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Of popular origin, forgotten for some times, the ‘guinguette’ made its comeback a few years ago to become now one of the essential events of Parisian’s summers. A festive gathering promoting diversity and the spirit of sharing.

The Alliance française of Johannesburg invites you to discover this concept and unique experience in its gardens on March 16 for an evening that will be all about singing, dancing and much more!




Get your ticket ============> HERE

What is a Guinguette?
The 1750’s Dictionnaire de la langue française, defined Guinguette as a "Small cabaret in the suburbs and the surrounds of Paris, where craftsmen usually go for a drink during the summer or on weekends. The name originates from the delicious local green wine called guinguet.

Today, guinguettes are an object of nostalgia… But the Alliance Française decided to bring this event to Johannesburg for the pleasure of everybody!


With thousands of visitors attending, every year the Fête de la Musique is a real platform for both renowned and upcoming talents, and it is back in 2018!
Vaudou Game, Nakhane, Blk Jks, Urban Village, BCUC, Baenz Oester and the Rainmakers, Bombshelter beast…many local and international artists have taken part in the event and contributed to its success.

Once again, we are calling on musicians and bands from all music genres, amateur and professional, to perform and join in the spirit of Fête de la Musique in Newtown on Saturday 9th June 2018!

How to apply?
Send in your application pack, including application forms and requested material (bio, photos, technical rider, sound clips, videos and press kit) to

Application forms can be downloaded here.

Deadline: Friday April 27th 2018.

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Meet our new French teachers! 

Fred (top left) - 
After a succesfull career in fine dining restaurant field, I went back to university to convert myself to adults trainer.
Now I teach French with great pleasure to Alliance’s audience and work on a project about the gastronomic meal of the French inscribed on the UNESCO list.
Apart from that, I am looking for good food products on organic markets that makes good cuisine, and like to make photograph reports about waste management of our societies and to exhibit them.

Etienne (bottom left) - 
I'm excited to join the teachers's team of the Alliance Française of Johannesburg.
Born in Joburg, I grew up and studied in France/ England before coming back to South Africa 8 years ago. My name is both French and South African and so am I. 
I took a break from teaching for 9 years. Over that period I've been a Database project manager for a SA IT company.  I resigned in December to get back into teaching. My South African wife is a student at the Alliance (I mean she's from SA, I don't mean I have a French wife as well). I've got a motorcycle passion and I play bass/guitar in a Celtic rock band with bagpipes.

Maguy (bottom right) - 
I am a strong and resilient African woman capable of rising to the challenges of the twenty first century. I strive on excellence, hard work, determination and purpose. My motto is to be the best version of myself I can be and try to live in the moment and enjoy every bit of it without feeling guilty and not dwell on the past or wonder too much about the future.
I am a registered SACE member with a Post-graduate certificate in education from UNISA and I have a background in the field of psychology with a bachelor degree from UNISA and I am also a trained language translator with a Hounours degree in languistics from UNISA.
Currently I am enjoying being part of the Alliance Française as it is one of the the best places for me to improve my skills as a teacher as well as share my love for the French language with a diverse and passionate community of people.
Women Entrepreneur of the Year - at the Alliance Française 
Created by INCO, with the support of Fondation CHANEL, this international award aims to support women entrepreneurs across the world who aspire to tackle major social and environmental issues in their communities.This year, 9 countries will take part in the initiative: France, USA, Russia, Japan, South Africa, Italy, Israel, Spain and Chile.Winners of the above-mentioned countries will be invited to participate in the Grand Final during Impact² World Forum on March 29, 2018 in Paris.

For the South Africa’s part, the selection happened within the premises of our Alliance Française on 23rd February and we had the chance to welcome many interesting candidates.

The winner in South Africa is Portia Morudi with the project The Village Market. Congratulations to her! Find more information at:
On the 23rd of February, the Senator Olivier Cadic, representing the French expats abroad came to visit our Alliance Française. He was introduced to the whole team but also…to Camembear!

More information about his visit to South Africa here.
Me Myself and Mum - Official Trailer
Trailer: Me Myself and Mum

Movie Club  - 23rd March

Me, Myself and Mum

Mrs. Gallienne, a rather temperamental upper middle-class lady, has three children, two of whom she considers as her sons and another she calls Guillaume. Logically indeed, the latter teenage creature does not picture himself as a boy, rather as a girl or at best as a homosexual. But how can a mother act in such an objectionable way? And why? Through a series of painful chain of experiences, Guillaume will discover little by little who he is actually and will manage to break free from her pernicious influence.

Directed by: Guillaume Gallienne


1h 25 min

R 35 per person (for covering costs only).
R80 for Ticket + Patachou Patisserie Snack Box*
* Contents: Croque Monsieur + Strawberry Tart

Venue :
The Bioscope
286 Fox Street, Maboneng
Tel. 011 039 7306

Namatai, our librarian has recently read and recommends this:

Title: Vernon Subutex 1
Author: Virginie Despentes

Summary: This first novel, of a trilogy by the esteemed French author Virginie Despentes, is a must read. Who is Vernon Subutex? Vernon Subutex was once the owner of Revolver, an infamous music shop in Bastille whose legend spread throughout the whole of Paris. But by the 2000s his shop is struggling. With his savings gone, his unemployment benefit cut, and the friend who had been covering his rent suddenly dead, Vernon Subutex finds himself down and out on the Paris streets. But he has one final card up his sleeve that could save him.
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