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Alliance Française French Classes – Term 2 – ENROL NOW!

Registrations are now open for all Alliance Française Term 2 French classes.

Did you know research shows that learning a foreign language can lead to better critical thinking skills, improved problem solving skills as well as greater memory, mental flexibility and increased cultural awareness.

We have classes for all levels and age groups.

Check out our website for more details or email: or call David Moir: 03 487 9776 / 027 689 5051

Note: All classes start week beginning 30th April

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.