September 2018 #146


The Summer of 2018 will long be remembered: Temperatures which prompted many to enjoy the pleasure of the beach as if they were under much southerly latitudes, a beautiful victory for “Les Bleus”, and for Alliance Française Dublin, a record attendance to our programmes, in classrooms now all equipped with digital devices and all connected to WiFi.
Autumn is just around the corner, and it is back to school time. The Alliance Française Dublin team invites you to discover what there is in store for this new academic year with two Open Days: a regular Open Day on Saturday September 15, and a Family oriented Open Day on Saturday, September 8. We look forward to meeting you on both days, or/and at our Cinéclub season which will open with the mother of all French comedies for all ages to (re)discover: La Grande Vadrouille, on September 27th.
Bonne Rentrée et à bientôt!

Thierry Lagnau, Directeur de l’Alliance Française de Dublin / Délégué général de l’Alliance Française en Irlande,

Special Event Special Event
Alliance Française
Family Open Day 2018
Alliance Française
Open Day 2018

Saturday 8 September from 11am to 5pm Admission free

To celebrate our new curriculum and timetable for children & teenagers fully aligned with the Irish Primary & Secondary Schools calendar we are organising a very special Family Open Day!

We will have a Children's Show (storytelling and live drawing with Compagnie Troll), French courses samples, various workshops at the French Library, face painting, balloon modelling, free French pastry, goodies and competitions! Information will be available on our new term starting from September 17th and the various events and activities planned for the year 2018-19.
Toddlers, children, teenagers and their parents are welcome, admission is free and no booking is required!


Saturday 15 September from 11am to 5pm Admission free

We are organising an Open Day to give you the opportunity to meet our staff and learn about our courses and events for 2018/2019. 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 French café La Cocotte! We'll also have free goodies, discounted tickets for the National Gallery of Ireland, competitions to win French courses and Memberships!

New French courses New French courses

8-week term from September 24th
Free placement test every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 5 to 7pm

General French courses, conversation courses, refreshers' classes, specialised workshops, and preparation for international diplomas,  are available for adults of all levels morning and evening times once or twice a week from Monday to Friday  for 8 weeks.
Placement tests 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, you can enrol directly online.


15-week term from September 17th

These courses are designed as a complement to classes attended at secondary school.
They provide a diversification and broadening of the language in an interactive way. Teachers focus on interests and topics relevant to the participants as well as the requirements of the syllabus.

The Alliance Française employs and trains the best native French teachers in Ireland. In contrast to most Irish institutes we take no more than 15 students per group to ensure the best learning experience for all.

New French courses New French courses

15-week term from September 17th

Through lively and stimulating activities, children of primary school age build up a broad and lasting knowledge of the French language. Classes closely follow children's development and abilities. Our teachers are all native French speakers and experienced in working with children.

Our communicative approach ensures that every child is given ample opportunity to actually speak French.
General French classes for all levels and bilingual courses are available.


15-week term from September 17th

The award-winning A Petits Pas (APP) offers an innovative programme for toddlers and their parents which aims to enrich your child’s intellectual development and ability to be open to other languages and cultures, and to deepen the parent-child bond.

Classes are are limited to 8 children and divided into 4 different age groups: 12-24 months (APP1), 2 years (APP2), 3 years (APP3), 4 years (APP4), plus a  bilingual groups (Mini Bilingues).

Exhibition Reading & Live Music
Street Art by
  "Sentez-vous livres"
with Alcaz
Until 2 October
Admission free

For the past 20 years, French Street Artist DACO has developed his own unique visual identity, which has matured from a classic style to WildStyle, a more complex lettering.
His work is mainly displayed on abandoned factories and Paris’ street walls, but he has also produced work in various countries around the world, including Taiwan, Switzerland, Spain, Chile and Sri Lanka.
Come and discover his latest project Graffaune, a series of graffiti composed of geometrical wild animals, specially created for Alliance Française Cork and Alliance Française Dublin.


Thursday 20 September – 6pm
Admission free

Literature and music lovers are invited to an intimate evening of reading and live performance. Come along with your favourite book, pop your name into a hat, sit comfortably and enjoy...
The French folk/pop duo Alcaz will read passages selected by the audience and illustrate them with songs from their huge repertoire.
Audience participation is encouraged and If you wish, you can read your text yourself and share what it means to you.
The band will also play a festive set at Culture Night the following day.

Special Event
Culture Night 2018 at the Alliance Française
Friday 21 September from 6pm Admission free

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 will be in English with a hint of French, and 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 folk/pop duo Alcaz from Marseilles. Vyviann Susan and Jean-Yves Liévaux have two fantastic voices that playfully fuse over two guitars and percussion from all around the world! A concert that is sure to be lively, unpretentious and very entertaining!

Throughout the evening: Our restaurant La Cocotte will be open throughout the evening to mark at the same time the Fête de la Gastronomie and to give you the opportunity to taste some delicious French food on sale only on the night!

Join the Alliance Française Dublin's Choir!
Every Wednesday 12.45pm-2pm from 26 September
€40 for a full 8-week term / €5 per session

The Choir of the Alliance Francaise Dublin is looking for new members! This year the Choir is celebrating its 10th anniversary and you are cordially invited to join its ranks! Each year participants work under the direction of professional teacher Lucie O'Flynn towards a Christmas Concert held in early December and a Summer Concert held in May. The workshop is open to everyone, student or not, no matter their level, French speakers and non-speakers alike.

Screening / Competition   Talk
IFI French Film Club:
Faces Places
  An evening with Paul Lynch
Le Voyage Littéraire

Tuesday 25 September – 6.30pm
€9.50 / €7.50 AF & IFI Members

The indefatigable Agnès Varda, octogenarian and treasure of world cinema, teams up with the mysterious street artist JR in the delightful Faces Places, an Oscar-nominated docu-travelogue that sees the irresistibly incongruent duo embark on a quest to honour the faces and places of rural France.
The screening is part of an exciting Agnès Varda Season celebrating the multi-faceted works of the pre-eminent filmmaker who recently won the  Honorary Academy Award.
As always, Alliance Française Members get a 20% discount and free tickets on our Twitter!

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2


Wednesday 26 September – 6.30pm
Admission free

With his latest novel Grace soon to be published in French, the Alliance Française is proud to host a bilingual event with Irish writer Paul Lynch.
Specialised in linking travel to literature, the French association Le Voyage Littéraire will take this opportunity to chair a literary conversation with one of the finest talents among the new generation of Irish writers, whose novels take a uniquely fresh look at Irish History.

Paul Lynch will be interviewed by Séverine Gillet, Director of the association Le Voyage Littéraire.

Cinéclub / Competition   Exhibition
La Grande Vadrouille
  Roderic O’Conor
and the Moderns

Thursday  27 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 a restored version of the 1966 French classic comedy film La Grande Vadrouille starring the legendary duo Bourvil / Louis de Funès under the direction of  Gérard Oury for the second time after the smash success of Le Corniaud. La Grande Vadrouille was the most successful French film in France for over 40 years, topping the box office with over 17million cinema admissions.

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

 Until October 2018
€10 €15 

Enrol during our Open Day and you will get  complementary voucher for the Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns, Between Paris and Pont-Aven exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland!

Don't miss this unique opportunity to see the works of one of the unsung masters of Irish painting, and one of Ireland's main contributors to the revolution in European Art in the late 19th century. This exhibition examines Roderic O'Conor's evolution from impressionism to his signature expressionist style, but also places his work side-by-side with that of the artists with whom he connected and collaborated while in France, including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Seguin, Befan, and Amiet.

National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2

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