May 2015

Official Visit of French Prime Minister Valls to Ireland
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls meets An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D.
French Prime minister Manuel Valls visited Dublin on 23rd and 24th April, as part of his regular visit to European countries which he has been undertaking since last autumn 2014. On this occasion he was accompanied by the Secretaries of state for Information Technologies, Mrs Axelle Lemaire, and for European Affairs, Mr Harlem Désir.

A visit which aimed at stressing the excellence of the relationship between France and Ireland.

Full Details of the Visit:


France and Ireland team up for Research

During his visit in Dublin, Prime minister Manuel Valls witnessed the signing of a partnership between two French and Irish research centres promoting the business training of PhD students.


A Tasty Agreement !

On the occasion of the visit of the Prime Minister Manuel Valls to Ireland, an agreement to develop training in the hotel and catering sectors has been signed

Two Francophone Authors @ The International Literature Festival Dublin
16 - 24 May 2015
The French Embassy in Ireland is delighted to partner with the International Literature Festival Dublin in presenting two renowned Francophone authors:

Christine Montalbetti
Her playful and digressive tales like Western are finally appearing in English, confirming her reputation as one of the most engaging experimental writers working today.
Saturday 16 May, 10.30am @ Irish Writers Centre
Saturday 16 May, 6pm @ Smock Alley Theatre
Alain Mabanckou
Novelist, poet and essayist Alain Mabanckou has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2015, and is one of the most celebrated Francophone writers of our times, feted for his intoxicating mix of Congolese rhythms and Parisian slang.
Thurday 21 May, 8pm @ Smock Alley Theatre
Booking & Info:
Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
4-17 May 2015
As part of this year’s programme, the 12th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival features “Tuesdays at Tesco’s”, Blue Heart Theatre's adaptation of French playwright Emmanuel Darley’s “Le Mardi à Monoprix” and “St. Joan”, a creative re-imagining of the story of the French historical figure Jeanne d’Arc by the Pascal Theatre Company. 

Info & Tickets:
2015 Francophonie Online Contest Award Ceremony
6 May 2015
The French Embassy in Ireland and the Alliance Française Dublin are delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Francophonie Online Contest. Over 1100 students have participated in this event and 10 teams have shown an impressive work and knowledge about the Francophonie.
At Junior cycle, the winners are: Tullamore College, Co.Offaly; Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon, Co.Clare ; Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock, Co.Dublin; CBS Roscommon; Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon.
At Senior cycle, the winners are: Newpark Comprehensive School, Dublin; Colaiste Raithin, Bray, Co.Wicklow; Scoil Mhuire, Cork; St Angelas secondary school, Waterford.
An award ceremony has been held at the Light House cinema on 6th May.
KIRKOS BLACKOUT #1: Contemporary Music & Food in Darkness
Messiaen’s Quartet For The End Of Time

8-9 May 2015
Kirkos Ensemble and friends are proud to present BLACKOUT, a concert series of contemporary music and food in complete darkness.
For the first concert in the series, we’re serving up Messiaen’s seminal Quartet For The End of Time, performed by a quartet of Kirkos members. Meanwhile, Kevin Powell of Gruel Guerrilla and Vania Ling will be serving up a delicious plate of culinary delights. French wines will be served to compliment and heighten these great pieces
In partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland

8-9 May 2015, 10.30pm
Royal Irish Academy of Music, 36-38 Westland Row, Dublin 2
Tickets: €20/€25 - Limited places available
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Winners will be picked at random from all qualifying entries.
Panel Discussion
... To be a Writer in contemporary France
13 May 2015
In the presence of French writers Jacques Jouet, Hadrien Laroche and Christine Montalbetti
Moderated by Warren Motte
Three of France’s most critically acclaimed novelists engage in a discussion concerning the state of French fiction and their own experience in what it means to be a writer in contemporary France. This panel discussion will be moderated by the leading scholar of contemporary French fiction, Warren Motte, author of Mirror Gazing
Co-organized by Dalkey Archive Press and the French Embassy in Ireland, with the support of Irish Writers Centre, Long Room Hub Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Literature Exchange, and Centre for Literary Translation.
Wednesday 13 May, 6:30 pm
@ Trinity College Dublin, Long Room Hub
Free event followed by a wine reception
The San-Antonio International: Representations, Circulation, Translation and Exchanges
15-16 May 2015
The subject of this two-day conference is the exchange processes between French and International cultures at play in and around the work of Crime Fiction author Frédéric Dard.
The author is not only one of the most prolific and successful in the history of European literature, he is a very public figure too, having enjoyed intense media and critical attention in the last decades of his career.

Keynote address: François Rivière, (Paris) « Agatha Christie, la Marie Bizarre de Frédéric Dard »

Organised by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen’s University, Belfast
Admission Free
Study in France
France Alumni Contest
Deadline 15 May 2015
To celebrate the registration of the 10.000th alumni on the platform France Alumni, we invite you to participate in a competition on the theme: "Ça, c'est ma France" - "This is my own France". Tell your best memory about France and win prizes.  

For more information & to participate:
Publication Assistance Programme / Acquisition of Rights Program
Deadline 18 May 2015

The Institut français helps foreign publishers offset the cost of acquiring the rights from books translated from French. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Institut français in Paris. The deadline for submission is May 18th.

For further information:
"Travel in France and Ireland: Tourism, Sport and Culture" 
11th Annual Conference of AFIS (Association of Franco-Irish Studies) 

21-23 May 2015
Travel is one of Man’s main driving forces. The sea is an important feature of the geography of both Ireland and France, so it is perhaps unsurprising that waves of migration have been such an important aspect of the history of both countries. In ancient times and still today, we travel through necessity (wars, persecutions, economic, political and climatic reasons), by vocation (religious and humanitarian) and for pleasure (tourism, culture and sport).

This event is supported by the French Embassy in Ireland.
21-23 May 2015
@ University of La Rochelle 
For more information:
Discover France
In 2015, the Mont-Saint-Michel becomes an island once more!
World Heritage marvels, the Mont-Saint-Michel, its abbey and bay are regaining their true natural setting after ten years of major works. Come and marvel at the results and see Normandy’s Mount free of cars. Enjoy new routes to reach the Mount, on foot, or by shuttle bus. Admire the new bridge merging seamlessly into the environment, giving you the impression you’re walking on water!

In all, discover the excitement of this "new" Mont-Saint-Michel now an experience where land, sea, sky and nature come together.
"Eight Women" by Robert Thomas - adapted and directed by Jan Schneider
27-30 May 2015
In this new and challenging adaptation of the French Classic, all eight female characters will be played by men. It's a daring exploration of how stereotypes, gender relationships and statuses still determine our supposedly liberal thinking.
No man can pretend to be a woman, we are confronting our perception and call upon our own judgement of gender labels.

@ Smock Alley Boy's School
27-30 May, 8pm - Saturday Matinee 2pm
Tickets from €8
Arts & Digital
The Dub Web Fest : First Celebration of Online Storytelling
Submissions Now Open
The first Dublin Web Series Festival will take place in November 2015.

Dub Web Fest is a celebration of the storytelling power of the Internet. Dub Web Fest brings together the movers and makers of the digital media and tech worlds to create amazing creative, collaborative opportunities.

Dub Web Fest believes that Ireland will be a web series and digital content hub and wants to be the starting point for that future. The festival will be hosting panels, screenings, workshops and events on the A-Z of digital content today. Dub Web Fest is part of a mission to promote web series and digital content creation around the world.

In associaton with the French Embassy in Ireland

20-22 November 2015
Web Series Submissions are now open!
A French Post-Doc Student in UCD

Valentin Le Douce, French post-doc student from the University of Strasbourg, has started his post-doctorate in University College Dublin, building on the scientific collaboration triggered by the Ulysses scheme. What is his research about?

Read the interview:
Watch French Films on, the Irish Video on Demand platform for Irish and International films, now offers a section dedicated to French films to watch on demand. 

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France Université Numérique: Massive Open Online Courses
France Université Numérique, a French common platform for Massive Open Online Courses is an access to higher education, a tool for students success and an easier lifelong learning. Everyone can apply, you can find more than 100 MOOCs and already more than 750.000 participants did it! University of Nice, University of Strasbourg, University of Nantes participate in this project.

More information:  
Science & You 2015, University of Lorraine
1-6 June 2015

The University of Lorraine is hosting a weeklong scientific festival. Outreach activities, conferences and debates will approach various subjects such as understanding the world, women in sciences or sciences & the arts...

Full programme can be found here:
Artists' Residency
2015 International Artist-in-Residences at Récollets (Paris)
Deadlin 17 June 2015
The City of Paris and the Institut français, France’s international agency for foreign cultural action, offer an artist-in-residence programme dedicated to established foreign artists and writers at the “Centre International d’accueil et d’échanges des Récollets” in Paris, a venue for artists and researchers from around the world.

Deadline for 2015 applications: 17 June 2015
Full details and online applications:
Continuing professional development for French teachers
22 - 27 June 2015
Lifelong learning and training are key elements in the development of teaching practices especially with the innovation of new technologies. It has now naturally become essential for teachers to enhance their teaching methods and approaches.

The next training session will take place in Dublin, Cork and Limerick from 22nd to 27th June 2015.

Admission Free
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