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


AF French Film Festival 2018 : Opening Night this Thursday 22nd March

The Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018 starts this week in Dunedin!!!
Buy tickets to the Opening Night, at the Rialto Cinema this Thursday at 5:30pm, and enjoy a glass of wine, and delicious seafood before the screening (starting at 6:15pm)!
This year “C’est la vie/ Le Sens de la Fête”, a comedy by the directors of The Intouchables, set during the chaotic preparations of a chateau-set wedding, opens two-weeks of delightful French cinema!
Check out more details on the movie here!
And we invite you to share your views on the Festival films on our FB event page, to help your fellow Festival-goers in their selection!
Do not forget to claim your AF member discount throughout the Festival!
  • Tickets to the opening night are $25 instead of $30
  • Tickets to any other screening are $13 instead of $16

If you are a member, and you have not received your membership card, please contact

We would like to thank Le Clos-Henri and Southern Clams for providing the opening night’s drinks and food.


Alliance Francaise Dunedin Lunch at Manaaki!

Friday 16 March, 12pm, Harbour Terrace
(next to Hockey Fields)

Come enjoy a delicious meal whilst practising your french, at the newly refurbished Technique restaurant (now renamed Manaaki for Hospitality)

Please RSVP: , by the 14 March.

Places are limited so get in quick!

Diploma Level 5 Students’ Lunch Menu – “Tapas experience” – $15.00

  • Empanada – super tasty beef empanada (vegetarian option available)
  • Chicken and sweetcorn croquette crumbed and fried with garlic mayonnaise (vegetarian option available)
  • Tortilla espanola: Spanish classic potato tortilla with salsa verde
  • Lamb meatballs fresh tomato and mint sauce
  • Tomato bread – our very own version
  • Spiced olives garlic and spices
  • Lemon ricotta cake with sweetened cream

Technique Training Restaurant

Two highlight from the Fringe Festival

The Dunedin Fringe Festival is featuring two shows with a French connection:

  • French artist Chloe Quenum will be featuring in the Blackbox on Tuesday the 13th at 9p.m. – in the Festival H.Q – 26 Princes street


  • Boy Braille, the one woman show that tells the story of the little French garcon – boy who, after an accident in his father’s workshop, goes on to invent the reading and writing system used by aveugle – blind people all around the world, is currently at the Fortune theatre (Studio) – Sunday 11, Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March at 6 pm

Amélie Lucas-Gary’s visit

Many thanks Amélie Lucas-Gary, the 2018 Laureate of the Randell Writers cottage residency in New Zealand for her visit to Dunedin!

Amélie and her family joined us at last week’s crêpe party, and she shared with us her approach to writing, what inspired to write her first books, and her current projects! She had given a talk at the University the previous night.

Her first two books, “Grottes” and “Vierge” are available in AF Dunedin’s library.

We wish her all the best for her stay in New Zealand!

AF French Film Festival – And more must-see movies!

The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is coming soon!

Have you checked out the full programme, which is now available here, and at the Rialto Cinema?

Here are a few more of our must-see movies:


Land of MetalBased on extracts from novels and scientific essays, Land of Metal captures New Caledonia’s spellbinding beauty, skilfully balancing poetic recitation and science.



Montparnasse Bienvenue: Premiering in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes last year and winning the coveted Caméra d’Or, Léonor Serraille offers a delightful debut feature film about a young woman who lives in the moment.



Rodin: The film beautifully captures the essence of Rodin’s sculptures, transcribing the idea of movement and strong emotions that made the sculptor’s work world-famous.


Festival films will be shown in Dunedin at the Rialto Cinema from 22 March to 4 April and in Arrowtown at Dorothy Browns from 5 to 15 April.

Reminder: Coming Up!

Coming up !

Sunday 11, Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March: Boy Braille at the Fortune Theatre (studio) – 6 pm

Tuesday 13 March: French artist Chloe Quenum is in the Black Box! – Dunedin Fringe Festival – Black Box venue, Princes street, 9pm

14 March: Screening of Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist (2010), by the Dunedin Film Society – Red Lecture Theatre, Otago University – 7:30pm

17 March: Breakfast / Petit dejeuner

22 March: Opening night of the Alliance Française French Film Festival at the Rialto Cinema – 5:30pm.

Meet with Amélie Lucas-Gary!

Amélie Lucas-Gary, the 2018 Laureate of the Randell Writers cottage residency in New Zealand is coming to Dunedin!

  • On 7 March, she will be giving a talk titled “From Paris to Wellington: an unusual journey into literature” (5pm – 6pm; Castle C lecture theatre, Otago University).
  • On 8 March, she will be holding a Q+A session at the Alliance Francaise Dunedin, while munching on crepes at our monthly crêpe party! (The crêpe party will exceptionally be members only on that night.)

Photographer-turned-writer Amélie Lucas-Gary is the Randell Cottage’s French writer in residence for 2018. Born in 1982, in Arcachon in France’s South West, she studied at the Sorbonne, graduating with degrees win cinema and history, and photography at the National School of Photography in Arles.

AF French Film Festival – Some more must-see movies!

The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is coming soon!

Have you checked out the full programme, which is now available here, and at the Rialto Cinema?

Here are a few more of our must-see movies:


Bloody Milk: With an unusual subject choice for a thriller, Bloody Milk is a gripping drama which breaks traditional conventions. This thriller will keep the viewers glued to the edge of their seat.



BPM (Beat Per Minute): Robin Campillo throws us into the milieu of sexual and political activism during François Mitterrand’s Government of the early 90’s and commemorates the legacy of ACT UP, a group of AIDS activists.



Dalida: From her birth in Cairo in 1933 to her worldwide hit Gigi l’Amoroso in 1974, this intimate portrait retraces the life of Dalida, one of Europe’s most famous singers from the late 1950s to the 1980s.


Festival films will be shown in Dunedin at the Rialto Cinema from 22 March to 4 April and in Arrowtown at Dorothy Browns from 5 to 15 April.

Dunedin Film Society showing 8 French movies!

Le premier semestre de la Dunedin Film Society commence le 28 février. 26 films sont proposés jusqu’à la mi-octobre, dont pas moins de huit films français : Les innocentes d’Anne Fontaine (2016) le 28 février, L’illusionniste de Sylvain Chomet (2010) le 14 mars, Mon oncle de Jacques Tati (1958) le 2 mai, La planète sauvage de René Laloux (1973) le 23 mai, Baden Baden de Rachel Lang (2016) le 18 juillet, Les cowboys de Thomas Bidegain (2015) le 1er août, Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice de Lucie Borleteau (2014) le 29 août, et Ni le ciel ni la terre de Clément Cogitore (2015) le 19 septembre.

L’abonnement pour l’année coûte 65 dollars, et 55 dollars pour les étudiants et sans emploi. Un pass 3 films est aussi disponible au prix de 25 dollars. Plus de renseignements sur

Suivez les événements de la Dunedin Film Society sur FaceBook.


The Dunedin Film Society’s first semester starts on 28 February. 26 films are offered until mid-October, including no less than 8 French films: Anne Fontaine’s The Innocents (2016) on 28 February, Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist (2010) on 14 March, Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle (1958) on 2 May, René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet (1973) on 23 May, Rachel Lang’s Baden Baden (2016) on 18 July, Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys (2015) on 1 August, Lucie Borleteau’s Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey (2014) on 29 August, and Clément Cogitore’s Neither Heaven Nor Earth (2015) on 19 September.

An annual membership only costs $65, or $55 for students/unwaged. A $25 three-movie pass is also available. More info on

You may also subscribe to the Dunedin Film Society FB events.

First Book Club Meeting this week!

This is the start of another year for our book club!

The book club is the perfect opportunity to keep up with the latest books in French, to practice your reading skills and extend your vocabulary!

Members read and discuss around 8 examples of French literature per year (provided and selected by the Alliance) at a cost of approximately $35 (per year).

Our first meeting will be held on Thursday (8 March) at 5pm.

For more information, or further enquiry, feel free to contact us!

Moderate to advanced language skills advised.