The Cultural Agenda
Cultural events are another way of reinforcing your knowledge and understanding of French and French speaking cultures. Whether it is organised by the Alliance française de Manchester or another organisation, you can find out what is happening in our area. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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French Trip
Spend Easter in Nîmes and Provence!
4 days of historical and gastronomic discovery
3 to 6 April 2015

The AF de Manchester invites you to a 4-day-long trip to Nîmes and Provence, one of the most beautiful and picturesque regions in France.

Come and spend an Easter week-end, guided by a teacher of the AF de Manchester, to enjoy wine tasting, historical visits and French cuisine courses. Delight in living the French way for a weekend.

Only 8 places available!
Price/person: £419 (double room) - £469 (single room)*
Deadline to register: 17.12.2014!

You will find further information below or at the Alliance.

*Please check the applicable conditions
In Conversation with Screenwriter Agnès de Sacy
Tuesday 25 Nov 2014 - 6.15pm-7.30pm
@ Cornerhouse
FREE, booking required

Prominent French screenwriter and director Agnès de Sacy joins Manchester Metropolitan University’s Isabelle Vanderschelden for an informal discussion on screenwriting in France and the unique nature of her work.

In particular de Sacy will discuss her collaboration with well-known directors, including Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, with whom she wrote three films, It’s Easier for a Camel… (Il est plus facile pour un chameau - 2003), Actrices (2007) and A Castle in Italy (Un Château en Italie - 2013).

The discussion will be in English and the event will be followed by a special screening of Bruni Tedeschi’s latest film, A Castle in Italy, with an introduction by de Sacy.

Organised in collaboration with Cornerhouse and with the support of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Institute for Humanities and Social Science Research.

Click here to reserve your place.
UK Jewish Film Festival
6-23 November

The UK Jewish Film Festival is back in Manchester with a selection of movies from all over the world. Among them 5 French productions of co-productions:

- Thurs 6 Nov.: The Art Dealer (L'Antiquaire) by François Margolin (2014 - Opening Night Gala)
- Sat 8 Nov.: 24 Days (24 jours, la vérité sur l'affaire Ilan Halimi) by Alexandre Arcady (2014)
- Sun 16 Nov.: The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films by Hilla Medalia (2014)
- Thurs 20 Nov.: Friends from France (Les Interdits) by Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski (2013)
- Sun 23 Nov.: Kidon by Emmanuel Naccache (2013)

Plus d'information sur le site du UK Film Festival
Visite guidée
Manchester pendant la Grande Guerre
Sat 22 November; 2pm-3.30pm; £6

Manchester the French Way, a series of guided tours in French organised by the AF Manchester, is back! Discover the Manchester you think you know with a French twist!
2014 marks the beginning of a series of centenaries marking the ‘war to end all wars’. This tour visits poignant sites around the city centre dedicated to their bravery. We hear the story of the Manchester Pals, and how the war changed the role of women.
Meet at the Victoria Railway Station by the wall map.
Limited amount of places, advance booking required at or 0161 236 7117!
Mini-Festival du Mind Culture et Empathetic Thinking
As We Are Away
20th-30th November

Nous Magazine is teaming up with the Manchester-Rennes performance artists’ project MUTO to organise the 2nd edition of As We Are Away - mini-festival for mind culture and empathic thinking. The festival will take place from 20-30 November in some of Manchester’s most diverse and alternative venues, and it will consist of eleven days of workshops, performance art walks, film projections and live music.

‘AWAA’ is co-curated by MUTO as part of their “Do you speak Malentendu?” project and participants will have the opportunity to make a donation at the events.
I you wish to contribute...

More information can be found at Official Website
Visite guidée - Exposition
Communities in Communication, etc.
Thursday 27 November - 11am-12pm
@ John Rylands Library

The John Library organises a bilingual guided tour (French & English) of their collections and exhibitions. A unique opportunity to hear a French point of view on the works currently in the library.

The visit is free of charge but booking is required!
Tel.: 0161 306 055 or email:
Le Ciné-Club
La Grande Illusion
Friday 28 November - 6.p.m.
@ Alliance Française de Manchester
£2 members, £3 non-members

Cycle "Grande Guerre" : focusing on the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, the Alliance Française de Manchester is organising a rich and varied French film programme for members and non-members alike.

La Grande Illusion, Jean Renoir, 1937.
Unmissable Masterpiece of French Cinema. During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Several escape attempts ensue before they are transferred to an impossibly fortified mountain retreat.

Film in French with English subtitles.
Snacks and wine after the film.

Next film:
- Friday 12 December: Joyeux Noël by Christian Carion

Soirée St Nicolas at the AF!
Friday 5 December - 6pm-9pm
@ Alliance Française de Manchester

In the east and north of France, in Belgium and in Luxemburg, the 6 December is a special day: St Nicolas’ Day. It is a festival particularly loved by children, when they get gifts and sweets for having been good all year...

To mark the start of the festive season, we invite you to celebrate St Nicolas’ Eve with us at the AF de Manchester. There will be games organised by the team, a festive buffet, and there might even be some surprises in store – don’t forget to put on your best socks or bring a spare shoe with you on the night!

The evening’s entertainment is open to all – both French and English speakers are welcome.

Booking recommended - £4 members / £8 non-members

Le Ciné-Club
Joyeux Noël
Friday 12 December - 6 p.m.
@ Alliance Française de Manchester
£2 members, £3 non-members

Cycle "Grande Guerre" : focusing on the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, the Alliance Française de Manchester is organising a rich and varied French film programme for members and non-members alike.

Joyeux Noël, Christian Carion, 2005.
The Western Front, Christmas Eve 2014. Scottish, German and French troops, to the consternation of their superiors, mix together and enjoy each other's company.

Film in French with English subtitles.
Snacks and wine after the film.

Friday 12th December - 8 p.m.
@ Roadhouse (8 Newton Street, Piccadilly, Manchester)
from £5

Forever Pavot is a psychedelic pop group led by the Frenchman Emile Sornin. They are coming to Manchester to perform their latest album, 'Rhapsode'.

"Ennio Morricone, John Barry, The Kinks, Broadcast, Stereolab, Pink Floyd, Hip-Hop sampling, Technicolour Westerns, (...) lots of moving, unpredictable and striking symbols. Psychedelic as well as cinematic, Forever Pavot's new album is a great dream machine" - Les Inrockuptibles (trad.)


French speaking Films at Cornerhouse
November 2014
@ Cornerhouse

Great films not to be missed this month at the Cornerhouse...

2 & 5 Nov: Le jour se lève by Marcel Carné (1939) with Jean Gabin and Arletty

20 & 23 Nov: Playtime by Jacque Tati (1967)

25 Nov: A Castle in Italy by Valéria Bruni Tedeschi (2013) with V. Bruni Tedeschi and Louis Garrel

27 Nov: It's Easier for a Camel... by Valéria Bruni Tedeschi (2003) with V. Bruni Tedeschi and Chiara Mastroianni

Members and students of the Alliance française de Manchester are entitled to a concessionary price for any French-speaking film screen

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Our partners

French Meet-up: Meet French or French speakers in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere!

Epicerie Ludo: Enjoy French food all the year! Members and students of AF de Manchester have a 10% discount by production of their card.

63 Degrés: Enjoy the French gastronomy during a smart and charming dinner. Members and students of AF de Manchester have a 10% discount by production of their card (valid for 2 people).

Manchester French Connection: A website by the University of Manchester which list all the events in Manchester linked to France or Francphonie. No to be missed!

Cornerhouse: AF members get concessionary price on French-speaking world movies!

Cafe Rouge Printworks: A French food restaurant and cafe, where you will enjoy 20% discount on the bill, drinks not included, with your AF membership card.

NCP: Enjoy a discount at the "NCP Chorlton Street" car park (just opposite the AF): £5 for up to 13 hours!

La Petite Ecole de Manchester: the Saturday morning French school for bilingual children (with at least a native French-speaking parent).

Alliance française de Manchester

3rd Floor, 55 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HP

Tel : 0161 236 7117

Registered Charity n°1068084

Opening hours:

Mon - Thurs: 10am - 8.30pm

Friday: 10am - 4.30pm

Saturday: 9.30am - 12.30pm