March 2018

Francophonie brings together 274 million French speakers from around the world along with 84 states and governments to form the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (IOF). Starting March 1st 2018 and for over a month, the Francophonie Festival will take place all across Ireland, to highlight the common values of democracy, human rights, education, research, sustainable development and solidarity shared by members of this International organisation.
For the occasion, embassies from 25 countries including the French Embassy in Ireland and the Alliance Française Dublin have joined forces in promoting the French language and culture through a very special programme of more than 50 events: A series of exciting conferences, talks, exhibitions, film festivals and musical events!  Follow us on Facebook and be sure not to miss out on the opportunity of taking part in this festival. We look forward to welcoming you during this very special month of March and we hope you will enjoy our Francophonie celebrations!

Nathalie-Zoé Fabert, Attachée de coopération pour le français, Ambassade de France en Irlande.

Film Festival / Competition   Concert / Reception
Free & Discounted tickets for French Films at ADIFF   Marc Aymon

Until 4 March
Full programme

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) continues this month and still has plenty of French titles to offer! As always, we will have free tickets to be won on our Twitter and all Alliance Française Members get 10% discount using the promo code "filmsoc18" online.

Catch the Wind - Thursday 1 March 4pm
The Apparition
- Thursday 1 March 8.45pm

The Big Bad Fox - Sunday 4 March 11am
The Italian Straw Hat - Sunday 4 March 2pm
C’est La Vie - Sunday 4 March 8pm

Light House Cinema Smithfield Square, D7


Thursday 1 March – 6.30pm
Admission free

In partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland and as part of the Francophonie Month, Swiss singer Marc Aymon, accompanied by guitarist Frédéric Jaillard, will present songs from his new project Ô bel été! Chansons éternelles.

This ambitious project highlights treasures of Swiss heritage and encourages the public to rediscover the pleasure of singing together and reconnecting with their roots.

The concert will be followed by a reception hosted by the Embassy of Switzerland in our Café La Cocotte.

Francophonie Film Festival 2018
Did you know that you could speak French on all five continents? Can a language convey humanist values? What do 84 countries have in common? Do you give your langue au chat ?
To celebrate French language and cultural diversity, the Month of La Francophonie in Ireland, organised by the French Embassy, will showcase from March 1st to April 12th a series of cultural events involving music, literature, film and history along with talks, debates, screenings, concerts and competitions. The Alliance Française will be hosting many events including the Francophonie Film Festival with free screenings selected by participating embassies:


Egypt: Sacred Sites Egypt
(2016) Monday 5 March – 6.30pm
Poland: Curie. The Courage of Knowledge
(2016) Wednesday 7 March – 7pm
Canada: La Passion d’Augustine
(2016) Tuesday 13 March – 6.30pm
Georgia: Depuis Qu’Otar Est Parti…
(2003) Tuesday 20 March – 7pm
Argentina: Sin Hijos
(2015) Wednesday 21 March – 7pm
Belgium: Je suis mort mais j’ai des amis
(2015) Wednesday 28 March – 7pm
Mexico: La Cebra
(2011) Tuesday 10 April – 7pm
Hungary: Budapest Noir
(2017) Thursday 12 April – 7pm
Admission free but ticketed. All screenings are in original version with English subtitles.


Special Event   Exhibition
Women's Day 2018
  Au coeur de Mai 68
50th anniversary
Thursday 8 March – 10am-6.30pm
Admission free

Join the #PressforProgress movement on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March!
Get your picture taken and send your message to challenge stereotypes and bias on women.  We’ll have a photo booth set-up in our café La Cocotte and some messages: we just need you!

A joint initiative by the French Embassy in Ireland & the Alliance Française .

8 March - 9 April 2018
Admission free

To mark the 50th anniversary of the events of May 1968, the Alliance Française will host, in the margins of the Festival, Au cœur de Mai 68, an exhibition based on the contemporary photographs of Philippe Gras.

The Franco-Irish Literary Festival, dedicated to sexuality, will showcase contemporary literature and its representation of sexual relations which can often trace its roots back to the seismic events of May 1968.

Library's Workshop   Debating Competition
Learn to use your
Digital Library
  Finale des
Joutes Oratoires 2018

Wednesday 14 March – 12.30pm
Admission free 

The French Library is delighted to organise a second 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


Friday 16 March – 6pm
Admission free

This competition, open to students in secondary schools in Ireland, has been organised under the auspices of the Alliance Française Dublin since 1990 with a view to enhancing the students’ oral learning skills through a structured system of debates in the French language.

32 Irish schools have taken part in the debating competition since October 2017. The battle of wits will finally come to an end with the finalist teams Coláiste Íosagáin and Loreto College St. Stephen's Green competing on the motion « La liberté d'expression n'est ni possible ni souhaitable » on Friday 16 March in the French Library!

Courses   Special Event
Free placement tests
for the upcoming
  Goût de France
Good France 2018

Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays between 5 and 7pm from March 20th
Admission free

Come to our Café and meet one of our teachers who will tell you your exact level and advise on the most suitable course. Assessments are free of charge. There is no appointment required and no obligation to purchase.
Please note you don't need an assessment if you are a
 complete beginner or if you are already a student, you can enrol directly online.

Our next term for adults, teenagers, children and toddlers will start on April 9th.


20-25 March 2018
More information

On the week of March 19th, 19 restaurants across Ireland will take part in Goût de France / Good France, the world’s largest celebration of French gastronomy!

Promoted by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Good France aims at celebrating the conviviality of French cuisine, forging ties between chefs of the world.
Blending the best of French and Irish ingredients, 19 chefs from all over Ireland, (including our very own Bruno from
La Cocotte) will join 3,000 chefs worldwide in celebrating good food and gastronomy around March 21st.

Literary Festival

19th Franco-Irish Literary
Festival: Sex & Sensibility

23-25 March at the Alliance Française Dublin, and Dublin Castle (Castle Hall)
Admission free (first come basis)

This universal yet complex subject conjures up a full spectrum of possibilities, from the most dazzling beauty, that of free and consensual relations, to the darkness of predation.
13 writers of French, English & Irish languages, including Anne Enright, Lisa McInerney, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Léonor de Récondo, Sylvain Bosselet and Françoise Rey, will invite you to discuss sex and literature.
In addition to these debates, lectures and signings, a pop-up bookshop will be offered. And this year, we are proud to launch the Festival with a stunning Literary Cabaret evening that will provide a delightfully festive showpiece.

Full programme officially launched on 1st March on:

Cinéclub NEW FORMAT!   Workshops
Cinéclub New Format:
Astérix Mission Cléopâtre
  Easter School Holiday
French Programmes

Thursday 22 March – 7.30pm
€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 2002 cult comedy Astérix Mission Cléopatre, a frenzied and hilarious adaptation of the René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo's comic strip by Alain Chabat from the French group of comedians Les Nuls. While staying truthful to the original material, Chabat included a lot of his own humour and taste for parody.
Astérix Mission Cléopatre
remains the 11th highest-grossing films of all time in France.

The Cinéclub is free for Alliance Française Premium Members among many other advantages! More on Memberships


Children Mon 26 - Wed 28
From 9.30am to 2pm
4-6 y-o
7-10 y-o

Your children will discover the magic of springtime through activities focusing on nature and plants. Gardening, chocolate, and Easter eggs are to be expected! The classes will be led by qualified native-French teachers. All children are welcome, regardless of their level of French.

Teenagers Mon 26 - Wed 28
From 1pm to 4pm
Junior Cert
Leaving Cert

Every Easter we organise intensive courses for Junior & Leaving Certificates students preparing to sit their French Oral examination. While we try to keep this workshop as lively and fun as possible, its content is directly designed to meet the requirements of the Certificates syllabus and includes a mock exam.

Teachers' Training   Screening
Développer les compétences avec le court-métrage   IFI French Film Club:
I Got Life!

Wednesday 28 March – 5-7pm
Admission free 

During this workshop, you will discover how short films can help improve your students skills in the French language. This medium is easy to find, easy to use in a class format and is sure to captivate your students, use it without moderation! A selection of short films will be presented along with their educational use.

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

More information on our services for teachers


Thursday 29 March – 6.30pm
€9.50 / €7.50 AF & IFI Members

One of the hits of last November’s IFI French Film Festival (where it screened under the name Aurora with lead actress Agnès Jaoui in attendance), Blandine Lenoir’s film strikes a balance between comedy and poignancy in its depiction of a situation rarely examined on film, that of a woman going through menopause.

Skilfully crafted, often very funny, and frequently moving, this is a warm and timely portrait of a usually overlooked section of society.

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

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

Pasta w/ Smoked Salmon  5 – 10 March
Franco-Irish Lamb Stew  
12 – 17 March
Goût de France / Good France Festival Special:  Boeuf braisé dans un pain de noix
19 – 28 March

Main Course ...................................... €11.50
Main Course
+ Dessert + Coffee....... €15.50
10% off for Students and AF Members
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