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UPCOMING EVENTS


Join us for our monthly French Film Night on Friday 28 January at The Globe Theatre.

The film "A l'abordage !" will be screened with English subtitles.

A warm summer evening in Paris: Félix meets Alma by chance. They laugh, dance, and spend the night in a park. But she is about to go on a family vacation and their time together is cut short. On an impulse, Félix decides to surprise her where she is holidaying and enrols a friend in the adventure.

Licensed bar/café open from 6 pm. The film will start at 8 pm.

Free event, donations welcome.


Let’s celebrate La Chandeleur (French Candlemas)!

Join us on Wednesday 2 February from 6 pm at the Alliance Francaise Community Library (1st Floor, Square Edge, 47 The Square) for a fun evening of crepe making!

Cook your own crêpe, choose your topping... and enjoy! Free workshop for adults and children. Everyone welcome.

The crepe making evening is free for members and $15 for non members.

CURRENT EVENTS



Practice your French with native speakers! Meet our members and teachers for lunch on Fridays, from 12.30 to 1.30 pm, or for breakfast on Saturdays, from 10 to 11 am, and immerse yourself in French!
 

PREVIOUS EVENTS



Get the year off to a good start: come meet our other members and practice your French during the holidays!

Join in to taste the real French "Galette des Rois" at Alexandre Pâtisserie on Saturday 8 January at 10 am.

Don't miss this great opportunity to celebrate the first event on the French calendar and discover a delicious traditional cake!

$5 per slice, cash sales only.


Join us at Square Edge to celebrate Christmas like we do in Alsace! Meet us in Evelyn Rawlins room from 6.30 pm, on Friday 17 December.

Enjoy our yearly students show, taste specialties from the Alsace region and try and win beautiful gift baskets with our quiz!

$35 per person - AF members $25 - Children (under 12 yo) $15. Show, buffet and quiz included.

The winner of our Christmas fundraiser raffle will also be drawn at the event: don't hesitate to ask our staff if you would like to enter! Tickets will be for sale throughout the month of December.


Bring your kids along to this free screening and afternoon tea at Alliance Française Palmerston North!

The French animation movie "Ernest et Céléstine en Hiver" ("Ernest & Celestine") will be screened with English subtitles.

On Friday 10 December, at Alliance Française Community Library, Square Edge, First Floor, 47 The Square.

Afternoon tea from 5 pm, the movie starts at 5.45 pm. Free event, donations welcome.


Join us on Wednesday 1 December @ The Globe Theatre at 7 pm for a free science talk by Professor Richard Archer.

Richard will be discussing the following theme: High Technology Meets Food Processing.Read on for more info!

Free event, donations welcome.


Join us on Friday 26 November at The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street) from 7.30 pm for the screening of "Just kids" with English subtitles.

Jack (19 years old), Lisa (17) and Mathis (10) are facing the legal consequences of a series of disasters: the death of their ill mother and the recent suicide of their father. Because the eldest among the children already has a job, he becomes responsible for his younger brother, together with his uncle David acting as surrogate tutor. The siblings are going to form an incredible bond facing life.

Recommended for a mature audience.

Licensed bar/café open from 6 pm. Free event, donations welcome.

 


Come and celebrate the French Beaujolais Nouveau!

Join us at 7 pm on Saturday 20 November for a gourmet wine and cheese tasting by Beach House Wine whilst enjoying live music entertainment.

At Evelyn Rawlins Room, Square Edge, 1st Floor, 47 The Square, Palmerston North. 

$35 per person or $25 for AF members. Wine & cheese tasting and live concert included in the price. Cash bar available for extra drinks and nibbles.


November is coming! And this year, as part of the 2020 international festival of digital cultures, Novembre Numérique, Alliance Française Palmerston North will be hosting digital workshops for children!

Learn french with fun mobile applications: try digital drawing with Oh Mon Chapeau ! or create your own world on Fabricabrac

On Friday 5, 12, 19 and 26 November, at 3.30 or 4.30 pm at Alliance Française Palmerston North, First Floor, 47 The Square.

1 hour workshops, $10 each. Tablets provided. Enrol your kids for a fun learning experience! 


Join us on Friday 29 October at The Globe theatre (312 Main Street) from 7.30 pm for the screening of "Poissonsexe".

Daniel, a biologist studying the disappearance of fish, is haunted by paternity. It is by looking for a woman who could be the mother of his children that he will come across a strange fish and discover what he really lacks: love.

Recommended for a mature audience.

Licensed bar/café open from 6 pm.

Free event, donations welcome.


Alliance Française Palmerston North presents the French Animation Film Festival: a series of screenings for children, at Focal Point Cinema!

Marona's Fantastic Tale, a superb fable full of color and graphic inventions about a small black and white dog who remembers the different masters she has known and loved throughout her life, will be screened on Friday 15 October at 3.30 pm at Focal Point Cinema, 223 Cuba Street, Palmerston North.

Child $15, AF members $12.50, Adults $18, AF members $15, Family Pass* $58, AF family membership $47.

Screening in French with English subtitles.


Alliance Française Palmerston North presents the French Animation Film Festival: a series of screenings for children, at Focal Point Cinema!

Hello World!, an enlightening tale told through the amused look of ten baby animals, conveyed through poetic animation, will be screened on Thursday 14 October at 3.30 pm at Focal Point Cinema, 223 Cuba Street, Palmerston North.

Child $15, AF members $12.50, Adults $18, AF members $15, Family Pass* $58, AF family membership $47.

Screening in French with English subtitles. 


Alliance Française Palmerston North presents the French Animation Film Festival: a series of screenings for children, at Focal Point Cinema!

The Bear's Famous Invasion of Sicily, a refreshingly different Italian-French animated film, will be screened on Wednesday 13 October at 3.30 pm at Focal Point Cinema, 223 Cuba Street, Palmerston North.

Child $15, AF members $12.50, Adults $18, AF members $15, Family Pass* $58, AF family membership $47.

Screening in French with English subtitles.


Alliance Française Palmerston North presents the French Animation Film Festival: a series of screenings for children, at Focal Point Cinema!

The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales, an hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits, will be screened on Tuesday 12 October at 3.30 pm at Focal Point Cinema, 223 Cuba Street, Palmerston North.

Child $15, AF members $12.50, Adults $18, AF members $15, Family Pass* $58, AF family membership $47.

Screening in French with English subtitles. 


Alliance Française Palmerston North is proud to introduce the French Animation Film Festival: a series of screenings for children, at Focal Point Cinema!

Screening of 5 different movies every day at 3.30 pm, from Monday 11 to Friday 15 October.

Child $15, AF members $12.50, Adults $18, AF members $15, Family Pass* $58, AF family membership $47.

Screening in French with English subtitles.


Alliance Française Palmerston North presents the French Animation Film Festival: a series of screenings for children, at Focal Point Cinema!

Yellowbird, the beautifully animated, simple story of an obstacle-filled bird migration, will be screened on Monday 11 October at 3.30 pm at Focal Point Cinema, 223 Cuba Street, Palmerston North.

Child $15, AF members $12.50, Adults $18, AF members $15, Family Pass* $58, AF family membership $47.

Screening in French with English subtitles.


The New Caledonian La Foa Film Festival is coming to Palmerston North!

Book your tickets early as there might only be a limited number of seats available due to social distancing Level 2 rules! Please book as a group if anyone in your bubble is coming along.

Join us for a one-off screening of New Caledonian award winning short movies at The Globe Theatre on Friday 24 September. 

From 7 to 8 pm, get social and discover New Caledonia's food specialities: enjoy a gourmet food tasting with a complimentary glass of wine. Screening starts at 8 pm, short movies screened with English subtitles.

$25 for AF members, or $35 for non members includes the food tasting and screening.


FRENCH FILM NIGHT EXCEPTIONALLY ON WEDNESDAY.

Join us on Wednesday 22 September at The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street) from 7.30 pm for the screening of "Marche ou crève" with English subtitles.

Elisa, a passionate teenager, wants to enjoy the summer on the slopes of the Vercors where she grew up. Her mother leaves her alone with her father and disabled sister, and the increasing responsibility sees her love turned into hatred.

Recommended for a mature audience.

Licensed bar /café open from 6 pm. Screening starts at 8 pm.

Free event, donations welcome.

 


Join us on Friday 27 August at The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street) from 7.30 pm for the screening of "Poissonsexe".

Daniel, a biologist studying the disappearance of fish, is haunted by paternity. It is by looking for a woman who could be the mother of his children that he will come across a strange fish and discover what he really lacks: love.

Recommended for a mature audience.

Licensed bar/café open from 6 pm.

Free event, donations welcome.


Every year, the Fédération of Alliances Françaises of New Zealand organises a National French Speaking Competition for high school students called the "Concours Oral".

It is open to all year 10 to 13 school pupils studying French. Participants go through a selection process regionally (organised by the local Alliance) in order to participate in the national oral contest and win many prizes.

Get in touch with our team for more information!


Join us on Friday 30 July at The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street) at 8pm for the screening of "Felicita" with English subtitles.

The story follows Tommy, an 11yo who is on the road again with her eccentric parents. This time, her freshly out-of-jail father promised her that she won't miss the first school day of the term.But that was before her dad stole a sports car, a mother disappeared and an astronaut popped by.

Recommended for a mature audience.

Licensed bar open from 6pm.

Donations welcome!!


The Fédération des Alliances Françaises de Nouvelle-Zélande Incorporated is delighted to announce the decision to award the John Dunmore Medal 2021 to Dr Christiane Leurquin, Teaching Fellow, French, Programme of Languages and Cultures, University of Otago.

Dr Leurquin is warmly congratulated on this honour. Presentation of the Medal will be made at a later date.

Click on this link for full details about Dr Christiane Leurquin and the John Dunmore Medal Award!


Join us for a three-course French dinner and live concert to celebrate the Bastille Day in a festive atmosphere!

Enjoy a French music concert by Sans Souci while you enjoy very typical French dishes to celebrate the national day!

On Saturday 10 July from 7 pm at Evelyn Rawlins Room, Square Edge, 47 The Square.

Tickets include a three-course French dinner and live concert. Drinks available from the bar. 


Come to Square Edge on Sunday 4 July, from 10 am to 4 pm, to celebrate the French national day with a French-themed Artisan Market!

Shop or get inspired by arts and crafts from local artists, order a delicious sweet or savoury crêpe at Café Royale, enjoy live music concerts and discover French culture and language with a selection of short clips at FX Theatre and an interactive exhibition on French monuments!

Free entry, everyone welcome.


Always wanted to visit France? Feeling nostalgic about your last trip and unsure when you'll get to travel again? Don't miss this interactive photo exhibition by Atout France and Institut Francais!

Visit French monuments from Square Edge, Palmerston North, from Friday 2 to Tuesday 6 July. Access to the gallery and exhibition is free for all.

Download the France eMotion app, point your lens at the photographs and enjoy the animated experience.

And for a truly French experience, make sure to time your exhibition visit with the French Themed Artisan Market, on Sunday 4 July from 10 am to 4 pm!


Get ready for this new edition full of French surprises and cinematographic discoveries!

We are delighted to announce that the New Zealand French Film Festival will return to the country in June this year and will be in Palmerston North from the 24th of June to the 7th of July!

Click on this link for the full Palmerston North programme.


Alliance Francaise Palmerston North is proud to present Jason Bae, who will perform a French repertoire piano recital at the Globe Theatre on Wednesday 23 June.

Jason Bae is an extremely talented and widely acclaimed recitalist and has won many prizes. In Palmerston North, his recital will include music from famous French piano composers. 

Drinks from 7 pm, piano recital starts at 7.30 pm. 

Tickets available from the Globe Theatre Box Office. 


Come and celebrate the Fête de la Musique with Alliance Française Palmerston North, on Saturday 19 June, from 2 pm to 10 pm, at Palmerston North City Library!

Every year since 1982, French people gather in the streets of the country to enjoy free concerts and celebrate the arrival of summer.
This year again we want to share this event, an important part of the French culture, with you.

During the afternoon, you will enjoy a wide range of musical genres: from classical music to pop, rock, folk or jazz... There will be something for everyone!

And in the evening, don't miss the free concert by Sam Manzanza who will be entertaining us with his Afro Beat Band!


Join us on Friday 18 June at 7.30 pm at The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street) for the screening of "Amanda" with English subtitles.

Living in Paris, 24-year-old David is close to his sister Sandrine – a single mother – and her seven-year-old daughter, Amanda. Sandrine is an English teacher, while David looks after holiday lets and is a part-time gardener. He meets Lena, a piano teacher. Sandrine goes to the park with friends where, in a terrorist attack, she is killed and Lena injured. David looks after Amanda and they begin to bond. Lena moves back home to Bordeaux but David asks her to move in with him. He then takes Amanda to London to meet his estranged mother Alison, and to visit Wimbledon. As their relationship deepens, David decides to become Amanda’s guardian and to adopt her.

Recommended for a mature audience.


Licensed bar/cafe open from 6 pm.


Take part in our 10 Words Contest "Dis Moi Dix Mots"!

Use the 10 words given to create a story, poem, drawing, song, photo exhibition, short movie... or anything you can think of! 

Just use your imagination and send us your creation before the Saturday 12 June!

The words: aile, allure, buller, chambre à air, décoller, éolien, foehn, fragrance, insuffler, vaporeux.

Free contest open to all participants. Winners will be announced on Saturday 19 June.


Join us on Wednesday 2 June at The Globe Theatre at 7 pm for a public science talk by Marie-Laure Delabre.

Marie-Laure, Phd at the School of Food and Advanced Technology at Massey University, will be discussing a new way to preserve food. 

Free event, donations welcome.


Join us on Wednesday 2 June at The Globe Theatre at 7 pm for a public science talk by Marie-Laure Delabre.

Marie-Laure, Phd at the School of Food and Advanced Technology at Massey University, will be discussing a new way to preserve food. 

Free event, donations welcome.


Join us on Friday 28 May at 7.30 pm at The Globe Theatre (312 Mian Street) for the screening of "Tout simplement noir" with English subtitles.

This mockumentary follows a wannabe actor, Jean-Pascal Zadi aka JP, tired of all the bigotry and racism in France, who decides to organize a “Black Man’s March” to raise overall awareness. However, he struggles to put together his march. Things are complicated from the get-go, beginning with JP’s own wife who seems annoyed by her husband’s inability to organize a protest and take care of household chores at the same time. Trying to bring on celebrities as sponsors doesn’t seem to be a success for him but gives us lot of hilarious scenes.

Recommended for a mature audience.

Licensed bar open from 6 pm.

Free event, donations welcome.


Put your baking skills to the test and win an amazing prize:

  • Breakfast at the French Ambassador's Residence
  • A hands-on cooking class at Cordon Bleu New Zealand: preparation of a traditional French dish with Chef Francis Motta
  • Followed by a two-course lunch: the dish prepared during the class matched with a French wine and a dessert.
To enter, simply bring your best Tarte Tatin (classic or original), on Saturday 1 May at 5.30 pm in Evelyn Rawlins Room (Square Edge).

Christine Page, Head Chef at Café Brie will be judging your creations while you will enjoy a live concert with drinks and nibbles. The winner announcement at 7 pm will be followed by a Tarte Tatin tasting for all.

This event will also be the perfect opportunity to come and say goodbye and thank you to Romane, who will be leaving the Alliance Française Palmerston North after 3 years of great work!


Join us on Friday 30 April @ The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street) for the screening of "Perdrix" in French with English subtitles.

The movie will start at 8pm. It is recommended for a mature audience.

Pierre Perdrix, a police captain in a sleepy village in the wooded northeastern Vosges region. His life is extremely organized and predictable, with everything ostensibly set in stone. It quickly emerges that he’s the seemingly only sane person that can keep his oddball family together. After the death of his father, Pierre’s mother has started a radio show called Love Is Real. Pierre and his older brother, Juju  are practically its only listeners and take turns each evening calling in with questions.

 
Donations more than welcome!!!.

 


Join us on Wednesday 7 April @ The Globe Theatre at 7 pm for a free science talk by Emmanuelle Haslin.

Producing fast growing lambs is one the main goals of NZ sheep farmers. But can we identify which ewe will produce these lambs?

Emmanuelle will be presenting a technique that combines udder scoring, measurements and ultrasound scanning to try to answer that question.


Join us on Friday 26 March @ The Globe Theatre at 8pm for the screening of "Gloria Mundi" with English subtitles.

Recommended for a Mature audience.

Licensed bar open from 6pm.


Alliance Française Palmerston North is proud to introduce the Francophonie Film Festival as part of the French Language and Francophonie Week in New Zealand.

Arab Blues, a comedy/drama about a psychotherapist opening a practice in Algeria after years living in Paris, will be screened on Sunday 21 March at 8 pm at The Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North.

Tickets for the this screening can be purchased from the Globe Theatre. General admission $15, AF members $10.Please show your AF membership card for each movie screenings you're going to.

Please note, this film is rated M due to offensive language.