Brochure & Timetable   Cultural Centre
For more information contact:
Christine Weld
(01) 638 14 41
All events take place in the Alliance Française Dublin and are free of charge, unless otherwise stated

Welcome to our Cultural Centre

The Alliance Française in Dublin organises or sponsors many
events in connection with French Culture: concerts, exhibitions,
shows, screenings, plays, conferences, book launch, etc.
For our current exhibition please visit our
Gallery page

Special Event   Talk   Screening / Competition
The French Library's
Sieste Musicale
  Fleming's France: James
Bond, a French Passion
  Halloween Cinéclub:
"Les yeux sans visage"

Tuesday 29 October – 6pm
Admission free 

The Sieste Musicale is a one-hour auditory experience where you get to listen to music in a comfortable environment.

For the occasion, The French Library is bathed in subdued lights and furnished with carpets, bean bags, comfy chairs and blankets.

A unique occasion to dream, maybe sleep, and to get fully energized again!

This month we will travel through different times and styles, with and eclectic one hour playlist showing the best of French music!

Wednesday 30 October – 6.30pm
Admission free

With two stories set entirely on French soil and more than 1,000 references to France, it is clear that France plays an integral role in the James Bond series.

Pierre-Olivier Lombarteix’s book Fleming's France: James Bond, a French Passion offers a fresh and unique perspective on the success of the James Bond novels; Lombarteix sheds light on Fleming’s body of work through his examination into the essential role that France played throughout the life of Ian Fleming.

Jean-Michel Picard, professor emeritus in the UCD School of Languages, Culture and Linguistics, will host the presentation.


Thursday 31 October – 7.40pm
€5 with a free glass of wine / Free for Premium Members  

Join us every month for a subtitled screening of one of the most popular film in French cinema history, preceded by an informal presentation with a free glass of wine!

This month for Halloween, (re)discover the 1960 timeless classic Les yeux sans visage (Eyes without a face) directed by revered documentarist and Cinémathèque Française founder Georges Franju.
Chillingly horrific yet classically poetic,
Les yeux sans visage disturbed audiences upon its release the way Psycho and Peeping Tom did  in America and Britain. The surrealistic mixture of the ghastly and the lyrical has been a major influence on the horror genre.

Screenings   Library Workshop   Talk
Short Shorts
Film Festival 20
  Learn to use your
Digital Library
  Bird of Time: The music of Swan Hennessy

Monday 4 November –  6.30pm

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) is proud to present a new edition of the Short Shorts Film Festival with screenings of the best short films from all over Europe supported by 9 countries in the Eunic Ireland cluster: Alliance Française / French Embassy, the Austrian Embassy, the British Council, Culture Ireland, the Goethe-Institut, the Instituto Cervantes /  AECID, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Greek Embassy and the Polish Embassy; along with 2 shorts supported by the Galway Film Festival and the Irish Film Institute.
Audience members will be asked to vote for their favourite film after the screening.

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2


Tuesday 5 November – 12.15pm
Admission free 

This bring-your-own-device workshop 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 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!


Wednesday 6 November – 6.30pm
Admission free

Professor Harry White (UCD) will launch the first ever biography on the great lost Irish-American composer Swan Hennessy (1866–1929), written by the German musicologist Dr Axel Klein. Swan Hennessy lived much of his life in Paris at a time of profound change in the stylistic development of Western classical music. The dawning of the modernist avant-garde led Hennessy to remember his Irish heritage and write in a uniquely ‘Celtic’ style influenced by the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Brittany.

Professor Harry White and Dr Axel Klein, an expert on Franco-Irish musical relations, will present the composer’s piano works, French mélodies, and chamber music.

Games   Film Festival   Science Week 2019
The French Library's
Board Game Evening
  IFI French Film
Festival 2019
  Earth from the Moon:
A first glance into relativity

Thursday 7 November – 6.30pm
Admission free

With family, friends or solo, you can challenge yourself to "Carcassone", "Star Realms", "Les aventuriers du rail", "Azul" or "Code Names", collaborate to overcome "The Game", track down the "Loup-Garous de Thiercelieux", create a splendid "Hanabi", or break through the secrets of "Mysterium".

Open to everyone, all levels of French welcome. If you would like to share your favourite game, don’t forget to bring it with you! You're also are welcome to share something sweet to eat or soft drinks!

Booking is required.

13 - 24 November 2019

We are proud to be the cultural partner of the Irish Film Institute's French Film Festival which  this year celebrates its 20th anniversary! (Re)discover over 30 French films and short films including Irish premieres, classics, a Claude Sautet Season, and many special guests including Cédric Klapisch, Bayon, Manele Labidi Labbéco, and Vincent Macaigne.
Don't miss the Alliance Française Special Screening on Tuesday 19 November, Justine Triet's Sibyl.  The French comedy-drama starring Virginie Efira (Elle, An Impossible Love) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) received rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival 2019. Alliance Française Members get a discounted price of €10 and the cha nce to win free tickets on


Monday 11 November – 6.30pm
Admission free
As part of French Festival at Science Week

As part of Science Week Ireland 2019, we are inviting children from 10 years old to a hands-on workshop with Dr. Estelle Blanquet, Researcher/ Associate Professor in Science Education at University de Bordeaux. This workshop in French will feature an interactive scientific inquiry about the Earth-Moon relationship, challenging many classic misconceptions.
Participants will use both their own bodies and spheres to model the Earth-Moon system and discover that the description of the movement of an object depends on where it is observed, or in other words, on the observer's "frame of reference".

Science Week 2019   Science Week 2019   Special Event / Competition
Apéro Scientifique:
Vaccines & Antibiotics
  "Native Scientists"
Children's Workshop
  Le Beaujolais Nouveau
est arrivé !

Tuesday 12 November – 6.30pm
Admission free
As part of French Festival at Science Week

Alliance Française Dublin and the French Embassy are delighted to invite you to a new season of Apéros Scientifiques, a series of discussions in French about science and society  with the help of a panel of expert moderators!
In our global world, diseases represent a significant challenge. How does the distrust in vaccines and antibiotic resistance affect public health? How can we remedy the spread of tuberculosis and measles? Come ask your questions and take part in the debate while enjoying a glass of wine in Alliance Francaise Dublin’s new Café Chez Max!


Saturday 16 November – 11am
Admission free
As part of French Festival at Science Week

The "Native Scientist" workshops are back: a fantastic opportunity for kids who speak French at home, to learn about science while developing their language skills and meeting role models!
Children will have the opportunity to learn about science with French-speaking senior researchers from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.

Organised in partnership by Alliance Française Dublin and the French Embassy, coordinated by Dr Marie-Victoire Guillot-Sestier (Native Scientist coordinator at Trinity College Dublin), as part of the Science Week Ireland 2019.


Thursday 21 November – 6.30pm
Admission free

Following the huge successes of Fête de la Musique and Bastille Day, French Friday, Le Petit Journal Dublin and The Church Bar & Restaurant are teaming up again in partnership with Alliance Française Dublin for the celebration of another famous French tradition celebrated worldwide: the official release of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine!

Come and discover this year's primeur wine  with a French-style apéro, French music and  a Quiz with numerous prizes to be won – including French courses, bottles of wine and Alliance Française Memberships!

The Church, Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1

Screening   Screening / Concert   Social Game
Morning Screenings:
es Contes de la mer
  Cinéconcert: "Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" by Zone Libre   The French Library's
Escape Game

Saturday 23 November – from 11am
Admission free – No booking

The French Library's "Morning screenings" are informal, walk-in screenings of family short films. It's free of charge and no booking is required. Hop on and off as you please!

Les Contes de la mer is a collection of 3 dreamlike short animated films about the world of the Sea.
"Enco, une traversée à vapeur", "Le Petit bateau en papier rouge", and "Le Bonhomme de sable" are ecological fables full of adventures that will dazzle children from 3 years old up, all while educating them on the beauty and fragility of the aquatic world.

Thursday 28 November – 6.30pm
Admission free

We are thrilled to invite you to a very special screening of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde silent version directed by John S. Robertson, accompanied by a live soundtrack performed by Zone Libre.
The French duo comprising the legendary musicians Serge Teyssot-Gay (Noir Désir, Interzone) and Cyril Bilbeaud (Sloy) is back with a new project commissioned by the prestigious Cité de la Musique.
After F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) and Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Caligari (1919), they have decided to soundtrack Dr Jekyll et Mr Hyde in its iconic version by John S. Robertson's  (1920).


Friday 29 November – 5.30pm
Admission free

Have you ever tried an "escape game"? Inspired by video games, this physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles to get out of a room has become one of the most popular social activities in both the US and Europe.

The French Library's staff desperately needs your help to lift the curse of a ghost that has been haunting the place! You will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles in French using clues and hints left by the ghost!

Events for adults with a good level of French.