Our events

Come and enjoy French culture with us!

Alliance Française Christchurch is not just a language school... it is Christchurch’s only French cultural centre! Alliance Française Christchurch contributes to a vibrant cultural life in the city by organising many community and cultural events such as concerts, exhibitions, shows, movie screenings, conferences, festivals, social events and our traditional French events: Fête de la Musique, Bastille Day and Beaujolais nouveau. The annual French Film Festival – the largest French cultural event in New Zealand – showcases the best of French contemporary cinema in twelve cities nationwide from March to April. It is promoted by the Alliance Française network and takes place each year in multiple cinemas accross town. All these events appeal to a broad public, and to anyone who likes French and French-speaking cultures or wants to learn more about them.  To facilitate a wide participation, English is spoken at all events. These events also attract the large French-speaking community of the region and allow our students to immerse themselves in all aspects of French and French-speaking cultures and practise their French.
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Your upcoming French rendez-vous

🎬 Ciné-Mômes: Festival du film d'animation 🎬

During the school holidays, your children can enjoy the Animated Film Festival at Alliance Française Christchurch. An excellent opportunity to be entertained and stay in touch with French during the spring holidays!

📽 Chien Pourri, la vie à Paris! (to be confirmed)
📽 Calamity

📆 Friday 7th October & Friday 14th of October
⏰ At 2.30 pm
📍 At the Alliance Française Christchurch, 275 Cashel Street
⭐Entry fee: $5 per child, free for parents. Free for pupils who attend our CHP or classes.

To RSVP, click HERE!

Discover Frantastique and their fun online French lessons!

In partnership with Gymglish, we would like to introduce you to Frantastique, the complement for your French revision.

Improve your French daily with an email! Available on your PC, tablet and smartphone, you can practise your French outside of class at the Alliance Française de Christchurch anywhere, anytime.

Every day, you'll receive a tailor-made French lesson: exercises, texts and dialogues adapted to your needs, capabilities and goals! Once it's completed, you'll immediately receive personalised corrections and explanations.

Try it for free!

New Caledonia Short Film Festival

Come watch a selection of Short Films from New-Caledonia!

The New Caledonia Film Festival is back in Christchurch on 25 September (sunday)!

📆 Sunday 25 September 
⏰ From 4 pm 
📍   The event will take place at Lumière Cinemas, 26 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013. 
🎫 $15 for AF members
🎫 $20 for non members
Includes nibbles with a complimentary glass of wine and screening.
Book your tickets early as there will only be a limited number of seats available.

Our regular events

We hold a number of our popular French culture events on a regular basis. Find out more about each of these below.

Paris s'éveille

Radio Programme dedicated to all things French!

Learn about French language and culture, be updated on current events, and discover what’s happening in Christchurch. There will also be regular interviews with notable French visitors and nationals, along with a touch of musique française.

📅 Tune in the first Thursday of the month
⏰ At 7pm
🙋 The hosts of this programme are Antonio Viselli and Eric Mouhica.
👍 Like Paris s'éveille on Facebook
🔈 Listen to their podcast

Le French Guest

Le French Guest

Meet new people and practice your French in a very relaxed atmosphere. You can bring your lunch, enjoy some tea or coffee provided by us or just tag along to meet a different guest every month. Our guests always have fascinating life & travel stories to share! On vous attend!

📅 Every first Wednesday of the month 
Please note that there is no French Guest in October.
⏰ Between 12 & 1pm
📍 At our premises, 275 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central
👉 Koha donation welcome

Upcoming Dates

September 7th November 2nd December 7th

Les Petits Matins Croissants

Don't want to wake up on a Saturday morning? Here is a good reason to leave your bed, come and enjoy a "délicieux" croissant and baguette with us at AFC, 275 Cashel street

📅 Every last Saturday of the month > next date 24 September
⏰From 9.30 to 11.30am

 $12 Non Members
 $8 AFC Members and Students
 $5 Children

👍 Coffee (a lot!), tea (beaucoup!), croissant/baguette, orange juice included

It is essential to register since we have limited places:




In a fun atmosphere, practice thinking and diving deep into your brain to pull out French words for SCRABBLE.

📅 Join us every third Wednesday
📍at Alliance Française, 275 Cashel St.
👉 AFC Members attend for free; a suggested Koha donation for others.

2022 Dates

 August 17th / September 21st /October 19th /November 16th
Please note that there is no scrabble in January, April, July and December.

Francophonie Week!

Francophonie Week!

Each year in March, lovers of the French language celebrate, across the five continents, the cultural and linguistic richness and diversity of la Francophonie.

La francophonie (lower case) refers to all those who share a common language: French. It is estimated there are 300 million French-speakers worldwide. La Francophonie (capital letter) is an institution, with 88 francophone member countries, dedicated to promoting cultural and linguistic diversity:  [International Organisation of La Francophonie].

La Francophonie is very diverse. Francophones, who share French as either their mother tongue or as a second language, live across the five continents. Each year on 20 March, they all get together and share their passion for la Francophonie. This date refers to the launch of the Agence de coopération culturelle et technique [Agency of Cultural and Technical Cooperation], created on that day in 1970 in Niamey (Niger), which is now the OIF.

Initiated by the French Ministry of Culture, La Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie [French Language and Francophonie Week] is a worldwide celebration in the French cultural network in France and overseas, which concludes on 20 March - la Journée internationale de la Francophonie [International Francophonie Day].

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