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Slow and Steady Wins the Race (Mime, Puppet and Mask Show) - Venue: Islamabad Club - 23 January, 2018

Artistes: Laurent and Valérie Decol, Yamina Peerzada, Akmal Qadri on flute and Waris Ali Ballu on tabla

Alliance française d’Islamabad (AFI) in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Pakistan, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop and Islamabad Club organised a Mime, Puppet and Mask Show. The performance was based on the Fables by Jean de La Fontaine. The artistes presented a selection of La Fontaine’s fables through mime and music.

The combination of French fables and Pakistani music had a mesmerising effect on a house-full auditorium of Islamabad Club. The event was also distinctive as the performance was prepared and presented by both French and Pakistani artistes. More than 250 people – both young and not-so-young – enjoyed the performance to the last minute. Such events have been a regular part of activities organised by Alliance française d’Islamabad. We hope to see you all next time...

Open Doors “Mard ban – Be a Man - Venue: FACE F-8/4, Islamabad - 7 Decemeber 2017

Alliance française d’Islamabad (AFI) in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Pakistan and Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education (FACE) organised screening of the film Mard ban – Be a man, by Aurélie Salvaire. Ms. Salvaire based in France is the founder of “The A Factor,” an organisation that curates story-telling events for social change.

His Excellency, Mr. Marc Baréty, Ambassador of France to Pakistan graced the occasion with his presence. People representing different walks of life also attended the event.

The film highlighted force of gender socialisation and its effects on creation of gender identity, in particular, that of the men in Pakistan. Screening was followed by a panel discussion; Aurélie Salvaire, Ali A. Bhatti (director AFI), Valérie Khan (gender activist) and Ali Saleem (television and media) were among the panellists. The house-full audience actively participated in a thought provoking critical discussion.

The screening and discussion was a part of a series of events – “Open Doors” organised jointly by Alliance Française and the Embassy of France. The events promote mutual understanding and intercultural links between Pakistan and France. Scholars and prominent social representatives of France are invited to come to Pakistan and communicate with the scholars and general public in Pakistan.

“Open Doors” is an ongoing series of events so friends of AFI are encouraged to contact us to find out the details about upcoming events.

Fête de la cuisine et du collage français, 4th of December 2017 at Alliance Française d’Islamabad

Alliance Française d’Islamabad (AFI) and Beaconhouse (F-7/3, F-8/2 & I-9) organized a cooking and collage competition during the month of September under the Supervision of AFI teachers - Mr. Wajahat Hassan Lodhi & Ms. Shaziah Amim.

The Students prepared French Collage (reflecting rich French culture & diversity) & displayed French food. The shortlisted students displayed their works of art at at AFI.

Final round of the competition was held at the AFI premises. More than 150 students and their parents attended the event. 100 students from the three branches of Beaconhouse participated with great zeal and zest. Mr. André de Bussy, Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of France and the heads of respective campuses were among the guests.

The Event also included a singing competition prepared by young students. Parents & guests appreciated the event. They suggested that more schools and students should be part of such events in the future.

KALASH OF THE HINDUKUSH( 20-22 November, 2017)

Alliance Française d’Islamabad organised an evening celebrating Kalash on 20 November 2017. The “Kalash Evening” was organised with the support of the Embassy of France, Foundation for Arts, Culture & Education (FACE) and Kalash Council for Arts and Culture (KCAC). The evening marked the opening of photo exhibition “Kalash of the Hindukush” by Sarah Caron, a French photographer based in Paris.

The Evening also included a discussion on the culture and lifestyle of the Kalash.. Sarah Caron, André de Bussy (Embassy of Franced) and Parwana Jan (head of KCAC) were among the speakers. While the exhibition celebrated beauty of the Kalash, some Kalash friends talked about the life in the Kalash region. The event was highlighted by the presence of, among other distinguished guests, His Excellency Martin Kobler, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Member of National Assembly.

Concert by the group Le concert impromptu( 24 October 2017)

Alliance Française d’Islamabad organised the concert in collaboration with the Embassy of France and Lok Virsa a concert by the French group, Le concert impromptu. Located at the newly introduced roof top theatre Bali Jati, LokVirsa . The musical night called upon an electric atmosphere filled with amazement, love and appreciation. The aesthetic layout of the theatre gave AFI the perfect setting to create a contrast between both cultures collaborating in the night, by placing traditional carpets, cushions and gaotakiyas for the audience to sit on and enjoy the essence of French classical music.

The night kicked off as planned, with no extended delay as the audience arrived and settled on time.The ambiance was set by the great lighting arranged by AFI and the pleasant weather. With a brief welcoming speech by Mr. Ali Bhatti, La concert impromptu started their performance with ephemeral introduction, soon engaging the audience along with the rhythm.The artistes were respectful enough to pause their performance during the call to prayer.

The night smoothly carried on without any disturbance, ending with a great duet collaborated with 2 nationally renowned musicians Salman Adil and TaimoorKhan performing with their Sarangi and flute, respectively.

More than 400 people enjoyed French classical music and fusion with local instruments.

Esharêh at PNCA ( 14 September 2017)

Esharêh at PNCA (Organised by AFI with the support of the Embassy of France in Pakistan and Pakistan National Council of the Arts)

Alliance Française d’Islamabad (AFI), in collaboration with the Embassy of France and Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) organised a concert of the French Ensemble, Esharêh. Esharêh, allusion in Persian, brings together artistes from diverse cultural backgrounds and musical traditions. Last night’s performance showed the beautiful link between Eastern and Western cultures. Esharêh combined South-Asian sounds, chants of the Arab world and Persian percussions with the musical heritage of Brittany, France to mesmerise the audience at PNCA. Pakistani musicians also accompanied the French performers for a few pieces. The combination not only added to the appeal of music but also carried a message of peace and harmony.

The Ensemble Esharêh is composed of three European musicians, Simon Dégremont, Matteo Pastorino, and Julien Lahaye. The three bring together diverse musical traditions. Simon studied traditional music from Brittany, France. He draws a part of his creativity from these traditional songs. Matteo was born in Sardinia and moved to Paris at the age of 19 to pursue his Jazz education. Julien is a percussionist and also the artistic director of Esharêh. He started his musical training in African Mandinka music under the greatest of Masters. He then moved on to Iranian drums. He considers himself a colourist percussionist and loves combining his gestures and sounds to every kind of music, forms of speech and dance.

Information Regarding Label FLE 2017

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The official delegation of three representative members of the Senate of France visited the Alliance française of Islamabad yesterday, April 11th. They have been welcomed by the board of directors, leaded by their president Mrs. Mariam Mehdi and the team of Alliance française.

Musical Evening at Alliance Francaise d'Islamabad
Alliance Françaised’Islamabad in collaboration with the Embassy of France had organized a cultural event on 21st of February as a tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The musical night brought together Sufi lovers from all over the city and was joined by many officials of the Embassy. The evening started with a foreword by Monsieur Pierre Alain Baud who has done extensive research on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and has written a book on him as well. A mesmerizing Qawwali performed by the renowned Mehr Ali and Sher Ali group..

"L’Alliance française d’Islamabad est constituée en conformité avec les statuts et les buts de l'Alliance française fondée à Paris en 1883, dont la continuité est assurée depuis le premier janvier 2008 par la Fondation Alliance française à Paris"

"The French Cultural Centre Islamabad (Alliance Française d' Islamabad) is constituted under the laws of Pakistan and in conformity with the Constitution and goals of the Alliance Française founded in Paris in 1883. The continuity of Alliance Française d' Islamabad is ensured with effect from first January 2008 by the Fondation Alliance Française of Paris."

The Alliance Française d’Islamabad is part of the global Alliance française network of over 1000 Alliances françaises spread across more than 130 countries in the world. Our mission is to promote the appreciation of French and Francophone culture as well as the knowledge of French language. Affiliated with the Alliance Française Foundation in Paris, the objectives of Alliance Française d’Islamabad are:

  • To teach French at all levels with the latest information technology catering to students of all ages and backgrounds in an interactive and friendly environment. It provides structured, progressive French courses, based on the Common European Framework for Languages. These courses lead to internationally recognised qualifications in the language, in particular the Diplôme d'etudes en langue française (DELF) and Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF). The students of Alliance Française d’Islamabad benefit from academically sound and experienced teachers and have access to classrooms equipped with latest teaching aids;

  • To promote French culture through various programmes and activities;

  • To promote cultural and intellectual links between Pakistan and Francophone institutions and individuals.

  • With the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Fondation Alliance française and the Embassy of France in Pakistan, the Alliance française d’Islamabad has established itself over the years as the linguistic and cultural reference for the francophone world in Pakistan.

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