Attention all Francophiles! If you’re interested in learning more about French culture and language, you need to check out The Alliance Française of Greenwich (AFG)! It’s the leading French language and cultural center in Connecticut, offering a rich variety of classes for all ages, camps for kids and teens, and fabulous events for the whole family. We spoke to Renée Amory Ketcham, President of the AFG, about what everyone in Greenwich should know about this fantastic resource in town. Go to FRANCE without leaving Greenwich!
You Don’t Need To Speak French To Join In
This non-profit organization offers language, culture and more, at all levels of proficiency—and all the classes are taught by native speakers. “Founded in 1911, the Alliance Française of Greenwich provides authentic French cultural and social experience for the purpose of personal enrichment and a greater understanding of the diversity within the French-speaking world,” says Renée.
Their Activities Are Social, Education and Incredibly Fun
Want to practice chatting in French with new friends, or about French culture, in English? They have Conferences & Conversations at convenient locations around town, including the libraries. Or, you can join a group and chat over a (French) bite to eat with the GFA at local French restaurants.
There is Programming For Everyone
The AFG has a ton of events planned for this summer, so mark your calendar (and follow theirs, here). Summer programs offered during the summer include weekly summer camps for children and teens as well as the annual Bastille Day Flag Raising (July 14 from 9:30 – 11 am!) at Greenwich Town Hall, Bastille Day ” petit déjeuner” at Bistro V and annual Bastille Day Dinner at L’Escale. Fall events will include the annual Cocktail de la Rentrée on September 21 and a soon to be announced family “Film On The Green”.
Their French Film Festival is a Must-Go Event
“Favorite events of the year include the annual Focus on French Film Festival which will celebrate the 18th edition in 2023 as well as our monthly cultural events,” shares Renée. All events are available to members with a charge for non-members. Every film is shown in French with English subtitles, so non-speakers and beginners will have no trouble following along. Learn more, and check out the lineup closer to the event next Spring, here.
Interesting in joining? Go to afgreenwich.org!
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