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
Le Ciné-Club
"4 Actrices" - La vie domestique
Friday 31 October - 6pm
@ Alliance Française de Manchester
£2 for members, £3 for non-members

Do not miss the ast movie of our cycle "4 Actrices"!

La vie domestique with Emmanuelle Devos
Juliette is a worldly, educated woman looking to move back into the workforce. At the same time, she struggles to find her place amongst the local mothers of her new suburb on the outskirts of Paris. Based on the English novel, ‘Arlington Park’ by Rachel Cusk, the film speaks volumes about the universal class, race and gender divisions still ingrained in the modern middle class world.

Films in French with English subtitles.
Snacks and wine after the film. 
Working with French
Wed 5 November - 2.30pm-5pm
@ Alliance Française de Manchester

At this career-enhancing workshop, organised in collaboration with the University of Manchester School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, speakers from a range of backgrounds will offer careers advice and present some of the professional opportunities open to graduates with French-language skills. The workshop’s goal is to broaden the horizons of those present, helping them look beyond the more obvious sources of work for graduates with French.
The event should provide inspiration and encouragement for students of French thinking about what they might do after their studies, and for those who speak French and wish to use their language skills at work. It is open to the public, and all are very welcome to attend.


- Scott Foley, a careers consultant at the University of Manchester, will talk about the ways in which French graduates have made direct professional use of their language skills, and he will share his data with you;
- David Moorcroft, a University of Manchester graduate who works for Clickoo as a search marketing executive, will talk about his professional profile and experience;
- Two University of Manchester final-year students will share their experience of working in France during their year abroad, focusing on their linguistic needs when they began working with French, what went well, whether certain skills needed improvement and if conversational and/or written French was needed.

3.45pm-4pm: break (French refreshments provided)


- Rodolphe Soulard, Senior European Business Adviser at Enterprise Europe Network, will talk about the various professional fields where French can be an asset and discuss the different trends in the North-West job market;

Free – Open to all
Limited amount of places available, please book in advance at (password: french)
Thursday 6 November - 7pm
@ Mine, Leeds University Union
£4.50 / £2.50 (NUS)

Pendentif, live in Leeds!

4 years ago, Pendentif was one of the first bands to blossom out of a new French music scene, having been shaped by their English speaking peers from the UK (Kindness, Metronomy, Pulp) and the US (Real Estate, The Drums, Chromatics, Poolside) while their lyrics remained attached to a tradition of great French pop classics. A fresh and modern musical cross pollenisation from the Bordeaux quintet, fronted by the voice of Cindy, with the 4 boys writing the music and providing the harmonies which we hear on the band's debut album 'Mafia Douce' released in 2013.

The performance is followed by a French music after-party.

Organised by The University of Leeds (European Popular Musics Research Group, CCI Exchange, Ignite Fund) in collaboration with the Bureau Export. Click here for more information...
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
The John Rylands Library
Sat 15 November, 11am - 12pm
@ the John Rylands Library
Free of charge, booking required

Visit the John Rylands Library en français!

This building was opened to the public in 1900 and its neo-gothic style makes it one of the most beautiful libraries in the UK. Its special collection is also one of the largest in the country!

The visit is free of charge but booking is required!
Tel.: 0161306055 or email: 

More info here.
Le Book Club
Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit by Delphine de Vigan
Monday 17 November - 6.15pm-7.30pm
@ Alliance Française de Manchester

"La douleur de Lucile, ma mère, a fait partie de notre enfance et plus tard de notre vie d'adulte, la douleur de Lucile sans doute nous constitue, ma soeur et moi, mais toute tentative d'explication est vouée à l'échec. L'écriture n'y peut rien, tout au plus me permet-elle de poser les questions et d'interroger la mémoire."

Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit
est une enquête éblouissante au cœur de la mémoire familiale, où les souvenirs les plus lumineux côtoient les secrets les plus enfouis, ce sont toutes nos vies, nos failles et nos propres blessures que Delphine de Vigan déroule avec force.

Le Book Club starts at 6.15pm. A good intermediate level in French is recommended to participate.
No participation Fee - Complimentary wine.

Next meetings:
- Monday 15 December: La symphonie pastorale by André Gide
- Monday 19 January: La vagabonde by Colette
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!
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.
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:
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