January 2021 #173

The whole team of Alliance Française Dublin hopes that you enjoyed this very unusual holiday season and wishes you all the very best for 2021.
The past nine months have taught us to be very cautious in regard to welcoming members of the public back at 1 Kildare street, and the same caution will be applied to the first semester of 2021.
Alliance Française will remain online and we will do our best to keep on providing you with the highest quality of courses, cultural events and Médiathèque services. Save the dates for the Francophonie Film Festival in March, the Franco Irish Literary Festival in April, and the Comic Book Festival in May: We are happy to confirm that they will take place online, just like many other events that we have in store for you, including some ‘nouveautés’, like Vois-tu Gab… an original 7-part literary series starting this month.
Our premises will be open whenever levels 1 to 4 of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19 allows it: The Reception and The French Library will be accessible, and private classes as well as exams will be available on site in the respect of strict COVID-19 protocol enforced for both staff and visitors. C
heck our website for updates on access to our premises and, in the meantime, stay home and stay safe!
We look forward to being in touch with you in 2021, whether online or on site. À bientôt !

Thierry Lagnau, Directeur de l’Alliance Française de Dublin / Coordinateur des Alliances Françaises en Irlande, tlagnau@alliance-francaise.ie

Online Placement Test Literary Series
Free Assessment
for the Spring Term
"Vois-tu Gab..."
by Franck Berthier
From 11 January
Wednesday-Friday 5pm-7pm

Our Spring Term will start from February 1st for adults with online group classes available morning, afternoon and evening times once or twice a week from Monday to Saturday over 8 weeks: General French, conversation, refreshers', specialised workshops, preparation for international diplomas.

An initial Assessment is required for any new student. It's free of charge and no booking is required, you just have to fill in this placement test! You do not need an assessment if you are a complete beginner or if you are already a student, you can enrol directly online.

From 13 January
Streaming on Youtube  

Discover every month on our YouTube a new episode of Vois-tu Gab..., an original 7-part literary series created by Franck Berthier for Alliance Française Dublin.

Franck Berthier is a French actor, stage director, teacher and author. While appearing as a guest during our Franco-Irish Literary Festival in 2019, Franck was overwheld by the memory of a youthful romance with the Irish actress Gabrielle Reidy. Upon his return he dived into a hundred letters sent by Gabrielle and felt the uncontrollable urge to respond.
Vois-tu Gab... Franck reminisces and replies to the late actress, trying to establish an impossible conversation that defies time.
Live Music Online Talk
Facebook Live Series:
Brassens l’Irlandais
Meet Harriet
Welty Rochefort
Thursday 14 January – 6pm
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!

Our next episode will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Georges Brassens' birth with a live performance by French trio Brassens l'Irlandais. The popular folk-celtic band from Montpellier revisits Brassens' repertoire with humour and affection in a traditional Irish way with some blues rock nods. Georges Brassens is today regarded as one of the most important French singer-songwriters and poets of all times.
Tuesday 19 January – 6pm
Live on Zoom  

Alliance Française Dublin invites you to meet French-American writer Hariett Welty Rochefort for a presentation of her first novel Final Transgression hosted by Maggie Mixon.
Harriet Welty Rochefort is a writer, a freelance journalist, and a former professor at Science Po Paris, who regularly lectures on the cultural differences between French and Americans. She has written three books on the subject: French Toast, French Fried, and Joie de vivre, in which she describes her experience of living in France. Final Transgression: One Woman’s Tragic Destiny in War-Torn France, her first novel released in 2020, is inspired by the true story of Séverine Sevanot during the Vichy regime.
Admission free but booking required 
Online Presentation & Tuition Online Activity
Les Wébinaires AF:
À la découverte de Lyon
The French Library's
Sieste Musicale
Webinar Wednesday 20 January 6pm-7pm on Zoom  
Wednesday 27 January 5pm-7pm on Zoom   

Les Wébinaires AF are a new series of online activities in French: join us every 3rd Wednesday of the month for a free webinar on a French cultural topic, supplemented by a French course the following week to deepen and go beyond what was covered in a conversation class setting.
For the first edition, our teacher will take you to the city of Lyon and its surroundings, and go through the main features of its extremely rich heritage, culture and, of course, gastronomie!
Thursday 21 January – 6pm
Live on Zoom  

The Sieste Musicale is back on Zoom! This month we’re taking you to the city of Lille for a 45min auditory journey!

Our librarian will embark you on an immersive audio tour around some of the most hidden gems of the “capital of Flanders” enriched by iconic tunes celebrating the city’s beauty and diverse cultural influences.
We recommend making yourself comfortable, in a sofa, armchair or bed, to completely enjoy the experience. A unique occasion to dream, maybe sleep, and to get fully energized again after your day! 
Online French Courses for Children & Teenagers
Spring Term for Minors starting from January 25th
Children 15-week term
Starting from January 25th

Through lively and stimulating activities, children build up a broad and lasting knowledge of the French language. Classes closely follow children's development and abilities. Our teachers are all native French speakers and experienced in working with children. Our communicative approach ensures that every child is given ample opportunity to actually speak French.
In addition to general French classesbilingual courses are available for children covering the French educational programme from Maternelle Moyenne Section to the Troisième class.


Teenagers 15-week term
Starting from January 25th

These courses are designed as a complement to classes attended at secondary school for teenagers of every level including bilingual.
They provide a diversification and broadening of the language in an interactive way. Teachers focus on interests and topics relevant to the participants as well as the requirements of the syllabus.
The Alliance Française employs and trains the best native French teachers in Ireland.
In contrast to most Irish institutes we take no more than 15 students per group to ensure the best learning experience for all.

Live Drawing Special Event
Facebook Live Series:
Clare Foley
La Petite Nuit
des Idées
Tuesday 26 January – 5.30pm
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, Irish illustrator and comics creator Clare Foley, will present some of her recent work on a bittersweet autobiographical comic set in Mexico, showing examples of how she creates her watercolour pages. Her illustration work covers a wide range of media and topics, from quirky reptile tarot cards, music cover art, to feminist cartoons. She is a member of Rogue Comics.
Thursday 28 January – from 4.30pm
Live on Zoom     

La Nuit des idées
(the Night of Ideas) organised worldwide by Institut Français celebrates the stream of ideas between cultures through a night of debate and events... for grown-ups, but for little people too!

Alliance Française Dublin's
La Petite Nuit des idées invites children from 4 to 12 years old to a creative contest: create an artistic piece on this year’s theme Proche / Closer (poem, drawing, song, dance, sculpture, anything they want!) and present it in French or English on Zoom on Thursday 28 January. 
To take part in the competition register here and dowload the rules and waiver documents. Prizes include French Courses, French Library Memberships, books and goodies!

Special Events
La Nuit des Idées 2021 – Screenings & Debates
Tuesday 26 - Thursday 28 January   

La Nuit des idées (the Night of Ideas) organised worldwide by Institut Français celebrates the stream of ideas between countries, cultures, topics and generations through a night of international debates and events. The French Embassy, in association with the Alliance Française network in Ireland, Institut Français and Irish cultural partners, presents The Green Night of Ideas in Ireland, a series of digital screenings followed by debates on climate change.

On a 20 ans pour changer le monde
Tuesday 26 January 6pm
Streaming followed by a discussion

We have 20 years to change the world… and it all starts with the land that nourishes us. The facts are there: 60% of the soil is dead, and the current mode of production does not feed the planet. But men and women rise to the challenge and demonstrate that we can do without chemicals in all our food. Thanks to their communicative energy another world is possible!
This screening is presented in association with the  Cork International Film Festival

The Great Green Wall
Thursday 28 January 6.30pm
Streaming followed by a discussion

The documentary director Fernando Meirelles and Malian musician/activist Inna Modja take us on an epic journey along Africa’s Great Green Wall, an ambitious vision to grow an 8,000km ’wall’ of trees stretching across the entire width of the continent to restore land and provide a future for millions of people. 
This screening is presented in association with the Irish Film Institute and in resonance with the Africa 2020 season in France.


The Green Night of Ideas in Ireland
will continue in February with the free streaming of the award-winning documentaty Home directed by French photographer, reporter and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand and produced by Luc Besson. For more information visit ie.ambafrance.org
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