Cote d'Ivoire National Day celebrated with Art and Fashion
The Embassy of Cote d'Ivoire in partnership with the Alliance Francaise in Pretoria, South Africa celebrated the National Day with Art and a Fashion Show.
Mr Amos Djadan Koffi, Ambassador of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire welcomed guests and acknowledged the designers and artisis for their work and spoke of the strong relations between South Africa and the Ivory Coast in his remarks.
Photo: (l-r) Corinne Verdier, Director, Alliance Francaise Pretoria, Mrs Koffi and Mr Amos Djadan Koffi, Ambassador of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
On 2 August 2016 Pascal Konan, an artist from Cote d'Ivoire exhbited his art works at the premises of Alliance Francaise in Pretoria. He has an Art History degree and studied at School for Arts Education and at the National School of Fine Arts in Abidjan, where he graduated as a major in 2007. Both art teacher and artist, Pascal paints the warm tones of cities and sites of reconstruction as well as the hushed intimacy of childhood and family with equal success. Konan has won several awards and honors including 'Special Jury Prize' at the Water Festival at Jacqueville in 2003 and winner of the 'Guy Nairay grand prize' in 2007.
On 6 August fashion from Cote d'Ivoire was showcased as well as collaboration between designers from Cote d'Ivoire and South Africa. Miss Zahui, a renowned fashion designer from Cote d'Ivoire who uses Tapa, material made of tree bark, presented a variety of fashion design on the day.
Guests also enjoyed authentic Ivorian cuisine to mark the national day.