The Alliance Française Dunedin is a centre for French language and French culture. Although some of our events are in French, most are bilingual. Members do not have to be fluent in French to take advantage of our various activities.

Most of our events are held at our clubrooms at 15 Bond Street, behind the Exchange post office. Everyone is welcome… come and practice your French!

Our regular meetings (and opening hours) are:

    • Soirée Crêpes – Pancakes night: 2nd Thursday of the month from 6pm – 2ème jeudi du mois à partir de 18h00
    • Le p’tit déj – French Brunch: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:30am – 1er et 3ème samedi du mois à partir de 10h30

From time to time, we do change the day of those events not to clash with some other events, so please contact us beforehand or check our FB page to be sure we’ll be there.

For more information, email


Reminder: Café Scientifique – Thursday 29 June, 6pm

“ Brain and Sex: How and Why are Men and Women Sexually Different?”


Come enjoy tea/coffee and a stimulating talk by Dr Elodie Desroziers, Postdoctoral Fellow . Department of Physiology, University of Otago

  • Why are women and men so different physically but also behaviorally?
  • How and why is the brain sexually differentiated?

Over a 40min presentation, Elodie will try to answer these questions by taking example of the control  of fertility and sexual behavior by the brain.

Presentation will be in English but Q&A session can also take place in French. Feel free to bring some snack food.

Gold Coin Donation

Save the Date – Fête Nationale / Bastille Day Raclette Night – Sat 15 July, 6.30pm

Everything is in the title! Save the Date – Fête Nationale / Bastille Day Raclette Night – Sat 15 July, 6.30pm- Details to come in the next P’tit Potin edition!

Samedi 15 juillet à partir de 18h30, nous fêterons la fête nationale française avec une délicieuse soirée raclette! Marquez la date dans vos calendriers et gardez un œil sur la prochaine édition du P’tit Potin!

Bastille Day Petanque at St Kilda Petanque club

St Kilda Petanque Club are holding a special Bastille Day tournament on Sunday 16th July. Let’s see how many Alliance Francaise teams we can have take part with our beautiful berets. Teams of two so if you already have a team please contact Alan Garth directly (and put us in cc before 11 July and if you need a partner contact before 8 July and we can try to find you someone to play with. 🙂

Click here for the entry form: Bastille Day Entry form2017 and the rules are here: Bastille Day Local Rules 2017.


French Movies showing at Rialto Cinemas Dunedin

If you missed them at the AF French Film Festival, they are now showing at Rialto Cinemas Dunedin:

Mr Chocolat from 29 June and Rosalie Blum. And remember the student discount with your AF membership card.


Music Day – Fête de la Musique – Wed 21 Juin 2017 from 6:30 pm

Come celebrate “la fête de la musique” (World Music Day).  Originated by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, in 1982, the festival is now celebrated in over 120 countries around the world.
Performance by Alliance Francaise Member: PRIYA MAKWANA.

Originally from Christchurch, Priya is a soprano trained at NZSM with Dr. Margaret Medlyn (ONZM), Australian soprano Lisa Harper Brown, and most recently with Assoc. Prof. Judy Bellingham at the University of Otago. She is currently completing her MusB (music major) at the University of Otago, as well as her MFA at the Dunedin School of Arts. In her spare time she teaches voice, violin and piano privately, and looks after her three cats.

Bring your instruments, singing voices, your favourite music and come jam on a Cajon Drum at 15 Bond Street from 6:30pm Wednesday 21 June.

Kids and their instruments also welcome!

Gold Coin Donation

AF Events Coming Up in June

June dates /Juin en bref

3:  French Breakfast / Petit Déjeuner, $5 or food to share. 10.30am-12.30pm
8:  French Crepes Party / Soirée crêpes, $5 or $3 (members), $1 child. 6pm
10: Soirée jeux / Games Night, 6pm (Free but please bring a plate/drinks to share- or $5)
17: French Breakfast / Petit Déjeuner, $5 or food to share (preferred). 10.30am-12.30pm
29: Café Scientifique – Dr Elodie Desroziers “Brain and Sex”, Gold Coin donation, 6pm

Still to be confirmed: Fête de la musique, Wed 21 June, 6pm-9pm

All events are at 15 Bond street, unless stated otherwise.
Details on FB Events.

Soiree Jeux/ Games Night – Sat 10 June, 6pm till late

Come enjoy an evening of fun while practicing a little French. We have a large number of board games for all age groups. Entry $5 or free if you bring a plate to share, some snacks and/or drinks.


Pour adultes et enfants – venez vous amuser avec les nombreux jeux de l’Alliance Française. Il y a des jeux pour tout âge et tous niveaux.

Entrée $5 ou gratuit si vous apportez un plat à partager, des collations et/ou des boissons.


Call for Musicians – Let’s celebrate “La fête de la musique” together!

The “Fête de la Musique” (Music Day) is an annual music celebration taking place on 21 June and is an all-day musical celebration on the day of the solstice (free and usually outdoors). Originated by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, the festival is now celebrated in over 120 countries around the world. Let’s create our own music at the Alliance Francaise Dunedin and celebrate together. Any budding musicians interested in sharing their musical talent on this special day please contact


Vous aimez la musique? Le 21 juin marque la Fête de la Musique, établi par le Ministre de la Culture, Jack Lang, ce festival tombe le jour du solstice et est maintenant célébré dans plus de 120 pays. Veuillez contacter : pour partager vos talents lors d’une Soirée Fête de la Musique à l’Alliance Française.