December 2017


As we are entering the Festive Season and days are getting shorter and colder, everyone wishes to stay in and enjoy the warmth of a home. Before that, why not coming to the French Library to make provisions of novels, comics, magazines, records and films for the long Winter nights. You can also pick up some ideas and expand your Christmas wishlist during our "Christmas Special" on December 9th, a family event that will feature games, storytelling, apps and other digital discoveries, plus arts &crafts for your Christmas tree!
Our monthly Cinéclub will give way this month to a free Christmas screening of 8 femmes by François Ozon as a tribute to the immense actress Danielle Darrieux, recently departed. Bring your best Christmas Jumper for this creaky musical and crime film, starring eight of the all-time best French actresses!
Merry Christmas to you all from the French Library team & everyone at the Alliance Française Dublin

Annabelle Malandrin, Director of the French Library,

Performance Special Event
"Poètes poètes"
Poetry, Humour & Song
  Soirée Karaoké
Spéciale Noël

Thursday 30 November – 6.30pm
Admission free

Compagnie Mascarille-Manuel and MGMusique invite you to a musical wander – a musardise as Edmond Rostand would say – in the company of  authors and poets who don’t take themselves seriously and who play around with the French language: Victor Hugo, Raymond Devos, Serge Gainsbourg, Boris Vian, Georges Brassens, Charles Trenet and more!

French actress, singer and stage director Marie-Silvia Manuel will lead us in this poetic and humorous journey, accompanied by musician, composer and conductor Marc Goldfeder on piano. This performance in French for all ages shows that one can be light and deep at the same time, funny and coherent, humorous and dark.


Friday 1 December – 6.30pm
Admission free

The Alliance Française is proud to announce the return of our Karaoke Night just in time for Christmas!

And, as good things come in pairs, this time it is not just in French we will be singing, but it will be a multilingual Karaoke night.

And there will prizes too: French courses, AF Memberships and goodie bags to be won in different categories: Best singer, Worst singer, Best Impression or Best Xmas Jumper!!

To help you warm those vocal cords there will be  mulled wine and cheese platter from the French Café La Cocotte open for the night.

Screening   Concert
IFI French Film Club:
Happy End
  Alliance Française Choir
Christmas Recital

Monday 4 December – 8.30pm
€9.50 / €7.50 AF & IFI Members

As an ageing Calais construction magnate passes the reins of the family business to his daughter, a series of increasingly sinister events soon conspire to unravel the wealthy clan’s cosseted existence.
A coolly observed study of familial dysfunction featuring an all-star cast (Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Toby Jones), Michael Haneke’s follow-up (and in some respects sequel to Amour) has all of the stylistic traits we have come to expect from this master filmmaker.

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2


Wednesday 6 December – 7.30pm
Admission free

Now in its 9th year the Alliance Française Choir cordially invites you to a very special  Christmas Concert.

Come along with your family and friends and enjoy a relaxed yuletide atmosphere before the Christmas rush.

Special guests for the night will be Dulciana, an all female choir performing contemporary music by female composers.

Refreshments will be served in La Cocotte before and after the concert.

The perfect gift for Christmas!

Gift Voucher for Alliance Française Courses or Membership
Available for €25, €50, €100 and €189 (fee for a full course)

Longing for something different? At your wits’ end to know what to buy for Christmas? Why not consider an Alliance Francaise Gift Voucher? Our gift vouchers can be used for French courses but also for Membership that will allow your loved one to access our French Library, the online platform  Culturethèque our cultural events and enjoy special discounts in French shops, restaurants and services!

A sure way of bringing that certain je ne sais quoi to both Christmas and the New Year! More information

Screening   Special Event
"Human" by
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  Christmas Special
at the French Library

Thursday 7 December – 6pm
Admission free

World Vision Ireland & the Alliance Française present the screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's “Human” in support of Human Rights Day. In an ever more divided society, where inhumane conflicts and crises are unfolding before our eyes, could a solution be found by exploring what it means to be human? Could it help strengthen the unity of our vision and action?
"Human" is a collection of stories full of love, happiness, hatred and violence. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline what is universal.
The screening will be followed by a discussion in the French Library and a small reception at the Buswells Hotel.


Saturday 9 December – 10am-1pm
Admission free

As we are heading into the Christmas season, we are welcoming families for a fun and creative morning at The French Library!

A variety of workshops will take place in the French Library from 10am to 1pm giving little ones and grown-ups alike the chance to play games, to create and bring home something they made themselves and to discover Christmas decorations and gift ideas.

Come anytime between 10am and 1pm (digital workshop from 5 years old at 12.15pm), no booking is required and all workshops are free of charge!

More information


French Christmas Workshop for Children Wednesday from 2.30 to 4.30pm – €22
13 December: 4-6 years  / 7-10 years 
20 December: 4-6 years  / 7-10 years  

Children from 4 to 10 years old (2 age groups) are welcome to our very special Christmas Workshop, conducted entirely in French, where everyone will discover French Christmas stories and songs, leading to different activities and arts & crafts including decoration of a box of chocolates and confection of chocolate truffles!

* Ideal for parents who want to go Christmas-shopping in peace and quiet! *

Screening   Workshop
François Ozon's
8 Femmes
  Teachers' Training:
Des élèves et des apps 2/2

Thursday 14 December – 7.30pm
Admission free

8 Femmes, a murder mystery / dark comedy / musical film by François Ozon features an ensemble cast of high-profile French actresses that includes Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Ludivine Sagnier & Firmine Richard.

Revolving around an eccentric family of women and their employees in the 1950s, the film follows 8 women as they gather to celebrate Christmas in an isolated cottage only to find Marcel, the family patriarch, dead with a knife in his back. Trapped in the house, every woman becomes a suspect, each having her own motive, secret - and song!


Tuesday 19 December – 5 pm
Admission free

In partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland, the Alliance Française offers one-off  workshops throughout the year. These 2-hour workshops that offer improved, practical strategies on how to teach French as a foreign language, are open to teachers in secondary schools but also in continuing education.
This December's workshop will follow up on last month's selection of pedagogical apps ideal to develop your students' oral and written skills while motivating them. Tablets will be provided to participants.

The workshop will be led by Bérengère Langlois, Director of Courses at the Alliance Française Dublin.

Registration Deadline for DELF/DALF Exams is December 18th
La Cocotte Restaurant Christmas Special
Smoked Trout Verrine with Tartare Sauce
   -- or --
Chicken Rillettes
with Caramelised Onions

Served with Micro Salad and Homemade fresh Pickled Beetroot & French Country Bread

Main Course

Breaded Celeriac Steak “Viennese” Style
   -- or --
Whole Salmon Orloff wrapped in Puff Pastry
   -- or --
Turkey Ballotine with Ham & Apricot Stuffing

Served with Mediterranean Vegetables &
Potato Croquettes

Dessert Course
Traditional Christmas Log

Main Course .................................... €13
 Courses ......................................... €19
 Courses ......................................... €22

Closed Season
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