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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

Want to know more? 

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

✈ French for Travellers ✈

✈ French for Travellers ✈

Do you intend to travel to France next year?

Take our French for Travellers workshop and focus on situations that you will encounter while travelling!3

Feel free to ask about our workshop and tell your friends about it!


For more information or to register your interest: enquiries@afchristchurch.org.nz 03-365 8370



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 12pm
📍 At the Alliance Française Christchurch, 275 Cashel Street
👉 AFC Members attend for free; a suggested Koha donation for others. 

2023 Dates

* February 15th
* March 15th
* May 17th
* June 21st
* July 19th
* August 16th
* September 20th
* October 18th
* November 15th

Please note that there is no scrabble in January, April & December. 

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

2023 Dates

* February 1st
* March 1st
* April 5th
* May 3rd
* June 7th
* July 5th
* August 2nd
* September 6th
* October 4th
* November 1st
* December 6th

Les Petits Matins Croissant

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 28th of January
⏰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!

☀ Summer Refresher Workshops ☀

☀ Summer Refresher Workshops ☀

French up your Summer!

Don't miss out on our Summer Refresher Workshops! If French is already part of your life and you want to strengthen your skills, let our experienced teacher guide you through a varied and enjoyable programme including a bit of grammar and de-rustifying speaking exercises

Week 1:
- Monday 16 January: A1/A2- Tuesday 17 January: B1/B2- Wednesday 18 January: A1/A2- Thursday 19 January: B1/B2

Week 2:
- Monday 23 January: A1/A2- Tuesday 24 January: B1/B2- Wednesday 25 January: A1/A2- Thursday 26 January: B1/B2

For more information or to enrol: enquiries@afchristchurch.org.nz 03-365 8370

Early Bird Discount


Term 1 is just a few weeks away, so it's time to secure your place in your next French class!

Book your spot before the 14th of January and receive a 5% discount.  Enter the following code EARLYBIRD2023 when enrolling online (Term 1 adult classes only - Intensive Classes not included!)

🎬 Ciné-Mômes 🎬

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!

📆 Friday 14th of October 📽 Calamity
⏰ 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.

French Film Festival

The French Film Festival Aotearoa is back in Christchurch on 23 June 2022! This year's line-up includes a fantastic selection of hilarious new comedies, strong dramas, romance and much more.

📅 23 June - 10 July 2022
📍 Academy Gold cinema / Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū / Deluxe Cinemas / Lumieres Cinemas

Book your tickets here.

Download the full programme here.

Fête de la musique & Apéro-quiz

🎵 Venez célébrer la fête de la musique avec un apéro-quiz et concert franco-brésilien! 🎵

Every year since 1982, French people gather in the streets of the country to enjoy free concerts and celebrate the arrival of summer.
This year again we want to share this event, an important part of the French culture, with you.

For this special occasion, we will welcome Marianne and her partner Julien who will be performing some traditional Brazilian music. Perfect to warm up our coldest nights!

📅 Friday 17th June
⏰ From 5pm
📍 At our premises, 275 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central

$18 Non member
$10 AFC Member
$5 Child

It is essential to register as we have limited places:


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


L'Alliance Française de Christchurch recrute des professeurs !

We are seeking native French speakers who are qualified teachers of French as a foreign language or hold a university degree. Candidates with successful experiences teaching adults and/or children will be highly valued. The positions are on a casual basis (Monday to Saturday, with varying hours) and involves teaching children and adults ranging from beginner to advanced level during school terms. The applicants will be motivated with a keen interest in encouraging and inspiring students to be curious about the cultures of France and other French speaking countries. Please note that all applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa (including WHV) and the ability to start ASAP. Covid vaccination mandatory as well.

Send your application with your resume and a short, concise cover letter to the following email address enquiries@afchristchurch.org.nz

Click here to see the job description

Macaron Competition

Put your baking skills to the test as Alliance Française Christchurch is searching for the best macarons: these famously light and sweet french delicacies 😋

📆 7 May
⏰From 10am
📍 At our premises on Cashel Street
👍 Everyone is welcome and you don't even need to participate to attend this event.

Enter the competition, bring your best creation and win some amazing prizes !
- One term of FREE French lessons at AFC for any class
- cinema tickets,
- bottle of wine,
- AFC apron and many more!

To register, go to: 

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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