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The AF around the world

L'Alliance Française  is an international organisation, whose main aim is to promote French culture throughout the world. It was created in Paris in 1883 by a group of eminent men, including Louis Pasteur, Ferdinand de Lesseps and Jules Verne.

Its principal objective is to offer the possibility to learn and practise the French language.  However language is but one of the major components of culture.


Understanding a culture implies an appreciation of other forms of expression, such as music, painting, films and so on. This is reflected in the various activities organised by the Alliance Française.

More than 440,000 students learn French at one of the centres run by the Alliance Française, located in France and in 133 countries.

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The AF in the Gong


Our Illawarra Branch (AFI)  was established in April 1976, and a strong French cultural presence has continued in the region since then.  
We are an autonomous and vibrant organisation run by volunteers and made up of people from highly diverse backgrounds with a wide range of interests.

We run weekly classes at different levels at Gwynneville Primary School, (Acacia Ave, Gwynneville)
Each Saturday morning, francophones and francophiles meet at the Lagoon Restaurant ( Nth Wollongong) restaurant.
Each year we organise a French Film Festival weekend  (usually Apr-May) and 2 or 3 Film Nights held at Anita's Theatre in Thirroul.



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