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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soirée Gaufres et Tintin: Destination Dunedin
Calling all Students Years 7-13. Come make some new friends, practice your French, enjoy some delicious French waffles and go on an adventure with Tintin (famous comic character created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remifamous who wrote under the pen name Hergé). All levels of French welcome. $2 entry or $10 for an AF Le Club Card (buy five entries, get one free). Please like our event on Facebook www.facebook.com/events/1962634630652945 and let us know if you are coming so we can prepare enough waffle mixture. Contact email@example.com
May dates / Mai en bref
11: 5-6 Talk by Josef Schovanec at the University of Otago- Castle D Lecture Theatre
11: 6.30-8.30 Soirée Crêpes avec Dr Josef Schovanec
19: Lunch at Technique restaurant 12.45pm RSVP
20: 10.30-12.30 French Breakfast / Petit Déjeuner – Bring something to share or $5
All events are at 15 Bond street, unless stated otherwise.
Details on FB Events.
For this special Crêpes Party, we are hosting the current author in residence at the Randell Cottage: Dr Josef Schovanec for an informal discussion (Q&A) while eating delicious French Crêpes!
Josef Schovanec is a French writer, polyglot and activist for autistic people who has published four books including Voyages en Autistan (Plon, Paris) and Je Suis à l’Est !, the first memoir by an autistic person to be released by a major French publisher. His Randell Cottage book project focusses on developing a fictional narrative based on the story of an autistic friend’s journeys and research in the Pacific.
Before the French Crêpes Night, Josef Schovanec will give a talk at the University from 5 to 6pm in the Castle D Lecture Theater! The AF Dunedin highly recommends you to go to his talk and then continue the discussion at the AF while enjoying some French Crêpes!
Hope to see you there! Savoury crêpes with ham & cheese + sweet crêpes for dessert!
Members $3 / General Public $5/ Child: 1$
A reminder that French Breakfast is on this Saturday 6 May from 10:30am at 15 Bond Street! Venez nous retrouver ce samedi 6 mai au petit déjeuner, à partir de 10h30 à 15 Bond Street. (FREE if you bring something to share- or $5 donation per person)
Our classes for Term 2 are up and running this week. We have classes for all levels and age groups. Please check our class page for details.
Congratulations to Sarah Tay, Laura Salis and Gianna Salis winners of our Studio Canal movie ticket draw.
Come practice your French while enjoying a delicious “Cosy Comfort” Lunch at Technique Restaurant, Otago Polytechnic, Harbour Terrace (next to hockey fields). They even have some French Donuts on the menu (see menu below). Please RSVP as spaces are limited: Audrey 021 189 0537 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Venez parler français en dégustant un délicieux déjeuner préparer par les étudiants d’Otago Polytechnic à Technique Restaurant, Harbour Terrace. Ils ont même des beignets français sur le menu (menu ci-dessous). Veuillez RSVP car les places sont limitées : Audrey 021 189 0537 / email@example.com
COSY COMFORT MENU
Three courses – $15.00
Starters – $6.00
Cream of mushroom soup with croutons served with a fresh bread roll – V
Marinated chicken wings accompanied by a brown rice salad – DF
Freshly made bread with a selection of dips – V, CN
Mains – $10.00
Braised beef with potato gnocchi and glazed vegetables
Battered fish served with French fries and salad
Mushroom risotto served with peas and parmesan– can be ordered V
Desserts – $5.00
Chocolate cream pie with ice cream and whipped cream
Apricot beignet (French donut) served with sauce anglaise
V – vegetarian
CN – contains nuts
DF – dairy free
This is a special time to remember all the New Zealanders who fought and lost their lives on French soils, so far from home.
The ANZACs had an important presence in France during World War I.
Here are some interesting websites where you can learn more about New Zealand’s wartime efforts in France:
A big thank you to everyone who came to our Easter Family picnic on Saturday – we had 15 kids looking for Easter eggs and it was nice catching up with all the adults as well. We’d like to thank Broad Bay School for allowing us to use their facilities and look forward to hosting more family friendly events in the future. If anyone took photos please add to our Easter Family Picnic 22.4.2017 Facebook Album.
Don’t forget to register for Term 2 classes we have classes for all levels and age groups. Please check our class page for details.
Note: Adult classes start Week beginning Monday 24th April
COME CELEBRATE WITH US SAT 22 APRIL, 11am-1pm, BROAD BAY SCHOOL
We hope you are all having a lovely Easter. In France it is the Church Bells (not the Easter Bunny) that bring Easter eggs. Church bells ring every day in France except for Good Friday and Easter Saturday as a sign of mourning for Jesus death. Legend tells that the Bells went off to Rome and return on Easter Sunday where the church bells are rung for a long time in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and drop Easter Eggs in gardens for children to find.
Our church bells are running a little late this year, but will be dropping their Easter Eggs at Broad Bay School next Saturday 22 April, so come join us for a shared picnic and Easter Celebration 11am-1pm. Everyone welcome. $2/child for members or $4/child for non-members. Please RSVP so we can make sure the Bells bring enough eggs for everyone: firstname.lastname@example.org / Audrey 021 189 0537