Welcome to the Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth

“Learn more than just a language”

The Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth was founded in 1960. It was first situated in Bird Street, in the city centre of the Heritage site before moving to the historical site of Richmond Hill in 1990, where it now owns a beautiful Victorian House.

The Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth is the fifth largest in the South African network established in 1936. We are ideally situated, right in the heart of the city, in an upmarket area full of cafés, restaurants and small designer shops.

It has three modern classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards, a multimedia centre and library and a gallery for exhibitions.

Because we believe that learning a language is inherent to experiencing its culture, we organize weekly events in various fields allowing students and members of the public to engage in cross cultural dialogue.


Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth

PRESIDENT: Steve Taylor
VICE-PRESIDENT: Siobhán Huson-Bird
SECRETARY: Miranda Kopele


Ted Burke
Ian Copley
Andre Crozier
Ismahane Meliani
Deirdre Moser
Etienne Rouge
Monique Victor


Honorary Consul of France: Lorien Pichegru            –                    Honorary Member: Gérald Henderson


Alliance Française, the biggest cultural network in the World

For over a century, the Alliance Française has been seeing through an ambitious project: Spreading French language and culture well beyond the borders of France. A network of associations set up throughout the world have been benefiting from the Alliance’s mark of quality to promote the French language and its values abroad. The remarkable longevity and vitality of our institution is due in part to the strong bonds we have built with the citizens, the sponsors of our host country and with the French State. All of the Alliance’s activities (both linguistic and cultural), as well as its status as a non-profit association account for some of the ingredients of the Alliance’s current success. The Alliances Françaises are apolitical, non-denominational, independent associations regulated by local law and bound by a common purpose to the Fondation des Alliances Françaises.


In 1883 eminent figures of the Art, the sciences, and politics, such as Jules Verne and Louis Pasteur, along with other illustrious visionaries, designed the structure for the Alliance Française to ensure the influence of French language and culture around the world. Nowadays, the Alliance Française network still promotes French language but also francophone as well as local cultures in a permanent and an enriching dialogue.

The success of this stand for cultural diversity, standing as an alternative to the downside of a uniform globalization, translates into an ever growing enrolment. Alliance Française chapters are opening worldwide and student enrolment is growing at the rate of over 6% annually, showing the modernity and vitality of a concept which is young and centenarian at the same time.


The Fondation of the Alliance Française is the moral and legal reference for Alliances Françaises. To be formed, an Alliance needs recognition from the Fondation through an approval of its statutes. The Fondation Alliance Française is a recognized public body. It was created in July 2007 and became separate from the Alliance Française of Paris.


Discover the Alliance Française: with 20 branches in 6 countries we are the leading French languages school of Southern Africa!

The Alliance Française is a world-wide non-profit, apolitical and non-religious network devoted to promoting French language and Francophone cultures. The Alliance Française is the world’s largest French teaching centre with over 800 organisations in 134 countries, serving over 500 000 students every year, recognised and sponsored by the French government.

In Southern Africa the Alliance Française is present in Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The network comprises more than 20 Alliances Françaises in all major cities proposing a full range of French courses and cultural events all over the year. Find your local AF and join the French connexion!

With over 400 projects a year, the Alliance Française provides a wide-ranging cultural program presenting a unique mix of music, theatre, visual arts and dance, with the support of the French Embassies, the French Institute of South Africa and in partnership with local companies and cultural bodies.

The Alliance Française give you access to state-of-the-art libraries, offering thousands of books, films, magazines and Cd’s as well as computer stations and video monitors.

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