April 2017

Franco-Irish Literary Festival 2017
31 March - 2 April 2017
For its 18th edition the Franco-Irish Literary Festival welcomes 15 writers from France, Switzerland and Ireland to reflect on the theme Style and Stylistics – De fil en aiguille – Snáth An Scéil during panel discussions, interviews, readings and the  much anticipated Sunday Literary brunch!
Check out the programme for very special events too, including screenings, exhibition and workshops.

The Festival is jointly organised by the Alliance Française and the French Embassy.

Admission Free (First come basis)
Full programme at

Share your story @ The International Literature Festival Dublin
Deadline 3 April 2017
International Literature Festival Dublin are seeking ideas for their Stories From The City programme. 

Share your story or one that you think is worth telling at your very own festival event, working alongside a writer or artist to develop and shape your idea.

For more information, please visit: StoriesFromTheCity

The deadline for submissions is Monday 3 April.
Summer scholarship for French Teachers 2017

Deadline 9 April 2017

In the interest of supporting continuing professional development for post-primary teachers of French, the Department of Education and Skills and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy offer this year again a number of scholarships to attend an in-service course during the summer.

There are 2 types of scholarships offered:

- scholarships for a 2 weeks in-service course in France (July or August)

- scholarship for a 5 days in-service course at The Alliance Française de Dublin (June 26th - 30th)

Applications are to be filled online only, before 9th April 2017 

The Children’s Choir of the Strasbourg Opera on Tour in Dublin
11-14 April 2017
Join the Children's Choir of the Strasbourg Opera for a series of concerts in Dublin! Performing in St. Patrick's Cathedral and with ATD Ireland for a charity event, they are in town from 11th to the 14th April and not to be missed! 
Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg - Maîtrise de l'Opéra National du Rhin will present a beautiful mixed-voice programme with works by Handel, Dowland, Debussy, Saint-Saëns among others.

"Let’s Sing Together to leave No One Behind" presented by ATD Ireland
Tuesday, 11 April, 11:00 am
@ SWAN Youth Service, St. Agatha's Hall, Dunne Street, Dublin 1
Admission Free - Register here
Lunchtime concert @ St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin 8
Wednesday, 12 April, 1:00 pm (ends at 1:50 pm)
Concert included in the Admission Ticket to the Cathedral
Book your tickets here!
Concert with Mount Merrion Youth Choir
Wednesday, 12 April, 8:00 pm
@ Mount Merrion Church, Co. Dublin
Admission Free

Musictown Festival - Miserere with Ardú Vocal Ensemble
Friday, 14 April, 6:30 pm
@ Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 1
Tickets on sale €20/15 at
Recollections of Ireland: The French Connection
12 April 2017
Have you ever wondered about little-known Irish composers and what their music sounds like? Recollections of Ireland provides a rare opportunity to explore this heritage in a uniquely informative and entertaining way. 
This concert, curated by renowned pianist Una Hunt, explores Franco-Irish connections through the extraordinary O’Kelly family along with the music of Augusta Holmes and Swan Hennessy, among others.
Wednesday 12 April, 7:30pm 
@ National Concert Hall, Dublin 2
Info & Tickets:
Continuing professional development for French teachers - April 2017 
19-21 April 2017

"News and authentic documents in the language class"

Lifelong learning and training are key elements in the development of teaching practices and it’s essential for teachers to enhance their teaching methods and approaches.

The second 2017’s training session organised by the French Embassy for secondary school teachers will take place in LimerickDublin and Carrick-On-Shannon from 19th to 21st April 2017.

Full details & Registrations:

Special Event
Festival Jacques Prévert
20 April - 6 May 2017
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Jacques Prévert's death, the French Embassy and the Alliance française, in partnership with the Institut français will pay tribute to the famous French poet and screenwriter.

Fond of literature, arts and cinema? Check out the programme:
Thursday 27 April: Exhibition opening Les Collages de Jacques Prévert followed by a talk and poems reading with two experts Arnaud and Gasiglia Laster.

Wednesday 3 May: Le Roi et l'Oiseau screening.

Saturday 6 May: Collage workshop for children.
More information & Bookings:
Cúirt International Festival of Literature – Galway City
23-30 April 2017
Light will fall on Michel Déon, famous French writer and member of the Académie française, during CUIRT International Festival of Literature.

A conference on Michel Déon's legacy, the book launch of Horseman, Pass by! recently translated into English by Clíona Ní Ríordáin and a screening of Un taxi mauve is to be held on Tuesday 25 April. 

To conclude this day on the theme of French literature, do not miss the discussion with Frédéric Vitoux. Writer and member of the Académie française, he will present his last novel Au Rendez-vous des Mariniers. The event includes extracts reading to catch glimpses of the walk through the 20th century literature history led in the novel.

Full Festival Programme:
International Photo Competition
Until 30 April 2017
Do you speak or learn French for your work, your studies or just for fun?
Do you also have a talent, a passion that you want to share?
Send your photo to become one of the faces of the Institut français Communication Campaign to be showcased this summer at Paris Airport and win a trip to Paris!
Research & Innovation
PhD Dissertation Award for Franco-Irish studies
Deadline 5 May 2017
Calling all doctoral candidates on Franco-Irish or French studies who defended their thesis between 2012 and 2016: we are launching a new award to recognise and encourage original, high-quality research!  With the collaboration of AFIS.

Deadline for application: Friday 5 May 2017
A new association is born : The Irish in France !
The Irish in France Association was founded at the Embassy of Ireland in Paris on the 1 February 2017. It is aimed at creating and supporting activities and initiatives that foster a vibrant sense of Irish community and identity.
The Irish in France will run several networking events throughout the year including the Irish in France Gala Ball on Saturday 10 June, a family sports day and a Christmas gathering.  It will also provide information on activities, services and opportunities for the Irish in France.
Tara’s Erasmus experience : « Travel, Travel, Travel ! »
As part of the Erasmus 30th anniversary, Irish students share with us their French experience. For this month, follow Tara and her story “carrément” lovely!
Discover France
Paris Fringe Festival
The Paris Fringe is on its way!  The second edition of this Festival in the City of Light presents shows from international and local companies working in English. There is a focus on innovative approaches and an emphasis on contemporary themes. Be it theatre, dance or comedy, the festival aims to support work that can't otherwise be found in Paris!
MT3F, a successful first edition !
The first edition of “My Thesis in 3 Minutes…in French!” successfully took place. 25 PhD students participated, three prizes were awarded: elocution, outreaching and the audience’s favourite.

With the support of Trinity College Dublin, the cartoonists Peb&Fox, l’Ecrivain Restaurant and Transavia.
Food & Drinks
L’Ecrivain Restaurant: innovative cooking Irish/French style
This award-winning restaurant has built itself a reputation for innovative cooking Irish/French style using the very best of Irish produce from small indigenous producers all in season. It is also well known for its fish, which is caught all over Ireland on the same day as used.
Derry Clarke is renowned for his culinary expertise, and together with his team of chefs, Sallyanne and the front of house team, l'Ecrivain is an experience not to be missed.
Transavia, the low-cost airline of Air France-KLM Group
Transavia, the low-cost airline of Air France-KLM Group, serves 11,5 million passengers annually. With nearly 70 Boeing 737-800 in 2016, Transavia operates a young and environmentally friendly fleet. Founded in 1965, Transavia looks back on more than 50 years of experience, safety and trust of its passengers. In daily flight operations, the focus lies on reliability, cordiality and hospitality aboard for holidaymakers and business travelers.

Transavia offers flights to more than 110 destinations mainly in Europe and North Africa from the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven), France (Paris, Nantes, Lyon) and Munich in Germany. Transavia operates to/from Ireland 12 flights per week 9 from/to Paris and 3 from/to Munich.
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