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Alliance Française of Bahrain offers a rich and diversified cultural programme throughout the year.

Cinema, parties, cultural or gastronomique ateliers, the choice is wide! Stay tuned, follow us on Instragram and Facebook to be always informed about our activites.

Culture

Dr Mohamed Khilifi lecture

Lecture in French by Dr. Mohamed Khilifi followed by a soft cocktail

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  • May 16th at 9.30 pm

 

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Culture

250th anniversary of L. V. Beethoven's birth

Ludovic Van Beethoven, genius composer, who profoundly revolutionized music. His symphonies, concertos, piano sonatas have entered the repertoire and are still a delight for today’s audiences. 138 works published during his lifetime which constitute his musical heritage. This year 2020 marks its 250th birthday🎂, on this occasion, the Alliance française Bahrain wanted to honor this artist by offering a classical concert with two pianos on Sunday 23rd February followed by a French cocktail. The Alliance française thanks the entire audience for listening our three artists: Eleanora Stanevich, Olga Aoust and Natalia Van Genderen from Life in Music school and also thanks its sponsors Angelina and Café Chantilly.

Watch the video of the event.

Celebration

MAKE MUSIC BAHRAIN

Big thanks, for great artists!

As every year, Make Music Bahrain concert 2020 takes place on June 21st, even if this year it was a bit special.

This date was not chosen at random, since it corresponds to the summer solstice, the first day of the summer season, the end of spring, but also the longest day of the year. It is a nice way to celebrate the arrival of good weather and to start the season of evenings made this year of social distancing!

The Alliance française  Bahrein was very proud to present, on Sunday evening, all 29 of its artists on its Live Instagram (@af.bahrain). Musicians, singers, of all ages, present in Bahrain but also from France, Morocco and Reunion Island, playing and singing various style of music.

It is therefore with infinite gratitude that the Alliance française Bahrein wishes to express its most sincere thanks to the artists of the 2020 Music Festival. Despite the current context, you have created music and an atmosphere that has enchanted us, transported us and made us dance.

Many thanks to the group Quintette Nymphéas, John Parica, Leena Ahmed, Haya and Layan Al Hamad, Maxime Shin, Aksana and Elina Moussi, Wladislav and Timofej-Viktor, Nael De Lara, Alexi Lawrie, Amal Dashti, Jack Knight, Lilo and Deena, to Anna Nazimova, Nadia Shebab, Jad El Alami, Nino Carnino’s group, Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Hamna Arif, Annie Jimmy Thevara, Carina Zeiger and Aziz Boularoug, Thu Le and her daughters Stella and Kiara, Nour, Prithvi Kumar and the Budaya Sunset group!

Literature

Loving 2 by Bruno Lemoine

Read the short story of Bruno Lemoine translated from French by Colin Keaveney

The Alliance française of Bahrain is proud to share with you the short story written by Bruno Lemoine in the framework of the Ar Xudi project, initiated by the Alliance française of Querétaro.

The purpose of this editorial project was to bring together 6 Alliances françaises and 6 writers, around a collection of short stories to think about a probable future, to nourish our imaginations.

The short story Loving 2, supported by Saïd Nourine, director of the Alliance française of Bahrain, invites us into a world far away, 4000 years later. This short story of anticipation based on the model of mythology invites us to question ourselves about our customs, our culture, and our capacity to love.

We would like to thank Bruno Lemoine for his participation and the Alliance française of Queretaro for their initiative.

COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES 📖
Ar Xudi, news of a probable future

Download 📩 the stories now:
📱From a mobile or a tablet (pdf): https://bit.ly/3lKRsfs
💻 From a computer (pdf):
➡️https://bit.ly/2GwUGDi
📚 From a reader (ebook format): ➡️https://bit.ly/3bux3H2

About Bruno Lemoine :

He began his entry into the world of work by setting up rides at fairgrounds. He is currently a teacher. He has given courses in French as a foreign language in Burgundy, Saône-et-Loire, and Paris. His work in literature focuses on the notion of heteronomy dear to the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. Bruno Lemoine is a “multiple names” whose biography changes according to publications. He is currently writing non-fiction about the American artist and “multiple names” Emmett GROGAN.

Stories

  • Matachine ou le lecteur enchaîné (al dante, 2006)
  • L’après-journal Nijinski (al dante, 2008)

Essay

  • “L’homme approximatif” (book + film with François Dominique – al dante – 2014)

Poetry

  • Revue Nioques, Action poétique, Le bout des bordes, Ouste, Doc(k)s…
  • Production of the magazine The Black List : url. https://www.theblaklist.fr/
  • Revue Doc(k)s : url.https://www.akenaton-docks.fr/DOCKS-datas_f/collect_f/auteurs_f/L_f/LEMOINE_f/Lemoine.html

Radio play

  • Station 11 (Arte Radio)

Articles on philosophy, art and literature

  • Revue Art Inter (Québec) and La Revue des Ressources

Blog : W-imaginary – url. https://v-imaginaire.blogspot.com/

Conférence

E-conference by Claude Cortier

Learn more about the French language and culture.

Claude Cortier is a distinguished teacher-researcher in sociolinguistics and sociodidactics of languages and linguistic plurality (laboratory ICAR, University of Lyon, France).

Claude Cortier explains us the diffusion and the various representations of the French culture and language around the world.

Today we no longer evoke French universality, nor civilizing messianism, but in the States of the Francophonie that are regularly published, what elements are taken into consideration?

What is the role of the French linguistic and cultural action, the Alliance française networks and the French Institutes?

Watch here the replay

Download here the PDF presentation of the speaker Claude Cortier

Literature

Editorial project with AF Quérétaro

The letter was written by Guilhem Luycx, Project Director “Planta de Sandia” graduated in literary studies.

Author of Porcelena de Menta (2019), Nos acorderemos algun dia (2020), Plural (2020) and other publications distributed by La Revista El Humos, Fenomeno, Periodico El Universal Querétaro, Enpoli, Revista Enchiridion, Caleidoscopio and Revista217

Read the letter here

Elles font l'art ! Table ronde

      C’est le titre du Mooc créé par le Centre Pompidou pour mettre à l’honneur les femmes dans l’histoire de l’art moderne et contemporain. À cette occasion, l’Alliance Française Bahrain s’est associée à un panel de femmes artistes et spécialistes du monde de l’art pour échanger autour de la thématique “Femmes & Identités Culturelles”.

 

C’est donc dimanche 28 février que cet événement de grande envergure a eu lieu sur Zoom comptant plus de 500 inscriptions.

 

Durant 90 minutes, les expertes ont pu partager leurs expériences et leurs connaissances à une audience provenant de 32 pays différents – majoritairement de France, Canada, Bahreïn et des Émirats-Arabes-Unis. Cette discussion était également audible en anglais grâce à la présence de deux interprètes Stéphanie Heyworth et Marion Lalane. 

L’AF Bahairan a voulu saisir cette opportunité pour mettre en avant des femmes artistes de la péninsule arabique et explorer avec elles, leurs propres réalités et les structures qui conditionnent leur identité de femme artiste. En effet, cette table ronde a permis une autre lecture de l’histoire de l’art à travers leur parcours, leur art et leur place dans la société.

La table-ronde s’est structurée en quatre séquences : 

  • La première évoquait la notion du “corps” et s’accompagnait d’une présentation de l’œuvre intitulée “I see you everyday because you have what you killed” réalisée par l’artiste Alymamah Rashed.
  • La deuxième représentée “les identités culturelles et politiques” avec l’œuvre intitulée “Frange” de Rebecca Belmore présentée par Thérèse St-Gelais, professeur titulaire en histoire de l’art auprès de l’UQAM.
  • La troisième séquence abordée le concept de l’ “invisibilisation” présenté par l’artiste Monal Al Dowayan avec une oeuvre intitulée “I am…” 
  • Enfin, la quatrième partie était présentée par l’artiste Alia Zaal avec deux œuvres de la série “Girls School” issue de la collection du Musée des femmes à Dubaï. 

Cette table-ronde a permis de mettre en lumière des artistes en minorité, marginalisé et cantonné à une périphérie d’une histoire de l’art masculine et occidentalisé. Ces artistes et chercheuses ont su apporter un nouveau regard sur une autre histoire de l’art.

L’Alliance Française Bahrain souhaite remercier l’ensemble de ses partenaires : Hunna Art Gallery, Mathqaf, l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) et le Centre Pompidou pour leur généreuse contribution qui a permis à cet événement de rencontrer un vif succès.

Pour re-voir notre événement, rendez vous sur notre chaine Youtube !

Culture

Guinguette de sport

23 May 2019

A sport night for all tastes and all ages will be held at Alliance Française as a  closing night for the cycle Cafée des images et de la Création.  Pétanque, foosball, table tennis and kids games, followed by a gabga in a friendly and nice atmosphere.

useful information :

  • may 23rd
  • starting from 8 pm

Spectacle

National Music Award night

8 June 2019

National Music Award nightin collaboration with Olga Oust music school. Followed by a classical music cocert (Ravel and Debussy)

useful information :

  • june 8th                                                  
  • from 6 to 8 pm

Spectacle

OPEN NIGHT

From 15 June 2019 to 16 June 2019

A night to discover Alliance Française and spend a good time with us.

useful information :

  • June 15th
  • starting from 7pm
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Culture

Make Music Barhain

21 June 2019

Come and share your talent in the spirit of the famous Fête de la musique!

useful information :

  • June 21st
  • Starting from 4 pm

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Celebration

50th anniversary AFB

31 October 2019

On Thursday, 31st October, we have been delighted to celebrate with you our 50th Anniversary. We would like to thank you again for sharing with us this important event.

We had the honour to welcome H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Shaikha Hala bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Director-General of Culture and Arts at the BACA, Abdul Nabi Salman, First Deputy Speaker of the Representatives Council, H.E. Jérôme Cauchard, Ambassador of France, M. Khalid Fahkro, President of Alliance Française’s board and Mr Marc Cerdan, Secretary-General of Fondation Alliance française.

Many thanks to our performers: Mrs. Olga Aoust, Mrs. Aurélie Loilier, Mrs. Leidy Sampedro Martinez, Mrs. Natalia Vozmishcheva and Mr. Dimitri Batinovski.

Thanks a lot to our sponsors: Jumeirah Royal Saray, BNP Paribas, Axa, Carrefour and French Embassy in Bahrain

Musique

Poetry Night

16 November 2019

Alliance Française would like to thank all the attendees and performers of Poetry Night 2nd Edition last 16th of November. Here’s a video highlighting a memorable night of music, dance and poetry. Enjoy watching!

Special thanks to our co-hosts: Ambassade de France à Bahreïn and Institut du monde arabe

Celebration

The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived

16 November 2019

The Beaujolais Nouveau has been celebrated this year at Art Rotana.

We want to thank everyone for coming and to enjoy one of the most important events in France’s cultural calendar.

Many thanks to our sponsors Art Rotana and Angelina

Conférence

Art conference

26 January 2020

Interesting presentation hosted by Névyne Zeineldin who has provided a panorama of art initiatives in Bahrain from a sociological perspective. In the Gulf context of economic diversification, private art initiatives have flourished in recent years, aiming at stimulating and promoting creative expression while encouraging collaboration and cosmopolitanism.

 

Cinema

Launch of the month of La francophonie

10 March 2020

This year Alliance française and its partners have launched the 50th anniversary of Francophony with a movie screening at La Fontaine a centre of contemporary art and an historical monument located in the heart of Manama. The film “Un beau voyou” is a 2018 French comedy film written and directed by Lucas Bernard. The film stars Charles Berling, Swann Arlaud and Jennifer Decker. A nice evening in a wonderful location with a beautiful atmosphere. The movie was followed by a French dinner. Alliance française is grateful for the collaboration with La Fontaine. And we are also thankful for the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador of France in the Kingdom of Bahrain Mr. Jérôme Cauchard and also the attendance of the First Deputy Speaker of the Representatives Council Mr.Abdulnabi Salman Ahmed.

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