Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Francophonie - Special Concert

Friday 23 March at 9pm (doors open at 8pm)

Niwel Tsumbu in concert

Opening act: Barrie Cassidy and friends

Since arriving in Ireland in 2004 from the Congo, Niwel Tsumbu has developed an enviable reputation as a masterfully elegant and fluent guitarist, vocalist, musician, collaborator and composer. He has performed with the finest Irish and International musicians while continuing to craft his own distinctive fusion of new jazz, rumba, world, flamenco, rock, soukous and classical.

“Tsumbu’s guitar playing is nothing short of exceptional and the wall of sound that hits you once you press play is infectious. If you’re one of the many unfortunate ones who can’t afford a holiday this year, pick up Song of the Nations and experience the world from the comfort of your armchair” HOT PRESS, Song of the Nations album review, April 2009

“His superb, percussive guitar style is always at the fore, punctuating each song with energy and fluidity, always skirting a half dozen genres and ultimately imitating none. He invokes Django Reinhardt and George Benson; he plays flamenco, rock and rumba simultaneously”. ROOTS WORLD, review 2010.

Admission free for AF members/ €5 Non-members
The Village
Wexford Street
Dublin 2

Concert - Jour de la Francophonie

Rejoignez nous vendredi 23 mars à The Village, Wexford Street Dublin 2 pour fêter la journée internationale de la fracophonie avec un concert du Niwel Tsumbu & Co précédé par une première partie de Barrie Cassidy et ses amis. (concert 21h, ouverture des portes 20h)
Venez-nombreux célébrer cette journée internationale sous les couleurs de la francophonie.
Une première partie un peu reggae, guitare voix pour chauffer la salle avant l'arrivée du très demandé Niwel Tsumbu qui nous fera danser sur des airs venus du Congo.

Admission 5 euros pour les non-membres de l'Alliance Française de Dublin / Gratuit pour les membres
Booking http://www.entertainment.ie
Nous comptons sur vous!

Monday, February 20, 2012

13th edition of the Franco-Irish Literary Festival !

Now a significant date in Dublin’s annual literary calendar, The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is ready for its thirteenth edition, continuing the tradition that led to Dublin’s nomination as a UNESCO City of Literature. Who could have predicted such longevity for the modest gathering of authors from two different cultures but sharing the same love of literature?

The event will take place in in the Coach House situated in Dublin Castle and in the Alliance Française on 20th, 21st, and 22nd of April 2012.

This year, we will host Irish and French writers and also one each from Canada (Quebec) and Germany.
Authors include Salim Bachi (France), Kevin Barry (Ireland), Marie-Claire Blais (Québec), Pat Boran (Ireland), René de Ceccatty (France), Colette Fellous (France), Cécile Guilbert (France), Seamus Heaney (Ireland), Jennifer Johnston (Ireland), Claire Keegan (Ireland), Michael Kleeberg (Germany), Mathieu Lindon (France), Siobhán Mannion (Ireland), Thomas McCarthy (Ireland), Belinda McKeon (Ireland), Darach Ó Scolaí (Ireland), Chantal Thomas (France), Sabine Wespieser (France).

The theme of the thirteenth edition of the Franco-Irish Literary Festival, Pleasure, Plaisir, Pléisiúr, will be discussed through four round-table discussions:

● Autour du plaisir - What is Pleasure? - Céard is pléisiúr ann
● Ecrire, lire et plaisir - Writing, Reading and Pleasure - Scríobh, léamh agus pléisiúr
● Plaisirs interdits - Forbidden Pleasures - Pléisiúr faoi thoirmeasc
● Plaisirs des sens - Pleasure of the Senses - Pléisiúr na gcéadfaí

We look forward to seeing you on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of April 2012!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Exclusive concert Rendez-vous Celtic Bretagne/ Ireland

Avant tout Bonne Année à vous tous qui suivez l'Alliance Française de Dublin!

Pour bien commencer l'année, nous vous proposons de nous rejoindre le vendredi 20 janvier à 20heures dans les locaux de l'Alliance au 1 Kildare Street Dublin 2 pour profiter du Concert Celtic Rendez-vous - Bretagne / Ireland qui vous est proposé par Gerry O’Connor (Fiddle), Gilles Le Bigot (Guitar) et Jean-Michel Veillon (Flute)

Admission: €12 / €8 AF members – Bookings: info@alliance-francaise.ie

Il vous est possible de réserver une table au restaurant de l'Alliance, La Cocotte, avant le concert pour 18h30.

Information & Booking:

Ne prenez pas le risque de rater cette super soirée sous les couleurs des drapeaux français et irlandais!

www.gerryoconnor.net www.jmveillon.net www.gilleslebigot.com

Exclusive concert. One of Ireland's most outstanding fiddle players meets two renowned French traditional musicians!

"Sparkling" and with "Dazzling Ability" were words used recently by the national press to describe the music of Gerry O'Connor (fiddle); Gilles Le Bigot (guitar) is a famous guitarist in the world of Celtic music with over 25 years of musical adventures; Jean-Michel Veillon (flute) was a child prodigy on the bombarde and achieved widespread recognition as one of world’s premier traditional flute players.

Friday 20 January at 8.00pm
€12 / €8 AF members
Information & Booking:

Optional pre-concert dinner available at La Cocotte from 6.30pm (only those staying for the concert will have access to the café)

Friday, November 25, 2011


Saturday 3 December
From 10.00am to 4.00pm

In need of ideas for your Christmas presents?

The 4th French Christmas Market will be held at the Alliance Française on Saturday 4 December.
You will love its cheerful and cosy atmosphere.
Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some tasty food from our delicatessen with a warming hot drink.

Our stands will be selling an array of Christmas presents including jewellery, children’s books, Christmas hampers and French products.

So whether you're looking for that special gift, a seasonal snack or simply looking for some festive atmosphere, the Alliance Française Christmas Market 2010 is the perfect place for yuletide cheer with a beautiful French touch.

Admission free
La Cocotte – Alliance Française

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wanderings in France by Joe Sterling

Photography Exhibition

2 December 2011 – 18 February 2012
(Opening Thursday 1 December at 6.30pm)

Wanderings in France is a series of photographs taken between 1980 and 2011. The pictures were taken in various locations throughout France and celebrate the cultural diversity of everyday life there, with each region having its own individual identity, customs and rituals - all totally unique and existing simultaneously. This eclectic mixture of images will inform the viewer of the beauty and remoteness of some of these regions. Geographical boundaries, like the Pyrenees Mountains, isolated many of these communities for generations. These regions were really only brought together after the French revolution and divided into Departments in 1790 when a centralised government in Paris tried to bring all the regions of France together under one flag, speaking one language.

It is difficult to imagine that France, as the country we know today, was composed of many different regions with totally different climates and geography. Many of the languages spoken were a direct consequence of residing close to neighbouring countries. Commerce and trade between these regions also had an influence on language, customs, and the social norms. Flemish was spoken in the North of France, Breton in the West, while in the South West some regions were influenced by Spain. In the North East and East, France is bordered by Germany, Switzerland and Italy, all of which contribute to the rich diversity of culture and cuisine.

Joe Sterling has been Course Coordinator of Photography in Sallynoggin College of Further Education [1989-2011]. He has exhibited in numerous group shows and solo exhibitions over the past thirty years and is very involved in the “photo scene” in Ireland.

Following a BA (Hons) in Documentary Photography from University of Wales College Newport in 1999 Joe Sterling studied in Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design for his HND in Design for Communications in 1980. He was awarded an MFA in Documentary Photography by University of Wales College Newport in 2008 and he has also been a visiting Lecturer in University of Wales and University of Ulster, Belfast Campus.

Admission free
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday: 8.30am-6.30pm / Friday: 8.30am-5pm / Saturday 8.30am-2pm
Alliance Française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé !

Come and celebrate the arrival of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau with friends and colleagues and discover le cru 2011 in the wonderful setting of The Vaults. Enjoy a festive evening with a fashion show, music, regional food (cheese and charcuterie) to accompany the wine tasting, make new friends and dance the night away with our French DJ!

Presented by the Alliance Française and the Ireland France Chamber of Commerce with the support of Geodis. In the presence of H.E. Emmanuelle d’Achon, Ambassador of France to Ireland.

Thursday 17 November
7.00 – 9.30pm. Bar open for business until 11.30pm
€40 / €30 AF & IFCC members
Tickets online or at Reception

The Vaults
Harbourmaster Place, Dublin 1

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2nd Photography Award Competition

Submissions deadline is December 1st 2011

After last year success, submissions are being sought again from artists working in Ireland with a particular interest in photography, for an new exhibition in the spring 2012 inspired by the particular multi-use context of the our Gallery which is also a café space. Artists will be shortlisted by the Advisory Committee of the Gallery of the Alliance Française and from this exhibition a winner will be selected.
In 2011, Joby Hickey, Doreen Kennedy, Roseanne Lynch & Jean-Luc Morales were selected to exhibit at the AF and our first Award was given to Roseanne Lynch. See the details here.Prize: Return flights to Paris provided by the Alliance Française Dublin for a two week stay in 2012 at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, sponsored by the Centre Culturel Irlandais, and a €500 grant, sponsored by the Ireland Fund of France. In addition, should the winner not be a French speaker, the prize will include a French course at the Alliance Française Dublin prior to the trip.

Download form

2ème concours de photographie
La date limite pour soumettre votre candidature est le 1er décembre 2011 alors ne perdez pas de temps !

Après le succès du concours de l’année dernière, les candidatures sont à nouveau ouvertes pour les artistes qui travaillent en Irlande avec un intérêt particulier pour la photographie. Nous organiserons une nouvelle exposition au printemps 2012 dans notre galerie qui sert aussi de café. Les artistes seront sélectionnés par le Comité de la Galerie de l’Alliance Française et un gagnant sera désigné.
En 2011, Joby Hickey, Doreen Kennedy, Roseanne Lynch et Jean-Luc Morales ont étéselctionnés pour exposer leurs œuvres à l’Alliance et notre première récompense a été remportée par Roseanne Lynch.
Pour plus de détails, cliquez ici.
Le prix : Vols aller-retour vers Paris fourni par Alliance Française Dublin pour un séjour de deux semaines en 2012 au Centre Culturel Irlandais à Paris, commandité par le Centre Culturel Irlandais, et une subvention de 500 euros commanditée par the Ireland Fund of France. De plus, si le gagnant ne parle pas couramment français, il se verra offrir un cours français à l’Alliance Française Dublin avant son voyage.

Téléchargez le formulaire ici

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Exhibition People of the Sea - Gens de la mer

The Alliance Française Dublin and Veolia Environnement
In partnership with Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh County Cork and The West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, West Cork

People of the Sea - Gens de la mer

Photographs by Gilles Perrin
Exhibition opens Thursday 6 October at 6.30pm in the presence of H.E. Emmanuelle d’Achon

7 October – 26 November 2011

The Alliance Française, Dublin in partnership with The Sirius Arts Centre and West Cork Arts Centre present “People of the Sea” an exhibition of documentary photographs of the Irish Fishing industry by French photographer, Gilles Perrin. These large format black and white images capture the lives of people working in maritime industries around the Cork coastline. Gilles Perrin selected his subjects by visiting harbours and piers in locations such as Cobh, Baltimore, Schull and Castletownbere through the Artist in residency programme at Sirius Arts Centre and later by a similar residency position at the West Cork Arts Centre which took place over a few months in 2007 & 2008.

The photographs which comprise People of the Sea create a valuable document for Ireland illustrating and recording the lives of the families whose work has a history with the sea and make up this long standing vital tradition in Ireland's heritage. The images are made by a large format camera utilizing long exposure times; the resulting large negatives allow tiny details to be viewed with extreme clarity. Often Perrin presents his work as diptychs and triptychs to reveal the full panoramic landscape of the subjects he photographs.

Gilles Perrin is based in Paris, France and has a Master’s Degree in photography. For over 30 years Gilles has photographed extensively with large format cameras (4x5 and 8x10 inches). His passion for photography has taken him to Africa, Tibet, Finland, India, China, Peru and throughout Europe. His work has been exhibited in Japan, China, Syria, Egypt, USA and Europe. “People of the Sea” was first exhibited in 2010 at Sirius Arts Centre and West Cork Arts Centre and is the result of artist residencies with these organisations in 2007 and 2008.

The photographs were printed in Cork at iophotoworks by Tony O’Brien whose kind support is greatly appreciated. It was also made possible in part through art grants from Cork County Council and the Arts Council, Gilles’ wife, Nicole Ewenczyk, was also a key figure in the making of these images. For more information on Gilles Perrin please visit his website at: http://gilles-perrin.com. Gilles Perrin will be present at the opening of this exhibition.

WCAC and Sirius Arts Centre acknowledge the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.

Alliance Française de Dublin
1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Monday-Thursday: 8.30am-7.30pm
Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am to 2pm

Monday, September 5, 2011

OPEN DAY / Porte Ouverte

Open Day at the Alliance!Saturday 17 September
10am – 2pm

You are invited to the Alliance to experience the full range of what we have to offer! Come on your own or with children and friends and have fun while exploring our many activities.

* Meet our teachers
* Test your level of French
* Try our toddler programme A petits pas
* Learn more about our bilingual programmes for kids
* Try our workshops for kids and adults
* Get information about our diplomas for professionals
* Find out about our Primary School classes
* Learn about our Corporate Classes
* Free tour of our French library & book sale
* Practise your French accent
* Taste some good French wines
* Experience French Cuisine at La Cocotte
* Get a special Membership rate on the day
* Sing along with our French choir
* Discover regions of France
* And… be in with a chance to win in our raffle!

We are wainting for you!

Alliance Française : 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Vous êtes intéressé par les activités de l'Alliance Française? Vous avez des questions à nous poser? Vous voulez simplement passer un agréable samedi en notre compagnie?

L'Alliance Française organise une journée Porte Ouverte le samedi 17 septembre de 10h à 14h[u].
Situés au 1, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, nous vous proposons de:
* Rencontrer nos professeurs,
* Tester votre niveau de français,
* Vous renseigner sur les cours des tout petits, des enfants, des ados ou des adultes,
* Pratiquer votre accent français,
* De participer à des jeux de société,
* De tenter votre chance à la Tombola,
* Goûter de bons vins français,
* Déguster ce que vous proposera notre restaurant La Cocotte
* Devenez membre avec de nombreux aventages et une offre spéciale pour l'occasion
* Et plein d'autres choses encore!

Alors ne manquez pas cet évènement exceptionnel

Nous vous attendons!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bastille Day Celebration

Wednesday 13 July at 8.30pm
The Alliance Française in association with Musiclee.ie presents: Bastille Day Celebration. Featuring Cajun and Country band from South Louisiana L'Angélus.
There is a new wind blowing in South Louisiana music and it's called L'Angelus. Talented, original, yet tradition based. With roots in both Cajun and Country. To hear them play is a pleasure. To hear them sing is a joy. I am a fan." ~Zachary Richard
"L'Angélus is the epitome of organic family music. "L'Angélus" translates to me as "angelic voices" with the instrumental energy of a freight train that knows no boundaries. Apart from the fact that these kids are so in sync with one another the magic of their music more than touches your heart......it pierces your heart then sweeps you away. The joy of music is L'Angélus 'raison d'être'." ~Michael Doucet dit BeauSoleil

Whelans’ , Wexford Street, Dublin 2.
Tickets : €15 /€12 for AF members at Alliance Française reception desk on production of Membership card.