Past events

Nicolas Klein is a Spanish teacher for a classe préparatoire (intensive foundation degree) in Nancy (Northeast France). Nicolas is specialised in the history of contemporary Spain and is a former student at the École normale supérieure (ÉNS) in Lyon. Translator and author of various books about Spanish History and current affairs, he often publishes articles in several French and Spanish university reviews and newspapers.

This talk will focus on the bilateral diplomatic relations between France and Spain during and after De Gaulle’s presidency. His diplomacy as the president of the French Republic (1959-1969) is well-known amongst experts and the general public. This knowledge is inclusive of the relations between France and its neighbors (Germany, UK), its former colonies in Africa and Asia, the major powers of that time (US, USSR, China) or some defined cultural areas (Latin America).

However, it seems the Franco-Spanish relations are not so well known. De Gaulle’s France and Franco’s Spain did maintain diplomatic relations, particularly in the economic and cultural fields. In 1970, after he resigned, Charles de Gaulle even visited Spain and met Francisco Franco in Madrid. But what was the nature of these diplomatic relations?

To get your link, contact the Cultural Team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com

Would you like to join us for the next book club session? All you have to do is to follow the steps as explained below.

Step 1:

Contact the cultural team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a zoom link for the session of the 30th June.

Step 2:

Read the three texts of Victor Hugo, available here

Text 1: https://www.poesie-francaise.fr/victor-hugo/poeme-demain-des-l-aube.php

Text 2 : https://www.poesie-francaise.fr/victor-hugo/poeme-l-art-et-le-peuple.php

Text 3 : https://www.poesie-francaise.fr/victor-hugo/poeme-invocation-du-mage-contre-les-deux-rois.php

Step 3:

Once you have received your link by e-mail, you will then be able to join the session on the 30th June, at 4pm.

Camille Claudel and August Rodin formed one of the most artistically successful couples in French Art. Sixteen creative, passionate, violent years in which the two produced hundreds of sculpted works that have come to constitute an essential part of modern French sculpture (The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, The Burghese of Calais) and that are today renown throughout the world. However, behind the most brilliant artistic creation of its time hides a tragic destiny…

 

Contact the cultural team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a zoom link for the lecture

Would you like to join us for the next book club session? All you have to do is to follow the steps as explained below.

Step 1:

Contact the cultural team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a zoom link for the session of the 16th June.

Step 2:

Read the four texts of Rimbaud and Verlaine, available here

Text 1: https://poesie.webnet.fr/lesgrandsclassiques/poemes/paul_verlaine/mon_reve_familier

Text 2 : https://www.poetica.fr/poeme-533/arthur-rimbaud-sensation/

Text 3 : https://poesie.webnet.fr/lesgrandsclassiques/poemes/arthur_rimbaud/le_dormeur_du_val

Text 4 : https://poesie.webnet.fr/lesgrandsclassiques/Poemes/paul_verlaine/clair_de_lune

Step 3:

Once you have received your link by e-mail, you will then be able to join the session on the 2tnd June, at 4am.

Would you like to join us for the next book club session? All you have to do is to follow the steps as explained below.

Step 1:

Contact the cultural team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a zoom link for the session of the 2Nd June.

Step 2: 

Read the three texts of Boris Vian, available here

Text 1: https://www.le-parolier.net/paroles-vian-la-complainte-du-progres.html

Text 2 : http://poesiecontemporaine-ou-pas.over-blog.com/2019/02/l-evade-de-boris-vian.html

Text 3 : https://www.paroles.net/boris-vian/paroles-le-defile

Step 3:

Get ready for the session by thinking about the following questions: What are your impressions? What do you think of the end of the texts? What, in your opinion, did the author want to say about society?

Step 4: 

Once you have received your link by e-mail, you will then be able to join the session on the 2tnd June, at 4am.

We will explain a little about the history of English wine; then talk about how the climate makes English winemaking more viable nowadays and explain about some of the grape varieties used.  Why is sparkling wine is so successful?  There are several reasons.  We will also discuss pricing and what the future might hold for English wines. All this will be compared with what happens in France and we will explain why some French companies are watching English wine production VERY closely!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be part of our entertaining Online Quiz night.

The questions will test your general knowledge, you must think on your feet! Its suitable for all abilities and a great opportunity to get together and meet new people. We be using quizizz.com.

The winning prize is not only unlimited bragging rights, but also 8 weeks of French lessons for the summer term.

Sign up with l’Alliance Française Cambridge at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com

Born and raised in Normandie, Garance is a singer-songwriter, artist and French teacher (Alliance Française Cambridge UK and Canberra Australia).

She started singing in jazz bands in France. She performed many gigs in Cambridge, and always loved to play for Alliance Française.
For this special virtual performance, she will cover well-known French songs, from the early 20’s til today.

Would you like to join us for this event? All you have to do is to follow the steps as explained below.

Step 1:

Contact the cultural team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a link for the session

Step 2: 

Once you have received your link by e-mail, you will then be able to join us!

Born and raised in Normandie, Garance is a singer-songwriter, artist and French teacher (Alliance française Cambridge UK and Canberra Australia).

She started singing in jazz bands in France. She performed many gigs in Cambridge, and always loved to play for Alliance Française.
For this special virtual performance, she will cover well-known French songs, from the early 20’s til today.

Would you like to join us for this event? All you have to do is to follow the steps as explained below.

Step 1:

Contact the cultural team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a link for the session

Step 2: 

Once you have received your link by e-mail, you will then be able to join us!

Christopher Johnson studied French & German at Cambridge University in the mid-
1970s and, after a brief spell as a language teacher, worked for over 30 years in
banking and investment, including 22 years with a French bank.
On his retirement he moved to South-West France, where he acted as a voluntary
mentor to small businesses and served for 6 years as a Municipal Councillor in a
small town 50 kilometres south of Toulouse. It was here that he encountered the
Occitan language, the subject of tonight’s talk.
Now back in Cambridge, he volunteers with the University’s Newcomers & Visiting
Scholars organisation and tries to keep in touch with French language and culture,
partly by doing talks like this, which is his third for the Alliance Française.

Would you like to join us for this event? All you have to do is to follow the steps as explained below.

Step 1:

Contact the cultural team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a link for the session

Step 2: 

Once you have received your link by e-mail, you will then be able to join us!

Would you like to join us for the next book club session? All you have to do is to follow the steps as explained below.

Step 1:

Contact the cultural team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a zoom link for the session of the 5th of May.

 

Step 2: 

Read the three texts of Jean de La Fontaine, available here

Text 1: http://www.la-fontaine-ch-thierry.net/amourfol.htm

Text 2 : http://www.la-fontaine-ch-thierry.net/courlion.htm

Text 3 : http://www.la-fontaine-ch-thierry.net/louagneau.htm

 

Step 3:

Get ready for the session by thinking about the following questions: What are your impressions? What do you think of the end of the texts? What, in your opinion, did the author want to say about society?

Step 4: 

Once you have received your link by e-mail, you will then be able to join the session on the 5th of May, at 4am.

Pour plus d’information, cliquez ici

 

Prix :     Utilisez le code AHBAB2020 pour obtenir une réduction de £5 sur vos billets d’entrée

Date :      Samedi 15 Février 2020

Heure :     19h

Lieu :  Cambridge Junction, Clifton Waym CB1 7GX – Box office 01223 511511

 

Come enjoy French cinema at the Alliance Française Cambridge!

✒️Plot:

Printemps 1958. Rose Pamphyle, 21 ans, vit avec son père, veuf bourru qui tient le bazar d’un petit village normand. Elle doit épouser le fils du garagiste et est promise au destin d’une femme au foyer docile et appliquée. Mais Rose ne veut pas de cette vie. Elle part pour Lisieux où Louis Echard, 36 ans, patron charismatique d’un cabinet d’assurance, cherche une secrétaire. L’entretien d’embauche est un fiasco. Mais Rose a un don : elle tape à la machine à écrire à une vitesse vertigineuse. La jeune femme réveille malgré elle le sportif ambitieux qui sommeille en Louis… Si elle veut le poste, elle devra participer à des concours de vitesse dactylographique. Qu’importent les sacrifices qu’elle devra faire pour arriver au sommet, il s’improvise entraîneur et décrète qu’il fera d’elle la fille la plus rapide du pays, voire du monde ! Et l’amour du sport ne fait pas forcément bon ménage avec l’amour tout court…


📌
 Friday 7th February 2020

 7pm

🌍 L’Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA

💷 FREE – no booking required – limited seats available, arrive early!

Watch the trailer now!

 

 

A talk – illustrated with photos and images of original artwork – about aspects of the history, the landscape and the people of this rugged Auvergne départment and how the speakers became increasingly enchanted with it after setting up a second home in a small hamlet near Yssingeaux. Compared with other parts of France, this corner of La France Profonde tends to be less well known, even to many French people. Mention will be made of the 13th century convent initially abandoned to wolves but which later became a major abbey (despite the Mother Superior who became a gangster’s moll!), of the remarkable women known as Béates who lived alone in remote rural communities instructing the young and looking after the old from the 17th to the 20th century, of the strange beast that so terrorized the population in the 18th century that Louis XV had to send his best hunters to track it down, and of the courage of local people who hid refugees from the Nazis during World War II and became France’s most formidable resistance group.

Martin has written about these and other stories, including the experiences of his family in getting to know the local culture, in a book of narrative verse: Song of France – Ode to the Haute-Loire. Published last year, this is illustrated by his wife who is a professional artist (see www.songoffrance.com). Copies of the book will be available at the talk.

📌 Saturday 15th January 2020

 3 to 4pm

🌍 L’Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA

💷 FREE – no booking required – limited seats available, arrive early!

 

 

A l’occasion de la journée internationale du Droit des femmes, l’autrice Faiza Guène mènera une conférence à l’Alliance Française Cambridge le 7 mars 2020

Faïza est née en France, en 1985, de parents algériens. Elle écrit son premier roman, Kiffe Kiffe Demain, alors qu’elle n’est âgée que de 17 ans. Ce fut un grand succès de librairie qui fut traduit et exporté partout dans le monde.

Kiffe kiffe demain a été nominé au « the Young Minds Book Award » 2006 ainsi qu’à l' »Independent Foreign Fiction Prize » 2007.

Dans sa version originale, le texte est, cette année, au programme de Français du A-Level.

Depuis lors, elle a publié quatre autres romans, traduit en Anglais par Sarah Ardizzone.

Cette conférence, ouverte à toutes et tous, est particulièrement recommandée pour les élèves et professeurs préparant l’épreuve du A-Level en Français, qui auront là une chance unique de rencontrer personnellement l’autrice de l’oeuvre qu’ils étudient depuis plusieurs mois.

Prix :     Evénement gratuit – Reservation obligatoire au +44 (0) 1223 561 854

Date :      Samedi 7 mars 2020

Heure : 17h

Lieu :  Alliance Française Cambridge, 60 Hills road, CB2 1LA

 

☎️ Contact: Contactez-nous via ce formulaire , ou par e-mail à l’adresse suivante info.alliance.cam@gmail.com  ou par téléphone au +44 (0)1223 561854

📌 Lieu: Alliance Française de Cambridge, 60 Hills Road, CB2 1LA

 

 

Come enjoy French cinema at the Alliance Française Cambridge!

✒️Plot:

Aurore, 50 ans, divorcée, perd son travail, se prépare à devenir grand-mère et doit supporter les bouffées de chaleur dues à la ménopause… Heureusement, elle peut compter sur ses filles et sa meilleure amie…


📌
Dimanche 8 Mars 2020

 16h

🌍 L’Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA

💷 FREE – no booking required – limited seats available, arrive early!

Watch the trailer now!

 

☎️ Contact: Contactez-nous via ce formulaire , ou par e-mail à l’adresse suivante info.alliance.cam@gmail.com  ou par téléphone au +44 (0)1223 561854

📌 Lieu: Alliance Française de Cambridge, 60 Hills Road, CB2 1LA

 

Modern life has created new pandemics under the names of stress, chronic back pain, weight gain and chronic fatigue. Most of these symptoms have found their source in the same region of the body “the core” where the name itself indicates it is the most important and fundamental part of the human body; even having synonym words such as key, basic, fundamental, elemental, principal, primary, main, chief, crucial, vital, essential, and number-one to describe its purpose.
As the central component of the body, your “Core” group muscles are the centre of your strength, the essence of your movements and the beginning of your health. Not only is the core the central element of the body but it also represents the hub where the most vital organs are safeguarded.
Neck, shoulders & back tensions/pains are the results of sedentary life; a lack of or restricted range of motion throughout the week, over a period of months and years, have forced the body to adapt into an unnatural and uncomfortable, even painful, positions.
The Cambridge Alliance Française is holding a free one-off 1 hour seminar where you will discover how to naturally release nagging shoulder pain, how to reduce omnipresent soreness with practical and easy to implement movements. Cambridge Core Strength specialist, Karim Niangane, will offer you advice and guidance that will help prevent, reduce and/or relieve the causes of some of your pains and symptoms by teaching you how to train your body to reach the next level of your mental fitness and freedom of movement.

 

📌 Wednesday 5 February 2020

 12.30 to 1.30pm

🌍 L’Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA

💷 FREE – Booking required: click here – limited seats available

Come enjoy French cinema at the Alliance Française Cambridge!

✒️Synopsis:

Philippe Abrams est directeur de la poste de Salon-de-Provence. Il est marié à Julie, dont le caractère dépressif lui rend la vie impossible. Pour lui faire plaisir, Philippe fraude afin d’obtenir une mutation sur la Côte d’Azur. Mais il est démasqué: il sera muté à Bergues, petite ville du Nord.
Pour les Abrams, sudistes pleins de préjugés, le Nord c’est l’horreur, une région glacée, peuplée d’êtres rustres, éructant un langage incompréhensible, le « cheutimi ». Philippe ira seul. A sa grande surprise, il découvre un endroit charmant, une équipe chaleureuse, des gens accueillants, et se fait un ami : Antoine, le facteur et le carillonneur du village, à la mère possessive et aux amours contrariées. Quand Philippe revient à Salon, Julie refuse de croire qu’il se plait dans le Nord. Elle pense même qu’il lui ment pour la ménager. Pour la satisfaire et se simplifier la vie, Philippe lui fait croire qu’en effet, il vit un enfer à Bergues. Dès lors, sa vie s’enfonce dans un mensonge confortable…

📌 Friday 6th December 2019

 7pm

🌍 L’Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA

💷 FREE – no booking required – limited seats available, arrive early!

Watch the trailer now!

The Alliance Française Cambridge is proud to host a Charity Movie Night to help Cambridge Street Aid.
Come along to watch Hiver ’44 l’Abbé Pierre, a striking French movie about Abbé Pierre’s struggle to provide shelter and dignity to the homeless in France.
The screening is free, but donations to Cambridge Street Aid are greatly welcome.

Booking is required. Please send an email to info.alliance.cam@gmail.com to confirm your coming.

We are looking forward to see you there!
📌 Friday 22th November 2019
⏰ From 7pm
🌍 L’Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA
 💷 FREE – All donations will be given to Cambridge Street Aid Booking required at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com

Venez jouer, vous amuser et parler Français!

Venez passer une après midi en famille ou entre amis pour jouer et parler Français!
Si vous n’avez jamais joué à aucun jeu de société, pas de panique, tout sera expliqué.
Laissez vous tenter!

📌 Saturday 30st November 2019
⏰ 3-6pm
🌍 L’Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA
💷 FREE – Booking required at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com

📌 Thursday 21st November 2019

 5-6pm

🌍 The Gillespie Centre, Clare College

💷 FREE – Booking required www.lib.cam.ac.uk/whatson

The story of the Allies landing on D-Day is a familiar one yet the story of the French people caught up in the typhoon of war is less well known. In this Liberation Literature Lecture, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, James Holland, will be looking at the destructive toll of war on Normandy and France, why the Allies harnessed air power in the way they did, the consequences for France and the role of the Resistance in paving the way for Allied success. Following the talk, guests are welcome to enjoy a display of items from the Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Literature Collection at a reception at the University Library.

📌 Thursday 21st November 2019

 5-6pm

🌍 The Gillespie Centre, Clare College

💷 FREE – Booking required www.lib.cam.ac.uk/whatson

The story of the Allies landing on D-Day is a familiar one yet the story of the French people caught up in the typhoon of war is less well known. In this Liberation Literature Lecture, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, James Holland, will be looking at the destructive toll of war on Normandy and France, why the Allies harnessed air power in the way they did, the consequences for France and the role of the Resistance in paving the way for Allied success. Following the talk, guests are welcome to enjoy a display of items from the Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Literature Collection at a reception at the University Library.

 

L’Alliance Française Cambridge vous présente « L’illustration narrative, a workshop for adults about the art of visual storytelling. » Un workshop pensé et animé par l’illustratrice Vyara Boyadjieva.

N’ayez crainte, être doué(e) en dessin n’est pas obligatoire. Il suffit juste de vous armer d’un stylo et de votre imagination!

📌 Samedi 12 octobre 2019
⏰ 14h30-16h
🌍 Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road, CB2 1LA
💷 £12

 

Pourquoi le français est-il si étrange ? 

Beaucoup d’entre nous savent que le le français est une langue latine. Mais alors POURQUOI le français est-il si différent des autres langues issues du Latin ?

Pour le savoir, rendez-vous le samedi 19 octobre 2019 au

MML Lecturers’ Common Room
Sidgwick Site, 5 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

 

✒️Synopsis:

Un jeune escroc en très mauvaise posture croise la route d’une femme sublime et mystérieuse : Angel-A, son ange-gardien. Singulière et détonante, cette rencontre va radicalement transformer sa vie..

📌 Friday 1st November 2019

 7pm

🌍 L’Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA

💷 FREE – no booking required – limited seats available, arrive early!

Watch the trailer now!

Les Huguenots


La situation critique des réfugiés est une crise majeure de notre époque, mais ce furent les premiers immigrants à s’appeler des réfugiés …

📌 Samedi 28 Septembre 2019
⏰ 15h-16h
🌍 Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road, CB2 1LA
💷 GRATUIT – Pas besoin de résérvation! Arrivez tôt!

Un Talk par Christopher Johnson

This popular family day out returns on Sunday 15 September!

We are busy planning another exciting route but you can reserve your place already!

Bridge the Gap Charity Walk is an annual event, now in its 18th year.
Our aim to make a difference to people in our community. We are inviting you and those you know to take part in a leisurely Sunday morning stroll through the beautiful surroundings of selected Cambridge University College grounds.
Bridge the Gap participants get to see a selection of Colleges all in one day, as well as least one extra special highlight along the route.
The walk is organised to solely help local Cambridge based charities and relies on the support of generosity of numerous companies, more than 100 volunteers and of course, the Colleges who so kindly support this event.
In the previous 17 years of this event, over 34,000 people have taken part, helping to raise over £506,000. Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill, two local charities, will once again be benefiting from Bridge the Gap. Every penny raised through walkers’ registration fees, sponsorship and donations, goes directly to these two charities.
The walk starts on Parker’s Piece, Cambridge from 9.30am and follows a scenic route through the beautiful grounds of the University’s Colleges. The Society of Cambridge Tourist Guides will be on hand to share interesting Cambridge facts with our walkers.
On your return to Parker’s Piece, you can enjoy more entertainment, sweet and savoury food stalls and other activities.
Bridge the Gap is now a firmly established unique charity event in the Cambridge calendar, attracting walkers from all over the county and beyond. The route, which changes annually, is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.
We hope to see you there and please share this super event with friends and family!
Source: https://www.arhc.org.uk/bridge-the-gap.asp

Un grand bravo à notre valeureuse troupe de cyclistes. Merci à tous pour votre participation à cette grande levée de fonds. A l’année prochaine pour un nouveau Challenge!

Venez profiter du meilleur du cinéma français à l’Alliance Française Cambridge

✒️ Intrigue :

Un marchand d’art, n’a aucun vrai ami. C’est du moins ce que soutient Catherine, son associée, au cours d’un repas entre copains. Vexé de se voir décrit comme un homme pour qui les objets comptent davantage que les humains, François fait un pari : il a dix jours pour trouver un meilleur ami.

📌 Vendredi 4th October 2019

 19h

🌍 L’Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA

💷 GRATUIT – sans réservation – places limitées, arrivez tôt !

Regardez le trailer maintenant !

Merci à tous pour ce formidable week-end. A l’année prochaine !

Merci à tous d’avoir partager cette merveilleuse journée avec nous !

 

 

Big Weekend 2019

Nous sommes de retour dans la partie du Marché français sur Parker’s Piece le samedi 6 et le dimanche 7 juillet  !

Vous trouverez notre programme plus bas pour ces deux jours !

 

Cette exposition est composée des gagnants du Concours Photo International de la Fondation Alliance Française.

Le jury, sous la direction de Françoise Huguier, photographe à l’agence VU, a selectionné 47 photographies.

Cette exposition tire le portrait de personnes vivants sur les 5 continents et de leur manière de s’habiller, nous donnant ainsi à voir une large diversité en termes de mode et de styles. Les yeux du photographes nous montrent des looks et des modes différentes.

Cette exposition sera visible à l’Alliance Française de Cambridge du 13 juillet au 30 septembre 2019.

 

Your French local charity, once again, had no limit and raised money for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity by doing a parachute jump. Thank you to all our supporters! Merci!

 

You can still help us raise £3000!

 

Please give whatever you can and spread the word to friends and family who share our commitment to support people in Cambridgeshire living with a life-limiting illness and those who need end-of-life care.
Un grand merci!

 

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