Alliance Française de Minneapolis/St Paul: where French culture meets the Twin Cities
by Sabrina Kennelly

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Within a network of over 1,134 Alliance Française chapters worldwide, the Alliance Française Minneapolis/St Paul is the only French cultural center in the state of Minnesota. In the 1920s, Professor Jacques Fermand of the University of Minnesota began the Twin Cities chapter with only a small group of interested members. Now, AFMSP has over 1,000 members and welcomes 900 students annually.

A propos
Located in the Warehouse district in downtown Minneapolis, Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul serves as a center for French-language activities, including its monthly Wine and Ciné Club, the promotion and presentation of arts and culture of France and French-speaking cultures around the world with celebrations such as its Le Mois de la Francophonie, and various educational components such as our language classes and library consisting of over 5,000 books in French.

Alliance Française of Minneapolis - St Paul Open House

Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St Paul – Open House
Photograph courtesy of AFMSP

In addition to these events, AFMSP hosts numerous events for French-speakers of all ages (not to mention last month’s fantastic presentation with the owner of this blog). Activities include teleconferences with the grandmother of the French nouvelle-vague Agnes Varda, and French economist Thomas Piketty, viewing a documentary on the French liberation movement “Je ne suis pas féministe mais…” with director Sylvie Tissot, book clubs, monthly breakfast conversation groups for the community, Bastille Day celebrations, musical events, concerts, lectures, conferences, holiday celebrations, and more. Venez nous rendre visite on our Facebook page to see what we are doing next!

Evènements à venir
Our variety of special events includes an annual Fête D’Hiver, which will feature a Francophone-inspired holiday market, a celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau 2015 with Jeunes Cadres Dynamiques, and our mini-class sessions ranging from cooking to learning about winter holidays around the world. To get more information about our latest events and classes please check out our Website.

Haïtian Performance - Le Mois de la Francophonie

Haïtian Performance – Le Mois de la Francophonie
Photograph courtesy of AFMSP

With over 150 events annually and a staff from around the world, Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul has a lot to offer to the community. There is no doubt that we play an influential role within the Twin Cities and Rochester community through our cultural and educational opportunities as well as our Executive Director’s role as an Honorary Consul for the state of Minnesota. For more information on Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul please visit our social media pages (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook).

Sabrina Kennelly is marketing and communications intern at the Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St Paul.

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