Learn who we get financial backing from and who supports the Africa2020 Season.

The Africa2020 season is operated by the Institut Français with the support of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of National Education and Youth, the Ministry of Sport, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and in partnership with the Agence Française de Développement.

It relies on the contribution of regional and local authorities that are partners of the Institut Français.

This season also enjoys incredible support from the Africa2020 board of patrons and its media partners.

Patrons Committee
Fondation Gilbert et Rose-Marie Chagoury

Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury Foundation is a philanthropic foundation which funds scholarship to support the higher education dreams of hundreds of young students through their college education until graduation. The Foundation also offers food to needy and underprivileged families as well as helping with their medical needs. The Foundation has funded thousands of SARS-Cov-2 tests throughout Lebanon by way of mobile clinic during the world pandemic. The foundation has been one of the biggest benefactors of the St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis TN and a larger benefactor to Firefighters Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden. At the Lebanese American University, Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and Alice Ramez Chagoury Nursing school very important gift were donated by the Foundation as well as The Ramez G. Chagoury Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Design at the Lebanese Notre Dame University. In the field of Culture and the Arts, the Foundation has enabled the Louvre Museum to acquire French rare antique Works found today in the Gilbert and Rose Marie Chagoury Louvre Gallery. Today, they are committed to Africa 2020 implemented by Institut Français.


As a responsible operator in Africa for many years, Orange felt is was important to support the Africa2020 Season and to contribute to promoting African culture and artistic creation.

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Total Foundation is definitely oriented towards young people and the regions in which it has a foothold and it promotes diverse, many-faceted, living cultures. Naturally, this is why we are proud to be able to support Africa 2020.



AXIAN is an African group, committed to creating a positive impact through its ventures. The goal of AXIAN is to “make contemporary art more accessible” and support the creativity of African artists through their Fondation H.



Groupe Sipromad was founded 45 years ago and is a leader in industrial diversification. It distributes quality products and services all over the world. Grateful for its success, the group has become involved through its Akbaraly foundation.


JCDecaux, the world’s top out-of-home advertising company, is located in over 80 countries. In an era of smart cities, they are positioned to be one of the key players and are constantly rethinking the development of urban models and the creation of more sustainable, user-friendly and comfortable cities, particularly in Africa.

Pernod Ricard

The world’s second largest wine and spirits group, Pernod Ricard’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets. The group has accelerated its growth in Africa in recent years and is now present in Uganda, Congo, and Gabon and has subsidiaries in Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and Kenya.


Sanofi is a global biopharmaceutical specialising in healthcare. Its vaccines and innovative treatments help to protect our loved ones and treat people with health problems. The 100,000 employees at Sanofi, in 100 countries, turn scientific innovations into healthcare solutions worldwide, and particularly in Africa.



The Société Générale is present in 19 African countries giving it a unique position on the continent. This means that the bank can offer its 4.1 million customers the expertise and know-how of an international bank with the proximity of the local bank.



VINCI has been working with cultural institutions like the Institut Français for many years.  VINCI became an important patron of the Ministry of Culture in 2003, in a skills-based cultural patronage operation, consolidating an archaeological site in Egypt for the Louvre, which was in charge of the excavations of this site. Furthermore, the Fondation Vinci pour la Cité backs projects that provide long-lasting solutions tackling the social or professional integration difficulties of the poor.


With a revenue of over €5.5 billion, access to 46 of the 54 countries of the continent, and more than 22,000 employees, the CFAO group contributes to the growth of the African continent, to its industrialization and to the emergence of the middle class, drawing on close of field knowledge and local expertise. 

The Group partners with leading international brands and covers entire value chain - import, wholesale and retail, logistics and production - in line with the highest quality standard. 


ENGIE is a global reference group in low-carbon energy and services. It seeks to take action to speed up the transition to a carbon-neutral world through more low-energy and environmentally-friendly solutions, by reconciling economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet. In Africa, ENGIE is a long-term partner for the continent’s energy needs.


Thales is a global leader in the new technologies that are creating the world of the future today. The group offers its clients technical solutions, services, and products in the aviation, space, and transport industries, as well as in digital identity and security, and defence. With a workforce of 83,000 in 68 countries, Thales had a turnover of 19 billion Euros in 2019.


For over 60 years, the strength of the Thompson Broadcast brand has lain in its many projects worldwide as a global leader in public and private radio and television broadcasting solutions.


Veolia has been present on the African continent for over 20 years and contributes to human progress, offering everyone a better future through access to essential services,the preservation of resources and offering guidance to changing cities in Morocco, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa.



Contemporary And (C&) is and art magazine and a dynamic space for questions and information about African contemporary art and its worldwide diaspora. C& will be a partner to the Africa2020 Season to bring contemporary Africa to the public eye.

France tv

The goal of France Télévisions, the leading media in France, is to inform, educate, promote and nurture democratic debate, and entertain. Being a partner of the Africa2020 Season falls under this remit in that it reflects the diversity of modern society.

France Médias

France Médias Monde groups together the French international public media services France 24, RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya, which focus on cultural diversity and exchange. The group is taking part in the season with this in mind.

Jeune Afrique

Jeune Afrique, a French language multichannel pan-African media group, provides its audiences with political, economical, social and cultural information to gain an insight into African current affairs. It shares the same goal as the Institut Français of sponsoring a number of projects with an African perspective this Season.


Radio Nova is distinguished by its openness to the world and its interest in creators of the African continent and its diaspora. Informing, educating, enriching are as many missions and values that radio defends, accompanying the events of the Season that shows Africa on the move.


Radio France is the leading radio broadcasting group in France, with seven complementary stations and it broadcasts cultural programs to audiences throughout the country. Radio France is proud to help promote the Africa2020 Season.


Télérama, the leading weekly cultural magazine in France, endeavours to offer guidance to as many people as possible on the profuse cultural offering available in France, through it pages, website, application and social media. Télérama supports African artistic creation as part of the Africa2020 Season.


TV5 Monde is a public audio-visual service, committed to promoting francophone creation and the French language. The channel is present in Africa and covers the daily current affairs. TV5 Monde is proud to support the Africa2020 Season.


The RATP group is present in 12 countries and is a global leader in urban mobility. A partner of the Africa2020 Season, it is happy to contribute to disseminating positive messages and ideas, inspiring people to learn more about the continent and its talent.


Sponsored by

  • République Française
  • Institut Français
  • Agence Française de développement
  • Conseil présidentiel pour l'Afrique