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UPCOMING EVENTS


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.


Nominations are invited for the award of the John Dunmore Medal, which recognises outstanding contributions to the knowledge and understanding of the part played by the French people or the French language in the development of historical, intellectual, scientific, economic, or other aspects of world culture, preference being given, although not exclusively, to the Pacific region.

Please click on this link to learn more about the criteria, eligibility and selection procedures.


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!


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. 


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.


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!


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.


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. 


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!!

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



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.


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

Le Brio, a comedy/drama about a university teacher forced to mentor an Albanian student after targeting her in a bigoted rant, will be screened on Sunday 21 March at 6 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 note, this film is rated M due to offensive language.


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

Papicha, a beautiful and touching drama set in Algeria, will be screened on Sunday 21 March at 4 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 note, this film is rated R13 due to violence, offensive language & content that may disturb.


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

Minga and the Broken Spoon, a charming animation for the entire family, will be screened on Sunday 21 March at 2 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 note, this film is rated PG due to violence & scary scenes.


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

Papicha, a beautiful and touching drama set in Algeria, will be screened on Saturday 20 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 note, this film is rated R13 due to violence, offensive language & content that may disturb.


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

Notre Dame, a refreshing comedy narrating the story of a young country architect renovating the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, will be screened on Saturday 20 March at 6 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 note, this film is rated M due to offensive language & nudity.


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

Minga and the Broken Spoon, a charming animation for the entire family, will be screened on Saturday 20 March at 3.45 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.

Afternoon tea included from 3.45 pm. The movie starts at 4.15 pm. Screening in French with English subtitles.

Please note, this film is rated PG due to violence & scary scenes.


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

Systeme K, a documentary following artists in the city of Kinchasa, Congo, will be screened on Saturday 20 March at 2 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 note, this film is rated M due to animal cruelty & content that may disturb.


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

This feel-good comedy, Sink or Swim, will be screened on Friday 19 March at 7 pm at The Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North.

Tickets for the opening night can be purchased from the Globe Theatre. General admission $35, AF members $25. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, canapés and petit-fours.

Welcome cocktail from 7 pm. The movie starts at 8 pm. Screening in French with English subtitles.


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

Francophone films will be screened in French with English subtitles at the Globe Theatre from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 March.

Comedies, dramas, documentaries and animations, there will be something for everyone! General admission $15, AF members $10, tickets available from the Globe Theatre.


Join us on Friday 19 February from 6.30 pm at the Alliance Francaise Community Library (1st Floor, Square Edge, 47 The Square) for a fun evening of crepe making!

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

And if you enjoyed learning how to make crepes, why not keep on practising with us?

We are looking for volunteer to help us with our crepe stalll at the Festival of Cultures on Saturday 27 February. Every little bit helps, so if you'd like to come for an hour or two, we'd love to hear from you!


Join us on Friday 26 February @ The Globe Theatre at 8pm for the screening of the film "Enorme" with Eng subs.

Licensed bar open from 6pm. The movie will start at 8pm.


Join us after our yearly AGM for a fun Escape Game and Potluck evening! A great chance to catch up with other members and get back into French after the long holiday break.

Try our French-themed Escape Game "Discover Versailles"at 6 pm, followed by a convivial welcome back potluck dinner. 

Please consider booking in advance in order to help us organise the Escape Game and bring a plate to share.

Free for Alliance Francaise members, $15 for non members.


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

The French animation movie "Gus Petit Oiseau Grand Voyage" ("Yellowbird") will be screened with English subtitles.

On Friday 11 December, at Alliance Française Community Library, Square Edge, First Floor, 47 The Square. Afternoon tea from 4.30 pm, the movie starts at 5 pm.

Free event, donations welcome.


Come and celebrate the French Beaujolais Nouveau!

Join us at 7 pm on Saturday 28 November for a gourmet wine and food tasting by Beach House Wine and enjoy live music entertainment by Monsieur Robert Cleaver et 2 Amis.

Wine and food tasting and live concert included in the price. Cash bar available for extra drinks and nibbles.
There will be vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free menus.


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


Join us for our last French Film Night of 2020!!

On Friday 27 November @ The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street, Palmy) at 8pm.

The movie "Play" will be screened with English subtitles. 

In 1993, thirteen-year-old Max receives his first video camera. From the 90s to the present day, Max has recorded everything: his friends, his successes, his heartbreaks, his first times... The essential and the futile. On the eve of the biggest decision of his existence, he edits the movie of his life. The movie of everyone's life.

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! 


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.

 


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.