Summer 2018 #145


After a year full of cultural events, workshops, readings and library activities, it is time for us to have a well-deserved break to maintain the physical collections and spaces and prepare for the coming year. The French Library will operate reduced opening hours in July (Monday: 4.30pm-7.30pm / Tuesday-Thursday: 12noon-7.30pm / Friday & Saturday: closed) and will be closed from 27 July to 4 September.
Be sure to get your summer reads before the annual closing, remember loans may be extended! Our digital library, Culturethèque, is still accessible 24/7, with over 150.000 online documents. If you’re a member, you already have an account on Culturethèque, simply ring the Library to retrieve your login details. We will be back in September with our usual activities and lots of exciting new projects, including Escape Game sessions and board games evenings! Bonnes vacances !

Annabelle Malandrin, Director of the French Library,

Education for Adults Education for Teenagers
Adults Summer Courses
8-week session every 8 weeks
  Teenagers Summer Camps
2-week session every 2 weeks
Harvest Term: 30 July - 21 Sept
Free placement test on 16, 17,18, 23, 24, 25 July between 4.30pm & 6.30pm

General French courses, conversation courses, refreshers' classes, specialised workshops and intensive Summer programmes will be available for adults of all levels morning and evening times for 1 term of 8 weeks in  August and September.

Come for a free assessment on 16, 17,18, 23, 24, 25 July between 4.30pm & 6.30pm 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 if you are already a student, you can enrol directly online.


Monday to Friday 10am - 1pm
30 hours in total – €350

Our Summer courses for teenagers are designed to complement classes already attended at secondary school and to lay the groundwork for the school year ahead. They provide a diversification and broadening of the language in an interactive and fun way, with a focus on interests and topics relevant to the participants. 3 groups are available: Junior Teens (going into 2nd, 3rd Year), Senior Teens (going into 4th, 5th, 6th Year) and Starter Teens (going into 1st Year or complete beginners).

Junior Teens Book online:
16-27 July / 30 July - 10 August
/ 13-24 August
Senior Teens Book online:
16-27 July / 30 July - 10 August
/ 13-24 August
Starter Teens Book online:
16-27 July / 30 July - 10 August
/ 13-24 August

Education for Children   Exhibitions
Children Summer Camps
1-week session every week
  Union(s) Européenne(s)
30th anniversary of Erasmus

Monday to Friday 9.30am - 2pm
20 hours in total – €220

Get the kids out of bed with our 1-week Summer Camps available every week throughout the Summer. "C'est l'été / French Summer Fun" offers different themes and activities every week to learn and play in French: arts & crafts, songs, outdoor games (subject to weather), apps and much more The classes will be led by child-friendly native-French qualified teachers. All children are welcome, whatever their level of French!

4-6 year olds  Book online:
9-13 July / 16-20 July / 23-27 July / 30 July - 3 August / 7-10 August / 13-17 August / 20-24 August / 27-31 August
7-10 year olds  Book online:
9-13 July / 16-20 July / 23-27 July / 30 July - 3 August / 7-10 August / 13-17 August / 20-24 August / 27-31 August

Register for 2 camps or more and receive a 10% discount on the second camp!


Open Air Exhibition
St Stephen's Green – 3-30 July
Exhibition in French version
Alliance Française – 5 July-29 August

For over 30 years, the Erasmus programme has helped more than 9 million Europeans to forge links that transcend national frontiers. An estimated one million babies have been born to couples who met as a result of a university exchange under the Erasmus scheme. The Union(s) Européenne(s) exhibition highlights the human successes of the Erasmus programme through the portraits of 22 of these families made up of 17 different nationalities.
Call in at St Stephen’s Green Park from 3 July and at the Alliance Française for a French version from 4 July, before the exhibition begins its tour around Ireland!
Presented by the French Embassy and the Higher Education Authority with the support of 12 European Embassies based in Ireland, the European Commission Representation in Ireland and Alliance Française Dublin.

Festival   Screening / Competition
"Short Shorts from Europe"
at Galway Film Fleadh
  IFI French Film Club:
Racer & The Jailbird

Wednesday 11 July at 10am
Admission free

For its 30th edition, the Galway Film Fleadh will host an early screening of the Short Shorts from Europe Film Festival 2018!
Every year Short Shorts presents the best European short films from a diverse number of genres including animation, documentaries and drama. It is organised by EUNIC Ireland , a network of European national institutes of culture and national bodies engaged in promoting the arts. After this first screening, Short Shorts will travel to two other venues in Dublin (5th November) and Cork (12th November).
The Galway Film Fleadh is a six-day international film event held every July that brings together professionals and everyday cinephiles within an intimate environment to celebrate a shared passion for film.

Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Sq, Galway


Friday 13 July – 8.30pm
€9.50 / €7.50 AF & IFI Members

Filmmaker Michael R Roskam, nominated for an Oscar for Bullhead, reteams with lead actor, Matthias Schoenaerts, for a love story set in the glamorous world of motor racing. He is Gigi, a violent bank robber who falls for the charms of female racing driver Bibi, Adèle Exarchopoulos, who has no idea that the new man in her life is a criminal.
Roskam’s intense, character-driven drama, which unfolds in three parts, is a gritty tale of an unlikely romance with charismatic lead performances. The screening will be introduced by Bérengère Langlois, Course Director at Alliance Française Dublin.

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

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

Special Event  / Competition   Cinéclub / Competition
Bastille Day Celebration   Cinéclub:
Jour de Fête

Saturday 14 July – 4.30pm-2am
Admission free, no booking

French Friday, Le Petit Journal Dublin and The Church Bar, Café & Restaurant have teamed up again with the support of the French Embassy to offer you the biggest Bastille Day celebration in Ireland!

Au programme: French Pastis, French Wine, French Pétanque & entertainment, French Crêpes, French Saucisson, French Fanfare Les Krapos and French DJs!

There will be prizes to be won including Alliance Française goodie bags, Member-ships and French courses !

The Church, Wolf Tone Square, Dublin 1


Thursday  26 July – 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 fully restored and coloured version of the classic 1949 French comedy film Jour de fête starring Jacques Tati in his directional debut as an inept and easily distracted mailman in a backward French village. Somewhere between slapstick and experimentation, Jour de fête was a record-breaking hit and established Tati's reputation as a major director and auteur.
The Cinéclub is free for AF Premium Members. Win tickets on our Twitter!

Family Festival / Competition   Services for Members
Festijeux at
Playstival 2018
Digital Library

11 & 12 August 2018
€12.42 – €36.18  

Organised by Laya's City Spectacular and The Happy Pear, Playstival is Ireland's newest summer festival for children and parents. It celebrates play, imagination, and fun with a range of hands-on and imaginative games.
With the support of the
French Embassy in Ireland, the  world-renowned French company FESTIJEUX will be there to showcase their  play-positive games and unusual animations that have entertained 10 million viewers around the world! Playstival's 2-day festivities will take place in Dublin’s Urban Farm, a  38-acre working farm and gardens located in Airfield Estate, Dundrum.

Check out our
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages as we will be giving away free family passes!

Airfield Estate, Overend Way, Dundrum


French Culture 24/7 accessible anywhere in Ireland
Exclusive in Ireland to the Alliance Française and free for its Members

The revolutionary platform Culturethèque, developed by Institut Français, offers over 150,000 online documents in French including books, newspapers, magazines, graphic novels, music recordings, audiobooks, films, games, documentaries, academic articles, learning modules & tutorials for students, and there are dedicated sections for children and teenagers!

The portal is accessible in the French Library and anywhere from any digital device to all Members of Alliance Française Dublin. Get your Membership to enjoy Culturethèque and avail of many other advantages! Are you one of our students? If so you are already a Member! Simply collect your Membership card at the French Library and retrieve your access codes.

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