Alliance Française Dubai | Calendar of Events | September 2015

Alliance Française Dubai is back in full form with a season filled with concerts, art exhibitions and performing arts. Aiming to contribute in raising awareness about climate changes challenges ahead of COP21 in Paris, Alliance Française Dubai holds conferences with key speakers on climate change and the burning issue of immigration.

Not forgetting its mission to promote French language, Alliance Française Dubai is proud to inaugurate its new mediatheque with a special room dedicated to education for the young ones through books, magazines AND e-books and video games!

8 Sept – Rendez-Vous Cinema – '3 Hearts' ("3 coeurs") - A Belgian movie by Benoit Jacquot, 2014.
Catherine Deneuve is the mother of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni, two sisters who are both in love with Benoit Poelvoorde in this silky melodrama.
In a French provincial town, Marc encounters Sylvie one night, when he misses his train back to Paris. They wander through the streets until morning, immediately at ease, on the same wavelength, speaking about everything except themselves. When Marc gets the first train to Paris the following day, he asks Sylvie to come and meet him there a few days later. They know nothing about each other. Sylvie turns up for their rendezvous, but Marc unfortunately doesn't make it. He tries to find Sylvie, and in the process, encounters another woman, Sophie, unaware that she is Sylvie's sister.
Date & Time: Tuesday September 8, 8:00 pm
Where: Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha
Free Entry | with English subtitles.

10 Sept – Concert with French Wind Quintet

M Premiere in collaboration with The Dubai Concert Committee and with the support of the Alliance Française Dubai brings you a mesmerizing night of music with the French Wind Quintet, five musicians playing chamber music at The One and Only Royal Mirage.

The French Wind Quintet comprises of Phillippe Bernold on flute, Olivier Doise on oboe, Patrick Messina on clarinet, Julien Hardy on bassoon and Herve Joulain on the horn.

Formed just over a year ago, the French Wind Quintet have all been trained by maestros and performed around Europe and are coming to Dubai for the very first time. The French Wind Quintet project was initiated by the pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. The idea was to give the chance to a forgotten but nevertheless brilliant music score from the composer Alberic Magnard: the quintet for winds and piano.

Members of the Quintet are remarkable and brilliant French instrumentalists, all awarded with First Price in Paris Music Academy and students from Maestros such as Rampal, Pierlot, Portal, Audin or Barboteu. They are currently soloists from the Orchestre National de France and from the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Programme :

W.A. Mozart Sérénade n° 12 en ut mineur KV. 388 (arr. M. Reichtman) (20’)
G. Rossini Sonate a quattro pour flûte, clarinette, basson et cor
P. Taffanel Quintette en sol mineur
M. Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin (transcription Mason Jones)
G. Ligeti 6 Bagatelles.

Date & Time: Thursday September 10, doors open at 7pm, music starts at 8:00 pm
Where: The One & Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh road, Dubai
Admission - from AED250 -
Tel + 971 50 870 2674

Sept 16 til Oct 31 - Photo Exhibition 'Arctic Sentinels' by French Photographer & Journalist Nicolas Mingasson.

Nicolas Mingasson turns his photographer’s gaze towards people, men and women who found themselves in extreme situations. His works are from Bosnia, Afghanistan and Tibet. For the past 10 years however, Nicolas Mingasson gave his life and energy to Arctic. From January to September 2008, beyond the Arctic Circle, he worked on a series of portraits of emblematic characters while sharing nothernmost populations lives. From his ethnical and photographic exhibitions, ‘Arctic Sentinels’ have seen the light. Through this work, Nicolas Mingasson tries to set a meeting point between these populations living at the edge of the liveable world and us all. They are our sentinels, the first ones to deal with climate changes and their frightening effects.

This show is part of the Climate Change series of events initiated by Alliance Française Dubai ahead of COP21 in Paris in November 2015.

Dates: from Sept 15 til Oct 31, 2015.
Where: The show is exhibited in two venues. Photos in black & white are shown at Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha; photos in colour are shown at Plantation, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach - The Walk, JBR.
Free Entry.

To view Nicolas Mingasson images, please click here:

High res images on request (contact Anne).

13 Sept – Soiree des associations - French Groups Gathering.

Whether interested with French Arts & Culture and French language courses (Alliance Française Dubai), or in doing business with Frenchies (French Business Council) or even in playing the French popular game of bowls 'pétanque' (Dubai Pétanque), all Dubaians are welcome to come and meet the various French groupes and associations of Dubai at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort.

Date & Time: Sunday September 13, from 7 to 9pm.
Where: Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, JBR.
Free Entry.

21 Sept till 31 Oct - 'Climate, the 360 Exhibition' - Photos and Videos
With the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris between Nov 30 and Dec 11, 'Climate, the 360 Exhibition' takes a closer look at the issues raisd by the increase in greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity. It allows us to get a better understanding of our climate system through observations, simulations and researchers analyses.
This very educative exhibition is realised by Universciences.

Dates: Sept 21 til Oct 31, 2015.
Where: Alliance Française Dubai auditorium, Oud Metha.
Free Entry.

29 Sept – 'The Economic Challenges of COP21' by Christian de Perthuis, Economist and Professor at Paris-Dauphine University and Head of the Climate Economics Chair.

Ahead of 'Paris-Climat 2015' conference, Alliance Française Dubai and the French Business Council launched a series of conferences and events inviting key players and speakers to Dubai. This September 29, Christian de Perthuis, Economist and Professor at Paris-Dauphine University and Head of the Climate Economics Chair will speak about 'The Economic Challenges of COP21'.

What can we expect of COP21 which will bring together, from 30 November to 15 December in Paris, representatives of 195 countries? What could happen between December 2015 and January 2020, the date of entry into force of the future agreement, which will aim to concretely change the ways of acting on climate change?

Christian de Perthuis' research focuses on the economics of climate change and ecological transition. Author of several articles and books, he is co-author of Green Capital (Odile Jacob, 2013, Columbia University Press, 2015) and co-author of Le Climat, à quel prix? La négociation climatique (Odile Jacob, 2015) He chaired the «Green Tax Commission », which helped the French Government to set up a domestic carbon tax in 2014.

On September 29, Christian de Perthuis will also present two of his last books: Le Climat, à quel prix? La négociation climatique (Odile Jacob, 2015) and Le Complot Climatique (L'Harmattan, 2014).

Date & Time: Tuesday September 29 at 8pm.
Where: Alliance Française Dubai auditorium, Oud Metha.
Conference in French language.
Free Entry.