The Cultural Agenda
Cultural events are another way of reinforcing your knowledge and understanding of French and French speaking cultures. Whether it is organised by the Alliance française de Manchester or another organisation, you can find out what is happening in our area. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Les 24 heures de l'orthographe
Saturday 28 March - 1.30pm - 3.30pm
@ Alliance française de Manchester

L’AF de Manchester is organising, in collaboration with Les Timbrés de l’orthographe, the Alliance française worldwide network competition: Les 24 heures de l’orthographe !

The purpose of this competition is to promote the proper use of the French language and to offer everyone an opportunity to test their knowledge.

Les 24 heures de l’orthographe will take place on Saturday 28 March 2015 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the AF de Manchester.

The competitors will have a choice between competing at « Beginner » or at « Advanced » level. They will be asked to write a dictation and to answer a multiple choice quiz.

- Prizes will be distributed to the first 3 places in each category.
- A trip to Paris will be offered to the European winner at advanced level for the Grand Final (Saturday 6 June).

In order to participate, participants will need to fill in our application form and carefully read the competition’s regulations.

Youcan find these documents at the AF de Manchester reception or at:

The application form has to be returned by Wednesday 25 March (by mail or at the AF).

The competition is open to those above the age of 18.

Les Timbrés de l'orthographe

What if your future is in Québec?
Friday 27 March - 6.30pm - 8pm
@ Alliance française de Manchester
Free, in French

The AF de Manchester, in collaboration with the Bureau d'Immigration du Québec in Paris, invites you to an information evening on life, work and immigration in Québec!

The presentation will be held in French by Amélie Drewitt, Adviser at the Québec General Delegation in Paris and will be followed by a Q&A session in French and English!

Refreshments and some local specialities from Québec will be offered after the discussion !

Free. All welcome.
Advance booking recommended at or call 0161 236 7117

Immigration in Québec
Le Ciné-Club: Do You Speak Malentendu ?
Confidences trop intimes
Friday 6 March - 6pm
@ Alliance française de Manchester
£2 members, £3 non-members

Confidences trop intimes (2004, 104 min; Romance, Drama)
by Patrice Leconte with Sandrine Bonnaire and Fabrice Luchini

Anna goes through the wrong door and ends up confessing her marital woes to a man she mistakes for a psychologist: William Faber. Touched by her distress, he dares not telling her he is not the right person.
From appointment to appointment, a strange relationship develops between them. William is each time touched by the youngwoman, and fascinated to hear what no woman ever talks about. Who is Anna?
Anna and William begin to question their lives, their loved ones. Finally, they discover a new perspective on life, without really knowing where it will lead...

Click here to see the trailer (in French)

Film with English subtitles. Snacks and wine after the film.
Le Book Club
Monday 16 March - 6.15pm-7.30pm
@ Alliance française de Manchester
Free and public event

Charlotte de David Foenkinos

Ce roman retrace la vie de Charlotte Salomon, artiste peintre morte à vingt-six ans alors qu'elle était enceinte. Après une enfance à Berlin marquée par une tragédie familiale, Charlotte est exclue progressivement par les nazis de toutes les sphères de la société allemande. Elle vit une passion amoureuse fondatrice, avant de devoir tout quitter pour se réfugier en France. Exilée, elle entreprend la composition d'une œuvre picturale autobiographique d'une modernité fascinante. Se sachant en danger, elle confie ses dessins à son médecin en lui disant: "C'est toute ma vie." Portrait saisissant d'une femme exceptionnelle, évocation d'un destin tragique, Charlotte est aussi le récit d'une quête. Celle d'un écrivain hanté par une artiste, et qui part à sa recherche.

Le Book Club débute à 18h15. Un niveau de français intermédiaire avancé est recommandé pour participer à la conversation.

Participation gratuite - un verre de vin est offert par l'Alliance.

Prochaines séances :
- Lundi 20 avril : Fables de Jean de La Fontaine
- Lundi 18 mai : Un aller simple de Didier van Cauwelaert
- Lundi 15 juin : Rue des Boutiques Obscures de Patrick Modiano
Visite guidée
The John Rylands Library

@ the John Rylands Library
Free of charge, booking required

Visit the John Rylands Library en français!

This building was opened to the public in 1900 and its neo-gothic style makes it one of the most beautiful libraries in the UK. Its special collection is also one of the largest in the country!

- Saturday 21 March (12pm-1pm)
- Saturday 18 April (11am-12pm)
- Saturday 16 May (11am-12pm)

The visit is free of charge but booking is required!
Tel.: 0161306055 or email: 

More info here.
Climate – State of Emergency
International Photo Competition 2015


The Fondation Alliance française is holding an international photography competition under the patronage of the celebrated French photographer, journalist and environmentalist Yann Arthus Bertrand, with the theme “Climate – State of Emergency”.

To enter, you need to send two photos which capture how questions concerning climate and the way in which it is changing (or it is perceived to be changing) are being addressed in the area where you live. The photos may show the impact that climate has on the way people live, or the public or private solutions which have been devised and/or implemented to fight the adverse effects of climate change in your country of residence.

The overall winner, who will be selected by a jury in Paris, will be invited to Paris for a week, with travel and accommodation costs paid by the Fondation Alliance française.

Forty photos will be chosen by the jury for display in a collective exhibition held in Paris. Following the Paris exhibition, the photos will be available for display in Alliances françaises around the world.

Competition rules

The competition is free and is open to all entrants over the age of eighteen. However, professional photographers who have already gained recognition for their photographic work and are living from the proceeds of it are not eligible to compete.

Entrants should send two photographs on the theme of “Climate – State of Emergency” to the Alliance française de Manchester on or before 14 June 2015, in a TIFF or JPEG file, with a resolution of 300 dpi.

A title must be provided for each photograph, along with the following information:
- details of the camera used,
- the aperture,
- the shutter speed, and
- if photographic film has been used, details of the film (brand and ISO number).

Photos must be original, unpublished works. Entrants must be able to guarantee that they hold exclusive rights to the photos presented for the competition.

Entrants cede publication rights for their competition photos to the Fondation Alliance française for the duration of the competition.

Some pointers for photo content:
- you need to obtain consent from any people you photograph;
- you need to ensure that any photographs of buildings (new or historical) and/or street furniture are not subject to third-party rights;
- your photos should not feature objects such as clothing or furniture which have a visible brand or signature;
- you should avoid all representations of alcohol and tobacco and their consumption.

The competition winner and the 19 finalists expressly authorise the Fondation Alliance française to reproduce and distribute their photos free of charge for the collective exhibition. They also permit the Fondation Alliance française to promote and publicise their works worldwide, using any form of media, for a period of 24 months from the date of 20 November 2015.

Competition timeline

14 June 2015: deadline for photo submission.
A jury from the Alliance française de Manchester will choose a winner from the submissions received and will send the winner’s two photographs to the Fondation Alliance française in Paris on 15 June 2015.

25 October 2015: announcement of the competition winner and the 19 finalists. Publication of the results on the Fondation Alliance française website.

Competition prizes

A selection of the works of the winner and the finalists picked by the jury of the Fondation Alliance française will be displayed in a collective exhibition at a location in Paris chosen by the Fondation Alliance française and/or at the Fondation’s gallery.

Some of the selected photos will be published in specialist art and photography press.

The winner will be offered a week in Paris with transport (return ticket economy class), accommodation and a daily allowance of €40 provided by the Fondation Alliance française.
French speaking Films at Cornerhouse

@ Cornerhouse

Great films not to be missed at the Cornerhouse...

11 March: Playtime by Jacques Tati (1967)

15 + 18 March (Matinee Classics): Au revoir les enfants by Louis Malle (1987)

Members and students of the Alliance française de Manchester are entitled to a concessionary price for any French-speaking film screen

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Our partners

63 Degrés: Enjoy the French gastronomy during a smart and charming dinner. Members and students of AF de Manchester have a 10% discount by production of their card (valid for 2 people).

Cafe Rouge Printworks: A French food restaurant and cafe, where you will enjoy 20% discount on the bill, drinks not included, with your AF membership card.

Cornerhouse: AF members get concessionary price on French-speaking world movies!

Epicerie Ludo: Enjoy French food all the year! Members and students of AF de Manchester have a 10% discount by production of their card.

NCP: Enjoy a discount at the "NCP Chorlton Street" car park (just opposite the AF): £5 for up to 13 hours!

Patisserie Valérie Oxford Street & Deansgate: patisserie, baguettes, salad, drinks, etc.
All members/students of the AF are entitled to 10% discount on any product in Patisserie Valerie Manchester Oxford Street  and Deansgate stores by production of their card (n
ot in conjunction with any other offers).


French Meet-up: Meet French or French speakers in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere!

La Petite Ecole de Manchester: the Saturday morning French school for bilingual children (with at least a native French-speaking parent).

L'UFBE: Union Francophone des Belges à l'Etranger (contact de la déléguée à Manchester : Cécilia LYON -

Manchester French Connection: A website by the University of Manchester which list all the events in Manchester linked to France or Francphonie. No to be missed!

Alliance française de Manchester

3rd Floor, 55 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HP

Tel : 0161 236 7117

Registered Charity n°1068084

Opening hours:

Mon - Thurs: 10am - 8.30pm

Friday: 10am - 4.30pm

Saturday: 9.30am - 12.30pm