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The Alliance Française de Canberra is a non-profit ACT association and a registered charity which promotes the French language and cultural exchange in Canberra.

The Alliance Française was created in Paris in 1883 by intellectuals and scientists such as Louis Pasteur, Jules Verne or Ferdinand de Lesseps. The Canberra branch was formed in 1943 and became a teaching center in 1950. At the Alliance qualified native speakers trained in the latest teaching methods will teach you to communicate in practical, modern French. We offer group or private courses at all levels for adults, high school and university students and children. We can arrange a regular or an intensive course for you.

Our cultural events and activities include music, art exhibitions, open days and café style discussions on science, history, literature and the regions of France. Each year the Alliance Française French Film Festival showcases around forty new and classic French films to a growing Canberra audience.




 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Exhibition "Albert Camus 1913 - 2013" - July 31 to Aug. 14

Exhibition "Albert Camus 1913 - 2013" - July 31 to Aug. 14

Created by the Institut Français and using both paper and digital contents, this exhibit celebrates the centennial of the birth of the famous writer and philosopher. Free entrance. The opening will be on the 31st of July at 7pm, with a cocktail and a presentation of Camus. Free entrance. On until the August 14, from 9am to 7.30pm.


ANU Emerging Artists Exhibition "Biography" - Aug. 20 to Sept. 3

ANU Emerging Artists Exhibition "Biography" - Aug. 20 to Sept. 3
Madeline Bishop, Andy Mullens, Melanie Sweetnam and Cheng Zeng, young artists from the ANU, were chosen to expose their work for 2 weeks at the Alliance Française. Enjoy some contemporary art and, if you’re charmed, grab the opportunity to support emerging artists! Opening on the 20th of August, free entrance and cocktail. The exhibition will be on until the 3rd of September, from 9am to 8pm.


Libération de Paris - thursday august 21

Libération de Paris - thursday august 21

The Alliance Française celebrates the 1944 Liberation of Paris by the Allies armies. Enjoy a nice meal and diverse activities, while learning a bit of history. 21st of August at 8.15pm. 55$ for non members. Members get 10% off.


Award Ceremony George Vincent 2014 - Sep 5th

Award Ceremony George Vincent 2014 - Sep 5th
Congratulations to all participants ! Félicitations à tous les participants ! The award ceremony of George Vincent is here to recompensate the best acheiving students in 2014 in presence of the President of Commitee Alliance Française de Canberra,the Director of the Network Alliance Française in Australia and the Deputy Director of the Alliance Française de Canberra. We are incredibly proud of all you! 


Exhibition "Sax inspiration, graphic melodies" - Sept. 25 to Oct. 17

Exhibition "Sax inspiration, graphic melodies" - Sept. 25 to Oct. 17
To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Adolph Sax,  the Belgian Embassy and the Alliance Française de Canberra expose "Sax inspiration, graphic melodies", a Wallonie-Bruxelles International exhibition with the collaboration of the International Adolphe Sax Association. Join us in learning more about the man who brought the saxophone to life!


Persepolis 1 - Marjane Satrapi - 2000

Persepolis 1 - Marjane Satrapi - 2000

Graphic novel
Introduction to Marji and a child’s view of the Islamic revolution: Marji is ten years old in 1980, the year after the Islamic Revolution, when girls were obliged to wear the veil and segregated by sex (where she previously attended co-ed) and secular education was abolished. She struggles with the meaning of the veil, coming from a religious but modern, avant-garde family. By the age of six, Marji felt that she could correct what she saw as injustices in her world by becoming a prophet. She discusses Zarathustra, the first prophet in Iran and the traditional Zarathustrian holidays she enjoyed with her family prior to the revolution.

Le Petit Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery, illustration par Joan Sfarr - 2008

Le Petit Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery, illustration par Joan Sfarr - 2008


Comic
For over sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupéry'sThe Little Prince has captured the hearts and minds of its readers. The whimsical story with a fairy tale touch has sold over 80 million copies in 230 languages. This exciting graphic adaptation features beautiful, new artwork by Joann Sfar. Hand-chosen by Saint-Exupéry's French publishers for his literary style and sensitivity to the original, Sfar has endeavored to recreate this beloved story, both honoring the original and stretching it to new heights. A vibrant, visual gift for longtime fans and those experiencing the story for the first time.
Chroniques birmanes - Guy Delisle – 2008

Chroniques birmanes - Guy Delisle – 2008


Graphic novel

The book recounts Guy Delisle's trip to the southeast Asian country that is officially recognized by the United Nations as Myanmar but that is referred to as Burma by countries that do not recognize the military junta that controls it. Delisle went with his infant son, Louis, and his wife, Nadège, an administrator for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). At the beginning of the trip, the family must stay in an MSF guest house while they search for more permanent housing. Guy stays home and takes care of Louis while Nadège is frequently absent on MSF business. Guy takes Louis on frequent walks around the neighborhood in his stroller and interacts with local people.
Comme des frères - Hugo Gélin – 2012

Comme des frères - Hugo Gélin – 2012

DVD
Since Charlie is no longer there, the lives of Boris, Elie, and Maxime have been torn apart. These three men, who have nothing in common, all shared one thing: their love for Charlie. But because she asked them to do so, they abruptly decide to undertake a journey together, heading for Corsica and the house that Charlie loved so much. Boris, Elie and Maxime, three men, three generations, no affinity. But they will have realized one majorly important thing: Charlie has changed their lives forever.

Les Saveurs du palais - Christian Vincent – 2012

Les Saveurs du palais - Christian Vincent – 2012

DVD
Hortense Laborie is a well-known cook who lives in the Perigord. She is very surprised when the President of France asks her for being his personal cook for his dinners in the Elysee. Despite jalousies of the other cooks, Hortense imposes herself in this place. Even if the authenticity of her cooking seduces the President, obstacles are numerous.