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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Le mois du documentaire
A selection of French documentaries
@AF de Manchester
£2 for members, £3 for non-members

The AF de Manchester offers three documentaries to give you a taste of French culture. Discover facts you did not know about French cuisine, language and History.

Friday 25 April: Entre les bras, by Paul Lacoste - 2008 - 86 min

A documentary on French chef Michel Bras and his decision to hand over his restaurant to his son, Sebastien, who has been working with him for 15 years. This restaurant is one of the finest in the world, a Michelin three stars.

Next film:
Friday 09 May: Les origines du langage, by Bernard Favre - 2010 - 51 min
followed by
Quand l'Europe parlait français, by Olivier Horn - 2010 - 52 min

Films in French with English subtitles.
Snacks and wine after the film. 

Guided tour
Manchester the French Way
Saturday 26 April (2pm-4pm)
Meet Palace Hotel reception

"Manchester the French Way" is a series of 6 guided tours in French organised by the AF Manchester in 2013-2014.
You thought you knew Manchester? (Re)Discover it with a French twist

Saturday 26/04/14: Ca c'est Palace!
Tour this testament to 19th century commerce, home of the Refuge Assurance Society, a ‘friend in deed’ when times were tough. Today the buildings are a sumptuous hotel with gorgeous decor, and a delight to look around. Finish your tour with a yummy afternoon tea.

Kate Dibble is the Manager of the Manchester Tours and Guides Services, a company established in 2006, she is also fluent in French. Kate has been a ‘Blue Badge’ tour guide in Manchester and the North-West for 25 years, so there’s nothing about Manchester that she does not know!

Limited number of places! Booking required at AF reception or at

Next Tours:
- 28/06/14: Manchester à bicyclette : le sport et la ville !

MAUS (Manchester Architecture and Urbanism Symposium)
Thursday 1 May 2014 ; 10pm - 4.30pm
@ Manchester Art Gallery
£10 Student fee / £15 Standard fee (including lunch)

Manufacturing Utopia: Happiness in emerging environment

Is the ideal urban environment within our reach or are cities losing their humanity?

On 1 May 2014 the students of the MA Architecture + Urbanism at Manchester School of Architecture will host a one day symposium to debate these issues. A range of invited speakers will contribute their knowledge in a programme of presentations and round table discussions to throw light on our future cities.

Among other prestigious guests, ODILE DECQ, world renowned and awarded architect, will discuss those matters.

More information regarding ticket sales and the programme for the event can be found on our website 

Follow us on twitter @utopiamcr for up to the minute information.

Book club
Mon 12 May (6.15pm-7.30pm)
@ AF de Manchester
Free of charge

Discover the world of French-speaking literature and share your thoughts on the books in a relaxed environment with like-minded Francophiles.

12 Mai - Paris - Brest by Tanguy Viel (2009, 189p)

Paris-Brest is Tanguy Viel's fifth novel, and the first one that deals with family issues. The novel starts with the narrator's grandmother's funeral.Louis then brings up his own issues with his family. Viel's novel has been praised by French critics.

Come and learn more about Tanguy Viel's cinematographic references on May 30 at Cornerhouse (more information below).

"Il est évident que la fortune pour le moins tardive de ma grand-mère a joué un rôle important dans cette histoire. Sans tout cet argent, mes parents ne seraient jamais revenus s'installer dans le Finistère. Et moi-même sans doute, je n'aurais jamais quitté Brest pour habiter Paris. Mais le vrai problème est encore ailleurs, quand il a fallu revenir des années plus tard et faire le trajet dans l'autre sens, de Paris vers Brest."

Next book club:
16 June: L'écume des jours (Boris Vian, 1947, 315p)

Open to everybody - a good intermediate level of French is recommended.

Bright Lights. Big Cities.
19 May - 24 May
@ Antwerp Mansion
Entrée libre

Bright Lights, Big Cities is an exhibition celebrating the ever-evolving urban landscape through a collection of sounds and visions from both sides of the Channel.

Featuring the work of artists of both French and English origin, this sensory experience captures the very essence of ‘the city’ using a diverse range of photography, visual projections, soundscapes and film screenings.

Taking place in the Old Rope Gallery in Antwerp Mansion, the exhibition is open from Monday 19th May to Saturday 24th May and is available to the general public for Free between 12pm and 7pm, with the exception of the Monday 19th May, which is open for an extended period to host a welcoming party.

For the final evening of the event, Bright Lights, Big Cities invite everyone to celebrate with them at a ticketed closing party, hosted by the Manchester music collective Love Dose in the Gig Room and Fam* in the Ballroom of Antwerp Mansion from 10pm until 4am. Tickets for these events will be available for purchase on Facebook and Skiddle.

Find more about the exhibition and the photographs:
Art Festival
Fat Out Fest 2014
23 - 25 May 2014
@ Islington Mill

Our partner FAT OUT proudly presents:

Three days of music, performance, art, film.
FAT OUT invited several art collectives to curate different rooms of Islington Mill. FAT OUT FEST is the result of a collaboration between various artists and musicians, blurring the boundaries of those different forms of expression.

Among the many concerts that will take place during these three days, three French Band will be performing:

For more information and booking:
Talk - Film Screening
Revisiting the code: A talk with Tanguy Viel
Friday 30 May; 6.15pm
@ Cornerhouse
Free; booking required

The AF de Manchester is proud to invite Tanguy Viel, French author, to a talk about the use of cinematographic references in his work as a writer.

Tanguy Viel has been praised by French critics for his sharp style and the references in his books that come from film noir as well as crime films.

The French author will hold a talk with Isabelle Vanderschelden, senior lecturer at MMU, before a Q&A with the public.

A film screening of The Lady vanishes will then start at 8.15pm.

N.B.: Limited number of places – Booking required at the AF de Manchester ( /0161 236 7117

French speaking Films at Cornerhouse
May - June 2014

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

La Vénus à la fourrure (Roman Polanski, avec Mathilde Seigner)

Members and students of the Alliance française de Manchester are entitled to a concessionary price for any French-speaking film screened at the Cornerhouse. Don't forget to bring your membership card!

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Our partners

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

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

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).

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!

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

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.

NCP: Enjoy a discount at the "NCP Chorlton Street" car park (just opposite the AF): £4.50 for up to 12 hours!

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