No matter how long you have been out of school, September always seems to feel like a new beginning, a gentle push on the reset button before a fresh start. For some it is the end of the lazy days and a bit of a back-to-busy schedule bummer. For others it's a quieter house - finally! - and finding that space again for all the things we enjoy in our every day, "regular" life. At the Alliance, one of those things is our monthly "Tour de la Francophonie." This month we'll embark on new adventures to the beautiful island of Madagascar. Madagascar isn't a Disney movie setting. It is a remote and isolated island off the east coast of Africa, a hidden jewel little known to the outside world - making it all the more fascinating. It is regarded as the 8th continent due to its diversity of flora and fauna and unique melting pot of cultures. The "red island" boasts a panoply of unique plants and animals, from numerous species of baobab trees and endemic orchids to giraffe-necked weevils, athletic giant jumping rats and the bizarre-looking aye-aye lemur. On Friday 10, photographer Koléane Foxonet will take us on a spectacular train journey from the country's East Coast to the central mountains, across valleys that are completely isolated from the rest of the world. Then on Friday 17, Koléane's brother and local resident Johnson Lahinandro will talk about growing up in Madagascar, and how the lack of safe water impacts everyday life in large parts of the country, particularly for women and young girls. Here is what else we are looking forward to in September:
Le Café Wednesday 1st September, 10am Exceptionally this month, our virtual Café takes place on a Wednesday. Because it is fun to break the rules at least once a year - and breaking the rules is quite French after all. In French. Free and open to members and aspiring members. Sign up here Pétanque Game Monday 6 September, 2pm Celebrate Labor Day with a game of pétanque! Equipment provided. Beginners welcome. There is no language requirement whatsoever. So bring your spouse, friend or neighbor. It's all about throwing "boules" and getting them as close as possible to the "piglet." Free and open to all Sign up here Rencontre avec Dominique Bona Thursday 9 September, 2pm Dominique Bona is the 8th woman elected to the "Académie Française" since its creation in 1635. Journalist, literary critic, novelist and biographer, Dominique will tell us about her passions for the French language and the Academy. In French. For members Sign up here Deadline for the Photo Contest Thursday 9 September, 11pm Match your best photos to the theme RENDEZ-VOUS and enter to win a free membership with AF! Hint: Both French and English meanings of "rendez-vous" are accepted. "Un rendez-vous" in French is merely an appointment. It could be a medical or business appointment, or any other type of formal appointment. There is no romantic connotation to it - but, who knows, your dentist might be the sexiest person in your life. Free and open to all Sign up here Madagascar: Friday 10 September, 12pm Join Koléane Foxonet for a Zoom presentation about the spectacular journey on the Fianarantsoa-Côte Est (FCE) railway of Madagascar. The train crosses areas not accessible by road and is a lifeline for local communities who use it to trade and travel. Koléane will share her own photographies of the journey with us. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here Apéro National Tuesday 14 and Wed.15 September, 5:15 or 8:15pm. If you'd like another opportunity to practice your French in a fun and casual environment, don't miss the Apéro National. It's your chance to chat with fellow AF members from all over the country. 2 days and times to choose from. In French. For members. Sign up here Mon Pays: Madagascar Friday 17 September, 12pm Join local resident Johnson Lahinandro for a conversation about his home country and the living conditions in rural Madagascar. Johnson will also talk about the lack of access to safe drinking water in rural areas and what that means for woman and girls who have to walk miles to fetch water for the family everyday . In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here Club de Lecture Tuesday 21 September, 10am This month, the Club will discuss "Arsène Lupin, gentleman cambrioleur," by Maurice Leblanc. The original first stories of Arsène Lupin's adventures written in 1910, and used today as an inspiration for the Netflix series "Lupin." In French. For members and aspiring members. Sign up here Apéro Antivirus Friday 24 September, 5pm. Our very own monthly Happy Hour, working as an antidote to viral infections of all kinds, variants included. One rule only: we can talk about EVERYTHING except viruses. Lemurs, aye-ayes and weevils are great fun to converse about. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here 2021 General Assembly Saturday 25 September, 11am Our annual General Assembly will take place online again this year. Join us to hear about our achievements of the past year and projects for the coming year. In English. The Zoom link will be emailed the day before the meeting.
Tuesday 28 September, 10am.
French beginners rejoice! This month's French movie J'ai perdu mon corps - I lost my body - is a 2019 silent animation. Directed by Jérémy Clapin, the film premiered in theInternational Critics' Week section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Nespresso Grand Prize, becoming the first animated film to do so in the section's history.
In French. For members and aspiring members.
Once again we would like to thank the generous donors who have contributed to the Alliance's Annual Fund Campaign! Thanks to you, we are halfway through our goal of reaching $5,000. Your donations will help us fund new French programs and offer them to schools in the Triangle and throughout our state. Click HEREto make a donation.
Happy Labor Day, and Happy September to all!