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Dear Alliance Française Members,
Fall has finally arrived, and with it the famous Raleigh International Festival. This event taking place on the 26th, 27th, and 28th of October, has always been very important to our Alliance. For three days thousands of visitors walk through and come by the cultural and food booths of dozens of countries represented through the participation of communities from the Triangle and the rest of North Carolina. These past few years French culture has been represented by the Alliance and the French school of Raleigh.
The festival is a perfect opportunity for the visitors drawn to our plentiful display of French pastries and our cultural booth, to discover the richness of the francophone culture and the activities of the Alliance. This year the festival’s theme is about holidays and celebrations, specific traditions of each country or ethnic group.
Therefore we ask you, members and friends, to come and help us prepare for this event!
Before and during, we need you. To create the displays, set up and take down the booths, and man them during the festival, sell our pastries, talk to visitors, etc … Without the volunteer help, nothing is possible. Please contact us to let us know how you can help. Usually with this festival we manage to make some money that goes toward our annual activities.
Another event to be added to your calendar: on October 2nd, at 7pm, at the Alliance, North Carolinian writer Carrie Knowles will present (in English) her last novel “A Garden Wall in Provence”. The story takes place in the beautiful city of Avignon, where a mother, her daughters, their neighbors, the baker… But no, let’s
not disclose the plot, you must come and listen to the author tell about it herself. Carrie Knowles is the recipient of many prizes and literary awards. She has been living in Raleigh since 1978.
Another piece of good news we want to share with you: the number of Alliance members keeps increasing, and we also have more French teachers who enable us to offer more classes.
The yoga classes in French have started again, they take place at the Alliance on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
“Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol” workshop began late September, but it is possible to take part in workshops even if you are unable to attend all meetings.This workshop, which explores the world of the famous author and movie maker from Provence, is held on Thursdays from 2 to 3:30 pm.
Here is a reminder of the regular October Alliance activities of which you will find the details on the website:
-Welcome café on October 4th at 10:30 am
-Apéro’Sing on every Thursday at 6:60 pm
-Speak Easy on October 7th at 5:30 pm
-Ciné Club on October 10th at 7pm will show “Musée haut, Musée bas” (2008) by Jean Michel Ribes.
-Hiking in French at Eno River State Park on October 20th at 10am
-NC Museum of Art tour in French on October 16th at 10:30am
The October Cercle de Convivialité, Book club, and Game night will soon appear on the calendar.
Finally, so you are warned ahead of time, mark your calendars: the evening of November 13th for Thomas Saintourens lecture about his book “Les Poilus de Harlem”. We invited him to commemorate November 11, anniversary date marking the end of the First World War.
Here is the, loosely translated, presentation of this fascinating book: “In the trenches there were Frenchmen, the famous “poilus”*, but also some Black Americans from New York. The journalist, Thomas Saintourens, retraces the incredible story of these “Harlem Hellfighters” who were recognized and rewarded in France for their bravery in the Marne trenches, but who remained victims of segregation in their own country.”
*”Poilus” refers to French soldiers during WWI
Let’s meet late October at the International Festival!
The Alliance team