April 2018

What a month March has been! The French Library has proved again to be one of the leading and most versatile venues in Dublin city centre. Many high-profile events were organised there in the past few weeks: the Franco-Irish Literary Festival, the Francophonie Film Festival (until April 12th), the Joutes Oratoires competition final, a contemporary dance show, a live cooking masterclass, a cabaret night, many field trips for secondary schools ... The French Library had it all covered!
Let's not forget our regular animations, showcases, cinéclub, weekly workshops such as "Toddlers’ Time" or "Reading Aloud" and the newly added monthly "Learn to use your Digital Library" workshop!
We hope to see you this month at one of these events or during the Primary Times' Family Fair 2018 where we will be presenting all the resources and tools we have selected for parents and their children.

Annabelle Malandrin, Director of the French Library, amalandrin@alliance-francaise.ie

New French Courses   New French Courses
French Courses
for Adults
  French Courses
for Teenagers

8 week term from April 9th

General French courses, conversation courses, refreshers' classes, specialised workshops, preparation for international diplomas, are available for adults of any level morning and evening from Monday to Saturday for 8 weeks.
Come for a
placement test on April 5, 9, 10, 11 between 5 & 7pm. This assessment is free of charge and no appointment is required. You don't need an assessment if you are a complete beginner or if you are already a student, you can enrol directly online.


8 week term from April 9th

These courses are designed as a complement to classes attended at secondary school.
They provide a diversification and broadening of the language in an interactive way. Teachers focus on interests and topics relevant to the participants as well as the requirements of the syllabus.
The Alliance Française employs and trains the best native French teachers in Ireland.
 In contrast to most Irish institutes we take no more than 15 students per group to ensure the best learning experience for all.

New French Courses   New French Courses
French Courses
for Children
  French Courses
for Toddlers
8 week term from April 9th

Through lively and stimulating activities, children of primary school age build up a broad and lasting knowledge of the French language. Classes closely follow children's development and abilities. Our teachers are all native French speakers and experienced in working with children.
communicative approach ensures that every child is given ample opportunity to actually speak French.
General French classes for every level and bilingual courses are available.

8 week term from April 9th

The award-winning A Petits Pas (APP) offers an innovative programme for toddlers and their parents which aims to enrich your child’s intellectual development and ability to be open to other languages and cultures, and to deepen the parent-child bond.
Classes are are limited to 8 children and divided into 4 different age groups: 12-24 months (APP1), 2 years (APP2), 3 years (APP3), 4 years (APP4), plus a 3/4 years old bilingual groups (APP3/4 Bilingue).

Screening   Certifications
IFI French Film Club:
120 BPM
  DELF French Diplomas
for teenagers & Adults

Friday 6 April – 8.15pm
€11 / €7.50 AF & IFI Members 

Set in the ‘90s at the height of France’s AIDS epidemic, Robin Campilo’s drama received international acclaim and many awards, including the 2017 Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prix. Drawn directly from Robin Campilo's own experiences as a member of the grassroots activist group Act Up, 120 BPM is by turns a beautifully observed love story and a fiercely engaged political work..

As always, we will have free tickets to be won on our Twitter and Alliance Française Members get a 30% discount!

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

Junior registration deadline: 9 April
More information 
Adult registration deadline: 26 April
More information 

DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official, internationally recognised qualifications awarded by the CIEP and the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.

The DELF junior (teenagers) will take place from 2 to 8 May (register before 9 April) and the DELF-DALF TP (adults) from 28 to 31 May (register before 26 April)

Screenings   Exhibition
Film Festival 2018
  Comic Book Festival 2018:
La HEAR Exhibition

Until 12 April 2018
Admission free

The Month of La Francophonie in Ireland is not over yet! The Francophonie Film Festival continues in April its round-up of the best cinema and documentary from the French-speaking world.
This year, embassies in Ireland from Member states of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) include: France, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Georgia, Mexico and Argentina.

All films are presented in original version with English subtitles. Admission free but ticketed. Make sure to book your seat in advance

Full programme here


11 April – 14 May 2018
Admission free

As a taster for the upcoming Comic Book Festival / Fête de l'illustration et de la Bande Dessinée taking place in May, we are delighted to showcase the talent of 4 illustrator students from the French School La HEAR (Haute École des Arts du Rhin): Anna Griot, Émilie Clarke, Mireille Ebene and Maurane Mazars.
La Hear brings together dedicated visual artists and theoreticians for a curriculum based on experimentation with different media (painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography, sound art, installations, performances, etc.) to promote the emergence of unique practices.

Full Festival programme available soon!

Special Event   Talk
Alliance Française
Karaoké Night
  An evening with
Ali Benmakhlouf

Friday 13 April – 6.30pm
Admission free

The Alliance Française is proud to announce the return of its Karaoké Night – on a Friday the 13th, what could possibly go wrong?

Once again a large choice of songs from French-speaking countries will be offered but also selections in the English language so that everybody's welcome!

And there will be prizes too: French courses, AF Memberships and goodie bags to be won in different categories (Best singer / Worst singer / Best Impression) and in a "Don't forget the lyrics" type of competition.

To help you warm those vocal cords there will be special wine and cheese platter on offer from the French Café La Cocotte open for the night!


Wednesday 18 April – 6.30pm
Admission free

Ali Benmakhlouf is a Professor of philosophy at the Université de Paris Est-Créteil. His research interests include medieval Arabic philosophy and the philosophy of logic.
As an associated expert by the UNESCO he conducted the intercultural philosophical dialogue between the Arab and the Asiatic world. He is also particularly involved in the questions of bioethics as a former member of the French National Ethics Advisory Committee.
His most recent book, La conversation comme manière de vivre (2016), takes us from Montaigne to Lewis Carroll on the art of conversation, exploring the links between oral and written word from the antiquity until today.

Interview in French followed by Q&A.Organized jointly the French Embassy and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Special Event   Library's Workshop
AF Dublin Shortlisted
'Best Language School'
  Learn to use your
Digital Library

Thursday 19 April
Private Event - Follow on Facebook

We are honoured to be shortlisted in the "Best Language School" category in the Education Awards along with 5 other centres from across Ireland.
This nomination recognised the ambitious changes the Alliance Française Dublin engaged last year to its structures and operations with a view to creating a fully immersive innovative experience for its students and members to be enjoyed onsite, online or at home.

An independent panel of expert judges, drawn from the highest echelons of the Educational Institutions in Ireland will announce the winners of The Education Awards on Thursday 19 April in the Ballsbridge Hotel. Keep your fingers crossed!!


Thursday 19 April – 12.30pm
Admission free 

The French Library is delighted to organise a third session for its members of all ages of the new "Learn to use your Digital Library" activity. This bring-your-own-device work-shop is designed to simplify the user's experience of our digital and online resources and offer technical support.

Our team of librarians will explain and install with you everything you need to get started.

They will also showcase the revolutionary platform Culturethèque and a wide selection of apps and digital services for learning, playing and entertaining!

Booking is advised as places are limited

Special Event
Meet the AF team at the Primary Times' Family Fair 2018

Sunday 22 April – From 10.30am to 5.30pm  More information

Primary Times, the benchmark magazine for parents in Ireland, presents its fun family fair where parents of 0-12 year olds can meet a host of parenting & lifestyle experts as well as education specialists & representatives from Ireland’s leading leisure & learning industries.

The Alliance Française Dublin will be one of the 50 selected exhibitors in the RDS' Serpentine Hall showcasing all its services and products. Come by our booth to collect your complimentary yo-yo, learn about our courses, summer camps & workshops for toddlers, children and teenagers, sample a French course, discover the French Library's physical and online resources for the whole family, try a selection of digital tools and apps for children, or simply take part in one of our competitions to win French courses and Family Memberships!
The RDS' Clyde Hall will host a special Kid Zone featuring giant inflatables, clowns, jugglers, fun science, special effects, creative areas, stage shows and some celebrity guests!

Royal Dublin Society, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Talk   Cinéclub NEW FORMAT!
An evening with
Hédi Kaddour
  Cinéclub: La Vie est un
long fleuve tranquille

Wednesday 25 April – 6.30pm
Admission free 

Hédi Kaddour is a French poet and novelist who teaches creative writing at the Gallimard Literary Workshop in Paris. His first novel Waltenberg (Gallimard, 2005) was awarded the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman and his last Les Prépondérants (Gallimard, 2015) the Grand Prix du Roman de l’Académie-Française. Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Po&Sie, he sometimes gives literary columns to Le Monde des livres, Libération and Le Magazine Littéraire.

He will be interviewed by Prof. Michael Cronin, Chair of French in Trinity College.
The interview will be followed by book signing and wine reception


Thursday 26 April – 7.40pm
€5 with a free glass of wine / Free for Premium Members

Discover the Cinéclub's new format! Join us every month for a subtitled screening of one of the most popular box-office hits in French cinema history, preceded by an informal presentation with a free glass of wine!
This month, (re)discover the 1988 cult comedy La Vie est un long fleuve tranquille directed by Étienne Chatiliez. Twelve years after a mix-up at a maternity clinic, the mistake is realised and two children from extremely different social backgrounds are now discovering their true family.
The Cinéclub is free for Alliance Française Premium Members. More on Memberships

La Cocotte Restaurant Weekly Specials
Weekly Specials
Chef's Favourite for March

Friand béchamel au Lard fumé  9 – 13
Cassolette de thon à la provençale
16 – 20
Paté en croûte sur lit de salade de pommes de terre tièdes
23 – 27 April

Main Course ...................................... €11.50
Main Course
+ Dessert + Coffee....... €15.50

10% off for Students and AF Members
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