January 2019 #150


The whole team of Alliance Française Dublin hopes that you enjoyed the holiday season and wishes you all the very best for 2019. We also hope that you are ready for all we have in store in 2019 for francophones and/or francophiles – but also for the rest of the Dublin population…
If the recently-released Fondation Alliance Française activity report for European Alliances Françaises outside a French-speaking country shows that AF Dublin ranks second for the total number of students enrolled, and first in the number of A1, B1 and B2 students, it also confirms that AF Dublin is number one in terms of both Twitter followers and volume of cultural events organized. These rewarding statistics would not be possible without YOUR support – whether on social media or on our premises as students, Médiathèque users or event-goers, and so, on behalf of all of the team, I wish to thank you!
I look forward to meeting you within the next four weeks… pour vous souhaiter en personne « une bonne et heureuse année »!

Thierry Lagnau, Directeur de l’Alliance Française de Dublin / Délégué général de l’Alliance Française en Irlande, tlagnau@alliance-francaise.ie

Exhibition Screening/Competition
Photo Exhibition:
Shooting Stars
IFI French Film Club:
An Impossible Love

Until 11 January
Admission free

The Shooting Stars exhibition curated by DartBLAY offers a photographic glance at the legends of French cinema from the 60s and 70s, prominent film personalities that have become cult symbols.
Passionate about cinema, DartBLAY is Marie Darblay, a cinema enthusiast who since 2015 has been collecting  vintage photos from the cinematic world: on-set photographs, cult scenes, press shots and black and white portraits. Her first exhibition of exceptional prints from her personal collection, Legends  organized in Paris in 2016, has led to a series of exhibitions related to her life-long passion.


Tuesday 8 January – 6pm
€9.90 / €7.80
AF & IFI Members

The latest offering by acclaimed French director Catherine Corsini (Summertime, Leaving, Replay) is based on the celebrated novel Un amour impossible by Christine Angot; A chronicle of the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter, from 1958 to the present day, which is endangered by an unsteady and manipulative father.

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

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

Workshop French Courses
First Fortnight: Children Wellbeing Workshop Free Assessment for
the Spring Term

Saturday 12 January – 11-12.30pm
Admission free

Alliance Française Dublin is hosting a Children's Wellbeing Workshop as part of First Fortnight European Mental Health, Art & Culture Festival (3-20 January 2019).
The workshop will use storytelling, arts & craft and other creative activities to help children explore their feelings and emotions and develop connection with others. For children aged 7-11.
From 7 to 19 January, The French Library will also be displaying a selection of comic books for both children and adults on the topic of mental health. The First Fortnight Festival team will be in attendance for the opening on Monday 14 January at 5pm to provide information to members of the public.


From 14 January every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm
Admission free

The Spring Term will start on February 4th. It is open to both former and new students. General French courses, conversation courses, refreshers' classes, workshops, preparation for exams, for  adults and teenagers', children's & toddlers' courses are available all day from Monday to Saturday for 8 and 15 weeks.

Placement tests are free of charge and no appointment is required. No preparation is needed. You don't need an assessment if you are a complete beginner or if you are already a student, you can enrol directly online.

The French Library Teachers' Training
The French Library's
Sieste Musicale
Ressources pour
la Francophonie
Tuesday 15 January – 1pm 
Admission free 

Are you snug, comfy and content? Get on board with Phileas Fogg for a one-hour auditory journey! You will get a chance to hear excerpts from Jules Verne's Le tour du monde en 80 jours and discover tunes from all around the world!

For the occasion, The French Library will be 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 during your lunch break!


Tuesday 15 January 5.30-7.30pm
Admission free 

This workshop will allow you to familiarise yourselves with the resources available to French teachers in order to introduce the topic of Francophonie to your classes.
The presentation will include, amongst other things, tools like the Dis-moi 10 mots and the Semaine de la Langue Française initiatives. We will also discuss the potential projects and activities that could take place within your schools.
The workshop will be led by Bérengère Langlois, Course Director at Alliance Française Dublin.
More information on our services for teachers


Exhibition Opening Talk / Screening
Dublin, Dancers
and Dreams
Disruptive Soundscapes:
Bande à Part

Thursday 17 January – 6.30pm
Admission free

Anne-Sophie Gigan's Dublin, Dancers and Dreams exhibition portrays a variety of traditional dances using the backdrop of Dublin’s most famous landmarks (including our own listed building!).

This 3 year-long photography project intended to capture the cultural richness and diversity that Dublin offers by welcoming cultures beyond its borders. The traditionalism of the dances and the modernity of the city blend in harmonious contrast, allowing foreign cultures to feel free to represent themselves in a land that welcomed them with open arms.

Opening with the artist in attendance


Tuesday 22 January – 6.30pm
Admission free 

Laura Anderson’s research project, Disruptive Soundscapes, offers a new view of avant-garde French post-war film music and sound design. This interdisciplinary study explores the innovative approaches to film sound adopted by New Wave directors and how sonic disruption might be heard to reflect contemporary social disruption.
Bande à part, one of the most celebrated films of the French New Wave, showcases Jean-Luc Godard’s creative engagement with all elements of the film soundtrack – music by Michel Legrand, sound effects, dialogue, voice-over, and silence. Mrs. Anderson will consider how this film represents an important milestone in French film sound design in a pre-screening talk and will take part in a Q&A with the audience after the film.

Drama Club Screening / Competition
Alliance Française's
Club de Théâtre
La chèvre

Every Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm from 23 January
20 sessions of 2 hours – €400  

If you enjoy telling stories, conveying emotions, sharing unforgettable moments of laughter and tears, come join the Alliance Française Club de Théâtre!
The drama club will be held in two parts: first, drama exercises with the goal of working on voice, listening and space / then group work on the texts that will be performed. This could be a selection of texts on a certain theme, a contemporary play or a collective creation. ...All in readiness for a show in mid-June!

The workshop is led by Anne Abel Nakache, professional actress and teacher at Alliance Française Dublin. Open to all but a minimum level of French is required.


Thursday 24 January – 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 comedy film La Chèvre directed by Francis Veber, starring Pierre Richard and Gérard Depardieu. The film was a smash hit in 1981 (over 7 million admissions) and quickly gained a cult status since. The comedy duo Richard / Depardieu remains today one of France's all-time favourite.

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

Special Event   Special Events
La Petite Nuit
des Idées
  The French Library's
Escape Game

Thursday 31 January 5pm
Admission free 

La Nuit des idées (the night of ideas) organised worldwide by Institut Français celebrates the stream of ideas between countries, culture, topics and generations through talks, conferences, performances, screenings and more... for grown-ups, but for little people too! La Petite Nuit des idées invites children from 8 to 12 years old to take part in this festival of thought by participating in a group game.

With the help of a specially designed Jeu de l'oie ("snakes and ladders" type of board game) and cards, players are invited to imagine the world of the future by thinking about situations, innovations and challenges that they may very well encounter when they are older. The event will run in sync with Alliance Française Glasgow as a collaborative project.


Friday 1 February – 5pm and  6.30pm   Admission free

Have you ever tried an "escape game"? Inspired by video games, this physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles to get out of a room has become one of the most popular social activities in America and Europe.

The French Library's staff desperately needs your help to lift the curse of a ghost that has been haunting the place! You will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles in French using clues and hints left by the ghost! Are you brave enough for the challenge?

Register quickly, the game is limited to 7 participants and for 2 sessions only! Events for adults with a good level of French.

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