May 2017


Bonjour à tous ! Once more, following the visit of the secretary general Mr Bertrand Commelin last June, the Fondation Alliance Française wishes to express the interest it takes in all affairs of the Alliances in Dublin, Limerick, Kilkenny and Waterford/Wexford. This month, the Irish network will thus have the pleasure and the honour of welcoming the President of the Fondation Alliance Française Mr Jérôme Clément to its branch in Dublin during his first visit to the country. It will be an opportunity for him to open our newly renovated spaces but also to greet and thank all of members of the Board of Directors, the staff, as well as the other members of our community of more than 15,000 people, for their action and for continually fulfilling the humanist values supported by the Alliance Française movement.

Philippe Milloux, Directeur / Délégué général Fondation Af en Irlande,
Exhibition Talk
Festival Prévert:
Les Collages
  Paul Mathias: Philosophy
& the Internet

Until 30 June
Admission free

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Jacques Prévert's death, the Alliance Française, with the support of the French Embassy in Ireland and Institut Français, is pleased to host an exclusive exhibition of Jacques Prévert's collages.
We find the same themes in Prévert’s collages as we do in his writings: Through the association of disconnected images and diversions, he invites us to think about the world as it truly is and humorously yet vehemently denounces the power of politics and the Church, society with its injustices, and the oppression of men, women and animals.



Tuesday 2 May – 6.30pm
Admission free

Can philosophy help us understand the internet? How is the internet changing our ways of thinking, interacting and communicating? What are its prevailing normative patterns? And how should we perceive the information brought to us through the internet?

Join us for an evening of philosophy and ask all your questions to the French philosopher Paul Mathias, one of the first French intellectuals to have tackled the question of the internet and its philosophical issues. He has published many papers on these matters and notably two books: Des libertés numériques (2008) and Qu’est-ce que l’internet ? (2009).

Screening   Screening
Festival Prévert:
Le Roi et l'Oiseau

Wednesday 3 May 5.30pm
Admission free 

As part of its Jacques Prévert Festival, organised together with the French Embassy in Ireland and the Institut Français, the Alliance Française is pleased to show a screening of the film Le Roi et l’Oiseau, co-written by Jacques Prévert.
Based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, the wildly satirical Le Roi et l’Oiseau follows a chimney sweep and a shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king. It is regarded today as a timeless classic of family cinema.


Thursday 4 May – 7.30pm
€6 / Free for Premium Members

Save the date: the newly refurbished multiform space of the French Library now hosts a Cinéclub every first Thursday of the month!

Don't miss the third edition of the Cinéclub with a screening of French comedy Week-ends (Weekends in Normandy, 2014).  The Cinéclub is free for Alliance Française Premium Members among many other advantages! More on Memberships

Workshop   Talk
Festival Prévert:
Atelier Collages
  Women and

Tuesday 9 May – 6.30pm
Admission Free

This round-table will be an opportunity to address the problems faced by women in today’s world. Globalised and dominated by men throughout their careers, these women will exemplify this topic with their personal experiences

This question allows us to deal with different topics such as law, education, employment, stereotypes or discrimination. The idea is to give a wide overview of the challenges that women are facing today and to discuss their role in globalization.

Workshop   Festival
Cooking with
Le Skinny Chef
  Gouel Breizh /
Fête de la Bretagne

Thursday 11 May – 6.30pm
Admission free 

French Chef Aymar Gourdet of Le Skinny Chef will give a demonstration on how to make traditional mayonnaise, pesto with wild garlic and basil, aioli, tartare, dressing, and more, while wine specialist Sylvain Rigal will present wines from the Domaine des Frétillères to go with these delicious authentic condiments.

We are thrilled to present for the first time a live masterclass during which you will be able to follow every step simultaneously on a big screen thanks to the state-of-the-art installation of our newly refurbished French Library!

And everybody will get a chance to taste!


Saturday 13 May – from 6pm

BreizhÉire, with the support of Région Bretagne, presents a Fest Noz with exciting talents from the Brittany, Irish & World Folk Music. A Fest Noz is a Breton traditional festival with group dancing and live acoustic music. It was added in 2012 by the UNESCO into the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The craic will be ninety with these four bands:: Sterenn & Anna (Brittany), The Friel Sisters   (Scotland), Mael Guégo & Tristan Guillaume (Brittany) and Bal Feirste (Northern Ireland); and Traditional Crêpes will be served on our special billigs from Brittany.

The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin 7

French Courses   Teachers' Training
Free Assessments for
the Summer term
  Animer une situation
globale en classe

Free assessments on 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 May, 4.30- 6.30pm
More information

The Summer Term is open to both former and new students. It features general French courses, conversation courses, refresher' classes, and, French for Holidays are available over 8 weeks for adults; 2 week sessions every two weeks throughout the summer for teenagers; Saturday programmes for children & toddlers  in June and Fun camps over a week in July & August
Assessments are 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 with the Alliance, you can enrol directly online.


Wednesday 17 May – 6pm
Admission free 

In this new workshop, we will look at the concept of "global simulation", a pedagogical tool that offers a fictitious framework conducive to the realisation of social actions. The fact that the activities have meaning, are coherent and are aimed at the realisation of a common project contributes greatly to the commitment of the learners.
We will see how to set up an overall simulation with your classes to create a developing project over several weeks.

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

Screening   Concert
IFI French Film Club:
  French Library Showcase:
Ondine Dispagne

Wednesday 17 May – 6.15pm
€9.40 / €7.50 AF & IFI Members

A haunting elegy set in the aftermath of WWI, Frantz is another successful change of pace for the prolific François Ozon. Mourning the death of her fiancé Frantz, Anna (Paula Beer) stays in an idyllic German village until one day she comes across the mysterious Adrien (Pierre Niney), who claims to be Frantz’s long-time friend from Paris. Accepting Adrien as the only living connection to her fiancé, Anna begins to develop feelings for this striking Frenchman who may not be all that he seems.

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2


Thursday 25 May – 12.15pm
Admission free

The Alliance Française Dublin is delighted to host another lunchtime showcase in its newly refurbished Library. Perfect for those attending a morning class!

Ondine Dispagne is a French folk singer-songwriter. Coming to Dublin for a series of gigs with local musicians, she will stop by the French Library to present some of her own compositions, both in French and English. Her songs have different folk influences, such as Celtic and African music.

Special Event   Theatre
L'apéro après-boulot

Thursday 25 May – from 5.30pm
Admission free

The Alliance Francaise's AFterwork is back! Join the AF social on the last Thursday of the month for a special evening in La Cocotte giving pride of place to French wine, saucissons & cheese.

Come enjoy live music from Irish talent Emma Lou and discover the atypical atmosphere created for the occasion in our Café-Restaurant: the "apéro à la française".


Friday 26 May – 5.30pm
Admission free

Marie-Paule and Jean-Patrick, an eccentric couple, play with language; they fiddle with it, chant it, sing it, they make it dance, they warp it so they can reinvent it! With them, we experience Oulipian literature in 58 minutes and 22 seconds, 612 puns, 3 metaphors, 99 détournements, 1324 apocopes, dozens of alliterations, all kinds of rhyming, and other pure nonsense
For all the family from 6 years old.


Tuesday 30 May
Reception: 6.30pm / Screening: 7.30pm
Admission free 

Dublin Web Festival is the first Irish celebration of online storytelling. Since 2015 it has been showcasing international creative online series on big screen with an Irish grounding and a quirky French touch. The Festival team decided to keep up with the online creativity by offering a special screening at the Alliance Française on May 30th 2017 where la crème de la crème of French web series will be shown in the newly refurbished French Library. Selections will include Authentik, Surf Therapy, Kill Skills or Gabriel among others.

Dublin Web Festival will be running on 24-26 November 2017 for the third consecutive year.

Children's Theatre   Concert
"Petit Poisson" Original play
in French & Irish
  Alliance Française Choir
Annual Recital

Saturday 27 May – 11.30am & 1pm
Admission free

Enter the magical underwater world of Sélène la sirène (Sélène the mermaid) and her friend Tortue. Listen to her thrilling tales and enchanting poems. Dance along with her!

Through storytelling, dance and music, both in French and in Irish, children are invited to discover and learn throughout this charming sea world adventure. Bring along your masks and diving suits! Bígí linn!

Suitable for children age 18 months to 4 years and must be accompanied by an adult.


Wednesday 31 May – 7.30pm
Admission free

Get your summer off to a sunny start at our annual Maytime concert! The Alliance Française Choir, under the direction of Lucie O’Flynn, cordially invites you to an evening of song and entertainment with a repertoire of French songs, in a variety of styles, ranging from the 16th century to the contemporary, from Passerau to Gounod and Stern.

The AF Choir meets up every Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm from September to May and is open to everyone no matter their level, French speakers and non-speakers alike.

La Cocotte Restaurant Weekly Specials
Festival Prévert
Special menus inspired by the
poetry of Jacques Prévert

Au Pavillon de la boucherie  2 – 5 May
Le Lunch 
8 – 12 May
Vampire de Cochon 
15 – 19 May
Au Hasard des oiseaux 
22 – 26 May
La Belle saison 
29 May – 2 June

Main Course ................................. €10.95
10% off Students and AF Members
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