Alliance Francaise De Bangalore

Vasanth Nagar
Schools & Colleges
4.4
ic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_half_black_48px

Alliance Française de Bangalore: Your Ticket To Being A Culture Vulture In the City

Amrita posted on 18th August

One of the city’s three popular culture centres from off shores {the others being British Council and Max Mueller Bhavan}, Alliance Française de Bangalore {AF Bangalore} is perhaps as old as us. Whether it is to catch French beat boxer Faya Braz in action, watch the Handlebard’s latest Shakespearean adventure, gape at contemporary art or watch French New Wave cinema, AF Bangalore never disappoints. Their events calendar is always choc-a-block and offers a diverse range of things to do — we still remember a fantastic Floating Buffet {a food art performance} they organised in 2013. Plus, cooking classes, cheese tastings and what not. Read on to find out why you need to pencil in a visit to AF Bangalore in your Little Black Book if you haven’t already.

Watch A French Flick

Long before we were Netflixing or stealing – *cough – downloading the latest in world cinema, AF Bangalore was showing off the best of French cinema to Bangalore’s junta, at no cost at all. Yes, the film screenings at AF Bangalore are absolutely free of cost and they still continue. From French classics, New Wave, Neo Noir to Contemporary and documentaries, Alliance française screens it all. They even have dedicated film screenings for kids. We have watched mesmerised frisky kid Antoine Doinel’s adventures in the iconic The 400 Blows by François Truffaut and followed American student Patricia down Champs De Elysees as she went hand in hand with a French fraudster Michel in Jean Luc Godard’s Breathless. And all of this on a traditional big screen of course. You need to register yourself as soon as you hear of a French film festival happening here. It’s always first-come-first-serve.

Email afbangalore@afindia.org / afbangalore2@afindia.org to get onto their newsletter, which will help you keep track of all film screenings.

Attend A Monthly French Cooking Class

AF Bangalore has tied up with popular French restaurant in the city Cafe Noir to organise monthly cooking classes. Chefs from Cafe Noir not only show you how to do French classics such as Petit Fours, Poached, Papillotte & Sautéed Fish, but also Spanish gazpachos, Italian risottos and stuffed tomatoes. The month of December recently saw a Christmas Yule Log demo. These classes are most prized and hence have limited seating, so you need to register as soon as possible. You also get to eat what you cook.

Price: INR 500 for members and students and INR 1,000 for non-members

Contact: Email communication.bangalore@afindia.org to get a spot or to keep track of cooking classes

Tune In To The Fete de la Musique

An annual tradition, Alliance Française de Bangalore organises a huge musical celebration in honour of International Music Day. Called Fete de la Musique, and happening across venues in the city plus at AF itself, this is your chance to catch the best of French, Indian and other global music acts. This year’s celebrations saw musical events happening at nearly 20 venues across the city acceding the Humming Tree, Blue Frog, Cafe Noir and Urban Solace. Blues, jazz, alternative rock, DJ sets, you name it and these guys will usually make it happen. And guess what? Entry is free at this festival!

Learn The Sexiest Language In The World

Bangaloreans flock to the French cultural centre for dance, music, exhibitions, film screenings, and even food. But this is also a place to learn the sexiest language in the world — French. AF Bangalore offers a rigorous French-learning programme — they’re said to induct as many as 3,500 students each year. They offer classes through the year and through all levels for children, teens, adults and young adults, and corporate employees.

Find out more about French classes here

Discuss French Philosophers Over Coffee At The Cafe

While away your time discussing the French philosophers and cinema over coffee and sandwich at the cafe. Banana bread {super popular here}, chocolate cake {by the slice}, samosas, cheese sandwiches and endless cups of coffee form the regular, budget fare for students at this French cultural institute. This is the perfect spot to catch up with friends, quickly take a break between workshops and movies. The Cafe de la Liberte has been going strong at AF Bangalore for 21 years now.

Where: Post Box 108, Thimmiah Road, Vasanthnagar

When: Monday to Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Sunday closed.

Contact: 080 40808181

Price: INR 50 upwards

More Information

Vasanth Nagar

108, Thimmaiah Road, Opp. UNI Building, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru

4.4
ic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_half_black_48px

Alliance Francaise De Bangalore

Vasanth Nagar
Schools & Colleges
4.4
ic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_full_black_48px copyic_star_half_black_48px