Special Event
Fall Open House
& Free French Classes

Saturday, September 14, 2019
10am onwards
FIAF, 22 East 60th Street, NYC

Come to our fall open house and get a taste of all FIAF has to offer!

Enjoy free French classes and fun activities for all ages throughout the day from 10am–7:30pm. At 7:30pm, join us for iconic French actress Isabelle Adjani’s highly-anticipated New York stage debut in Opening Night, part of our Crossing the Line Festival.

Save 10% on memberships and fall adult classes, plus get discounts on all fall events.

Schedule for the day:

Free Classes for Adults

Essential Travel French
12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm

FIAF Language Center, 4th floor

Learn essential words and phrases for your next trip to Paris in 30-minute free classes offered at the complete beginner to intermediate levels.

12–12:30pm — Shopping on the Champs Elysées
1–1:30pm — Staying in a French Airbnb
2–2:30pm — Dinner in Le Marais
3–3:30pm — Flirting in a bar in Montmartre

Info Sessions
FIAF Language Center, 3rd floor

Stop by to learn about our fall classes. Take a placement test and chat with a teacher to discover which class is right for you. Enroll & save 10% on your class. Discount cannot be combined with other discounts.

Free Classes for Children

French for Ages 1–13
11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm

FIAF Language Center, 6th floor

In these free 30-minute lessons for all levels, children will learn French through fall-season-inspired activities. These mini classes are a great way to get a taste of our year-round program for children. Children will be grouped by age: 1–4, 5–8, 9–13. A parent / guardian must attend with toddlers ages 1–4.

Fix Your French for Ages 6–10
11:30am and 12:30pm

FIAF Language Center, 6th floor

In these free 30-minute classes for native French speakers, kids will learn the structure of the language through creative activities. This is a great way to preview the new fall class, Fix Your French, designed for kids who speak French well but need to improve their reading and writing skills.

Info Sessions

FIAF Language Center, 6th floor

Stop by and chat with Elisabeth Spettel, FIAF’s Youth Programs Coordinator, to get information about fall classes, camps, or workshops for children, and to enroll.

Yoga in French

FIAF Skyroom, 8th floor

Enjoy yoga en français with Marie-Eve Berty — brush up your language skills while giving your body a sense of well-being. Great option for parents whose kids are taking a free French class.

Open to all levels. Please bring your own mat or towel.

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Exhibition: The Host and the Cloud by Pierre Huyghe

FIAF Gallery, 1st floor

A former ethnographic museum outside of Paris provides the setting for French artist Pierre Huyghe’s investigation into the nature of ritual as he captures images and video on three separate days: the Day of the Dead, Valentine’s Day, and May Day.

2 hrs. 1 min. 30 sec. Sexually explicit content. For mature audiences only.

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Library Tours & Demos

FIAF Library, 2nd floor

Stop by our library for orientation tours, Culturethèque digital library demonstrations, and a French books and magazines giveaway.

Animation First Festival Preview
The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

Le Grand méchant renard et autres contes
Tinker Auditorium (55 East 59th Street)

Get a taste of FIAF’s Animation First Festival (Feb 7–9, 2020) with this hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits from the creators of the Academy Award-nominated Ernest & Celestine.

Appropriate for all ages.
In French with English subtitles.
Entry on first-come, first-served basis.

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    • If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again! The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus.

      Directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert adapt Renner’s own acclaimed graphic novel into a delirious, delightful triptych of interlocking stories, with a pacing and visual spontaneity that harkens back to classic Looney Tunes shorts and slapstick two-reelers. But underneath the gags (and there are plenty of them), the three stories offer a sensitive and beautiful portrayal of family and the anxieties of modern life.

Rendez-Vous & Wine Reception

FIAF Skyroom, 8th Floor

Join fellow students, members, and friends for a special free edition of Rendez-Vous, FIAF’s monthly wine and conversation evening.

To attend, you must present one of the following at the door: your membership card, class enrollment receipt, ticket confirmation for the evening’s performance, or an entry pass given to you at any of the day’s other events.

Performance: Opening Night featuring Isabelle Adjani

Backstage Tour* at 6pm
Performance at 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street)

Iconic French actress Isabelle Adjani makes her long-awaited New York theatrical debut in a riveting cross-media adaption of John Cassavetes’ Opening Night, directed by Cyril Teste. Part of Crossing the Line Festival.

Extremely limited ticket availability.

*You must have a ticket for the 7:30pm performance to take the backstage tour at 6pm. Limited availability, entry on first come, first served basis. Members receive priority.

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