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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.

Fringe Festival: “Boy Braille” at the Fortune Theatre

Do you want to come and hear a story about one of France’s famous sons?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read with your fingers?

Boy Braille is a 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.

Read using the medium he created, that blind woman Julie Woods takes you on a journey of his life from small town France to the Pantheon in Paris. Like Louis and Julie, the audience will be plunged into darkness with part of the play being performed dans la noir -in the dark.

But don’t worry! Julie will be reading this story with the code Louis invented which she can do without the lights on!

For Julie this will be the reading aloud assignment of her life as she only learned braille as a 35 year old adult, and she’s never been this bold with her braille reading before. Find out where her reading fingers have taken her and discover her braille dream!

Listen to the letters written by Louis to his mother in the countryside and witness the affection Louis held for his family who’s love and support enabled him to triumph with his code.

This world premiere is part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2018 and is being produced by Double Trouble Productions, that’s two Dunedin sisters Julie Woods and Amanda Phillips who have co-written this story of Louis Braille after being so inspired by his story.

Come along and enter the world of the blind and leave with your name in braille.

Where:Fortune Studio

When:Sunday 11, Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March at 6 pm

Tickets for the performance can be purchased from:

* direct from, in person at Fringe HQ 26 Princes Street, Dunedin 10am – 5 pm

* at the Fortune Theatre Box Office, 231 Stuart Street (cnr Stuart Street & Moray Place), 03 477 8323 or nz

Cash door sales available $10 Free admission for blind people

AF French Film Festival – 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 of our must-see movies:

C’est la vieThe Opening Night Movie is a very entertaining feature and the guarantee of a highly enjoyable, buzzy and funny comedy experience!



Aurore: Agnès Jaoui brings a touching, truer-than-life poignancy to an endearing portrait of the resilience of womanhood, as an everyday heroine on the road to (re)discovery.

Faces Places: Despite more than a half century age difference, documentary filmmaker Agnès Varda and artist JR have more in common than one may think: a curiosity for people and a passion for images!


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.

Coming Up!

Do not forget to come at our upcoming events!

3 March: Petit-déjeuner / French breakfast, at the Alliance Française, from 10:30am

7 MarchTalk by Amélie Lucas-Gary, the 2018 Laureate of the Randell Writers cottage residency in New Zealand – Castle C lecture theatre, Otago University, 5pm-6pm.

8 March: Meet and chat with Amélie Lucas-Gary at our monthly crêpe party (members only)

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

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

The AF French Film Festival Programme is Here!

The AF French Film Festival programme for 2018 is now available. Check it out online at  or get a copy at the Dunedin Rialto Cinema!


And if you are out for a few recommendations, Kate Rodger, the 2018 Festival Patron, shares her picks here !


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

Great weekend on Quarantine Island!

Our 2nd annual Quarantine Island French immersion weekend was once again a success!

There were 18 participants – aged 3 to 75 – and we survived the entire weekend (2 nights!) on the island, speaking French, eating A LOT of French food, drinking a lot of French beverages (there is a little bit of Pastis left), dreaming in French and exploring the island in French.

When we weren’t busy eating, highlights of the weekend included:

  • Speaking French with the Dutch keeper and his family and helping them with some jobs on the island,
  • Exploring the cave,
  • Feeding the ducklings and chickens,
  • Participating in the cooking class (also known as “making dinner”),
  • Exploring the shoreline on foot and by kayak,
  • Playing petanque,

and enjoying a full weekend of French!

Everyone joined in and helped out in the kitchen and around the island. It was wonderful to have a mix of new and returning faces and all were sad to farewell the island on Sunday. Check out the great photos of our trip on Facebook!

Alliance Française French Classes – Term 1 – ENROL NOW!

Registrations are now open for all Alliance Française Term 1 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 12th February