May 2019 #154


Following the recent success of the 20th edition of the Franco-Irish Literary Festival, we are encouraged to continue mining the rich seam of Franco-Irish collaborations. For that reason we cordially invite you to join us on 14-18 May as we celebrate the 5th edition of the Alliance Française’s Comic Book Festival where we will host two stars in the field, Eoin Coverney (Ireland) and Jacques Ferrandez (France).
The French Library will host a series of special events including masterclass, live reading performances,  talks, live sketching, signings, screening, creative workshop, pop-up book fair, and  an exhibition at La Cocotte Café! Admission is free for all events but booking is essential.

Christine Weld, Festival Manager,

Photography Festival Family Readings
PhotoIreland Festival:
The Invention of Memory
  La Nuit de la lecture /
Veillée littéraire

Opening Saturday 4 May 6pm
Free – No booking

This year will see the 10th edition of PhotoIreland Festival bringing an ambitious programme to Dublin running from May to July. Taking place in Rathfarnham Castle, The Invention of Memory exhibition presents the works of Benedetta Casagrande, Clare Lyons, Yvette Monahan and, in collaboration with  the  Embassy of France and Alliance Française Dublin, French artist Lucie Khakhoutian.
The Franco-Armenian visual artist investigates her national, spiritual, and familial identity, questioning her current state of belonging, by exploring her family history and childhood memories.

Rathfarnham Castle, 153 Rathfarnham Rd, D14


Wednesday 8 May – 6.30pm
Admission free – No booking

After last month's success of the "Nuit de la Lecture / Prix des Incorruptibles", the Lycée Français d'Irlande and Alliance Française Dublin would like to welcome you again to an exceptional evening of reading aloud with children from CM1 and CM2 (4th and 5th class in primary school).

The pupils will present the books they have written and illustrated in class. They will read short extracts from both their work and the books they enjoyed reading this year.

If parents wish to share books that they enjoyed reading as a child, they are very welcome to participate.

Celebrity Readings   Workshop
Words on the Street
European Literature Night
  Alliance Française
Yoga Club

Thursday 9 May From 6.30pm
Free – No booking

We are delighted to take part again in the Words on the Street Festival and to team up this year with the Embassy of Malta.
Words on the Street will take you on a journey across the European cultural landscape in an evening of celebrity readings of works by contemporary European authors on a trail around Merrion Square.
Excerpts from Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan (translated by George Miller) and Comb by Loranne Vella (translated by Ramon Zerafa) will be read by actor Ger Ryan in the American College.

American College, Merrion Square, Dublin 2


Thursdays 5.30pm from 9 May
sessions of 1 hour – €70  

Le Club de Yoga de l'Alliance Française continue!

The weekly sessions will be led in French by Hélène Thomas who has been working as a yoga instructor in Dublin for a number of years. She was certified and trained in Mysore, India. Hélène teaches 'Ashtanga Yoga’, a dynamic practice that combines breathing with movement and reflection.

No particular level or knowledge of Yoga is required, beginners are welcome. Please note that payment in full is mandatory to reserve your space!

Comic Book Festival   Comic Book Festival
CBF19: Meet Jacques
Ferrandez & Eoin Coveney
  CBF19: Live Readings
Live Sketching / Q&A

Tuesday 14 May 6.30pm
Admission free  

We are delighted to open the Comic Book Festival this year with an in-depth look at the works of two major illustrators and comic artists: Eoin Coveney (Ireland) and Jacques Ferrandez (France) will present their craft and go through the process of bringing a script or a novel to its visual iteration.
Talks in English and French with consecutive interpreting. Event presented by Margaret Anne Suggs.
Comic books will be on sale that evening from 6pm at La Cocotte Café, including books by Jacques Ferrandez, Eoin Coveney and participants of the live readings, as well as other comics. Sale organised by Atomic Diner and International Books.


Wednesday 15 May 6.30pm
Admission free  

Illustrators Ireland & The Comics Lab brings together the most promising indie comics makers from throughout the island of Ireland to perform live readings of their short comics.

The experience is a fully immersive story-telling event that combines music, sound design, projected illustration and live performance in what feels like a cross between theatre and animation.

: Sarah Bowie, Alan Dunne, Philip Elliott, Claire Foley, Debbie Jenkinson, Julien Laloy, Paddy Lynch, Elida Maiques (featuring dancer Jessica Cottee) & Orchimy

Comic Book Festival Comic Book Festival
CBF19 Screening:
CBF19 Workshop:
Create a comic strip
Thursday 16 May 7pm
Admission free  

Bécassine (2018), directed by Bruno Podalydès and starring Emeline Bayart, Karin Viard, Denis Podalydès  and Josiane Balasko, is the live-action adaptation of the iconic 1900's comic strip of the same name.
The adventures of the naive Breton country-woman is one of the most enduring French comics of all times. It is famous for defining the template in comic strip syndication and publication, as well as presenting one of the first female protagonists in the history of comics.

Original version in French subtitled in English.


Saturday 18 May 11am
Admission free  

Children from 8 years old are invited to discover how an artist creates a comic strip!

French cartoonist Melody Ung, AKA Orchimy, will explain the basics of comics-making by drawing a strip (short story in 4 to 6 boxes) live on screen.
Everyone will get a chance to create their very own comic strip with the assistance of the artist and the Library team!

The theme this year is Adapt your favourite book or film into a comic strip.

French Courses Teachers' Training
French Summer
Activités théâtrales
en classe

Free placement test every Mon, Tue, Wed between 5 & 7pm from 13 May
From June, 1, 2, 4 and 8 week programmes are available all Summer long! 

Get the kids out of bed this summer with the Alliance Française's French Summer Camps for children and teenagers! We are open all summer long from the beginning of June until the end of August with programmes available every week or every two weeks! Learn and have fun with the experts.
General French courses, conversation courses, refresher's classes, specialised workshops, intensive programmes will be available for adults of any level morning and evening times for two  8-week term in June-July and August-September.

Information, Timetable & Booking


Wednesday 15 May – 5.30- 7.30pm
Admission free  

Teachers will discover Drama activities to that can be used in classes from 1st right through to 6th Year. Some short playlets will also be introduced to give teachers ideas and tools that can help students develop a wide range of competencies on: communication, memo-rization, and pronunciation.

This workshop will be led by Anne Nakache who is both qualified as a professional actress and a French teacher. She teaches at Alliance Française Dublin and is also in charge of the AF Drama club.

As always the workshop is free but places are limited, so book quickly!

More information on our services for teachers

Music Festival   Literary Festival
Fête de la Bretagne
Gouel Breizh
  Meet Adélaïde Bon
& Louise O’Neill
Saturday 18 May – from 6.30pm
€10 at the door / Win tickets on Twitter

To celebrate Brittany day, 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 traditional Breton festival with group dancing and live acoustic music. It was added in 2012 by UNESCO into the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The craic will be ninety with these 4 bands: Sterenn le Guillou & Enora Jegou (voices of Brittany), Clément Le Goff & Titouan Gautier (traditional Breton music), The Klandestins (fusion / balfolk) and Tamm Tan Daouad (traditional Breton music). Traditional Crêpes will be served on our special billigs from Brittany!

The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Wednesday 22 May – 7.30pm
€12 / €10  

We are delighted to host, in association with the French Embassy, one of the highlights of the International Literature Festival Dublin 2019, "Speak Up, Speak Out", a panel interview of Adélaïde Bon and Louise O’Neill chaired by journalist and broadcaster Edel Coffey.

French actress, voiceover artist and writer, Adélaïde Bon is a new and important voice in the #MeToo conversation. At nine, she was sexually assaulted by a stranger. It was twenty-three years before anyone was charged with her assault. Written with poise and passion, her debut novel The Little Girl on the Ice Floe shares her shame, rage, and fear - and offers hope for healing. Award-winning Irish author Louise O’Neill’s most recent novel, The Surface Breaks, is a feminist re-imagining of The Little Mermaid. The New York Times called her 2015 novel Asking For It ‘riveting and essential’.

Library's Workshop   Screening/Competition
Learn to use your
Digital Library
  IFI French Film Club:
La Douleur

Wednesday 22 May – 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!


Monday 27 May – 6.10pm
€9.90 / €7.80
AF & IFI Members

In 1944, Marguerite Duras (Mélanie Thierry) and her husband, writer Robert Antelme, are Resistance members in Nazi-occupied Paris. When he is deported by the Gestapo, she becomes friendly with French collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel) to gain information at considerable risk to her underground cell.
Through subtly expressionistic images and voiceover passages from Duras' writing, Emmanuel Finkiel's adaptation of La Douleur evokes the inner world of one of the 20th century's most revolutionary writers.

As always, Alliance Française Members get a 20% discount and free tickets on our Twitter!

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

Concert   Talk
Alliance Française Choir
Annual Recital
  An evening with
Dominique A

Tuesday 28 May – 8pm
Admission free 

The Choir of the Alliance Française invites you to celebrate the end  of Term at its  special Summer Concert at The French Library.
From Brassens to Saint-Saëns, Brahms to Trenet,  this will be a musical celebration of nature and love. The show is free and open to all!

The members of the Choir meet every Wednesday lunch time from September to May  to practise under the watchful eye and tuneful ear of Lucie O’Flynn. The choir is constantly looking for new members so, if you have an interest in music, come along and join the fun!

This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the AF Choir which was created in 2009 by AF Director, Claire Bourgeois.


Wednesday 29 May – 6.30pm
Admission free 

Starting as the quintessential independent singer/songwriter of the early 1990's Dominique A gained national and international recognition, critical acclaim and many prestigious awards over the past 20 years. He has collaborated with many artists such as Françoiz Breut, Jeanne Balibar, Jane Birkin, and Étienne Daho, and has influenced many others. His movement away from the constraints of chanson paved the way for a whole new generation of musicians and showed how it was possible to use the French language in the alternative pop/rock genre. Albums such as  La Fossette (1992) and La mémoire neuve (1995) are today regarded as classics.
Organised by AMOPA Irlande (Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques) in partnership with Alliance Française Dublin and with the support of the French Embassy.

Screening / Competition   Library's Social Game
Les Valseuses
  The French Library's
Escape Game

Thursday 30 May – 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 1974 road/buddy movie Les Valseuses starring Miou-Miou, Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere. Although it has become a much quoted cult classic, Bertrand Blier's comedy Les Valseuses ("testicles" in French slang) is still one the most controversial films in French history. Due to its language and graphic content, the screening is strictly over 18.

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


Friday 31 May – 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 America 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!

Register quickly, the game is limited to 7 participants! Events for adults with a good level of French.

1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
(+353) 1 676 17 32