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CURRENT EVENTS



Grassroots organisations are critical in times of crisis, and the bonds we promote within the community are under threat now when we are most vital.

Due to the financial impact of Covid-19, we need your support more than ever.

Please make a donation - no matter how small. Every cent is a stitch in the fabric of our community. Nous sommes plus forts ensemble!


Our organisation has suffered enormously from the Covid-19 Lockdown. Today more than ever, we need your support to keep our classes and community events going.

If you enjoy coming along to our events, then taking a yearly membership with Alliance Française Palmerston North is a great way to support our work! Becoming a member of Alliance Française Palmerston North also gives you access to many wonderful benefits.


Interested in learning French but need some motivation first?

Try a class for free! 

Free online French trial class for children, teenagers and adults of all ages and all levels, from complete beginners to advanced!

Step 1: Click on Read More below then Order and Proceed with your order. Alternatively you can email us at info@french.org.nz
Step 2: We will contact you to enquire about your knowledge or level in French
Step 3: We will advise you on the best class for you to try

Liked the trial class?
Join the class you tried or, based on your experience with your trial class, join another class of a higher or lower level!

Try it, enjoy it, join it!


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!
 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Join us at the Globe Theatre, (312 Main Street, Palmerston North) from 7.30 pm on Friday 30 October, for our yearly Concours Oral National prize-giving.

Prizes will be distributed to the students of Palmerston North Boys High who entered the competition this year between 7.45 and 8 pm. 

After the ceremony, the French film "Fahim" will be screened with English subtitles.

Free event, everyone welcome.


Join us @ The Globe Theatre to watch the French movie "Fahim" with Eng subs at 8pm on Friday 30 October.

Forced to flee his native Bangladesh, eight year-old chess prodigy Fahim arrives in Paris with his father. Refused asylum, as illegal immigrants they spiral downwards into homelessness and desperation. By a stroke of luck, Fahim is introduced to one of France’s top chess coaches, Sylvain who tutors him and gives him a sense of purpose. Fahim will be crowned France’s Under-12 Chess Champion in 2012. The film tells the story of a child who learns to live without his parents, far from home, from his roots and his language.

This movie is recommended for teenagers 12yo and more and adults.

The movie will be preceded by the prizegiving for students of Palmerston North Boys High School who participated in the "Concours Oral" in August.

Free entry, donations welcome!


Licensed bar open from 6pm.

 


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!

On Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27 November, from 3.30 to 4.30 and 4.30 to 5.30 pm at Alliance Française Palmerston North, First Floor, 47 The Square.

1 hour sessions, $15 per workshop. Enrol your kids for a fun learning experience! 

PREVIOUS EVENTS



Join us on Wednesday 7 October @ The Globe Theatre at 7pm to listen to Dr Pierre Roudier who will present his work.

He will talk about "The McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica: at the limits of life"

Dr. Pierre Roudier is a soil scientist and spatial modeller at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, and is based in Palmerston North. He has been involved in environmental and soil research in New Zealand and Antarctica for the last 10 years, including four field expeditions across the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica. He is also a Principal Investigator at Te Pūnaha Matatini


Join us on Friday 25 September from 7.30 pm @ The Globe Theatre for the free screening of "Rebelles", with English subtitles.

Licensed bar/café service from 6 pm. The movie will start at 8 pm.

Please note that we do not recommend this movie for children or young teenagers under 15 yo.

Free event, donations welcome.


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Square Edge Building, Alliance Française Palmerston North will be holding free new beginner classes.

Join in for a free class at the Alliance Française studio and start learning a new language! 

4 slots available, on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, from 2 to 3 pm or 3 to 4 pm.

Classes will hold maximum 10 people at a time. First come first serve. Please book to secure a space.


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Square Edge Building, Alliance Française Palmerston North will be holding free drop in workshops for kids.

Bring you kids along for a fun afternoon of learning! Your children will be learning french words through varied games and activities. It will be 15min activities! Please wait for your children in the corridor merci :)

On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September from 2 to 4 pm. Free workshops, donations welcome, 15min activities!


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Square Edge Building, Alliance Française Palmerston North will be holding a free crepes workshop.

Stop by Square Edge on Saturday 11 September, between 11 am and 1 pm, and learn how to make real French crepes!

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


Join us on Friday 28 August @ The Globe Theatre for the free screening of "Un divan à Tunis" with English subtitles.

Due to COVID-19 social distancing rules, there will be a limited number of seats so you should secure your seats for your group of friends and family by sending us an email or calling us now! Groups will be seated as priority. Our email is info@french.org.nz

After 10 years of living in Paris, Selma (Golshifteh Farahani) has returned to Tunis firmly decided to open a psychotherapy practice. An incisive comedy about coming home, breaking taboos, and building community. As Selma tries to settle in, she's faced with increasing complications that she couldn't have predicted.

The movie will start at 8pm. 
Licensed bar open.
Free entry, Donations welcome :)

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

Book your ticket early or as a group as there will only be a limited number of seats available due to social distancing level 2 rules!!

Join us for a one-off screening of New Caledonian award winning short movies at The Globe Theatre on Saturday 22 August. 

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.


Join in for our next Café Scientifique, a free public science talk series at Globe Theatre! 

Dr Charline Lormand, Volcanologist, will be answering the question "Can volcanologists predict volcanic eruptions?". Don't miss out on this one-off opportunity to learn on a fascinating topic!  

The talk will be on Wednesday 5 August, at 7 pm. Licensed bar/café service will be available at the Globe Theatre from 6 pm.


Join us on Friday 31 July @ The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street) for our monthly French Film Night at 8pm.

The drama "Continuer" will be screened with English subtitles. 

The movie follows a mother and son in a  psychological trek when they reach an encampment of riders on the other side of the country. Will their tensed relationship become better having to face all the adventures they are going to have?

This movie is for people over 16 as there is a bit of violence and strong language.

Licensed bar/café service open from 6pm. Donations more than welcome!


Take part in a convivial potluck dinner and dance night at Alliance Française Palmerston North to celebrate the French National Day! 

Our team will be looking forward to welcoming you at Evelyn Rawlins Room on Saturday 18 July. Drinks and nibbles available from 6 pm, dinner with live music by Monsieur Robert Cleaver et 2 Amis and Sound Sentimentals starts at 6.30 pm. And after dinner, put on your dancing shoes and join us on the dancefloor!

Please bring a dish of your choice. Wine and drinks available from the bar. Free event, donations welcome.


Come to Square Edge on Sunday 5 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...

Free entry, everyone welcome. 


Join us for our monthly French Film Night at The Globe Theatre (312 Main street) on Friday 26 June.

Free screening of the comedy "Un beau voyou" with English subtitles.

Meet us at The Globe from 7.30 pm. Movie will start at 8pm!


Take part in our 10 Words Contest! Use the 10 words given to create a story, poem, drawing, song, photo exhibition, short movie... and win one of our numerous prizes!

Entries in one of three categories (children, teenagers or adults). Don't wait too long to submit your creation: entries close on Tuesday 23 June. The winners' names will be announced on Friday 26 June.

Free contest, open to all participants.


Celebrate La Fete de la Musique with an unforgettable online live concert on Zoom, by Paris Chansons from Los Angeles!

Zoom link : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87905504915?pwd=djZVMGVLd0FLVm9rdThXcVcremF0Zz09
Meeting ID: 879 0550 4915
Password: 996653

Experience your favorites from Aznavour, Dassin, Piaf, Adamo, Goldman, Kaas to Zaz & Stromae PLUS some of the most beloved Russian gypsy classics!  

During the concert, test your French musical knowledge and try to win a $100 Alliance Française Palmerston North gift voucher with a short quiz!

Performance by the Paris Chansons singers: Jacob & Julia Kantor, Max Cohen and violinist extraordinaire, Endre Balogh!

Sunday 21 June at 5 pm. Virtual doors open at 4:45 pm so you all have a chance to connect and have a drink before the concert. The show starts promptly at 5 pm. You will receive the zoom link from Friday evening via email.


Missing our monthly French Film Night during lockdown? No worries, we're still doing it!

Our next French Film Night will be on Friday 29 May, and this time, we'll be meeting... at your place!
Pour yourself a glass of wine (or juice!) and open Zoom on your laptop. Make sure to be online at 7.45 for a quick video chat with our staff and members; the film will start on your screen at 8 pm!

Movie in French, with English subtitles. This event is free for Alliance Française members.


We would like to thank all the participants to our last Facebook Live class for their kind feedback. We enjoyed doing this class with you! 🙏

We believe that self development activities such as language learning are a great way to stay socially connected and active in these uncertain times. 🎨🇫🇷

For this reason, we decided to offer a Second Live Stream with NEW CONTENT for Beginners this Friday 17 April at 5 pm. Spread the word and share the love! 📣
Go to Fb, type Alliance Française Palmerston North and you'll be able to see the video on our newsfeed>> https://www.facebook.com/afpalmy/


Keep busy, keep learning!


Alliance Française Palmerston North is proud to be a partner of the French Film Festival 2020! 

Looking for a fun way to spend the day with your kids? Join us for this 100% family-oriented screening of the French adventure movie Dilili in Paris, on Sunday 22 March at Event Cinemas. 

Ticket-holders are invited to attend the Family Movie Fun event from 1 pm to enjoy children's activities and afternoon tea with cakes, sweets and drinks before the screening. The movie will start at 2.20 pm.

You can already get your tickets from Event Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave. And don't forget to show your membership card, AF members get discounted tickets for the event!


Alliance Française Palmerston North is proud to be a partner of the French Film Festival 2020! 

Come and celebrate the start of the Festival with a screening of the comedy & drama Someone Somewhere: on Thursday 12 March, 8.30 pm at Event Cinemas. 

Ticket-holders are invited to attend the Opening Night from 7.45 pm to enjoy live music with a glass of wine, canapés and petit-fours and a goodie bag for everyone before the screening.

You can already get your tickets from Event Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave. And don't forget to show your membership card, AF members get discounted tickets for the event!


Take part in a convivial potluck dinner and movie screening at Alliance Française Palmerston North to get 2020 off to a good start! 

Catch up with other French students and AF members after the big holiday break and discover the very famous French comedy "Le Diner de Cons".

This Potluck Dinner will also be a great opportunity to test your French cooking skills: there will be prizes for the best French dish & dessert!

On Saturday 29 February at 6.30 pm at Evelyn Rawlins Room. Free event, donations welcome. We're looking forward to catching up with you again!


Due to technical issue, we will be unable to screen the movie that was initially announced.
The good news is you will be able to watch an even better funny movie instead!

Join us @ The Globe Theatre (3612 Main Street) for the free screening of "Damien veut changer le monde" or "Adopt a Daddy" on Friday 28 February @ 8 pm.

License bar/café open from 6pm. The movie will start at 8pm. Screening in French with English subtitles.


We need your help for the Festival of Cultures! Every year, the Alliance Francaise Palmerston North holds a crepes stall at the Festival of Culture, in Palmerston North. This year again, we are looking for volunteers to help us on this great adventure!

Join other French-food lovers on this free crepe making evening and learn how to make real French crepes! On Thursday 27 February at 7 pm, in the Alliance Française Community Library.


Join in for our Café Scientifique! A free public science talk series at Globe Theatre! 

Marie Moinet will be giving us "A French Perspective on a Nasty Desease: the Leptospirosis". Don't miss out on this one-off opportunity to learn on a fascinating topic!  

The talk will be on Wednesday 12 February, at 7 pm. Licensed bar/café service will be available at the Globe Theatre from 6 pm. 


Join us for the first French Film Night of the year with the classic film "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" with the talented Catherine Deneuve on Friday 31 January @ The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street)

The story is about two sisters who leave their small seaside town of Rochefort in search of romance. Hired as carnival singers, one falls for an American musician, while the other must search for her ideal partner. A beautiful blend of music, dances, romance, drama and comedy. Don't miss out!

French film with English subtitles. The movie will start at 8pm. Free entrance, donations welcome. Licensed bar/café open from 6pm.


To 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 11 January at 10 am! 

Don't miss this great opportunity to discover a traditional cake while celebrating the first important event of the year in France. 

$5 per slice, cash sales only.


Come and celebrate AF’s 70th anniversary and the French Beaujolais Nouveau!

Enjoy live music entertainment from 6.30 pm, and from 7.30 pm, listen to Kameï's beautiful French music and songs  while tasting the new Beaujolais wine release!

A selection of canapés/petits-fours and a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau included in the price. Cash bar available from 6.30 pm.

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


Sign your kids up to this one-hour workshop to discover birds and improve their art skills!

Use our tablets to try the interactive Birdie Memory App. Scan the poster in our French Community Library and listen to the birds' song to try recognise them and learn to draw them!

On Friday 8, 15 or 29 November, from 4.30 to 5.30 pm at AF Community Library, Square Edge, First Floor, 47 The Square.


Every year, the French governement chooses a artistic and scientific project for Novembre numérique. 

This year, Birdie Memory project has been selected. 

Come, discover, watch and listen to some European birds moving and singing through our tablets or your phones by downloading the app.

The poster will be set in our community library from Friday 1 November to Saturday 30 November.


Join in for this very interesting public talk by Pauline Nijman, supervisor for both the Wildbase Recovery and Hospital, and learn everything there is to know about birds and wildlife!

On Friday 1st November at Alliance Française Community Library, Square Edge, 1st Floor, 47 The Square. Drinks and nibbles from 6.30 pm. Talk starts at 7pm. 

This talk will also be the launch of our “Novembre Numérique” Exhibition: try the Birdie Memory poster in our library and watch it come to life with the app!       


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!  

Free contest, open to all participants. Entries close on Friday 18 October at 4pm.


Join us for our monthly French Film Night on Friday 25 October at The Globe Theatre.

The film "Rémi Sans Famille" will be screened with English subtitles.
 
Follow a 10 years old orphan boy travelling around France working as an acrobat. On this long journey, he will meet a lot of people who will help him find who he is, and where he comes from.

Licensed bar/café open from 6 pm. The film will start at 8 pm. It will be preceded by the prizegiving for the "Dis-moi 10 mots" contest.

Free event, donations welcome.


Join in for our Café Scientifique! A free public science talk series at Globe Theatre! 

Marie-Laure Delabre will be answering the question "What is food flavour?". Don't miss out on this one-off opportunity to learn on a fascinating topic!  

The talk will be on Wednesday 9 October, at 7 pm. Licensed bar/café service will be available at the Globe Theatre from 6 pm. 


Join us for our monthly French Film Night with the sci-fi movie Seuls with English subtitles at The Globe Theatre on Friday 27 September.

A group of teenagers suddenly wake up in a city where all the adults disappeared...will they survive in this apocalyptic atmosphere? Come and find out!
The movie will be preceded by the prizegiving for the DELF Scolaire candidates who sat the exam on 31 August.

The movie will start at 8pm and ends around 10pm. There will be a licensed bar/café service open from 6pm.

Open to adults and teenagers from 12yo.


Join us for our monthly French Film Night at The Globe Theatre on Friday 30 August.

The movie "La Fille du Patron" will be screened with English subtitles at 8 pm.

Licensed bar/café service available from 6 pm. 

Free event, donations welcome.


Join us on friday 26 July at The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street) for the free screening of the romantic French comedy Caprice, with English subtitles.

Licensed bar/café service available from 6 pm. The movie will start at 8 pm. Free event, donations welcome.


Join in at Hotel Coachman to celebrate the French national day with us! The Bastille Day celebration evening will be on Saturday 13 July at 6.30 pm at Hotel Coachman. Whether you wear a masquerade costume or your finest clothes, the choice is yours, but don't forget your mask!

Book your ticket before Thursday 11 July!!Don't miss it! Seats limited!

Enjoy a three-course French dinner and a concert with Sans Souci, as well as a performance by the talented dancers of Dance Unlimited! A selection of French wines will be available from the bar. And after dinner, put on your dancing shoes to celebrate in a festive atmosphere!
We have the menus!! Enquire now to choose yours!!


Get your ticket for our Bastille Day Raffle and try to win a night with breakfast at Hotel Coachman! The draw will be held on Saturday 13 July at 11.30 pm, at Hotel Coachman.

$2 tickets, many prizes to win!

You can already get your tickets from the Alliance Française Palmerston North's office. Don't wait too long!