March 2016

Special Programme
The Month of Francophonie in Ireland 2016
1 March - 6 April 2016
Francophonie brings together 274 million French speakers from around the world along with 80 states and governments to form the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (IOF).

To celebrate French language and cultural diversity, the Month of Francophonie 2016 showcases a series of events across Ireland involving music, literature, film and history along with talks, debates and contests.

Presented by participating Francophone Embassies in Ireland, the Alliance Française and several Irish partners.

Click Here for the Full Programme of Events! 
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Fête de la Bande dessinée - Comic Book Festival 2016
3 March 2016
For the 2nd year,  the Alliance Française Dublin,together with Illustrators Ireland and The Comics Lab, is delighted to bring you a  festival of comic books from the Irish and francophone community. Join us for this exciting opportunity to discover new voices and learn from leading professionals in Ireland & France.

Thursday 3 March – 6.30pm
An evening with Tito / Exhibition
Admission free / RSVP

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
French films on tour in Ireland!
March - April 2016
The French Embassy has teamed up with Access Cinema to present two French films across Ireland with over 30 screenings scheduled since January.
"Dans la cour/In the Courtyard" (2014) 
Directed by Pierre Salvadory, featuring Catherine Deneuve 
Antoine quits his rock band, takes a job caring for an old building in Paris, and develops a close friendship with a recently retired woman.

Venue:                                     Dates:
Ramor Theatre                         01/03/16
Riverbank Arts centre               07/03/16
Birr Theatre                              08/03/16
Rockabill                                   23/03/16
Club Scannan Sailearna           24/03/16
Dunamaise Arts Centre            06/04/16

 "Quay d'Orsay/The French Minister" (2013) 
Directed by 
Bertrand Tavernier 
A fast-paced political satire set within the titular offices of the French Foreign Ministry.

Venue:                                     Dates:
Galway Film Society                 06/03/16
Mermaid Arts centre                14/03/16
Fermanagh Film For All           06/04/16
Subtitle Little Cinema, Dublin    06.04.16
Friars Gate Theatre                 13.04.16
Sligo Film Society                     21.04.16
Athy Film Club                          03.05.16
Full screening details:

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Conference with the Franco-Russian writer Andreï Makine
9 March 2016
Andreï Makine, born in 1957 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, spent his childhood and teenage years in an orphanage, but was early introduced to the language of Molière by his grandmother, of French origin. After studying literature and many cooperative missions abroad, he left the Soviet Union at the age of 30 and moved to France, where he obtained political refugee status.
In 1995, it is the recognition of his talent, by three major French literary prizes, the Goncourt, the Medici and the Goncourt High Schoolers.

Makine will be interviewed by Jean-Philippe Imbert, Lecturer in DCU

Wednesday 9 March, 6.30pm
@ Alliance Française Dublin, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Conference in French, followed by a wine reception
Admission free with

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Conference & Round-Table
"Choosing French Nowadays"
10 March 2016
Why learn French today? Andrei Makine, writer, and Bernard Cerquiglini, French linguist and three other distinguished guests will be discussing the importance of talking French today and how they use the French language in their everyday life.

2.00 – 5.00 pm
@ the Printing House, Trinity College Dublin
Admission Free with RSVP

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
"Non-violent Resistance"
10-11-12 March 2016
This conference analyses the role irreverence and other counter-discourse forms play in Irish culture, by subverting the consensual interpretation of history, of collective memory but also of existing social, political or economic standards and by representing an alternative to violence and domination.

@ The Helix, Dublin City University

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
An evening with Bernard Cerquiglini
11 March 2016
How well do you think you know French? Come play with words with us by answering our competition (a bottle of wine to be won!) and listen to Bernard Cerquiglini's subtle explanations!
Professor Bernard Cerquiglini is one of France's most distinguished  and popular linguists. Beside his academic career he also presents the iconic short program called Merci professeur! on TV5, the French-language global television network.

Friday 11 March, 5.30pm
@ Alliance Française Dublin, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Conference in French, followed by a wine reception
Admission free with

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Francophonie DJ Night @ The Church
11 March 2016
Come celebrate with us the Francophonie in Dublin !
The evening will start with an Apéro and a Quiz on Francophonie for you to win great prizes.
Then the second part of the evening will be for you and your dancing shoes ;)
Our Dj has prepared a special playlist of a mix of French & International music.
The night will end up with some good French & International Electro/House by DJ VINCE!

Presented by French Friday,, The Church and Francophone Embassies in Dublin

Friday 11 March, 7pm - till late
@ The Church, Dublin 1
Admission Free
Facebook Event Page

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Performance by "Ménage à trois"
12 March 2016
The House Presents: Ménage à trois, a vibrant melange of performance featuring the beguiling Caroline Moreau and her repertoire of French Chanson, thought-provoking spoken word from Nicole Rourke and refined accompaniment of acclaimed pianist, Claire Crehan.

Saturday 12 March, 8.30 pm
@ Annesley House upstairs, 70 North Strand Road, Dublin 3
Tickets: €10 on the night, or bookings tickets through Eventbrite

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Win Tickets!
For a chance to WIN TICKETS to this event, email your full contact details and the code MENAGEATROIS to
Winners will be picked at random from all qualifying entries.
Wexford: from Gaelic Kingdom to Norman Landship
12-13 March 2016
A two-day symposium exploring Wexford’s transformation from Gaelic kingdom to Norman lordship. Conferences on Saturday and field trips on Sunday. A unique opportunity to hear from some of Ireland’s foremost historians and archaeologists, all in the very special setting of Ferns Castle Visitor Centre.

Hosted by The Ferns Heritage Project supported by  Wexford County Council.
Franco-Syrian Poetess Maram al-Masri @ the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 
13 March 2016
Born in Latakia in Syria, Maram al- Masri moved to Paris in 1982 after studying English literature at Damascus University. Currently she is devoted exclusively to writing, poetry and translation.

Today she is considered to be one of the most famous and exciting female voices of her generation.
Theo Dorgan, who translated her latest collection Barefoot Sools, will also be participating in the event.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of France in Ireland

Sunday 13 March, 5.30pm
For more information and booking:

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Conference with the Haitian writer Louis-Philippe Dalembert
14 March 2016
Louis-Philippe Dalembert is a Haitian poet and novelist. He writes in both French and Haitian Creole. He is one of the most notable contemporary writers from Haiti. The idea of wandering and the reference to religious themes are quite characteristic of his work.
Translated in several languages, his work has been rewarded by numerous literary prizes.

Monday 14 March, 6.30pm
@ Alliance Française Dublin, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Conference in French, followed by a wine reception
Admission free with

Tuesday 15 March, 11.30am 
Seminar @ Irish Writers Centre
Book tickets here

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Univeristy Debating Contest in French 
15 March 2016
Students from universities and ITs will participate in this debating contest in French to take place in the Freemasons' Hall on March 15th at 5:00pm. All welcome!

17:00 - 19:00 
@ Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin 2
Admission Free with RSVP

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Free Lunchtime Concert by Corsican Polyphonic Ensemble
16 March 2016
Join us and discover the beauty of Corsican polyphonic singing at this lunchtime concert presented by the French Embassy and "Atelier de chants poliphoniques de Calenzana" (Corsica), an ensemble of more than 20 singers and musicians. 

Wednesday 16 March, 13:10 - 13:50
@Pepper Canister Church, 2 Mount St Crescent, Dublin 2
Admission Free with Registration- donations welcome
Light refreshments will be served
Register now!

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Brittany's Bagad de Vannes Melinerion @ St. Patrick's Festival Parade
17-18 March 2016
"Bagad de Vannes Melinerion", will represent Brittany at this year's St. Patrick's Festival Parade in Dublin on March 17th! 

A traditional band from Brittany, and winner of “France‘s Got Talent” in 2015, "Bagad de Vannes Melinerion" performs brand new traditional music in a surprising, clever, and exuberant mix of traditional and modern Briton culture. 
Not to be missed! 

Thursday 17th
@ St. Patrick's Parade

Friday 18th @ 3pm
Barnardo’s Square, Dame Street
Digital & Cinema
France at Animation Dingle 2016
18-19 March 2016
For the first time, the French Embassy in Ireland has teamed up with Animation Dingle to present the French savoir-faire on animation.
The programme features a Retrospective from the worldwide known French Animation School, GOBELINS, L'école de l'Image, which will be introduced by Cécile Blondel, Head of International Relations, on March 19th. She will also take part in the Animation Dingle conference on the Colleges Get Creative panel on March 18th, 10:30.
In 2015 GOBELINS was ranked №1 Animation School worldwide by

The French animation features Yellowbird will be presented by its director Christian de Vita, who will also take part in the Animation Dingle Conference on March 18th.

Animation Dingle Conference
18 March @ Dingle Skellig Hotel
Gobelins Retrospective
19 March, 5.30pm
Screening: Yellowbird
19 March, 12.30pm
This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Admission Post-Bac Platform (French CAO)
Deadline for Applications: 20 March 2016
The "" website is an online portal where Terminal Year students preparing the Leaving Certificate can apply to any French university, and many other higher education courses in France. Students can apply until March 20th. A tutorial is available on Youtube with English subtitles to help Irish students.
Youtube tutorial
Continuing Professional Development for French teachers
21-24 March 2016
The second 2016’s CPD training session organised by the French Embassy for secondary school teachers will take place in Cork, Limerick, Dublin and Carrick-On-Shannon from 21st to 24th March 2016.
This free session will be animated by Simon Flambeaux, French education expert, and will deal with "Theatre activities and technics to enhance the teaching-learning of foreign language in class".

Info & 
Special Event
Francophonie Screening & Buffet
23 March 2016
Join us for an entertaining evening at the Light House Cinema with the screening of "Benda Bilili" (English subtitles) followed by a buffet with Francophone culinary specialities from participating Embassies.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016, 6pm
@Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Admission Free but Ticketed & on a First Come First Served basis 
Get your Tickets Here!
Facebook Event Page

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Brittany @ The International Pan Celtic Festival
29 March - 3 April 2016
Pan Celtic is a celebration of the cultural links between Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.

The musicians and choirs, singers and dancers from the participating Celtic nations will come together to share their language and culture at this great family-friendly Easter event. Be there!
The complete festival advance programme is available to download here.

@ Various Venues in Carlow 

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
Lecture: Berger & Berger (France)
31 March 2016
Architecture Association of Ireland in partnership with the French Embassy presents a lecture by Laurent P. Berger, visual artist, and Cyrille Berger, architect, founders of the French architecture studio Berger & Berger.

Their work has featured in numerous international shows and exhibitions like the Villa Medici in Rome, the Watermill Centre in New York and the International Architecture Biennale in Venice, among others.

Thursday, 31 March, 7.15pm,
@ Trinity College Dublin, Arts Building, Thomas Davis Theatre
Admission: €5 (on the door)

This event is part of the Month of Francophonie in Ireland 
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Printemps de Bourges Festival
12-17 April 2016

The latest on the music scene. This festival has made a name for itself over the decades as a major event when it comes to the French chanson and the latest on the music scene. This year once more, 100,000 festival-goers will be flooding the Maison de la Culture and bars and restaurants around Bourges.

Click here to Plan your trip
Coming soon...
Franco-Irish Literary Festival 2016
8,9 & 10 April 2016
The theme of the 17th edition of this annual festival, Food for thought - Les mots à la bouche - Lón anama, will be discussed by 15 Irish and French writers.

Roundtable discussions, readings, book sales and special perfomances will take place over this weekend in Dublin Castle (Castle Hall) and the Alliance Française.

This Festival is organised by the Alliance Française and the French Embassy.

Admission free
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