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Social events

Monday, Sept. 28th: Welcoming reception
The Welcoming Reception will be hosted at the "Belvédère", on the top floor of one of the BnF towers, offering a fantastic sight on Paris and its surroundings at sunset.


Tuesday, 29th, 18:30, Small Auditorium: Multimedia Conference by Rina Sherman
Ovahimba Years / Rina Sherman
A multimedia ethnography between Namibia and Angola

The Ovahimba, a community of cattle farmers, live on both sides of the Kunene River that forms the border between Namibia and Angola. From 1997 to 2004, during a fieldwork study of seven years, the ethnographer, filmmaker and photographer Rina Sherman shared the life of an Omuhimba family. During this time, she created in-depth documentation of some aspects of their everyday and ritual lives. The archival collection “The Ovahimba Years – Les années Ovahimba”, consisting of several hundred hours of video and sound, thousands of photographs and many notes, composes a unique ensemble of this community, both of universal interest and innovative as an ethnography. Rina Sherman donated it to the BNF in 2014.

The BnF celebrates the artist through two events: a multimedia conference on Tuesday, September 29th, 18h30-20h, Small Auditorium; an exhibition from September 29th, Donor Gallery.

Free Admission

Wednesday, Sept. 30th: concert at the Philharmonie de Paris

Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Jesus Lopez Cobos conducting the Orchestre de Paris and its choir.

More information:

Special rate : 34€ in cat. 2


Thursday, Oct. 1st: Farewell Dinner

The Farewell Dinner will be held at the restaurant Le Beaumarchais, in the heart of very popular and lively area of Bastille.

Price: 35€

Walking route from Bibliothèque Nationale de France to Le Beaumarchais:

walking directions to farewell dinner