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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The Last Day of a Condemned Man by Victor Hugo
Tuesday 31 March - 11am - 12pm
@ John Rylands Library
Free, in French

How does a book change through its life?

Victor Hugo published The Last Day of a Condemned Man in 1829. Initially published anonymously, this novel argues against the death penalty (which was only abolished in France in 1981).

In this presentation at the John Rylands Library, you will be shown five different editions of this book, in French, English and Hebrew, published between 1829 and 1990. The differences on editions, which will be demonstrated, will shed light on the influence of historical and social context of this work. Following the presentation there will be a more general discussion about the death penalty in France and in the UK.

A good intermediate level of French is recommended to be able to participate in the discussion

The event is free of charge but booking is required – there are a limited number of places. Tel.: 0161306055 or email: 

Le Ciné-Club : Sous influence
L'histoire d'Adède H.
Friday 10 April - 6pm
@ Alliance française de Manchester
£2 members, £3 non-members

L’histoire d’Adèle H. (1975, 96min, Drama )
by François Truffaut with Isabelle Adjani and Bruce Robinson

Halifax, 1863. A young woman travelling under the name of Miss Lewly, comes to Halifax to search for Lt Pinson, with whom she is madly in love. Her real name is Adèle Hugo and she is the second daughter of the great French literary figure and statesman, Victor. The Lt Pinson does not love her and makes her understand that he never will. But as her obsession grows she keeps chasing and harassing him.

Click here to see the trailer (in French)

 Film with English subtitles. Snacks & wine after the film 

Next films:

- Friday 24 April: Respire by Mélanie Laurent

- Friday 8 May: Jour de fête by Jacques Tati

Book club
Monday 20 April - 6.15pm - 7.30pm
@ Alliance française de Manchester
Free, in French

Fables de Jean de La Fontaine

Pourquoi La Fontaine a-t-il écrit des fables ? Parce que ce genre ne connaissait aucune règle. Le poète était libre d’exprimer sa gaieté, « sa folie de vouloir chanter sur tous les tons », son inquiétude ou sa révolte. Son protecteur et ami, Fouquet, vient d’être arrêté par le roi Louis XIV. S’il veut évoquer les puissants que l’on flatte et les faibles que l’on écrase, mieux vaut peindre des animaux. Ses lions et ses renards, ses cigales et ses fourmis nous entourent. S’inspirant de fables anciennesm celles d’Ésope, en particulier, il les rendit plus alertes et vivantes. « J’ai fait parler le loup et répondre l’agneau ». Mais il y a aussi l’amitié et l’amour, toute la beauté du monde et la sagesse de l’homme.

Le Book Club débute à 18h15. Un niveau de français intermédiaire avancé est recommandé pour participer à la conversation.
Participation gratuite - un verre de vin est offert par l'Alliance.

Prochaines séances :
- Lundi 18 mai : Un aller simple de Didier van Cauwelaert
- Lundi 15 juin : Rue des Boutiques Obscures de Patrick Modiano
Climate – State of Emergency
International Photo Competition 2015


The Fondation Alliance française is holding an international photography competition under the patronage of the celebrated French photographer, journalist and environmentalist Yann Arthus Bertrand, with the theme “Climate – State of Emergency”.

To enter, you need to send two photos which capture how questions concerning climate and the way in which it is changing (or it is perceived to be changing) are being addressed in the area where you live. The photos may show the impact that climate has on the way people live, or the public or private solutions which have been devised and/or implemented to fight the adverse effects of climate change in your country of residence.

The overall winner, who will be selected by a jury in Paris, will be invited to Paris for a week, with travel and accommodation costs paid by the Fondation Alliance française.

Forty photos will be chosen by the jury for display in a collective exhibition held in Paris. Following the Paris exhibition, the photos will be available for display in Alliances françaises around the world.

Competition rules

The competition is free and is open to all entrants over the age of eighteen. However, professional photographers who have already gained recognition for their photographic work and are living from the proceeds of it are not eligible to compete.

Entrants should send two photographs on the theme of “Climate – State of Emergency” to the Alliance française de Manchester on or before 14 June 2015, in a TIFF or JPEG file, with a resolution of 300 dpi.

A title must be provided for each photograph, along with the following information:
- details of the camera used,
- the aperture,
- the shutter speed, and
- if photographic film has been used, details of the film (brand and ISO number).

Photos must be original, unpublished works. Entrants must be able to guarantee that they hold exclusive rights to the photos presented for the competition.

Entrants cede publication rights for their competition photos to the Fondation Alliance française for the duration of the competition.

Some pointers for photo content:
- you need to obtain consent from any people you photograph;
- you need to ensure that any photographs of buildings (new or historical) and/or street furniture are not subject to third-party rights;
- your photos should not feature objects such as clothing or furniture which have a visible brand or signature;
- you should avoid all representations of alcohol and tobacco and their consumption.

The competition winner and the 19 finalists expressly authorise the Fondation Alliance française to reproduce and distribute their photos free of charge for the collective exhibition. They also permit the Fondation Alliance française to promote and publicise their works worldwide, using any form of media, for a period of 24 months from the date of 20 November 2015.

Competition timeline

14 June 2015: deadline for photo submission.
A jury from the Alliance française de Manchester will choose a winner from the submissions received and will send the winner’s two photographs to the Fondation Alliance française in Paris on 15 June 2015.

25 October 2015: announcement of the competition winner and the 19 finalists. Publication of the results on the Fondation Alliance française website.

Competition prizes

A selection of the works of the winner and the finalists picked by the jury of the Fondation Alliance française will be displayed in a collective exhibition at a location in Paris chosen by the Fondation Alliance française and/or at the Fondation’s gallery.

Some of the selected photos will be published in specialist art and photography press.

The winner will be offered a week in Paris with transport (return ticket economy class), accommodation and a daily allowance of €40 provided by the Fondation Alliance française.

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Our partners

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).

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.

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

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

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

Patisserie Valérie Oxford Street & Deansgate: patisserie, baguettes, salad, drinks, etc.
All members/students of the AF are entitled to 10% discount on any product in Patisserie Valerie Manchester Oxford Street  and Deansgate stores by production of their card (n
ot in conjunction with any other offers).


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

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

L'UFBE: Union Francophone des Belges à l'Etranger (contact de la déléguée à Manchester : Cécilia LYON -

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!

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