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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French Trip
Spend Easter in Nîmes and Provence!
4 days of historical and gastronomic discovery
3 to 6 April 2015

The AF de Manchester invites you to a 4-day-long trip to Nîmes and Provence, one of the most beautiful and picturesque regions in France.

Come and spend an Easter week-end, guided by a teacher of the AF de Manchester, to enjoy wine tasting, historical visits and French cuisine courses. Delight in living the French way for a weekend.

Only 8 places available!
Price/person: £419 (double room) - £469 (single room)*
Deadline to register: 17.12.2014!

You will find further information below or at the Alliance.

*Please check the applicable conditions
Art - Conférence
Gustave Moreau: Desire and the Ideal in Symbolist Painting
Friday 24 October - 6pm-7pm
@ Alliance Française de Manchester
Free, booking required

Many of Gustave Moreau’s paintings are strikingly – and often hauntingly – strange, in terms of both content and style. This talk (in English) explores the strangeness of Moreau’s art through the persistent conflict between sexual desire and spiritual aspirations, between matter and the ideal.

Moreau’s ideology, inner obsessions and artistic creativity will be explored through a series of major paintings, including Oedipus and the Sphinx (1864), Orpheus (1866), Salome (1876), Jupiter and Sémélé (1895).

Peter Cooke is a Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Manchester and the author of "Gustave Moreau: History Painting, Spirituality and Symbolism" published in 2014 by Yale University Press.

Booking required at 0161 236 7117 /
Complimentary drinks offered after the talk.
Multi-Racket Tournament

Do you fight better with a racket than against French grammar?
Join the AF de Manchester’s Multi-Racket Tournament!

4 racket sports: Badminton, Table Tennis, Squash & Tennis
Open to all over 18 years of age – 10 participants only – Registration fee: £5

Registration at AF de Manchester reception or by email ( before 17th October 2014!
Le Ciné-Club
"4 Actrices" - La vie domestique
Friday 31 October - 6pm
@ Alliance Française de Manchester
£2 for members, £3 for non-members

Do not miss the ast movie of our cycle "4 Actrices"!

La vie domestique with Emmanuelle Devos
Juliette is a worldly, educated woman looking to move back into the workforce. At the same time, she struggles to find her place amongst the local mothers of her new suburb on the outskirts of Paris. Based on the English novel, ‘Arlington Park’ by Rachel Cusk, the film speaks volumes about the universal class, race and gender divisions still ingrained in the modern middle class world.

Films in French with English subtitles.
Snacks and wine after the film. 
Working with French
Wed 5 November - 2.30pm-5pm
@ Alliance Française de Manchester

At this career-enhancing workshop, organised in collaboration with the University of Manchester School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, speakers from a range of backgrounds will offer careers advice and present some of the professional opportunities open to graduates with French-language skills. The workshop’s goal is to broaden the horizons of those present, helping them look beyond the more obvious sources of work for graduates with French.
The event should provide inspiration and encouragement for students of French thinking about what they might do after their studies, and for those who speak French and wish to use their language skills at work. It is open to the public, and all are very welcome to attend.


- Scott Foley, a careers consultant at the University of Manchester, will talk about the ways in which French graduates have made direct professional use of their language skills, and he will share his data with you;
- David Moorcroft, a University of Manchester graduate who works for Clickoo as a search marketing executive, will talk about his professional profile and experience;
- Two University of Manchester final-year students will share their experience of working in France during their year abroad, focusing on their linguistic needs when they began working with French, what went well, whether certain skills needed improvement and if conversational and/or written French was needed.

3.45pm-4pm: break (French refreshments provided)


- Rodolphe Soulard, Senior European Business Adviser at Enterprise Europe Network, will talk about the various professional fields where French can be an asset and discuss the different trends in the North-West job market;

Free – Open to all
Limited amount of places available, please book in advance at (password: french)
UK Jewish Film Festival
6-23 November

The UK Jewish Film Festival is back in Manchester with a selection of movies from all over the world. Among them 5 French productions of co-productions:

- Thurs 6 Nov.: The Art Dealer (L'Antiquaire) by François Margolin (2014 - Opening Night Gala)
- Sat 8 Nov.: 24 Days (24 jours, la vérité sur l'affaire Ilan Halimi) by Alexandre Arcady (2014)
- Sun 16 Nov.: The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films by Hilla Medalia (2014)
- Thurs 20 Nov.: Friends from France (Les Interdits) by Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski (2013)
- Sun 23 Nov.: Kidon by Emmanuel Naccache (2013)

Plus d'information sur le site du UK Film Festival
Visite guidée
The John Rylands Library
Sat 15 November, 11am - 12pm
@ 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!

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

More info here.
French speaking Films at Cornerhouse
October 2014
@ Cornerhouse

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

Violette by Martin Provost (2013) with Emmanuelle Devos and Sandrine Kiberlain
Emmanuelle Devos excels in Martin Provost’s intense account of the life of writer Violette LeDuc. The film expounds the notion that art is not so much inspired by life, but is an accurate reflection of it, as LeDuc not only moulds herself through painful experience into the literary creature she wants to be but becomes a model of inspiration for other writers, particularly Simone de Beauvoir. Beautifully shot, Violette is articulate, intelligent cinema.

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

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): £5 for up to 13 hours!

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

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