Arts & Culture
The Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth is not only a French school, but a Cultural Center as well!
We provide French experiences through several monthly cultural events. Cultural activities are open for everyone, and most of them are free of range. We also offer 2 cultural halls that are open to the general public: The Library and the Art Gallery, when exhibition are held.
All movies are screened in French with English subtitles, with snacks and drinks available.
French Cinema is on the first Thursday of the month. Recently released films on different topics are shown, from the French speaking world. While Classic Cinema is dedicated to vintage French films and Cinema for kids are specially for kiddies and families!
What are cultural entertainments without any good celebrations?
Every two months, we organize the ChillAfrkan Festival, in association with Eve Arts Creative Company. It is an arts and live music event, where various artists can perform at the Alliance Française after filling in an application form. After the artists’ performances, an open mic session is there to everyone who wants to join on the stage and perform as an amateur artist.
In March we celebrate Francophonie! The Francophonie is the community of peoples who speak French to varying degrees. Every 20th March, the Journée internationale de la Francophonie is celebrated across the world. It is a day where the 220 million francophones, across five different continents, celebrate their language and the sharing of diversity and the love of the French language. This celebration takes form in the presentation of plays, live music concert, poetry readings, film festivals, food festivals and art exhibitions.
On July 14th we celebrate Bastille day, the French national holiday! The 14th of July commemorates two very important historical French dates: the 14th of July 1789 marks the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille (a military fortress and prison that symbolised the monarchy’s abuse of power) and the 14th of July 1790, day of the Fête de la Fédération, that celebrated the unity of the French people in honour of the French Revolution.
And last but not least, one of our biggest events each year is the Alliance Française Street Music Festival! This family event with a French flair is composed of music stages, buskers, unique crafters, restaurant special offers, specialized bars, food trucks and much more!
This festival is inspired by French “Fête de la Musique”, which is an annual music celebration that takes place in France traditionally on 21 June. Citizens and residents are urged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. The AF Street Music Festival recreates this festive atmosphere with a French note!
There is more than one good reason to gather and celebrate in music so come and enjoy!
Because we believe in intercultural sharing, we organize events leading to cultural exchange and learning from each other!
We have the Open Forum, which is a dialogue and debate evening on various subject, always related to societal issues that can led to a constructive discussion.
Once a month AFPE have a Book club. Either in French or in English, you can bring a book, talk about your latest discoveries and comment on your recent reading.
And of course, our Become a Chef! Cooking classes are also once a month, on a Saturday morning. If you want to learn a French cooking recipe, come and discover French cuisine in English and in French with delicious recipe and tasting at the end!
Plus, you can choose either to eat your entire creation on site, to share a wonderful lunch, or bring it home to delight your surroundings or yourself!
AF of Port Elizabeth offers recurring events to our members to share a friendly moment while practicing French. Every Thursday morning it’s Blablacafé, a weekly meeting that allows people to discuss in French while sharing a great time around coffee and pastries. Once a month, with the same purpose, we organize a French Afterwork, prendre l’apéritif à la française (and it’s not only for wine lovers).