December 2020 #172

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And finally, December... Come on, let’s get this over with! Even if 2020 set a dismal new canon for an “annus horribilis”, let’s try and concentrate on some of its more positive effects. For us at Alliance Française Dublin, the best of the last 9 months has been the incredible loyalty you have shown.
Not that long ago, it would have been impossible to imagine that we could keep our community going, let alone grow it stronger, without our iconic listed building, without our heart-warming onsite group classes, events, library and café. And yet…, you have been visiting our website, followed us on our social networks, and engaged with our daily publications in even greater numbers than before. Since the end of March, our website traffic has increased by 26%, our followers by 22%, and our subscribers by 17%! Everyone at Alliance Française Dublin wishes to thank you all for your support. 
To keep this momentum going, we are now setting out to improve and to diversify our online presence with many projects over the coming months: a brand new website optimized for mobile phones; a new monthly newsletter; new types of content for social networks; new online activities and events; and a new professional film streaming platform, courtesy of the French Embassy.
We would love to get your feedback and learn more about what you would like to find on our website and in our daily posts. 
Please take a moment to take this very short survey to help us design the most relevant content for you!

Toute l’équipe vous souhaite de joyeuses fêtes ! à l’année prochaine !


Vincent Lavergne, Communication & Marketing Director, vlavergne@alliance-francaise.ie
   
Online Screening Online Workshop
16 Levers
de Soleil
Enseigner le français
au public précoce
Saturday 28 November – 2pm
Free Streaming    

The French Embassy, the Alliance Française network in Ireland, and Institut Français are delighted to invite you to the free online screening of the acclaimed documentary 16 Levers de soleil (16 Sunrises) by Pierre- Emmanuel Le Goff.
The film is about French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet taking off for his first mission in space on November 17th 2016. For six months, 450 kilometres from Earth where the world seems to fade into the unknown, a dialogue is established between the astronaut and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic book Le Petit Prince, which he brought with him on the space station.
The screening in French with English subtitles will be followed by a live Q&A session with the film director (in French only).
 
 
Tuesday 1 December – 5.30pm
Live on Zoom 

In partnership with the French Embassy, Alliance Française Dublin offers free one-off workshops to Irish teachers of French with improved, practical strategies on how to teach French as a foreign language.
In this new workshop, we will be giving you tips on how to teach young children in a fun and efficient way. When learning a new language, young students need to feel at ease within a classroom and need to be stimulated in respect with their pace and learning methods. The teacher is tasked with creating a space and activities that will trigger young learners to express themselves in a foreign language. This workshop will help you think about new teaching techniques and new ways to create a healthy and encouraging classroom environment.

 
 
   
Live Cooking Live Reading
Facebook Live Series:
Le Skinny Chef
 
Facebook Live Series:
Françoise Guillaumond
Thursday 3 December – 5pm
Live on Facebook 

Join us every week on Facebook for our Alliance Française Live Series, a short live performance by one of our collaborators and friends. These presentations include reading, theatre performance, drawing, music, cooking and more!

Ireland-based French chef Aymar Gourdet
, also known as Le Skinny Chef, is an award-winning creative food artisan and producer
, specialising in French-Irish Fusion Cuisine. For his second Facebook Live with us (watch the first masterclass), Aymar Gourdet will explain and show how to prepare another truly authentic French dish: the iconic Tarte Tatin!
All episodes of  the
Alliance Française Live Series can be watched anytime on Youtube!
 
 
Monday 7 December – 3pm
Live on Facebook 

Join us every week on Facebook for our Alliance Française Live Series, a short live performance by one of our collaborators and friends. These presentations include reading, theatre performance, drawing, music, cooking and more!

Next up, French children’s literature author Françoise Guillaumond will read from her book Poulette Crevette. This book tells the story of a chicken unlike any other, who doesn’t talk, and who struggles since the moment it was born with finding its place in the chicken coop. It is a tale which allows us to address questions of disabilities and differences between children as well as discussing parenthood.
 
 
   
The perfect gift for Christmas!
Alliance Française Christmas Gift Voucher
Available for €25, €50, €100 and €205 (fee for a full course) 

Looking for something different? At your wits’ end to know what to buy for Christmas? Why not consider an Alliance Française Gift Voucher? Our gift vouchers can be used for French courses but also for Membership that will allow your loved one to access our French Library, the online platform  Culturethèque our cultural events and enjoy special discounts in French shops, restaurants and services!
A sure way of bringing that certain je ne sais quoi to both Christmas and the New Year!

 
 
    
Online Screening   Online Workshops
 
Africa 2020 Season:
Frontières
  Christmas Workshops
for Children & Teenagers
Tuesday 8 December – 7pm
Free Streaming
  

The French Embassy and the Alliance Française network in Ireland are delighted to invite you to the free online screening of the award-winning film Frontières (Burkina Faso / France, 2017) directed by Apolline Traoré.
This screening choice resonates with the upcoming Africa 2020 Season in France. This initiative invites the public to observe and understand the world from an African perspective. This film tells the story of four women on a bus journey across West Africa facing the universal challenge of being independent women.

Streaming available
in French with English subtitles until 15 December, 7pm.
  
  
 
Wednesday 9 December
4-6 years old: 2-3.30pm  
7-11 years old: 3-4.30pm  
12-15 years old: 4.30-6.30pm  

Children (4 to 6 years old / 7 to 11 years old) are welcome to our very special Online Christmas Workshop, conducted entirely in French, where everyone will discover French Christmas stories and songs, leading to various activities and arts & crafts! This workshop is 1,5 hours long for €20!

Teenagers
(12 to 15 years old) are also invited  to discover Christmas magic à la française, leading to various fun activities while still working on the Junior Certificate Syllabus. This workshop is 2 hours long for €25!
 
 
   
Certification Live Reading
Internationally recognised Diplomas in French The French Library's
Toddlers' Time
Registration for DELF/DALF until 18 December More information 

DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official and valid for life qualifications awarded by France Éducation International and the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.
DELF & DALF are composed of 6 inde- pendent diplomas that correspond to the 6 levels of the Common European Framework for Languages. You can sit DELF & DALF Tout Public exams on 27-29 January 2021 with registration before 18 December.

 
 
Every Tuesday at 10.30am
Live on Facebook  

Parents and their toddlers are invited to join us for 15 minutes of listening to French stories and songs, live on Facebook from the Children's Corner of the The French Library. Perfect to interact and bond with your little one and stimulate her/his intellectual development.
You can replay all the episodes with your little one on the Toddlers' Time YouTube Playlist!

The
French Library organises other weekly online activities and one-off workshops, stay updated by following them on Facebook and Instagram.

 
 
   
Online Screening Online Talk
Online Screening:
I Am Not Your Negro
Meet
Claire Keegan
Thursday 10 December – 6pm
Live on Zoom   

Alliance Française Dublin is taking part in a worldwide screening of I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck, organised by the International Literature Festival Berlin to celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This French co-producton, based on American writer and activist James Baldwin’s unfinished memoirs, illuminates the continuation of racism while documenting the resistance against it, which is also articulated through art. Haitian director Raoul Peck's documentary emphasizes our responsibility to process the history of colonisation and racism in great detail.
Admission free but booking is required.
 
Monday 14 December – 8pm
Live on Zoom 

Alliance Française Dublin and the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris are delighted to welcome Irish writer Claire Keegan for the launch of the French version of her latest novel Ce Genre de Petites Choses. 
During this talk supported by Literature Ireland, Claire will be joined by her editor Sabine Wespieser and her translator Jacqueline Odin.
The original version Small Little Things Like These will be released in 2021.
The meeting will be led in English by Jean-Philippe Imbert (Professor of Comparative Literature & Sexuality Studies at DCU) live from La Plume Vagabonde bookshop in Paris.
Admission free but booking is required.
 
 
   
Live Reading Christmas Screening
Facebook Live:
Éléonore Nicolas
Astérix – Le
Domaine des Dieux
Tuesday 15 December 5pm
Live on Facebook 

Join us every week on Facebook for our Alliance Française Live Series, a short live performance by one of our collaborators and friends. These presentations include reading, theatre performance, drawing, music, cooking and more!

Next up is French storyteller, tour guide, comedian & artist Éléonore Nicolas who will reading from her book L’Irlande bien tourbée. Éléonore loves scratching beyond the surface of subjects, especially ones we don’t consider interesting, and explaining them in the most fun, quirky  way possible. This is how she came to write and illustrate a whole book about turf, yes turf!
17-25 December
Free Streaming      

The French Embassy and the Alliance Française network in Ireland are delighted to invite you and your family to a free online Christmas Screening in company of one of the most popular French characters: Astérix.

Box-Office smash hit Astérix – Le Domaine des Dieux (
Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods, 2014), was the first 3D computer- animated adaptation of the comic book series, expertly directed by cult humorist Alexandre Astier (Kaamelott) and Pixar animator Louis Clichy (Up, WALL-E). Perfect to share some precious family time but also to pay tribute to Astérix co-creator Albert Uderzo who passed away earlier this year.
 
 
   
   
   
   
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