|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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Ciné-club - Cycle
Fri 14 June - 6pm
@ AF Manchester
£2 (members) / £3
This spring the ciné-club will tackle serious matters and tricky questions... with a big laugh! The films screened resort to humour as a way to deal with unemployment, craziness, war or death. Come to see these films that are not really serious but seriously funny!
Films in French and with English subtitles, wine and nibbles after the film.
14 June - Simon Konianski by Micha Wald
Meet the Konianskis: 35 year-old teen Simon who has just broken up with goy dancer ex-wife; Simon's father, Ernest, who has to put up with his son who has temporarily moved back with him; Simon's son Hadrien who is passionate about his grandpa's deportation stories. Not to forget old paranoid Uncle Maurice and gossiper Aunt Mala. When Ernest passes away, the whole family will embark on an eventful journey to Ukraine.
10 May - Dernier étage, gauche, gauche by Angelo Cianci, France, 2010, 93 mins, Comedy
14 June - Simon Konianski by Micha Wald, France/Belgique, 2009, 100 mins, Comedy
28 June - La Terre de la folie by Luc Moullet, France, 2010, 90 mins, Documentary
12 July - La Vie de château by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France, 1966, 92min, Comedy
Monday 20 May, 6.15pm - 7.30pm
@ AF de Manchester
Free of charge
By joining the book club, you will have the opportunity to discover the world of French-speaking literature in a relaxed environment with like-minded Francophiles. This year, the book club will be animated by Myassa, our Culture & Communication Assistant.
Nedjma by Kate Yacine deals with the story of four young algerian who falls in love with Nedjma, a young franco-algerian. The story takes place in Algeria during the colonial era.
24 June : Bonjour tristesse by Françoise Sagan and Kiffe kiffe demain by Faïza Guène (crossed reading)
French speaking Films at Cornerhouse
Great films not to be missed this month at the Cornerhouse...
Madame de... by Max Olphüs
Something in the Air by Olivier Assayas
Thérèse Desqueyroux by Claude Miller
Renoir by Gilles Bourdos
"Anguish and Enthusiasm" - Exhibition and film screenings
13 April - 18 August 2013
Anguish and Enthusiasm is an extraordinary group show of new and recent contemporary art investigating post-revolutionary periods and events. Exploring contrasting perspectives and observations from Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia and beyond, the exhibition considers politics, change and those who were lost along the way.
Free exhibition until 18 August.
18 May - 6pm - Artist Film Forum 2
As part of the Anguish and Enthusiasm exhibition Cornerhouse presents a series of films and Q&As that consider different filmic approaches to the themes of the exhibition.
- Bühne by Daniel Kötter examines the period following the fall of Communism in Bulgaria.
- Incident urbain by John Lalor who will be there for post-screening Q&A.
- Minus Ten Anarcho-Communist Minutes by Zbynek Baladrán
Please find more information on Cornerhouse and the exhibition here.
Piaf by Pam Gems
24 May - 15 June
@ Octagon Theatre Bolton
£9.50 to £23.50
The Octagon Theatre Bolton welcomes Piaf by Pam Gems from 24 May to 15 June.
French singer and cultural icon Edith Piaf is celebrated in this powerful musical drama following her rise from the streets of Paris to the international stage.
Featuring the iconic torch songs La Vie En Rose and Non, Je ne Regrette Rien performed live on stage, Piaf vividly portrays the life of this charismatic and unforgettable performer.
Find out more on the performance and book on the Octagon Theatre Bolton's site.
Fête de la Musique / World Music Day
@ The Royal Exchange Theatre & The Bay Horse
Free of charge
This year the AF Manchester will celebrate World Music Day ex muros!
World Music Day, or "fête de la musique" in French, is celebrated on 21 June every year since 1982. The public can enjoy free concerts in the streets, cafés and bars all over France. Today, the Day is celebrated in 460 cities throughout 110 countries!
Dead Belgian at the Royal Exchange Theatre - 5.30 pm - 7pm
Liverpool-based Dead Belgian was formed in 2007 and plays the songs of Jacques Brel. From European folk to progressive rock, stripping the songs to their bare bones and fattening them up again on stage.
More information on the event here.
O.K. Press and friends at the Bay Horse pub - 9pm - 1am
Lyon-based band O.K. Press will hold an exceptional acoustic concert at the Bay Horse. The band offers a unique electro-pop sound that has attracted them critical acclaim. Two supporting bands are still to be announced.
Discover O.K Press here and find the Bay Horse's progamme here.
Would you like to play at the Bay Horse? Do not hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Trait, Le Temps Scellé
Tues 11 June - 7pm
@ Unity Theatre, Liverpool
£10 / £8
Nacera Belaza Company will present as part of the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival two of their acts: Le Trait (Trait) and Le Temps Scellé (Time Sealed In) by Nacera Belaza.
This contemporary dance performance has been created by the acclaimed Algerian-French choreographer and dancer Nacera Belaza. Here, Belaza works with her accompanying dancers to create and perform three sensual and intense dance pieces which explore the relationship between Algerian traditional dance, holy rituals and her own contemporary choreography
More information on the festival here and more on the company here.
Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University
Fri 28 June - 9am to 5pm
@ Manchester Conference Centre
£25 (speakers) / £55 (standard)
The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is organising the third annual conference in the Innovative language teaching and learning at university series. Following great success in Newcastle (2011) and Bristol (2012), this years one day event will be focussing on student engagement. This series of conferences has been very successful in bringing together a wide range of colleagues involved in teaching language and university level, including teaching and research focussed academics. We wish to maintain the momentum, continuing to promote the dissemination of good practice; to foster a spirit of community and enquiry within the language teaching body and ultimately enhance the university teaching and learning.
Event organised by The University of Manchester.
Find more information or book the event by clicking on this link.
Jour de fête - Jacques Tati
Sat 29 June - 7.30pm
@ The Little Theatre, Altrincham
The Manchester and Salford Film Society is a film society created in 1930 with an aim of showing engaging, interesting and challenging films from many periods and countries.
Jour de fête by Jacques Tati will be screened on 29 June. The director plays a rural postman who sets out to emulate the technology and speed of the American postal system. Eventually tradition and progress clash, heralding perhaps an early warning on the perils of globalisation.
The theatre has excellent bar facilities so the viewers can socialise before and after the film.
Jour de fête de Jacques Tati, France, 1949, 70 mins
For more information on the programme and the society please follow this link
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AF de Manchester is glad to introduce you 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.
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!