Summer 2019 #156

June has been a very busy month for Alliance Française Dublin, with two major “au revoir” : the first good bye was to “La Cocotte”, our café space which closed down when its management decided not to renew the licence, after a 9-year fruitful partnership, in order to concentrate on its core business. Do not despair however, and be patient for a little while longer as we can promise you a whole new dimension to the French experience we strive to create in Dublin when it re-opens in the Autumn!
The second good bye was to Bérengère Langlois, our Director of Courses, who left Dublin for a new position in e-learning in Paris. Bérengère totally modernized our teaching methods by introducing digital tools in all classrooms and in most classes. The whole team wishes her well, and wishes you all a great Summer 2019, including its usual “French highlights”: a vibrant Bastille Day and a thrilling Tour de France!

Thierry Lagnau, Directeur de l’Alliance Française de Dublin / Coordinateur des Alliances Françaises en Irlande,
French course for Adults French course for Teenagers
8-week session
throughout the Summer
  2-week programmes
every 2 weeks all Summer

Harvest Term: 29 Jul - 20 Sep 2019
Free placement test every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday between 5pm & 6.30pm from July 15th

General French courses, refreshers' classes, specialised workshops and intensive Summer programmes are available for adults of all levels morning and evening times for the second term of the Summer, the "Harvest Term" running from July 29th to September 20th.

Come for a free assessment every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday between 5pm & 6.30pm from July 15th to 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 relevant to the participants. 3 groups are available: Junior (students going into 2nd and 3rd Year), Senior (students going into 4th, 5th and 6th year) Starter (students going into 1st Year or complete beginners).

Junior Teens Book online:
1-12 July / 15-26 July /
29 July - 9 August /
12-23 August

Senior Teens Book online:
1-12 July / 15-26 July /
29 July - 9 August /
12-23 August

Starter Teens Book online:
1-12 July / 15-26 July /
29 July - 9 August /
12-23 August

French course for Children   Library
1-week camps every
week all Summer
  The French Library
Summer Timetable
Monday to Friday 9.30am - 2pm
20 hours in total – €230


Learn and play in French: Arts and crafts, songs, outdoor games (subject to weather) and much more... Activities will be led by child-friendly native-French qualified teachers. All welcome, whatever their level of French! Register for 2 camps or more and receive a 10% discount on the second camp!

4-6 year olds  Book online:
1-5 July / 8-12 July / 15-19 July / 22-26 July / 29 July - 2 August / 6-9 August / 12-16 August / 19-23 August
7-10 year olds  Book online:
1-5 July / 8-12 July / 15-19 July / 22-26 July / 29 July - 2 August / 6-9 August / 12-16 August / 19-23 August

July: Open / August: Closed
More information 

After a year full of cultural events, workshops, readings and library activities, it is time for The French Library 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-6.30pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm-6.30pm
Friday – Saturday: Closed

Please note The French Library will be closed from August 2nd to 31st. Don't worry, its digital library Culturethèque (see below) will still be open 24/7 all Summer!

Screenings Exhibition
Robert Bresson
  The Mountain
by Nadim Asfar

2-30 July
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Robert Bresson is one of the most revered and pivotal filmmakers despite a relatively small body of work consisting of thirteen feature films made over forty years – all of which will be shown in the Irish Film Institute glorious full retrospective thanks to the French Embassy:
Les Anges du péché
(1943), Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945), Journal d'un curé de campagne (1951), Un condamné à mort s'est échappé (1956), Pickpocket (1959), Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (1962), Au hasard Balthazar (1966), Mouchette (1967), Une femme douce (1969), Quatre nuits d'un rêveur (1971), Lancelot du Lac (1974), Le Diable probablement (1977), L'argent (1983).
A major event for any cinema lover! We are delighted to have
free multi-passes to be won on our Twitter page, keep your eyes peeled!

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2


Opening Thursday 4 July 6pm
Friday 5 July
More information

This year sees the 10th edition of PhotoIreland Festival bringing an ambitious programme to Dublin until the end of July.
Taking place in the brand new space The Printworks in Dublin Castle, in collaboration with the French Embassy and Alliance Française Dublin, The Mountain exhibition presents the works of Nadim Asfar.
Asfar is a Franco-Lebanese photographer and video artist. His work has been shown at many international institutions and events, including Paris Photo, the New Museum in New York, the Kunst-Werk Institute in Berlin, the Sursock Museum in Beirut and the International Documentary Festival in Marseille. His work is part of major international public and private collections.

The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Debating Competition   Board Game
Les Joutes
Oratoires 2019-20
  Les Loups-Garous
de Thiercelieux

Registration now open
More information  

Register now your School for the 2019-20 Season of the Alliance Française's Joutes Oratoires! The French Language Debating Competition will take place from mid-October until the finale in March 2020.

This competition, open to students in secondary schools in Ireland, has been organised under the auspices of Alliance Française Dublin since 1990 with a view to enhancing students’ oral learning skills through a structured system of debates in the French language. Last year 32 Irish schools took part in the debating competition.


Wednesday 9 July 6.30pm
Admission free

Thiercelieux, a quiet hamlet in the Seine-et-Marne department, is the setting for this game inspired by Mafia-style gameplay. Each night, selected players transform into werewolves and prey on the innocent village people. The next morning, the village discovers who is unaccounted for, and together deliberate to help unmask the werewolves.
Put your persuasion skills or your ability to remain unnoticed to the test, depending on whether you are the predator or the prey! Will you manage to deceive the villagers’ court judgements to win for your team?
good level of French is advised.
Special Event / Competition   Special Event  / Competition
Alliance Française
@ City Spectacular
  Bastille Day

Saturday 13 July 11am - 5pm
More information

Stop by the French Corner where Alliance Française Dublin and The French Library with the support of the French Embassy will run free workshops for children: story-telling, language activities, arts & crafts, games...
The French Library will showcase its selection of apps and multimedia platforms while Alliance Française Dublin will present its various programmes for all ages and its upcoming cultural events. There will also be face painting, balloon modelling, goodies and prizes to win including French courses and Family Memberships!
Information, activities, competitions throughout the day (11am-5pm)  / workshops every half hour between 1pm and 4pm.

City Spectacular, Merrion Square, Dublin 2

13 & 14 July – from 4pm till late
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 and Alliance Française to offer you the biggest Bastille Day celebration in Ireland, this year over 2 days!

Au programme: French Pastis, French Wine, French Pétanque & entertainment, French Crêpes, French Saucisson, French Fanfare  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

Workshop   Screening/Competition
The French Library's
 Sieste Musicale
  IFI French Film Club:
Varda by Agnès
Tuesday 16 July – 6.30pm 
Admission free 

The Sieste Musicale is a one-hour auditory experience combining reading, concrete sounds and music. For the occasion, The French Library is bathed in subdued lights and furnished with carpets, bean bags, comfy chairs and blankets. A unique occasion to dream, maybe sleep, and to get fully energized again after your day!

This month's theme is Escale en mer: Our librarians will take your through an immersive journey at sea in the company of francophone poems and music.


Monday 22 July – 6.20pm
€9.90 / €7.80
AF & IFI Members

The final work of the multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker Agnès Varda, Varda by Agnès is a revealing self-portrait of a pioneering figure with an uncompromising vision, full of illuminating wisdom, moving stories and amusing anecdotes in her characteristically contemplative yet playful manner.

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

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

Screening / Competition   Services for Members
Mr. Hulot's Holiday
Digital Library

Thursday 25 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 the 1953 comedy film  Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot by Jacques Tati. The film introduced to the world Monsieur Hulot, the iconic pipe-smoking clueless observer of the vanity of the modern western society who appears in Tati's subsequent films Mon Oncle (1958), Playtime (1967), and Trafic (1971).

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


Online French Culture 24/7
Exclusive 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