Past Events

Book Club n°3 : La Princesse de Clèves - Madame de La Fayette

Our third session will focus on the novel of Madame de La Fayette, La Princesse de Clèves. Published anonymously in March 1678, it is regarded by many as the beginning of the modern tradition of the psychological Novel.

The action takes place between October 1558 and November 1559, and the story recreates that era with remarkable precision, while a passionate yet impossible love story is emerging.

To join us, or to get any more information, please write an email to our cultural team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com

11 January 2021
Online
4:00 pm
£8 (for membres) - £10 (for non membres)
Literature in Time n°5 : Guillaume Apollinaire

To join our next session follow the informations below.

Step 1: Contact Gaël at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a zoom link for the session of the 5th of January.

Step 2: Read the four texts we have selected. You can find them by clicking here :

Texte 1. Le Pont Mirabeau

Texte 2. Colombe poignardée et jet d’eau

Texte 3. Reconnais-toi

Texte 4. Liens

Step 3 : Once you have received your zoom link by mail, you will be able to join the session on the 5th of January, at 5:15pm.

5 January 2021
Online
5:15 pm
£8 (for membres) - £10 (for non membres)
Coco Film Festival Ceremony

The Oxford and Cambridge French Societies, alongside the Cambridge and Oxford Alliances Françaises are happy to present the first edition of their brand new film festival ‘The Coco Film Festival’ !

The Coco Film Festival is a unique opportunity to demonstrate the flamboyance of your imagination and your ability to turn a dream into a film. It is your chance to set foot into the ever-surprising world of cinema.

You can find every important information about this event by clicking on this very page, or here

The Festival Festival will run its ceremony on the 20th of December via facebook live
You can already announce your intention to participate with us, so don’t wait!
20 December 2020
Online
6:00 pm
Free
Literature in Time n°4 : Molière

To join our next session follow the informations below.

Step 1: Contact Gaël at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a zoom link for the session of the 8th of December.

Step 2: Read the two texts we have selected. You can find them by clicking here :

Texte 1. Les Fourberies de Scapin Acte II Scène 7

Texte 2. Le Misanthrope, Acte I, scène 1

Step 3 : Once you have received your zoom link by mail, you will be able to join the session on the 8th of December, at 5:15pm.

8 December 2020
Online
5:15 pm
£8 (for membres) - £10 (for non membres)
Book Club n°2 - Réparer les vivants - Maylis de Kerangal

Our second session will focus on the novel of Maylis de Kerangal, Réparer les vivants. The book chronicles the events following the death of 19-year-old Simon Limbres in a car accident. It focuses on the transplantation of Simon’s heart and how it affects those involved in the process, over the course of twenty-four hours.

To join us, or to get any more information, please write an email to our cultural team at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com

 

30 November 2020
Online
4:00 pm
£8 - Booking required.
Meet the author Val Reiyel

Irineï et le Grand Esprit du Mammouth is a wonderful story, taking the reader through the heart of Siberia to Los Angeles. Irineï is a young boy who, by his powers of connection with invisible worlds, brings back to life a mammoth extracted by American palaeontologists from the frozen Siberian soil and taken to the United States.

Full of suspense and humour, this novel also promotes animal protection and taking care of Nature.

The book is available on the Culturethèque platform

You will find here a video presentation of the Novel by the Author

Contact Gaël at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com to join us on the 25th November, 5pm and meet the Author!

 

25 November 2020
Online
5:00 pm
Free
Exceptional Talk by Helen Patton on Remembrance Day

George S. Patton, Jr. is best known for leading an Army through France in WW2. Few realize however that Patton’s relationship to France began two years prior to WW1, giving him a clear advantage through intimate familiarity with the terrain and culture that would serve him greatly and help lead to victory in Europe.

In a rare and illuminating live presentation, Helen traces her grandfather’s numerous trips through France and share the trajectory of Patton’s comprehension of the country that was his honeymoon destination, military training ground, and nearly his final resting place after being severely wounded during a tank assault between Reims and Verdun during the final days of WW1.

Helen will share her fascination with seasoned commander driven to unshackle the very land and people that formed an ambitious young lieutenant named Georgie; and how the bond was adopted by Helen and transformed into a mission of reconciliation, picking up where Patton left off in his sweep through France.

To register, please contact Gaël at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com

11 November 2020
Online
5:00 pm
Free
Literature in time n°3 : Marguerite Yourcenar

To join our next session follow the informations below.

Step 1: Contact Gaël at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a zoom link for the session of the 10th of November.

Step 2: Read the four texts we have selected. You can find them by clicking here :

Texte 1. Vous ne saurez jamais

Texte 2. Le poème du joug  

Texte 3. Le miel inaltérable  

Texte 4. Cantilène pour un joueur de flûte aveugle

Step 3 : Once you have received your zoom link by mail, you will be able to join the session on the 10th of November, at 5:15pm.

10 November 2020
Online
5:15 pm
£8 (for membres) - £10 (for non membres)
Literature in Time n°2 - Léopold Sédar Senghor

Would you like to join us for the Literature in Time session? All you have to do is to follow the steps as explained below.

Step 1: Contact Gaël at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a zoom link for the session of the 20th of October.

Step 2: Read the four texts we have selected. You can find them by clicking here :

Texte 1. Femme Noire

Texte 2. Poème à mon frère blanc

Texte 3. Le Lion rouge

Texte 4. Comme je passais

Step 3 : Once you have received your zoom link by mail, you will be able to join the session on the 20th of October, at 5:15pm.

20 October 2020
Online
5:15 pm
£8 (for membres) - £10 (for non membres)
Literature in Time n°1 - Louis Aragon

Would you like to join us for the Literature in Time session? All you have to do is to follow the steps as explained below.

Step 1: Contact Gaël at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com, so that we can send you a zoom link for the session of the 6th of October.

Step 2: Read the three texts we have selected. You can find them by clicking here :

Texte 1. Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux

Texte 2. Les Yeux d’Elsa

Texte 3. La rose et le réséda

Step 3 : Once you have received your zoom link by mail, you will be able to join the session on the 6th of October, at 5pm.

6 October 2020
Online
5:00 pm
£8 (for membres) - £10 (for non membres)
Book Club n°1 - Les Dieux du Carnage - Yasmina Reza

The first session of this year will be focusing on Yasmina Reza’s play: Le Dieu du Carnage. Written in 2008.  It is about two sets of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park. They agree to meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.

To join us, or to get any more information, please write an email to Gaël at info.alliance.cam@gmail.com

 

28 September 2020
Online
5:00 pm
£8 - Booking required.
Online Book Club n°6: Victor Hugo

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.

30 June 2020
Online
4:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
Franco-Spanish Talk: The Impossible Understanding (1959-1970)

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.

26 June 2020
Online
6:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
Art talk: Claudel & Rodin

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…

17 June 2020
Online
4:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
Online Book Club n°5 : Rimbaud & Verlaine

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.

16 June 2020
Online
4:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
Online Book Club n°4: Boris Vian

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.

4 June 2020
Online
4:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
TALK : English and Welsh industry : a threat for France ?

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!

22 May 2020
Online
7:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
Join us for the QUIZ NIGHT

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

16 May 2020
Online
6:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
Carry on Singing with Garance!

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.

8 May 2020
Online
6:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
Online Talk: Occitan, Language of the troubadours by Christopher Johnson

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.

6 May 2020
Online
4:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
Online Book Club n°2: La Fontaine – Fables – 5th of May 2020

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.

5 May 2020
Online
4:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
Online Book Club n°1 : Maupassant – La Parure
14 April 2020
Online
4:00 pm
FREE – No booking required.
TALK and Q&A: Faïza Guène “Kiffe Kiffe Demain”

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Faïza Guène will lead a conference at l’Alliance Française Cambridge on the 7th of March 2020.

Faïza was born in France in 1985 to Algerian parents and wrote her first novel, Just Like Tomorrow, when she was 17 years old. It was a huge success in France (titled in French, Kiffe-Kiffe Demain) selling translation all around the world.

Just Like Tomorrow was shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award 2006 and longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2007.

7 March 2020
Alliance Française Cambridge, 60 Hills road, CB2 1LA
5:00 pm
FREE – booking required at 01223 561 854
Talk: A thirty Year Love Affaire with the Haute-Loire

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.

15 February 2020
L’Alliance Française Cambridge – 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA
3:00 pm
FREE – no booking required – limited seats available, arrive early!
Ahbab Festival 2020 – Junction
15 February 2020
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Waym CB1 7GX – Box office 01223 511511
7:00 pm
Use code AHBAB2020 to get a £5 off tickets
🎬 Ciné-Club: Populaire 🎥

Come enjoy French cinema at the Alliance Française Cambridge!

✒️Plot:

French drama set in the 1950s following a young woman who is kept firmly in check by her father. However, another opportunity presents itself. She makes the acquaintance of a manager called Louis Echard. Impressed by her natural abilities at the keyboard, Louis appoints himself her trainer for a speed typing competition.

7 February 2020
Alliance Française Cambridge, 60 Hills road, CB2 1LA
7:00 pm
FREE – No booking required

Reviews

July 2020

I enjoyed the talk on Friday given by Nicolas.  All praise to him for delivering it in such good English.

Linda

July 2020

Je voulais juste dire que moi aussi j’ai aimé ces petits amuse-bouche de la littérature française donnés au cours du book club en ligne pendant le confinement. C’était d’autant plus agréable que je pouvais y accéder de ma ville à 40 km de Cambridge! Merci Gaël pour vos explications sur les auteurs et les textes.

Judith

July 2020

Merci d’avoir mis en place le Book Club en ligne.  Je trouve que nos séances ont été réussies même chez Zoom, tout le monde a eu l’occasion de participer, même plus peut-être que dans notre situation normale. Le choix de courts morceaux – contes, poèmes – a donné la possibilité de beaucoup de variété dans la même heure, la discussion n’a pas tari, et merci à Gaël de nous avoir fourni tant de mises en scène.

Sheila

July 2020

I have been happy with all the teachers we have had and all the subject matter – bottom line for me is that it is French and there is always something to learnI am also very much enjoying the Club de Lecture never having been able before Covid to attend.Gael is very ‘sympa ‘ and knowledgable.

Fiona

July 2020

Je suis super-contente avec les clubs de lecture.  Félicitations à toute l’équipe – mais  surtout à Gaël …. !

Jane