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CURRENT EVENTS



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.


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


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.


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

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.

PREVIOUS EVENTS



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! 

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.


Watch our student's christmas show while tasting French specialties from the Provence region, and try win beautiful gourmet hampers with our quiz!

Drinks available from the bar.

On Friday 13 December from 6.30 pm at Evelyn Rawlins Room.


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!


Join us at the opening night of the art exhibition "Far and Beyond" by Émilie Géant!

Don't miss this great opportunity to discover the drawings of a very talented French artist, and exchange with her on the exhibition while enjoying a glass of wine and nibbles! 

The official opening will be on Tuesday 2 July at 6.30 pm. (Emilie's artwork will be exhibited in the Square Edge Gallery from the 2nd to the 23rd of July). 


Join us for our monthly French Film Night on Friday 28 June at The Globe Theatre (312 Main Street).

The French movie Brooklyn will be screened with English subtitles.  

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


The Alliances Françaises of Palmerston North, Nelson Tasman and Dunedin are proud to present I Nu, a New Caledonian band which will be touring New Zealand for the 2019 Fête de la Musique.

In Palmerston North, I Nu will be offering a free concert at the City Library. With their Melanesian Folk music and traditional Kanak vibes, the band will be bringing an authentic slice of New Caledonian culture to New Zealand. A must-see concert on Saturday 22 June from 8.30 pm.


Come and celebrate the Fête de la Musique with Alliance Française Palmerston North, on Saturday 22 June, from 2 pm to 10.30 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 to finish the day in a great atmosphere, I NU, a Trio from New Caledonia will be entertaining us with their Melanesian Folk music!


The annual Fête de la Musique will be on in Palmerston North on Saturday 22 June at the City Library. We are looking for volunteer musicians and singers to perform on stage for this free public concert. All artists and music genres welcome!

A great opportunity for you to show your talent and start making a name for yourself in the region! Don't wait too long to sign up, slots are limited.


Join us on Friday 31 May at The Globe Theatre (312, Main Street) for our monthly French Film Night.

The drama Corporate will be screened at 8pm with English subtitles.

Licensed bar/café open from 6pm.


Join in for a one-off screening of famous French movie Amélie Poulain! On Friday 24 May at The Globe Theatre, (312 Main St, Palmerston North).

Meet us at the venue from 7 pm to enjoy live music entertainment before the screening! Movie starts at 8 pm.

Free event, donations welcome.


Join in for a public talk by Clotilde Perrin, a talented French writer and illustrator. This event is part of Les Petits Kiwis, a festival celebrating French children's authors/illustrators. 

After the talk, a time will be dedicated to answer all your questions. Books will be for sale and the author will also be available for signing or drawing at the event.

Don't miss out, it's at Palmerston North City Library (Heritage room, 2nd floor) on Tuesday 7 May. Drinks and nibbles from 6.30 pm, talk starts at 7 pm.


Join us for our monthly French Film Night on Friday 26 April at The Globe Theatre ( 312, Main Street). The movie La Belle et la belle will be screened with English subtitles.  Free event.

Licensed bar/café open from 6pm. The movie will start at 8pm and ends around 10pm.


Created from real letters of French soldiers from the First World War, The Man Out of Mud is the story of a young man who went to war, with his innocence and who will discover the horrors for which no one had prepared him.

An exceptional one-man show which re-creates the universe of life in the trenches but with irony and humour: a fantastic way to learn about History while spending a fun night out!

Don't miss this one-off performance in Palmerston North, on Wednesday 24 April at 6.30 pm at The Globe Theatre!


Join in for a one-off theatre workshop with professional French actors Lionel Pascal, Océane Pivoteau and Mathieu Delacourt! On Wednesday 24 April at The Globe Theatre.

The trio will be in Palmerston North on the 24th to present their theatre show "The Man Out of Mud". During the day, they will exceptionally be holding two public workshops: one for children, from 10.30 am to 12 pm, and one for adults, from 2.30 to 4 pm.

Workshops in English. No charge for low income or community services card holders. Suggested koha $20-40 for those who can afford it.


Join us on Friday 12 April, at 7 pm, at The Globe Theatre, to learn about Eve Chabanon's work! 

Eve Chabanon is a French artist, currently staying in New Zealand as the 2019 artist in residence through the Wellington International Artist Residency Te Whare Hera programme. She will be travelling to Palmerston North to hold a Public Talk and introduce her artistic practice. 

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to meet an international artist! Free event, everyone welcome.


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

Valérie Poirier, Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medical Oncology at Massey University, will be talking about "Cancer in Animals". Don't miss out on this one-off opportunity to learn on a fascinating topic!  

The talk will be on Wednesday 10 April, 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 on Friday 29 March at The Globe Theatre. The film Le Poulain will be screened with English subtitles.

Licensed bar/cafe open from 6pm. Movie starts at 8pm and finishes around 10pm.

Free event!


An A-list cast of French cinema, which includes La Vie en Rose's Jean-Paul Rouve and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, fills out this romantic and very funny comedy of errors.

Kiss and Tell will be screened on Wednesday 27 March at 8.30 pm at Event Cinemas. Ticket-holders are invited to attend the Closing Night from 7.45 pm.