Newsletter March 2019

French version here

Dear members of the Alliance française,

Here comes the season of spring time events! Be aware, they will now be happening back to back, so don’t forget to check the calendar on our website regularly.

1- On March 6, the Senegalese writer Jules Ndotty will gracefully come present to us a few of his books. He’s written a lot of them, all in French: novels, short stories, and even a dictionary of African proverbs. One of his latest novels, “Les Songes de Nseka”, was awarded the Grand Prix 2017 du Président de la République pour les Lettres. Jules Ndotty will be living in North Carolina for a few months.

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm, he will primarily talk about his book “Festins du deuil” (2015, ed. Jets d’Encre): “How do you prepare to study in Europe when you live in Africa? Does equality exist in interracial couples? And how can you assimilate quietly in a society as a foreigner? These are the questions presented by the heroes of the essays gathered in this book.”

2- On March 20, we will offer at the Alliance’s building an advance-première of an extraordinary photography festival to be held in North Carolina. This festival, Eyes On Main Street will take place in Wilson, NC from, April 27 through August 4. The Belgian photographer Jérôme de Perlinghi is the originator, artistic director and soul of this event.

Only 47 miles from Raleigh, the downtown of this small historic city is transformed into a giant art gallery during three months. Ultra-large enlargements of 100 photographers from 43 countries are on display on building façades. Presentations, photography workshops and photography exhibitions accent a program that animates this city throughout the summer.

Jérôme, who lives in Wilson, will explain (in English and French) how he first convinced the authorities in Wilson to organize the festival, how he developed financial support for the event, how he attracted photographers of international standing to exhibit at this festival and how Eyes on Main Street has played a role in the renaissance of this historical important economic hub in North Carolina.

Happy coincidence, the official poster of the 2019 festival reproduces a splendid photo of the beautiful French city of Bordeaux. The Alliance co-organizes this evening with the NC-French-American Chamber of Commerce at la Maison de France.

And now, here are the activities we have planned for March:

- The Welcome Café will take place on the first Tuesday of the month (March 5th) at 10:30 AM. Come chat in French, about anything and everything.

- Our Oenology Workshop will be back on Monday 11 at 6:30 PM. To learn everything about wine, how it’s made, and how to drink it, sign up on our website.

-The presents “Manon”, from the novel “Manon Lescaut”, March 13, at 7:00 PM. Let us know through the website if you plan on coming.

-The will be on a Monday night, March 18th at7:00 PM, at Chapel Hill. Sign up to receive the address.

-A visit is scheduled for March 27th at 10:30 AM at the NC Museum of Art. Thema: “Birds on the Feather” (Les Oiseaux dans l’art.) Reserve your spot on our website.

And don’t forget our recurring monthly events: the Speak Easy (February 8th at 4:00 PM) and the Apéro’Singalong (every Thursday at 6:30 PM,) featuring a new setlist. And of course, Yoga in French, every Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, at the Alliance.

As you know, our AF is always in need of funds to improve, and you can help without writing a single check: if you’re ever buying something through Amazon, please consider going through Amazon Smile! A part of your purchase (a tiny fraction, but still) will go to the Alliance. If you forgot the process, please read again our February’s newsletter.

We inform you that our Board of Directors will host a fundraising event for the benefit of our Alliance on April 9th. Details will be given soon on the website.

Thank you all. See you soon for your classes or a cultural evening at La Maison de France.

L’équipe de l’Alliance

Maison de France’s Events

In partnership with the NC-French-American Chamber of Commerce, March 20 at 6:30 PM, pre-vernissage of "Eyes on Main Street" with the artistic director of this photo- festival, Jerome de Perlinghi (see above).

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