This great celebration of digital cultures underlines the commitment of the Institut français and the French cultural network abroad to facilitating the general public’s access to new technologies, to showcasing the strong diversity of French creations, to building long-lasting partnerships with foreign professionals and to enabling international collaborations between artists, professionals and the audience.
While the current sanitary crisis is questioning our relation to digital technologies, on an individual and collective bases, as the number of online events has increased, Novembre Numérique will provide an opportunity to pursue the reflection on the digital challenges during the course of this month.
With numerous events organized in the French cultural network's venues or those of its partners, but also online, Novembre Numérique offers to explore new forms of creation (virtual and augmented reality, video games, new narratives, digital art, music, theater ...) but also to question the impact of digital technology on our societies and take a fresh look at issues such as equality, diversity, inclusion, education, environment, living together ...
Many fields use digital technology to innovate and to open new perspectives. This year again, Novembre Numérique (Digital November) allows everyone to discover the potentialities of digital technology through various disciplines, such as:
Severals programs will explore specific themes, for instance:
An invitation to travel and discover French and foreign heritage through virtual reality. Whether in Bulgaria, Angola or Indonesia, the audience will be able to explore some of our most emblematic monuments in total immersion. Some countries, including Sweden, offer you a dive in pieces of art, such as Monet's Water Lilies or Arnold Böcklin's Island of the Dead. Others will present French heritage through the France eMmotion exhibition, as in Angola or New Zealand.
Space, illustrated through digital creation, will also be a key theme in several programs. In Hong Kong, the Consulate's cultural service is taking the opportunity of the Science Festival celebrated in France to organize a dense and multidisciplinary operation, punctuated by a series of cultural and audiovisual events (VR exhibition, conferences, workshops and screenings) around the theme "Universe". In Greece, Vietnam, Germany and Morocco, the presentation of the exceptional VR documentary "Being an Astronaut" will draw viewers into the universe as if they were together with the infamous French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Focus sur quelques événements
The French Institutes of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have worked together to offer you a series of podcasts, in French and English, on the consequences of technological developments on our world, with digital thinkers.
NewImages Festival has partnered with the Audiovisual Services of the French Embassy in Brazil and the Consulate General of France in Recife to produce VIRTUAL, a series of conversations between France and Brazil with XR professionals.
French cultural networks in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and India are joining forces to present Deconfine, an online digital art festival with French and South Asian artists and curators. The artists have worked with a variety of mediums and tools: video, virtual and augmented reality, performance and AI, etc. It is a special collaboration between the artists and the French cultural network to offer the South Asian audience the first multiform online media art exhibition.
Joint project in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. This project aims to promote digital technology in the Sahelian zone, to train young people in digital tools and to help them to find a job thanks to these new skills.
Throughout the month of November, the cultural network of the Instituts and Alliances Françaises of Argentina will present a rich program and numerous online conferences on various themes. Whether for teachers, with conferences on engineering subjects, for students, to promote studies in France in the field of video games for instance, but also for the general public with, among others, a Science Café "Solar Eclipses in Argentina".
Few visuals from 2020 edition
Participating countries and cities
Ongoing programming, other participating countries and cities to come
- Burkina Faso - Ouagadougou
- Guinea - Conakry
- Mauritius - Rose-Hill, Souillac, Flacq, Ebene
- Kenya - Mombasa
- Madagascar - Antananarivo
- Mauritania - Nouakchott
- Niger - Niamey
- Nigeria - Abuja, Lagos
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- South Africa - Johannesburg
NORTH AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST
- Irak - Erbil
- Morocco - Agadir, Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca, Rabat, Kénitra, Meknès, Fès, Oujd
- Palestinian Territories
- Saudi Arabia - Riyad, Djeddah, Al Khobar
- Tunisia - Tunis, Sousse, Sfax, Ghomrassen, Gabes, Mahdia
- United Arab Emirates - Dubai
AMERICAS / CARIBBEAN
- Argentina - Buenos Aires, Martinez
- Canada- Québec, Dieppe, Moncton et Halifax, Tracadie, Toronto, Vancouver
- Chile - Santiago
- Ecuador - Cuenca
- Guatemala - Cuidad de Guatemala, La Antigua, Quetzaltenango
ASIA / OCEANIA
- Indonesia - Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Ubud
- New-Zealand - Wellington, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Nelson, Dunedin, Auckland
- South Korea - Incheon
- Albania - Tirana
- Bulgaria - Sofia
- Denmark - Copenhague
- Finland - Helsinki
- Georgia - Tbilissi
- Germany - Cologne, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig
- Greece - Athens
- Kosovo - Pristina
- Latvia - Riga, Kuldiga
- Norway - Oslo
- Poland - Warsaw, Wroclaw, Cracow
- Portugal - Lisbon
- Slovenia - Ljubljana
- Sweden - Stockholm
- Turkey - Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir