Who we are

Bienvenue à l’Alliance Française, the only place dedicated to the French culture and language in Christchurch.

Established in 1959, the Alliance Française de Christchurch is one of the nine Alliance Françaises in New Zealand. As a local not-for-profit organisation, it reflects the desire to share with others the love of the language, culture and other various aspects of the French way of life.

We offer courses for adults and children of all levels and all ages. All of our teachers are native French speakers and have a degree in French as a foreign language.

Teaching activities are complemented by a wide range of cultural and social events such as the French Film Festival, cooking classes & competitions, film screenings, exhibitions etc. Our library also offers a wide selection of items in French (DVDs, books, magazines) and is open to all for a small annual fee (membership).

  Our missions

  • To offer French courses to all audiences
  • To raise awareness of French and French-speaking world cultures, in all of their dimensions
  • To promote cultural diversity by highlighting all cultures

A linguistic center

We offer a wide range of French language classes:

We teach group classes, from beginner to advanced level, in our main branch in Christchurch Central (275 Cashel Street) as well as in our branch in Mount Pleasant community center.

We tailor individual and group classes for professionals, specifically designed to suit our clients' field, goals, time frame and learning style.

We offer private tuition for individuals, tailored to their particular learning goals.

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A cultural center

We organise events throughout the year to share and celebrate French culture with our Kiwi audience.

Our annual, nation-wide Alliance Française French Film Festival is a “must go” h for thousands of Christchurch movie buffs, while our Music Festival or Beaujolais nouveau events bring French language and culture together through various entertaining activities and shows.

Our presence in the cultural landscape of Christchurch also includes monthly French breakfasts , monthly French CinéClubs, Quiz Nights, Cheese & Wine nights, School events, and so much more...

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A central location 

Become a member

Become a member of Alliance Française de Christchurch for exclusive offers and discounts.