIRE: First Album opens online on 2 April 2020 at the NWU Gallery.

Cliquer ici pour voir l’exposition en 3D

SKIN, BONE, FIRE: First Album est une exposition d’art dans laquelle l’artiste Philiswa Lila explore différents supports et matériaux pour créer ses oeuvres. à travers l’utilisation de peaux d’animaux, de perles, de bois, de papier, de toile et de support vidéo, Philiswa déclare : “J’explore les espaces physiques, mentaux et spirituels en relation avec les expériences et histoires personnelles. Je suis particulièrement intéressé par les notions de sens, d’émotions et de souvenirs liés aux humains et aux animaux”.

Qui est l’artiste?

Philiswa Lila est la grande lauréate du prix ABSA L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto. Après avoir gagné ce prix prestigieux, elle a été résidente à la très célèbre Cité internationale des Arts de Paris en France. Elle a aussi été cité comme “L’Artiste à suivre” par Dr Esther Mahlangu.

Née à Mthatha dans la région du Cap Oriental, Philiswa Lila est détentrice d’un “Honours degree” (correspond à la 1ère année de Master en Afrique du Sud) en tant que conservatrice de galerie d’art. Elle est actuellement entrain de compléter sa dernière année de Master en Histoire de l’Art.  En effet, elle aime travailler en interdisciplinarité dans ce milieu, passant de la création à l’installation d’oeuvres d’art.

SKIN, BONE, FIRE: First Album ouvre ses portes en ligne le 2 avril 2020 à la galerie NWU

Starlight Picnic & French Film night

Join us for a French Film under the stars !
As part of the My French Film Festival, the Alliance Française Potchefstroom and Fliekniek will be showcasing a French comedy. (With English subtitles).
Friday 7 February 2020
18:30 for 19:00
R40 per person | kids under 5 are free
Corner of Molen and Borcherd street, Potchefstroom.
Bring your blanket and picnic basket and join us !

Tickets can be bought online or via EFT
Remember to email us with your details if you bought via EFT, so that we can send you your ticket. ( | 0829066054)

ABSA Savings account
Alliance Française Potchefstroom
Acc. no: 9305130321
Branch no: 632005
Reference: name and surname

Visit the event on Facebook !

Banele Khoza – Seeking Love – at NWU Main Gallery – 1 Nov 2019

See the event on Facebook: Banele Khoza – Seeking Love

ABSA Atelier winner, Banele Khoza, will be showcasing his “Seeking Love” exhibition at the NWU Main Gallery (E7) from 1 – 29 November 2019.
Join us on 1 November for the Opening and Walkabout:
15:30 – Exhibition opens
16:00 – Walkabout with Banele Khoza

This exhibition is brought to you by ABSA Atelier, the NWU Gallery, The Alliance Française network and Alliance Française Potchefstroom.
Entrance is free
RSVP here: Banele Khoza & Rinus van Niekerk RSVP
Banele Khoza (1994) is a Swazi-born and South African-based visual artist. He first enrolled at the London International School of Fashion in Pretoria, but soon realized his passion was in the Fine Arts realm. Khoza holds a BTech in Fine Arts from Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria.
In 2017 he won the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award and with it a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris with the IFAS Culture. His solo exhibitions include Temporary Feelings at the Pretoria Art Museum (2016); Lonely Nights at Lizamore Gallery (2017), LOVE? at Smith Studio in Cape Town (2018), Seeking Love at Absa Gallery (2019). Khoza also headlined the solo exhibition titled LGBTQI+ Banele Khoza as part of the Curatorial Lab at Zeitz MOCAA (2018). Khoza opened his studio and gallery in Braamfontein; BKhz. Where he offers space to other emerging artists and curators (2018).

This collection of works reflects the complex nature of love, how important it is to acknowledge the hearts’ desires and to also learn self-love – which he wants people to walk away from the exhibition thinking about.

“This exhibition is an open love letter to whoever is
watching or reading my work – also to God/All/The
universe. I am confessing that I am ready, and I am
letting go of the search.» said Khoza about ”Seeking Love”.

Hosted by:
NWU Gallery:
Alliance Française Potchefstroom:

After this opening, we all move to the NWU Botanical Gardens Gallery for Rinus van Niekerk’s Echoes of the “Northwind”