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Novembre Numérique 2019 à l'Institut français de Moscou
Novembre Numérique 2019 à l'Institut français de Moscou © DR

A look back at the 2019 edition of Novembre Numérique (Digital November), the great celebration of digital cultures celebrated on five continents

Digital
Updated on 17/12/2019

This year, the 3rd international edition of Novembre Numérique took place in nearly 60 countries and 85 cities around the world: from New Zealand to Ecuador, Hong Kong to Kenya, Spain to Canada, Germany to Niger and more.

French and foreign fans and professionals from the sector came together in celebratory spirit to (de)code, create, play with and think about the new forms of digital creation. In-depth programmes combining workshops, debates, shows, exhibitions, hackathons, escape gamesetc have allowed us to question the forms, practices, uses and challenges of the digital revolution.

This has been a great opportunity to take a fresh look at issues such as gender equality, participatory democracy, trans-humanism, gastronomy and the French language. Virtual and augmented reality, video games, new narratives, digital art, electronic music and immersive theatre were, among others, the main areas for reflection.

This global event has also been an opportunity for French experts to showcase their expertise on an international stage and collaborate with local experts from each participating country.

Find out more about all the Novembre Numérique 2019 events ! 

Augmented and virtual reality

Bringing the heroes of a story to life through augmented reality: this was the challenge put to the Nairobi Alliance française; immersion guaranteed thanks to the Russian touring festival "VR Culture: FR” offering a selection of French films in virtual reality; the successful inauguration of the Microfolly virtual reality space in Colombia; celebratory days presenting French virtual reality works from Japan to Spain.

The video game

Highlighting the video game in the network of Alliances françaises in Colombia with the presentation of the YURI show: a video game-concert for young audiences; an open access space dedicated to video games at the Madagascar Institut français; a series of events dedicated to video games around the issues of empathy and citizenship in Zagreb in Croatia.

Digital workshops and hackathons

From the creation of a "French Lab of Creative Industries" at the South Africa Institut français to a competition and video game manufacturing workshops in Benin, to workshops on learning French digitally in Hong Kong, and through to an introduction to coding and digital technology at the Comoros Institut français.

Conferences and discussions of ideas

Conferences highlighting “Digital Women” in Chad; the integration of digital resources in education in Cameroon; “Philosophy and new technologies”, “Art, design and augmented reality” in Mauritius, and a media platform on the place of women in digital technology at the Greece Institut français.

Digital art

An immersive audio-video concert -22,7°C(-22.7°C) by the artist Molécule in Saint Petersburg, Russia; an audiovisual installation generated by maritime activity: L'Écho de la Mer (Echo of the Sea) by Raphaël Isdant presented in Essaouira in Morocco; Fugue VR, a performance by Yoann Bourgeois combining dance and virtual reality at the Tunisia Institut français; a projection mapping on the exterior walls of the Cameroon Institut français designed by the artist Wilfried Nakeu; an access project around the “Supernatural” environment incorporating interactive and surprising installations…

Novembre Numérique 2019 à l'Institut français de Moscou Novembre Numérique 2019 à l'Institut français de Moscou © DR
Novembre Numérique 2019 à l’Alliance française de Nairobi, Kenya © DR
Novembre Numérique 2019 à l’Institut français de Madagascar © DR
Novembre Numérique 2019 à l’Institut français de Croatie © DR
Novembre Numérique 2019 à l’Institut français du Cameroun © DR
Novembre Numérique 2019 à l’Institut français du Tchad © DR
Novembre Numérique 2019 à l’Institut français d’Afrique du Sud © DR
Novembre Numérique 2019 à l’Institut français de Saint-Pétersbourg, Russie © DR
Novembre Numérique 2019 à l’Institut français d’Essaouira, Maroc © DR
Novembre Numérique 2019 à l’Institut français de Croatie © DR