Online Talks

Online Talks

Learn more about French and Francophone cultures

With our free online talks, we invite you to learn more about a wide range of French-related topics. Meet high-quality specialists, who after a presentation of their work and/or field of expertise, will open a discussion with the audience and answer your questions.

Our talks are held in English (with a touch of French)!

Unless otherwise indicated, all Alliance Française de Manchester cultural events are free and open to all. They are public events and under 18s remain under the responsibility of their parent/guardian at all times.

Do not forget to book your space in time to receive the link!

Upcoming Talks

TUE. 16 November 6:15pm-7.30pm Cuisine Cordiale?
WED. 17 November 6pm-6.30pm French Speak Dating

Tuesday 16 November - Cuisine Cordiale? French gastronomy in the UK (6:15pm to 7.30pm)

Online - Free and open to all

The event will be held in English

On Tuesday 16 November, the Alliance Française de Manchester is delighted to whet your appetite for French culture with an online discussion featuring two exceptional guests: Debra Kelly, Professor at the University of Westminster, and French chef Olivier Troalen.

What do French and British cuisines have in common and what are their differences? In what ways has French cuisine influenced how and what we eat in the UK, and are there any points in history where the links between the two were particularly significant? Drawing on their experience and research, our two speakers will take us on a delicious journey around the tables of Britain and France, and following their discussion, will answer any questions you might have.

For all foodies and gastronomy enthusiasts - join us online on Tuesday 16 November at 6:15pm!

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Our guests:

Debra Kelly:
Debra Kelly is Professor Emerita in Modern Languages, School of Humanities, University of Westminster, London and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London working with the Centre for Language Acts and Worldmaking.

She has published widely in French and Francophone literary and cultural studies and on Franco-British cultural relations. Her current research focuses on the historical and contemporary French and Francophone communities in London, and she is co-editor of A History of the French in London. Liberty, Equality, Opportunity (2013) and author of Fishes with Funny French Names. The French Restaurant in London from the 19th to the 21stCentury (2021). In 2005 she was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government in recognition of her services to French language, literature and culture.

Olivier Troalen:
Always passionate about food and cooking, Olivier Troalen trained at catering school in Paris before securing a position at the French Embassy in London during the 1990s. He waited on Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, Baroness Margaret Thatcher and Diana Princess of Wales when they all dined at the Embassy!
He then moved to Manchester and made his dream of bringing decent French food cooked and served in elegant surroundings to the North West of England a reality. He purchased the restaurant La Boheme, now a place full of “joie de vivre” and somewhere people feel welcomed by dedicated staff whose attention to detail, commitment and service is truly appreciated. Olivier Troalen likes to think of himself as “as the conductor of a finely tuned orchestra – each member of the team has a role to play in ensuring the success of every service.”
He has conducted many cookery demonstrations and has published a recipe book: “La Boheme: A Taste of France in North West England”.

Wednesday 17 November - French Speak Dating (6pm to 6.30pm)

Online - open to all AF students currently enrolled at A2, B1, B2 or C1 level.

As a member of the Alliance Française of the United Kingdom, you are part of a community of French learners. That is why we are delighted to invite you to a new French Speak Dating, in partnership with the Alliances Françaises of the UK.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people while practising your French.
You will speak with the other AF students in small groups for a short period of time, after which you will change discussion partners. We will provide you with suggested conversation starters for each session, but you are free to talk about whatever you want (in French)!

This event is open to all AF students currently enrolled at A2, B1, B2 or C1 level.
You can choose which group level you would like to be in.

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