culture and events

Each month, we offer our members and students social and cultural activities as well as events dealing with French culture.

French Table, wine and cheese Tastings, Lectures, Concerts, Movie nights, Book Club, Quiz nights, Bastille Day and special events.

Members always have discounts for those cultural events and activities.

Upcoming events

    • Monday, April 22, 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 200 S Broad St #19, Philadelphia PA 19102

    Practice your French while eating a delicious lunch !

    • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Alliance Française

    The Alliance Française is pleased to announce the opening of an after school book club dedicated to youths - intermediate or advanced level.

    Ce club de lecture se réunira une fois par mois et sera animé par Dr. Eléonore Bertrand. Votre animatrice sera présente pour guider la conversation et présenter éventuellement l'oeuvre dans son contexte.

    Ce club n'est pas une classe mais l'opportunité de se rencontrer et d'échanger sur un livre dans une ambiance détendue. N'hésitez pas à apporter un goûter !

    N'oubliez pas: plus vous lirez, mieux vous écrirez et parlerez ! La littérature renforce vos acquis. Vous ne pouvez que gagner dans cette expérience !

    $15 each class
    $12 each class if you register for a 5 week session

    Second livre: Pauvre Anne, de Blaine Ray - 2000

    Anne, une fille de 16 and de l'État de New York, a une vie dure. Sa mere est très sévère avec elle. Sa famille n'est pas aussi riche que les familles de ses amies. Anne est jalouse de ses amies. Quand l'occasion de voyager en Belgique se présente, elle va dans la ville de Namur où elle habite avec une gentille famille qui manifeste les mêmes conflits que sa propre famille. Elle se rend compte que sa vie n'est pas aussi dure qu'elle le pense. À son retour, elle a une nouvelle perspective.

    About Eléonore Bertrand
    Dr. Eléonore Bertrand is a French and literature teacher. She has a PhD in French literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches French at the Alliance Française de Philadelphie and La Salle University.

    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • 531 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

    The film will be in French with English subtitles.

    The Alliance Française pays tribute to the great Agnès Varda by organizing a screening of her famous documentary with JR, Visages, Villages (Faces, Places) at PhilaMOCA on Thursday, April 25th at 7:30pm.

    Members and non-members : $9

    Watch the official trailer

    About the film : In 2017, at the age of 89, Ms. Varda partnered with the French photographer and muralist known as JR on “Faces Places,” a road movie that featured the two of them roaming rural France, meeting the locals, celebrating them with enormous portraits and forming their own fast friendship. Among its many honors was an Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature. (It did not win, but that year Ms. Varda was given an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement.)

    About the authors: Agnès Varda was a Belgian-born French film director, photographer and artist. Her work was pioneering for, and central to, the development of the widely influential French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. She passed at the age of 90, on March 29. Numerous tributes have been paid to "the greatest of the great", "the irreplaceable", "one of the greatest artists of our time".

    JR is the pseudonym of a French photographer and artist whose identity is unconfirmed. Describing himself as a photograffeur, he flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations. He states that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world." He started out on the streets of Paris.

    Location :
    - PhilaMOCA is located on 12th Street slightly north of the intersection with Spring Garden. We are two blocks east of the Broad Street Line’s Spring Garden stop.

    PARKING - Free street parking is readily available on Spring Garden Street and surrounding blocks.

    • Saturday, April 27, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Alliance Française de Philadelphie

    Immersion Courses represent six hours of intensive work with one subject area and are geared toward conversation with reviews of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary.
    Four levels of classes are offered on the same day: beginner, basic, intermediate and advanced.
    If you have never had French before your level is beginner.
    If you are enrolled in a class at the Alliance Française, you can find your level easily:
      101 = beginner
    102-106 = basic
    201-206 = intermediate
    301+ = advanced

    If you have never taken an immersion or regular class with us, and you are not a beginner, you will need to take a placement test to find your level. The placement test can be taken online (you can find the link on the courses page of our website) or you can call our office (215-735-5283) or stop by our office in person and take the placement test that way.

    The cost is $150 including material and lunch (Hoagie + Fruits + Sweets).
    Coffee or tea will be waiting for you at your arrival!

    • Saturday, May 04, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Alliance Française de Philadelphie


    Come and meet Julien Suaudeau, French lecturer at Bryn Mawr College, for the publication of his newest novel, Le Sang noir des hommes (The bad blood of men). 

    The author will discuss with Etienne Achille, professor at Villanova University and specialist in post-colonialism. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A with the public and a signing session.

    You can have a look at an interview in English of Julien Suaudeau made by one of his student here :

    • Friday, May 10, 2019
    • Monday, May 20, 2019

    Travel with the Alliance Française to Marrakesh. Discover this fascinating Moroccan town, learn about its French heritage.

    When no excursions are planned, relax at Club Med La Palmeraie and enjoy activities or farniente..

    Price: $4100 - To register, call the Alliance Française. Payment plans possible

    Everything is included in the price: Flight - Accommodation - Meals - Excursions - Transfers - French classes - Activities at the Club

    Not included: Special activities, Spas. 

    Here's the detailed list of excursions. to Keep in mind that a daily shuttle will run every hour from the club to Center City of Marrakesh! This will give us the opportunity to wander in the souk when no excursions are planned!

    May 10. Departure: Philadelphia to JFK with a shuttle - 9:20 pm Flight with Royal Air Maroc

    May 11. Arrival - Transfer at the Club 

    May 12. Must of Marrakesh (Bus, half day excursion) (Jardins Majorelle, Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Jemma el Fna Plaza, Koutoubia)

    May 13. High Atlas Valleys and Mountains (4x4, full day excursion) A day itinerary through stunning landscapes in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. Sample the rich, earthy taste of Berber hospitality expressed in a home brewed tea.

    May 14.

    May 15. Essaouira la Blanche (Bus, Full Day excursion): Between the azure sea and the blue sky shines the brilliant white of ancient Mogador's medina. These medieval city walls are the stage where the cult series “Game of Thrones” was shot! To top it all off, a fish buffet will delight your taste buds!

    May 16.

    May 17. Berber getaway (4x4, full day): In a magnificent natural setting of bright colors, sample for a day the High Atlas life as a Berber family opens its doors and invites you to share their daily lives, traditions and feasts. A most authentic immersion for unforgettable memories.

    May 18. Ouzoud Waterfalls (Minivan, full day) Enjoy a balmy day at the foot of North Africa's most majestic waterfalls! Discover this lush valley with its red earth as you stroll among the little shops before enjoying a poolside lunch at the Ouzoud Kasbah.

    May 19.

    May 20. 12:40 pm Departure from Marrakesh - Arrival JFK 7:30 pm - Transfer with a shuttle to Philadelphia



    The Atlas


    Club Med

    Musée Yves Saint Laurent

    Les Jardins Majorelle

    Ouzoud Waterfalls

Alliance Française de Philadelphie
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-5283
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