September 2019 #157

It has been two months since our last issue when we bid “au revoir” to two major players at the Alliance.
With September arriving, it is now time to say a big “bienvenue” to two new major arrivals!
The first “bienvenue” is for Gaëlle Mordelet, the new Course Director, who joined the Alliance Française Dublin team in early August. Gaëlle is from Normandie, but she has worked in Ireland, Yemen and Switzerland. She is busily preparing the Autumn term, traditionally the busiest of our academic year, which will be starting week beginning 16th September for Teens, Children and Toddlers, and week beginning 23rd September for Adults.
The second “bienvenue” is to Max. We are very proud indeed to announce that the well-known French restaurateur will be opening Chez Max on our premises by mid-September, adding a splendid and palatable touch to “The French Experience” that Alliance Française Dublin continuously strives to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you all at 1 Kildare Street, especially on Saturday 14th September for our Open Day, and Friday 20th September for Culture Night, and to running with you on Sunday 29th September in Rathfarnham with our Alliance Française de Dublin tee-shirts on: A très vite !

Thierry Lagnau, Directeur de l’Alliance Française de Dublin / Coordinateur des Alliances Françaises en Irlande,

Special Event   Children's Show
Alliance Française
Open Day 2019
  "Poulette Crevette"
at AF Open Day

Saturday 14 September 11am-5pm
Admission free No Booking

We are organising an Open Day to give you the opportunity to meet our staff and learn about our courses and events for 2019/2020. It may be just the thing you’re looking for to kick-start your French, so don’t be shy!

Visit our listed building and our state-of-the-art Multimedia Library, find out about the various activities at the Alliance Française – French courses, specialised tuition, workshops, diplomas, cultural events, memberships and more – get a free assessment of your level and needs in the French language, and then relax with a complimentary coffee and croissant in our new French Café! There will be free goodies up for grabs and competitions to win French courses and Memberships!

We also have a very special free Children's Show Poulette Crevette for the whole family (see right).


Saturday 14 September (Open Day)
Show at 12pm / Workshops at 2pm
Admission free – No Booking

Poulette Crevette, presented by theatre company La Baleine Cargo, tells the story of a little chick who isn’t like the others - it doesn’t speak! Its mother hen is worried and the whole farmyard is in turmoil...

Adapted from the eponymous children’s book written by French children’s author Françoise Guillaumond, this musical play is both witty and tender, off-beat and full of humour, and deals with difference and tolerance.

From 2pm children will be able to meet the writer and discuss the story, discover the musical instruments of the show and learn its music and rhymes.

Toddlers, children, teenagers and their parents are all welcome!

French Courses

Courses for Toddlers, Children, Teenagers & Adults

The Autumn Term is open to both former and new students. General French courses, conversation courses, refreshers' classes, specialised workshops, cultural clubs and intensive sessions will be available for adults of all levels morning and evening times for 8 weeks from September 23rd.
From September 16th, new and returning toddlers, children and teenagers may join a 15-week term aligned with the Irish School calendar with classes available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


Adults from 18 years old
8-week term from September 23rd

Children 5 to 11 years old
15-week term from September 16th

Teenagers 12 to 17 years old
15-week term from September 16th

Toddlers 1 to 4 years old
15-week term from September 16th

Come for a free assessment every Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 5 & 7pm and meet one of our teachers who will advise on the most suitable course for you and walk you through our timetable. Assessments are free of charge and no appointment is required. You don't need an assessment if you are a complete beginner or already a student, you can enrol directly online.

Theatre / Competition Special Event
French Acts in
Dublin Fringe Festival
  Culture Night 2019
with a French twist

We are delighted to be partner of Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland’s largest multidisciplinary arts Festival, home to brave performing arts and adventurous audiences. The 25th edition will run from 7th to 22nd September and features 80 productions and 554 performances, with 55 world premieres across 36 venues in Dublin. Among them, 2 truly original creations from France:

Looking for Paradise by Les 3 Points de Suspension Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September
Barnardo's Square €16 / €14 

Patchwork by Louis Deslis
Saturday 14 September –  9.15pm
Runs 11-21 September at Project Arts Centre €12  

We have tickets to be won on Twitter, keep your eyes peeled!

More information:

Friday 20 September from 6pm
Admission free No Booking

From 6pm to 8pm: Multimedia Treasure Hunt at The French Library! Bring your team (all ages welcome) and look around the library to find the treasure! Goodies to be won for the finishers, and a special Premium Membership for the winner of the raffle! The hunt is suitable for non-French speakers.

From 8pm to 10pm: Now a highlight of Culture Night, our festive live concert will this year give the floor to the French Band Beretta ChiC! The music "made in Beretta" is Twist and Rock, and the atmosphere is offbeat and burlesque. A concert that is sure to be lively, unpretentious and very entertaining!

Be sure to pay a visit also to the French Embassy too, their facade will be brought to life by French artists Scenocosme!

Part of the European Cultural Trail, an initiative of EUNIC Ireland (European Union National Institutes for Culture) for Culture Night.

Cultural Clubs at the Alliance Française

 Alliance Française Dublin's Cultural Clubs

Join our Cultural Clubs to practice, learn, meet people, and have fun! No particular level or knowledge in the subjects is required but a minimum level of French is advised to be able to follow. Please note that payment in full required to reserve your space.


Yoga from September 24th
Tuesdays 12.30pm (adults) / 1.45pm (toddlers) / 3pm (children)
16 1-hour sessions – €160

Hosted by French professional yoga instructor Hélène Thomas.


Théâtre from September 25th
Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm
16 2-hour sessions – €320

Under the direction of professional actor and teacher Anne Nakache, working towards 2 performances.

Chorale from September 25th
Wednesdays 12.45-2pm
16 75-min sessions – €

Under the direction professional teacher Lucie O'Flynn, working towards a concert.

Lecture from October 15th
Tuesdays 1-2pm
€5 per session

Hosted in The French Library by a team of French lectrices.


For more information, please contact Bookings can be made over the phone by calling (01) 676 1732 or in person at Reception.

Children's Workshop   Talk
Meet Laurent Audouin
& Geoffroy de Pennart
  Pratchett Translated
European Day of Languages
Saturday 21 September – 11am
Admission free

Geoffroy de Pennart and Laurent Audouin, renowned children’s book author-illustrators, are looking forward to coming to Dublin to present their work to children from 7-12 years old and sharing their passion for writing, reading and drawing.

There will be two parts to their presentation:
- A projection with commentary of their joint exhibition, during which children will be able to ask questions and participate;
- A hands-on pen and ink workshop where the children will be able to use the drawing techniques discovered during the first part of the session to produce their very own illustration.

Booking is essential as places are limited.
Books on sale and signings available!

Thursday 26 September – 6pm Admission free

In celebration of the European Day of Languages, join us for an exploration of how comic fantasy author, Terry Pratchett's famous Discworld novels are translated.
We will be joined by many of Pratchett's translators to discuss how each one of them tackled the same challenges in their own languages: French (Patrick Couton), German (Andreas Brandhorst), Greek (Anna Papastaurou), Hungarian (Anikó Sohár), Italian (Pier Francesco Paolini), Polish (Piotr W. Cholewa) and Spanish (Albert Solé, Martínez Roca).
This event, organised by EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) and Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, and generously supported by ESSE (European Society for the Study of English).

Examinations Hall, Trinity College Dublin

Screening / Competition   Running Event
Les Bronzés
  Rathfarnham 5K Run:
Join the AF Team!

Thursday 26 September – 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 box-office hits in French cinema history, preceded by an informal presentation with a free glass of wine!

This month, (re)discover the cult 1978 French comedy film Les Bronzés directed by Patrice Leconte.
This satire of holiday resort life was a massive hit in France, selling  2.2 million tickets during its initial theatrical release, and was the first of many films written and performed by the legendary French troupe Le Splendid.

The Cinéclub is free for AF Premium Members. Win tickets on our Twitter!

Sunday 29 September – 10am
Get a 25% discount 

Wear the Alliance Française Dublin (AFD) colours at the Rathfarnham 5K Run! Whether you are a student, a member or just a supporter, you can join the AFD Team and get 25% off the registration fee!
The Rathfarnham 5K Run has been run around the streets of Ratharnham, and Terenure on the last Sunday in September every year since 1998. It is a very popular 5k and because it takes place on a very fast course, it is favoured by runners from all over the country in order to set a personal best time. This year's chosen charity is Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

There will be over €4,000 in prizes in this year’s Rathfarnham 5K Run and the highest ranked runner in the AFD Team will win prizes including free French courses, Premium Memberships and goodie bags!

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