April 2017


The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is preparing for its eighteenth edition focusing on Fashion and Literature. Over the course of three days, fifteen French speaking & Irish writers will do us the honour of discussing this theme through panel discussions and readings. Literature remains at the core of this new edition, but the festival also aims to organise artistic events to enhance the themes addressed by the authors during these few days: screening, exhibition, workshops as well as sessions dedicated to a special education programme during which writers will meet with students, in school, and during a Creative Writing workshop.
We eagerly await your attendance on March 31st, April 1st and 2nd take part in what is an essential event in Dublin’s cultural calendar!

Christine Weld, Festival Manager, cweld@alliance-francaise.ie
From 18 years old 12 to 17 years old
New French Courses
for Adults
  New French Courses
for Teenagers

8 week term from April 3

General French courses, conversation courses, cultural workshops business French, and preparation for exams for adults are available to both former and new students all day from Monday to Saturday for 8 weeks.
Placement test every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 5 and 7pm!
Assessments 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 with the Alliance, you can enrol directly online.



8 week term from April 3

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 for Junior & Leaving Certificates.
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.

5 to 11 years old   1 to 4 years old
New French Courses
for Children
  New French Courses
for Toddlers

8 week term from April 3

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 com-municative approach ensures that every child is given ample opportunity to actually speak French.
General French classes for every level and bilingual courses are available.



8 week term from April 3

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 limited to 8 children and divided into 4 different age groups : 12-24 months (APP1), 2 years (APP2), 3 years (APP3), 4 years (APP4). A bilingual group  for 3 to 4 years old (APP3/4 Bilingue) and a new Body awareness workshop are also available!


Literary Festival   Screening
18th Franco-Irish
Literary Festival
Deux jours à tuer

31 March, 1, 2 April at Light House Cinema, Dublin Castle (Castle Hall) & Alliance Française
Admission Free (first come basis)

For the 18th edition of the Franco-Irish Literary Festival, jointly organised by the Alliance Française and the French Embassy, 15 writers from France and Ireland will reflect on the theme Style and Stylistics – De fil en aiguille – Snáth An Scéil during panel discussions, interviews, readings and our now famous Sunday literary brunch!



Thursday 6 April – 7.30pm
€6 / Free for Premium Members

Save the date, the newly refurbished multiform space of the French Library will now host a Cinéclub every first Thursday of the month!

Don't miss the second edition of the Cinéclub with a screening of French thriller Deux jours à tuer (Love Me No More, 2008).

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

School Holiday Activities for Children & Teenagers
For Children   For Teenagers

Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 April
9am-1.30pm (13.5 hours)
4-6 year old: €185 with lunch 
7-10 year old: €185
with lunch

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 our qualified native-French teachers. Please note that lunch à la française is included in the price! All children are welcome, regardless of their level of French.


Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 April
1-4pm (12 hours)
Junior Cert: €145 
Leaving Cert: €145 

Every year, the Alliance Française organises intensive courses for Leaving Cert & Junior Cert students preparing to sit their French Written examination that year. While we try to keep this holiday programme as lively and fun as possible, and its content is directly designed to meet the requirements of the certificates' syllabus and includes a Mock exam.

Screening   Teachers' Training
IFI French Film Club:
  Outils numériques pour productions orales

Monday 10 April – 6.30pm
€9.40 / €7.50 AF & IFI Members

Everyone but vegetarians will feast their eyes on Raw (Grave), a cleverly written, impressively made and incredibly gory tale of one young woman's awakening to the pleasures of the flesh — in all senses of the term. Marking the feature debut of French director Julia Ducournau, who leads a terrific young cast into a maelstrom of blood, guts and unfettered sexual awakening, this Cannes Critics' Week selection should become a hot potato (or is that a meatball?) at the market while propelling its talented creator into the spotlight.

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2


Wednesday 5 April – 6pm
Admission free 

This workshop will be focused on websites and apps which will encourage students to speak all the while giving them practical examples to work on their auditory skills be it for the oral exam or the aural comprehension exam. Do not hesitate to bring your smartphone or tablet to use in live tools as Thinglink, Voicethread or Utellstory and create activities to improve speaking and aural comprehension skills.

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

Book Launch   Special Event
Joyce's 'Chamber music'
new translation in French
  Alliance Française Dublin
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 11 April – 6.30pm
Admission free

Chamber Music, James Joyce’s first publication, is a collection of 36 lyrics  meant to be put to music and chiefly love poems. Olivier Litvine’s new translation of Chamber Music is an attempt to preserve the rhythm and intense lyricism of the original and come up with an autonomous equivalent in French. The bilingual edition comes with rare photos of Joyce and his Dublin, a very illuminating introduction by Prof Marc C. Conner, a biography and a bibliography of Joyce's oeuvre.


Tuesday 11 April – 6.30pm
Reserved for current Members with voting rights

The Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Alliance Française in Dublin will take place on April 11th.

As is the case every other year, Members will review the past year’s activities and adopt the annual and financial reports of the organisation’s Board of Directors.


Special Events

Jacques Prévert
20 April - 6 May

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Jacques Prévert's death, the Alliance Française, with the support of the French Embassy in Ireland and Institut Français, is pleased to organise a series of events on or inspired by the famous French poet and screenwriter.
The highlight of the Festival will be the launch of an exhibition of Jacques Prévert's collages  in presence of two experts on Prévert, Arnaud Laster and Gasiglia Laster who will introduce the artworks and read a selection of poems.

Various free events will take place in our café-restaurant La Cocotte, the French Library or within our French courses:

French Library's Treasure Hunt
The Clue is in the Poem

Saturday 22 April from 10am
Admission Free - No booking

Classroom Activities

Semaine Jacques Prévert

24-29 April
Admission Free


Exhibition Opening & Talk
Les Collages de Jacques Prévert

Thursday 27 April
Admission Free


Le Roi et l'Oiseau

Wednesday 3 May
Admission free 


Children Workshop
Atelier Collages

6 May 11am
Admission Free

Exhibition   Talk / Book Launch
Yves Saint Laurent
by Reginald Gray
  An Evening with
Frédéric Vitoux

Until 25 April – 6.30pm
Admission free

Reginald Gray (1930-2013) was an Irish artist who worked as a portrait painter, celebrity photographer, set designer and fashion designer (for Vogue, Fairchild, Condé Nast, WWD) in Paris and New York. This posthumous exhibition is an opportunity to publicize his art in Ireland.
A selection of portraits of Yves Saint Laurent in Paris and Morocco was chosen to illustrate the Franco-Irish Literary Festival on Fashion.


Wednesday 26 April 6.30pm
Admission free 

Frédéric Vitoux is a French novelist, biographer and literary columnist, member since 2001 of the prestigious Académie française. He will be at the Alliance Française on April 26th for a very special presentation of his last novel Aux Rendez-vous des Mariniers and a talk. Do not miss this occasion of entering the world of Fiction and taking part to an out-of-ordinary walk through the 20th century literature history.

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