May 2016

EVA International Ireland's Biennial - Limerick
16 April - 17 July

For this 37th edition, the EVA International Ireland's Biennial coincides  with the century celebrations of the Easter Rising. Entitled Still (the) Barbarians, this twelve-week exhibition will investigate the post-colonial condition of Ireland as a turning point into arts representations. Koyo Kouoh, the curator, takes this time coincidence as an opportunity to engage artists into discussion about alienation, dispossession through the lens of subversion, transcendence and reappropriation aesthetics.

Since its creation in 1977, EVA Biennial has worked with over 2000 artists and has become a major public exhibition in Ireland.
This event is organised in partnership with the Cultural Service of the French Embassy.

Perceptions of the 1916 Rising
11 May
Memory Festival

11 - 13 May
What is collective memory? What is its role to play in society's identities building?

Catch glimpses of it during the Flashback-Memory Festival created by a group of Parisian students and organised in partnership with the Alliance française.
Collective memory will be questioned through photography, conference, theatre and dance.

Included in this particular year of commemoration in Ireland, the festival will be the occasion to make this descent into memory an intercultural event.

Find out the programme :

Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th May
@Alliance française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Friday 13th May
@Physics Square, Trinity College, Dublin

Training workshop for teachers of French
20 May

What are the new innovations in teaching field? What is expected by students in terms of educational methods through digital?

To answer these questions, a one-day workshop with Lionel Favier, engineer in education, is organized by the AFA.
On the programme:
"Moocs, Serious games, podcasts, webdocs"; those new words in language learning field.
Learn by seeing beyond the classroom's limits; workshop on scenarii to use in and out the classroom.

Friday 20th May - 10 am
@DIT, Cathal Grugha Street, Dublin
"A Musée vous!"
20 - 21 May
What is a museum after all? Who goes there?

Join the Alliance française Drama group for an evening full of surprises between zany discussions and scholarly observations, as if you were inside the agitation of museum-goers!

Drama Club Annual Show -
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May
7.15 pm
@Alliance française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The International Literature Festival Dublin
21 - 29 May
Created in 1998, the International Literature Festival in Dublin is a key-event in Ireland where writers, lyricists, playwrights, and screenwriters from all over the world are gathered to debate, provoke, delight and enthral.
This year, France is represented by Maylis de Kerangal and Jean-Pierre Filiu.

Saturday 21st May
Discussion with Maylis de Kerangal

Get immersed in Mend on the Living where prose considers the heart no longer as metaphor but as the vital organ.

Maylis de Kerangal, a French-awarded writer, will be interviewed about her fifth novel by Eileen Battersby, correspondent at the Irish Times. For the record, Mend on the Living received by itself ten literary prizes. 

Tickets: €8 / €10 Book Now
Saturday 21st May - 2 pm
@Smoke Alley Theater,  Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8.

Monday 23rd May
Debate with Jean-Pierre Filiu

Who are the jihadists? What do they believe in?

This special debate chaired by Tom Clonan of the Irish Times with Jean-Pierre Filiu and Shiraz Maher will be the occasion to examine one of the most destructive organizations of our times.

After leading a diplomatic career, Jean-Pierre Filiu is now Professor of Middle East Studies at Science Po, Paris School of International Affairs. His works and articles about contemporary Islam and the Arab world, such as From Deep State to Islamic State: the Arab counter-revolution and its jihadi legacy (2015), have been published in a dozen languages.
Tickets: €10 / €12 Book Now
Monday 23rd May - 8 pm
@Smoke Alley Theater, Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8.

These events are organised in partnership with the French Embassy.
Special Event
Life-Size Cluedo
27 May
Panic on board!

Imagine you are stuck in an airport after the discovery of  a dead body in your plane. There is no doubt, the murderer was on board, but who is he?
Get into the detective work with this 6th edition of the Alliance française life-size Cluedo.

Max. 5 members per team, over 18s only.

Friday 27th May - 7.30 pm
@Alliance française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Listowel Writers' Week
1 - 5 June

One of the eldest literary festival in Ireland, Listowel Writers' Week is a major event in the field of literature. Prizes, meetings, workshops are their formula to success.

Among the international writers attending this 45th edition, there will be the French-awarded novelist, Jean Echenoz.


Thursday 2nd June
Discussion with Jean Echenoz

Well-know for his "geographic novel", paying attention to what surrounds him; Jean Echenoz has already published 17 novels and won a dozen literary awards including the Prix Médicis and the Prix Goncourt.

Tickets: €10 / €12 Book Now
Thursday 2nd June - 7:15 pm
@The Seanchaí : Kerry Writers Museum, The Square, Listowel, co. Kerry

This discussion is organised in partnership with the French Embassy.
Music & Arts Festival
K-FEST in Killorglin
3 - 6 June
Discover a young festival in Killorglin; Best Festival nominee in 2016 Pure M Magazine Awards.
K-Fest aims to promote culture and arts in all its forms: Music, Words, Cinema, and Galleries.
This year again, the festival will be the occasion to foster participation in the arts and to develop an artistic thought for all ages.

By bringing contemporary art practice in Killorglin and its old vacant buildings, K-Fest contributes to see Arts out of their comfort zone.
Even though this festival is young, it is already well-known as the place of cultural innovation, artistic exploration through eclectic and thought-provoking events.
Further information:
Student Mobility
Ireland is the 6th destination country for French students in the world including studies, internships and Erasmus.
France remains the first country under Erasmus+. More than 1.200 Irish students are studying in France at the moment.

Read more:
Qualité FLE Label
Get prepared, French might turn to be the world's most commonly spoken language by 2050!

It is time to go to France and join one of the language centres approved by the Qualité FLE label to be sure you will have the best learning conditions.

Taking exams, improving your French skills... Whatever your situation is, find out the centre which fits your expectations.
List of centres approved by the French as a Foreign Language Quality Label HERE.
France & Ireland together against AIDS
Virginie Gautier (UCD), former laureate of the French Embassy sponsored Ulysses scheme, has just obtained a highly selective funding to coordinate a consortium against AIDS-virus, especially focusing on HIV latency.

Who are her consortium partners? What will they be working on? What his HIV latency?

Find out by reading her portrait:
Lucien Bull, Mr One Hundred Thousand Images
At the end of the 19th century, Lucien Bull moved from Ireland to France and became assistant to the famous physiologist Etienne-Jules Marey.

Together, they worked on the human movement and developed a gun camera, the forerunner of motion picture camera.

To see more:
Digital & Education
Learn French and explore France via mobile !

Immersion France a new an application for mobiles and tablets which is multilingual, free and easy to access!

With Immersion France discover French regions and a wide range of French programmes combining language learning and practice of leisure activity, cultural or sports.

So why should you choose between language and country discovering?

Immersion France app allows you to choose from 300 language stays in France while learning about the tourist attractions in our regions and the French art de vivre.

Discover France
Annecy International Animation Film Festival
13 - 18 June
Don't miss Annecy's Festival, the world famous event in the field of animation!
83 countries represented, a market for animation professionals26 awardsover 500 screenings in one week, 13 venues, 1 giant outdoor screen, rabbits and paper planes; here what makes the success of Annecy's Festival.

For the first time this year, spotlight will fall on French animation. A one-week festival where French animation will be seen through the lens of international animation, in a mirror effect.
On the programme also: a look on the animation in advertisement and the 130th anniversary of friendship between France and Korea celebrated in animation.

Find the Official Selection and the Programme :

How to get there? Plan your trip HERE
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