May 2018


For its 4th edition, the Alliance Française Dublin's Comic Book Festival in partnership with Illustrators Ireland and the Comics Lab is proud to welcome the legendary French illustrator, Tomi Ungerer. From 1st to 5th May, the Alliance Française will host a series of free events on the art of illustration and comics: an interview with Tomi Ungerer followed by a screening of the documentary Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, live reading performances, a round-table discussion on craft and process with a panel of illustrators and authors, an exhibition of students from a French art school, a children’s workshop and a pop-up book fair!

Christine Weld, Cultural Manager,

Comic Book Festival   Comic Book Festival
Tomi Ungerer
Talk & Screening
  Live Readings
& Pop-Up Comics Fair

Tuesday 1 May 6pm
Admission free  

Illustrator Margaret Anne Suggs will chat with legendary author Tomi Ungerer about his life adventures. With all that's going on in the world at the moment, you'll be inspired to hear Tomi’s views on spreading ideas of identity, justice and coexistence in his children's books.
The talk will be followed by the Irish premiere screening of Far Out Isn't Far Enough : The Tomi Ungerer Story. The documentary depicts Ungerer's wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. The film combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from the renegade children's book author and illustrator.

Books by Ungerer will be on sale from 5.30pm.


Wednesday 2 May – 6.30pm
Admission free  

Illustrators Ireland and The Comics Lab bring together the most promising indie comics makers from throughout the island of Ireland to perform live readings of their short comics. The experience is a fully immersive story telling event that combines music, sound design, projected illustration and live performance in what feels like a cross between theatre and animation.

: Sarah Bowie, Alan Dunne, Philip Elliott, Debbie Jenkinson, Paddy Lynch, Elida Maiques, Alé Mercado, Orchimy, and Roger O’Reilly.

Atomic Diner and Tales for Tadpoles will bring their finest selection of comics and illustrated books on sale from 6pm.

Comic Book Festival   Comic Book Festival
The Future of Comics
  Children's Workshop:
Create your comic strip

Thursday 3 May – 6.30pm
Admission free 

Join us for an in-depth talk about craft and process with illustrator, author and stand-up artist Aoife Dooley, comics artist and writer PJ Holden and children's book writer Cécile Palusinski. Leading this animated discussion on 'world building' and 'character developing' is comic artist and illustrator, Debbie Jenkinson. See all the participating artist's inspirations, processes, rough works, and more.
This talk might include random acts of audience participation!


Saturday 5 May – 11am
Admission free 

Children from 7 years old are invited to discover how an artist creates a comic strip! French cartoonist Melody Ung, AKA Orchimy, will explain the basics of comics-making by drawing a strip (short story in 4 to 6 cases) live on screen .
Everyone will get a chance to create their very own strip with the assistance of the artist and the Library team!

All levels of French welcome!

Comic Book Festival   Special Event
La HEAR Student Show
  "Prix des Incorruptibles"
Little Champions of Reading

Until 14 May 2018
Admission free

As part of the Comic Book Festival / Fête de l'illustration et de la Bande Dessinée we are delighted to showcase the talent of 4 illustrator students from the French School La HEAR (Haute École des Arts du Rhin): the immensely talented Anna Griot, Émilie Clarke, Mireille Ebene and Maurane Mazars.
La HEAR brings together dedicated visual artists and theoreticians for a curriculum based on experimentation with different media (including painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography, sound art, performances instal-lations) to promote the emergence of unique practices.


Tuesday 8 May – 6.30pm
Admission free 

As part of the Prix des Incorruptibles 2018 International Award supported by the French Ministry of Education, the 3rd cycle teachers of Lycée Français d'Irlande and their pupils (4th, 5th and 6th class) welcome you to an exceptional evening of readings to be held in the French Library on May 8th at 6.30pm.

LFI pupils will present and read  some excerpts from children's books shortlisted in the award either alone or with their parents.. They will be joined by a professional actor at the end of the readings.

Concert / Reception   Screening
Marc Aymon
in live concert
  IFI French Film Club:
Le Redoutable

Thursday 10 May – 6.30pm
Admission free 

In partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland, Swiss singer Marc Aymon, accompanied by guitarist Ephraim Salzman playing the “Walliser Hackbrett” (a hand-made wooden stringed instrument), will present songs from his new project Ô bel été! Chansons éternelles. This ambitious project highlights treasures of Swiss heritage and encourages the public to rediscover the pleasure of singing together and reconnecting with their roots.

There will be a reception hosted Embassy of Switzerland in the Café La Cocotte following the concert.


Friday 11 May – 6.30pm
€9.50 / €7.50 AF & IFI Members

Le Redoutable is a 2017 French biographical comedy-drama film written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius (Academy Awards winner director of The Artist). Set during the 1968 turmoil at a turning point in the artistic and political life of the iconic New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard (portrayed by Louis Garrel), the film focuses on his declining love life with actress and future writer Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin).
As always, Alliance Française Members get a 20% discount and free tickets can be won on our Twitter!

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

Talk / Signings   Special Events
An evening with Allain Bougrain-Dubourg   Meet visual artist
Alain Nahum

Monday 14 May – 6.30pm
Admission free 

The Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques en Irlande (AMOPA Irlande), in partnership with the Alliance Française and the French Embassy in Ireland, will host writer, film maker, famous TV presenter, environmentalist and animal welfare advocate Allain Bougrain-Dubourg for an exclusive interview on Monday 14 May.

Allain Bougrain-Dubourg will give a talk in French entitled Biodiversité : Etat des lieux in which he will notably discuss the relationship between human beings and animals. He will also be available to sign copies of his latest book Lettres des animaux à ceux qui les prennent pour des bêtes (2018).


Wednesday 16 May – 6.30pm
Exhibition Opening & Reception

Thursday 17 May – 6.30pm
Screening & Talk

We are honoured to welcome multi-talented French artist Alain Nahum for two special evenings. Nahum's fascination for the notion of trace in the ephemeral nature of life in the city will be shown in his photographic exhibition Des traces et des liens on the first night and in the film Des gens passent (his screen adaptation of Patrick Modiano's Un cirque passe) on the second one.
Dervila Cooke from Dublin City University will launch the exhibition on Wednesday 16 May and conduct the interview on Thursday 17 May.

Library's Workshop   French Courses
Learn to use your
Digital Library
  French Summer

Friday 18 May – 12.30pm
Admission free 

The French Library is delighted to organise another session for its members of all ages of the new "Learn to use your Digital Library" activity.
This bring-your-own-device work-shop is designed to simplify the user's experience of our digital and online resources and offer technical support. Our team of librarians will explain and install everything you need to get started.

They will also showcase the revolutionary platform Culturethèque and a wide selection of apps and digital services for learning, playing and entertaining!

Booking is advised as places are limited


Starting from June 5th, 1, 2, 8 week programmes all Summer! 
Free placement test every Mon, Tue, Wed between 5 & 7pm from May 21st

Get the kids out of bed this summer with the Alliance Française's French Summer Camps for children and teenagers! We are open all summer long from the beginning of June until the end of August with programmes available every week or every two weeks! Learn and have fun with the experts.
General French courses, conversation courses, refresher's classes, specialised workshops, intensive programmes will be available for adults of any level morning and evening times for 2 terms of 8  weeks in June-July and then August-September.

Information, Timetable & Booking

Teachers' Training   International Literature Festival
Développer les compétences avec le court-métrage 2/2   Meet Mathias Énard
& Javier Cercas 

Tuesday 22 May – 5-7pm
Admission free 

During this workshop, you will continue how short films can help improve your students skills in the French language.  The workshop is open to those who might have missed the first part.
This medium is easy to find, easy to use in a class format and is sure to captivate your students, use it without moderation! A selection of short films will be presented along with their educational use.

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

More information on our services for teachers


Wednesday 23 May – 6.30pm
€10 / €8  

Two world-renowned prize winning authors join forces! Spanish writer Javier Cercas delves with passion and honesty into the most ambiguous aspects of what makes us human in his new novel The Imposter. In The Blind Spot, he considers the most imaginative fiction of the last hundred years. Multi-award winning French novelist Mathias Énard, author of the epic Zone, a 500-page sentence, also lives in Barcelona. His recent book Compass, takes place during a single, sleepless night.
Presented by International Literature Festival Dublin in association with the Instituto Cervantes & the Spanish Embassy in Ireland, the Embassy of France in Ireland &
Alliance Française Dublin.

Readings   Festival
Words on the Street 2018
European Literature Trail
  Fête de la Bretagne
Gouel Breizh
Thursday 24 May – From 6.30pm
Admission free – No booking

We are delighted to take part again in Dublin UNESCO City of Literature's festival Words on the Street and to team up this year with the Embassy of Denmark.

Words on the Street will take you on a journey across the European cultural landscape in an evening of celebrity readings of works by contemporary European authors on a trail beginning in Kildare Street and ending on Fenian Street, Dublin 2.

Excerpts from Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal (translated by Jessica Moore) and Rabbits by Iben Mondrup (translated by Peter Breum) will be read by the Love/Hate & Fair City star Johnny Ward in French Library.

Saturday 26 May – 7pm
10€ at the door / Win tickets on Twitter

To celebrate Brittany day, BreizhÉire, with the support of Région Bretagne, presents a Fest Noz with exciting talents from the Brittany, Irish & World Folk Music. A Fest Noz is a Breton traditional festival with group dancing and live acoustic music. It was added in 2012 by UNESCO into the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The craic will be ninety with these three bands: Landat / Le Querler (Voices of Brittany), OTridal (Breton Fusion) and Bal Feirste  (French, Breton & Irish music) and Traditional Crêpes will be served on our special billigs from Brittany!

The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Concerts   Cinéclub
Debussy 2018 Festival
National Concert Hall
L'Été meurtrier

31 May – 14 June 2018
€20 per event / Full Pass €55 

One hundred years after the death of the revolutionary French composer Claude Debussy, pianist Thérèse Fahy, with the support of an Arts Council Music Project Award, brings an exciting Debussy Festival to the National Concert Hall.
Programme will include works by Debussy along with pieces from the 1920 collective tribute  Tombeau de Claude Debussy featuring Ravel, Stravinsky, Roussel, Dukas, De Falla or Bartók.

Keep your eyes peeled, AF members and followers will get a special discount and free tickets to be won on Twitter!

National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, D2


Thursday 31 May – 7.40pm
€5 with a free glass of wine / Free for Premium Members  

Discover the Cinéclub's new format! 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 1983 smash hit L'Été meurtrier directed by Jean Becker. This psychological thriller full of twists is regarded today as a classic and one of Isabelle Adjani's best films. Her  performance as a sultry young woman bent on revenge received critical acclaim and many awards.

The Cinéclub is free for Alliance Française Premium Members. More on Memberships

La Cocotte Restaurant Weekly Specials
Weekly Specials
Chef's Favourite for May

30 April - 5 May
Comic Book Menu: Hachis "Bouzouk" with Haddock & Tournesol Seeds

8 - 12 May
Pork Belly & Cheesy Swiss Potatoes

14 - 19 May
Marinated Chicken Strips, Aioli and Pesto Buns

21 - 26 May
Brittanien Galette (Buckwheat Crepes)
"La Complète"

Course ...................................... €11.50
Main Course
+ Dessert + Coffee....... €15.50

10% off for Students and AF Members
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