French Week 2023

from 27/05/2023 to 03/06/2023
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The annual event commemorating the death of the Prince Imperial (1 June 1879) while serving during the Anglo-Zulu War in the British army in PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, and takes place 27 May – 4 June 2023.

Organised by the French Presence in KwaZulu-Natal: “La Route du Prince Impérial”, Louis Napoléon (1996). Route King Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo (2017)
Alliance Française, PMB: Community Outreach
Contact Glenn Flanagan, ENQUIRIES: What’s App : +27 82677 9997 /

Full programme here:


French Week 2023
The last photograph of the Prince Imperial © Fondation Napoléon

Highlights of the week include :

Sunday 28 May 2023: Exhibition of works by Rory Klopper inspired by French philosopher & intellectual Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille (1897 – 1962).

Saturday 27 May; the Fête de l’Abeille

Monday 29 mai: Guided visit to the Prince Imperial Exhibition in the national uMsunduzi Museum

Tuesday 30 May, 10 am: Presentation by Glenn Flanagan on the French Prince Imperial, Louis Napoleon who died in an ambush on 1 June 1879, at uQweqwe, in the closing
stage of the Anglo-Zulu War. Woodgrove Retirement Village, Community Centre.

31 May 10 am: Cultural Tourism Development For Communities’ Benefit, through People’s Stories (the case of the Prince Imperial). Grades 7 A &B. The public is welcome! The Chapel, Project Gateway

31 May 11am: Prince Imperial AFRICA DAY Concert – The Hall, Project Gateway.
Performers: Gateway Christian School Grade 7s – song and dance/ Gateway School of Fashion struts the boardwalk with the models from Irene’s Model Agency / Chistlehurst Academics & Arts’ famous CANCAN!

Wednesday 31 May – Franco-Italian Pizza soirée! Bring a bottle & a pizza to La Dante!

1 June 11am: Guided visit to works of art of the “French Collection”. Tatham Art Gallery
Pinky Madlabane -Nkabinde.

Friday 02 June May, 10am: A guided tour by Michael Lambert of the French stained glass windows of St Mary’s Catholic Church (1927-1928), Pietermaritzburg, The St Mary’s interior is indeed the most Gallic of all church interiors in South Africa and a very significant example of the French Presence in Pietermaritzburg.

Friday 2 June, 4pm: the newly appointed Ambassador of France to South Africa, HE David Martinon will be joining the Consul General of France, M.Etienne Chapon & the Counsellor for French Citizens Living Overseas, Mr Alexandre Barrière-Izard in Pietermaritzburg, Pomeroy, Dundee & uQweqwe, for a guided visit of St Charles College with the principal Mr Allen ven Blerk, followed by a reception.

Saturday 03 June: Soirée Franco-Germanic/Swiss in honour of the Prince Imperial’s father, the Emperor Napoleon III.

Saturday 3 June, 9.30am: Memorial Mass for the Prince Imperial at Allard House Chapel (the first Catholic Church built in KwaZulu-Natal by the French Missionary Order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate), followed by a convoy, along La Route du Prince Impérial:

Sunday 4 June, 10am: Commemorative Ceremonies for the Prince Imperial
Special Guest-of-Honour from the French Consulate: The Consul General of France, M. Etienne Chapon & M. Alexandre Barrière-Izard, Representative of French people living abroad, elected to the Assembly of French people living abroad. Special Guests-of-Honour from our communities: Councillor L. Mtshali, Abaqulusi Municipality; Mr N. Buthelezi, Head of the izindunas; Induna Mbatha, uQweqwe; M. Mitchel Clark, Principal of Gateway Christian School, Pietermaritzburg; M. Louis Eksteen, Curator, Fort Amiel Museum, Newcastle; M. Billy Villiers, Bagpiper; Mme Elisabeth Durham, Township Tourism Member of the Endumeni Tourism & Patronne of Chez Nous B’nB; Mr D.M. Buthelezi, Chairman of the Hlahlindlela Taxi Association; M. Thulani Mbatha, Principal of Jojosini Primary School, uQweqw; Samkelesiwe Msane, Pomeroy Christian School; Samkelisiwe Sihlongonyane, Dundee.
WELCOME: Councillor L. Mtshali, Abaqulusi Municipality
RESPONSE: The French Consul General, Mr Etienne Chapon, to respond
CONTEXT of EVENT: The Project Leader, Mme G. Flanagan
PERFORMANCES: Song & Zulu Dance performances.

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