March 2019 #152


On October 11th 2018, Ireland was granted "Observer Status" at the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) at the Yerevan Summit. The organisation's 54 members, 7 associate member states and 27 observing members share a commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity, democracy, human rights, education, research, sustainable development and peace. We were very honoured to be mentioned by Minister McEntee in her address to the summit: “…the passion in Ireland for the French language is such that the Alliance Française in Dublin is the third busiest Alliance in Europe”.

“La Francophonie” takes place every year on 20 March, a day of celebration of the French language, French-speaking cultures and values shared by the OIF member states. In Ireland however, it will be a month-long celebration, the Francophonie Festival, presented by 26 Embassies and Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Needless to say, Alliance Française Dublin will play a very active role in the Francophonie Film Festival, when no fewer than 8 feature films will be screened at The French Library, not to mention other events including the opportunity to craft new French words with the help of a machine called “Typomatic”… We look forward to celebrating “La Francophonie” with you: A bientôt!

Thierry Lagnau, Directeur de l’Alliance Française de Dublin / Coordinateur des Alliances Françaises en Irlande,

Film Festival Screening/Competition
30th Cork French
Film Festival
IFI French Film Club:

3-10 March
Full Programme 

The Alliance Française Cork presents the 30th Cork French Film Festival, a city-wide event bringing the best of French cinema to Cork.
This year the opening night film is  Le Grand Bain (Sink Or Swim), which was one of this year’s box-office hits in France, followed by a gala night with the French producer and DJ Jean du Voyage, in St Peters Cork.  In addition to screenings there are wonderful events including food events and focus on environmental issues in partnership with the Cork Environmental Forum. With screenings catering for schools and families, there is something for everyone to enjoy !

Gate Cinema, North Main Street, Cork


Monday 4 March – 6.30pm
€9.90 / €7.80
AF & IFI Members

French writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet's first feature is a moody character study of a young gay prostitute whose tenderness survives even his most bruising experiences.

Sauvage, selected in the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Festival 2018, received critical acclaim and was praised for its acting, in particular the intense Félix Maritaud in the leading role.

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

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2


Francophonie Film Festival 2019

To celebrate French language and cultural diversity, from March 1st to April 12th the Festival de la Francophonie in Ireland, organised by the French Embassy, will showcase a series of cultural events involving music, literature, film and history along with talks, debates, screenings, concerts and contests. The Alliance Française Dublin will be hosting many events including the Francophonie Film Festival with a selection of free screenings selected by participating Embassies:
Argentina: La rue des pianistes
(2015) Tuesday 5 March – 6.30pm
Poland: À une certaine distance de l’orchestre (2018) Monday 11 March – 6.30pm
Latvia: Quatre Chemises blanches
(1986) Tuesday 19 March – 6.30pm
Belgium: Noces
(2016) Monday 25 March – 6.30pm

Hungary: Mom & Other Loonies in the Family
(2015) Thursday 7 March – 6.30pm

Québec: Pieds nus dans l’Aube
Wednesday 13 March – 6.30pm
Morocco: Aïda
(2015) Thursday 21 March – 6.30pm
Georgia: Depuis qu’Otar est parti
Thursday 28 March – 6.30pm

Admission free but ticketed. Make sure you book your seat in advance! All films are presented in original version with English subtitles. Hosted by the Alliance Française and organised by the Embassies of France, Belgium, Canada, Hungary, Poland, Georgia, Latvia, Morrocco and Argentina.

Exhibition   Talk / Festival Launch
11 Thèses en Bande Dessinée   Meet Maggie O'Farrell
& Noëlle Châtelet

From Monday 4 March
Admission free

Come discover the exhibition 11 Thèses en BD, created by illustrators Peb & Fox for the finale of the My Thesis in 180 seconds competition 2018 organised at the Université de Lorraine.
A playful and humoristic insight into the world of research, with various works in the fields of biology, health, environment, sociology, mathematics, geology…

The Irish competition My Thesis in 3 minutes in French! 2019 organised by the French Embassy will take place on Wednesday 13 March at the Royal College of Surgeons. Come choose your favourite contestant!


Friday 8 March 2019 – 7.30pm
Admission free  

On March 8th, the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris will mark both International Women’s Day and the launch of the 20th anniversary edition of the Franco-Irish Literary Festival on Women and Literature with a very special talk between two major female writers, Maggie O’Farrell (Ireland) and Noëlle Châtelet (France).
The 20th Franco-Irish Literary Festival will take place 5-7 April at Dublin Castle and Alliance Française Dublin. Full programme available soon!

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France

Children's Workshop   French Courses
Creative Workshop with Marc Majewski   Free Assessments for
the Easter Term

Saturday 9 March – 11am
Admission free  

As part of the Festival de la Francophonie in Ireland, The French Library is delighted to welcome again French children's book illustrator Marc Majewski for a creative workshop in both French and English.

Children from 6 years old will discover how to make a pop-up card inspired by Frileux, l’ours qui n’aimait pas l’hiver, Marc Majewski’s latest book in collaboration with Séverine Vidal.


Easter Term starting April 1st
Free placement test every Mon, Tue & Wed 5pm-7pm from March 11th

The Easter Term is open to both former and new students of all ages and abilities. General French courses, conversation courses, refresher classes, specialised workshops, preparation for international diplomas, for adults and courses for teenagers, children & toddlers are available all day from Monday to Saturday for 8 weeks.
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.

Teachers' Training   Certifications
Set up an eTwinning project  in class   Add a string to your bow, get a diploma in French!

Tuesday 12 March 6.30-8.30pm
Admission free  

This Teachers' Workshop will be held by Damien Lonergan, eTwinning Ambassador 2018-2019 for Léargas, and will give you the opportunity to share best practices, find out more about various successful projects and new teaching methods involving eTwinning projects.

As always the workshop is free but places are limited, so book quickly!

More information on our services for teachers

Registration deadlines:
General French :26 April 
Professional French: 15 March

DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française), DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) & DELF PRO (DELF option Professionnelle) are official, internationally re-cognised, valid for life  qualifications awarded by the CIEP and the French Ministry of Education.

More information on exams please contact Elise Busson: / (01) 638 1449.

Book Launch / Readings   Library's Workshop
Présence(s) du poème aujourd’hui   Learn to use your
Digital Library

Thursday 14 March – 6.30pm
Admission free  

Guest edited by Michael Brophy, Professor of French & Francophone Studies at University College Dublin, Présence(s) du poème aujourd’hui, a special thematic issue of the Irish Journal of French Studies, has been produced in a limited-edition book. The volume explores contemporary poetic practice in French and comprises 19 essays, many contributed by poets themselves. Writers include Michel Deguy, Jean-Claude Pinson, Philippe Forest, Jean-Michel Maulpoix, Jacques Réda, Marie-Claire Bancquart and Louise Dupré. The book will be presented by Michael Kelly (University of Limerick) and excerpts of  the volume will be read.


Friday 15 March – 12.15pm
Admission free 

This bring-your-own-device workshop is designed to simplify the user's experience of our digital and online resources and tools 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

Debating Competition   Children's Workshop
Finale des
Joutes Oratoires 2019
  Native Scientist: Science
& Language Workshop

Friday 22 March – 6pm
Admission free 

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

32 Irish schools have taken part in the debating competition since October 2018. The battle of wits will finally come to an end with finalists Belvedere College and St. Michael's College competing on the motion « La parité est une idée utopique » on Friday 22 March in the French Library!


Saturday 23 March – 11am
Admission free 

The Native Scientist workshops are back: a fantastic opportunity for kids who speak French at home, to learn about science while developing their language skills and meeting role models!
Children will have the opportunity to learn about Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Neuroscience and Physiotherapy, with 5 French-speaking senior researchers from Trinity College and University College Dublin.
Organised in partnership by Alliance Française Dublin and the French Embassy, coordinated by Dr Marie-Victoire Guillot-Sestier (Native Scientist coordinator, TCD), as part of the Festival de la Francophonie in Ireland.

Special Event Special Event
La Poésie à 2 mi-mots
Party 2019

Tuesday 26 March – 6.30pm-9pm
Admission free

Pop-in at the French Library and step into a photo booth for poetry! Adjust the stool, create a typo-poem and wait as it is printed for you. This is the Typomatic, a literary installation created in collaboration between members of the French performance art group ALIS and the interactive design studio Buzzing Light.
The poetry is based on the Poésie à 2 mi-mots technique invented by Pierre Fourny that plays with the shapes of letters: words are cut in two horizontally and reversed so that a new word emerges from the original word. Watch how it works here.
Other word-related workshops and games will be available during the evening.


29 March – From 6.30pm till late
Admission free

French Friday, Le Petit Journal Dublin and The Church are teaming up again in partnership with the French Embassy and Alliance Française Dublin to celebrate the Festival de la Francophonie in Ireland!

The evening will start softly  with an apéro and  quiz with numerous prizes to be won – including French courses, AF Memberships and bottles of wine!
The second part of the night will be one for your dancing shoes with a DJ set of French & International music.

The Church, Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1

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