Past Events | 2021


Special Event

Bastille Day Celebration 2021
at SummerStage in Central Park

Co-presented with the Consulate General of France in New York and the Committee of French Speaking Societies (CAFUSA)
Featuring Live Jazz, a Dance Party and a New French Film!
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
New Time: 6:15pm
Doors open at 5pm
SummerStage in Central Park

Join us for a special Bastille Day Celebration in person at SummerStage in Central Park! The free celebration of the French national holiday will start at 6:15pm ET on Wednesday, July 14 and will feature Live Jazz, a Dance Party, and a screening of the 2020 French comedy My Donkey, My Lover & I (Antoinette dans les Cévennes).

Virtual Guided Tour in French

The Architecture of the 30s in
Boulogne-Billancourt

Led by L'Echappée Belle
Thursday, July 8, 2021
1pm ET
Online • In French

Explore some of the Paris region’s most innovative architecture on a virtual tour of Boulogne-Billancourt. Adjacent to Paris on the banks of the Seine, this beautiful city served as a true architectural laboratory in the 1930s.

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CinéSalon Series

Out of the Dark:
The Mystery of Film Noir

May 4–July 5, 2021
Online & FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Incorporating both French and American examples, this film series curated by celebrated writer Adam Gopnik and Broadway star Melissa Errico explores the many sides of the ‘noir’ vision in cinema. Each film will be prefaced by an introduction by Gopnik or Errico created exclusively for FIAF.

Special Virtual Event

Celebrating Serge Gainsbourg

With Comédie-Française, Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Rebecca Marder
Thursday, June 10–Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Three decades after his death, French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg remains a complex and vivid figure within music and culture. Join us for a virtual screening of La Comédie-Française chante Gainsbourg and a special conversation with the incomparable Jane Birkin, Gainsbourg’s former partner; accomplished actor/musician Charlotte Gainsbourg, Birkin and Gainsbourg’s daughter; and Comédie-Française’s Rebecca Marder.

Wine Tour de France 2021
Virtual Wine Tasting

Bordeaux Tasting: Pierre Lurton Unveils Château Marjosse’s Secret Cuvées

Moderated by Susan Kostrzewa, Editor-in-Chief of Wine Enthusiast
Thursday, June 24, 2021
6pm ET
Online • In English

Pierre Lurton has owned and cultivated Château Marjosse since 1991. A member of one of Bordeaux’s legendary winemaking families, Lurton will share his extensive knowledge of the region and lead a tasting of selections from his Anthology Wine Collection.

Free Virtual Screening

Notre-Dame: Our Lady of Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 6:30pm ET to Friday, June 18, 2021, 6:30pm ET

Dir. Gédéon & Jules Naudet, 2020, 83 min
In French with English subtitles

Captured from within the inferno of France’s most beloved cathedral, Notre-Dame: Our Lady of Paris is a remarkable documentary about the harrowing fire that nearly destroyed 900 years of history. Watch the film online on June 17 & 18. Please note that the Q&A with the directors has been postponed.

Virtual Talk

The World of Elsa Schiaparelli

With Delphine Bellini, CEO, Maison Schiaparelli
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
6:30pm ET
Online • In English

From Lady Gaga’s bespoke gown at President Biden’s inauguration to Beyoncé’s showstopper leather mini dress at the Grammy Awards, Maison Schiaparelli has made fashion headlines this year. CEO Delphine Bellini will talk about the fabulous heritage of this revolutionary Couture House and its unexpected revival.

Virtual Screening

New French Shorts 2021

NYC Premiere
June 2021
Available on Kino Marquee

FIAF presents the exclusive virtual theatrical release in New York City of New French Shorts 2021, a feature-length program of delightful, funny, charming, and provocative festival favorite French shorts including the Oscar-nominated animated short Genius Loci and the Cesar winner So What If Goats Die?

In-Person Performance

Tartuffe
by Molière in the Park

A Spring Staging in Prospect Park
LeFrak Center at Lakeside
May 26, 27, 29 & 30, 2021

Join FIAF and Molière in the Park, in person and safely distanced outside at Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center for our staged reading of Tartuffe. Free performances on Wed, May 26, Sat, May 29, and Sun, May 30. A benefit evening will be held on Thu, May 27.

Virtual Talk

The Sparkling World of DIOR
with Victoire de Castellane

In Conversation with Olivier Gabet
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
12:30pm ET
Online • In English

In conversation with Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Victoire de Castellane, creative director of Dior Joaillerie, will share her approach to jewelry and describe where she finds inspiration.

Wine Tour de France 2021
Virtual Wine Tasting

Big Macs & Burgundy: Unusual Pairings for Exceptional Wines

Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:30pm ET
LIVE Online • In English

Vanessa Price, co-author of Big Macs & Burgundy, will examine the bolder side of Burgundy during this illuminating evening of surprising and indulgent pairings. Price will be joined by Nicole Muscari, wine advisor from Vivant, and Yannick Benjamin, Head Sommelier of The University Club.

Virtual Talk

Jeff Koons in France

In Conversation with Joachim Pissarro
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
6:30pm ET
Streamed from FIAF's Le Skyroom
In English

Jeff Koons, one of the most important, influential, and popular artists of the post-war era, in a conversation with art historian Joachim Pissarro, will look back at his longstanding connection to France, focusing on his extraordinary exhibition in Versailles.

Virtual Talk

Rendez-Vous LIVE
with Melissa Errico & Adam Gopnik

Monday, May 10, 2021
6:30pm ET
LIVE Online • In English

Melissa Errico and Adam Gopnik will discuss their recent collaborations for FIAF: the three-concert series, ll Parle, Elle Chante — Love, Desire & Mystery, and the CinéSalon series Out of the Dark: The Mystery of Film Noir.

Concert

Melissa Errico & Adam Gopnik
Il Parle, Elle Chante
Love, Desire & Mystery

With Tedd Firth on piano
World Premieres
Love: October 14, 2020
Desire: January 28, 2021
Mystery: May 6, 2021

Broadway star Melissa Errico and New Yorker essayist and lyricist Adam Gopnik, through songs and conversation, investigate and illuminate the cycle that France first offered the world—of how love becomes desire, how desire is cloaked in mystery, and how then the mystery of desire reveals the madness of love again.

Focus on French Cinema Festival
Closing Night

Aznavour by Charles

Le Regard de Charles
US Premiere
From Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7pm ET until Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7pm ET
Online • CT, NJ, NY only

Dir. Marc di Domenico & Charles Aznavour, 2019
In French with English subtitles

Through never-before-seen archival footage, we observe the world through the eyes of the celebrated French-Armenian singer, lyricist, actor and diplomat Charles Aznavour.

Virtual Talk

From Picasso to Chagall:
The Art of Lithography
with Eric Mourlot

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
6:30pm ET
Online • In English

Eric Mourlot, in a conversation with Pepe Karmel, Professor of Art History at NYU, discusses the fascinating French Galerie Mourlot’s history and its groundbreaking collaborations with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The talk kicks off an exclusive 20% off sale of Mourlot Editions lithographic posters to benefit FIAF.

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Virtual CinéSalon Series

Homage to Jean-Pierre Bacri

March 30–April 26, 2021
Online

FIAF honors the great French actor and screenwriter Jean-Pierre Bacri who died earlier this year. Throughout his lauded career, Bacri exuded a touching humanity that shows through his gruff exterior and his prose.

A Transatlantic Festival

Liberté d’expression, Free Speech, and “Cancel Culture”

Friday, April 23–Sunday, April 25, 2021
LIVE Online • In English

Co-presented by La Maison française of NYU, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, and FIAF

Three leading French cultural organizations based in New York bring together more than a dozen thinkers from the U.S. and France for a transatlantic festival investigating the state of liberté d’expression or free speech in the age of what has been called “cancel culture.”

Virtual Class

Cooking Masterclass
with Chef Laëtitia Rouabah

LIVE from Alain Ducasse’s Benoit New York Restaurant
Thursday, April 22, 2021
6:30pm ET
Online • In English

Learn how to make the classic French dish Quenelles de brochet from one of its greatest interpreters: Chef Laëtitia Rouabah of Benoit New York by Alain Ducasse. She will be joined by Chef Lucile Plaza and Food & Wine magazine’s Nina Friend.

Virtual Talk

Bordeaux: Laboratory of Architecture

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
6:30pm ET
In English • LIVE on Zoom

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bordeaux, for centuries, has been a city where architecture and urban planning have manifested profound concepts on how citizens live together. Barry Bergdoll, art history and archaeology professor at Columbia University, and Fabrizio Gallanti, director of arc en rêve centre d’architecture in Bordeaux, explore the idea of “city” through this tour of Bordeaux’s past and present.

Virtual Talk

The Role of Fiction in Facing One’s Past

Conversation with Alice Zeniter and Omar El Akkad
Thursday, April 15, 2021
12:30pm ET
Online • In English

Meet Alice Zeniter and Omar El Akkad, two bestselling novelists who have used their work to explore ignored chapters in history, give voice to the disenfranchised, and challenge national myths.

Virtual Talk

Le Paris Noir: The Pioneers of the Left Bank

Conversation with Kévi Donat
Thursday, April 8, 2021
12:30pm ET
LIVE Online • In English

The Left Bank, Paris’s engine of artistic innovation and political debate, has also been central to the Black experience in the City of Light. Kévi Donat of Le Paris Noir leads a tour exploring Black History across two centuries within a few blocks of this influential neighborhood.

Virtual Screening & Talk

Colette

Nominated for a 2021 Oscar for Best Documentary Short
Thursday, April 1, 2021
7pm ET
LIVE Online

A special screening of the Academy Award–nominated documentary short “Colette” is followed by a conversation with director Anthony Giacchino, producer Alice Doyard, and the film’s subjects Colette Marin-Catherine and Lucie Fouble, moderated by Philippe Sands.

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Virtual CinéSalon Series

Paris on Film

January 12–March 29, 2021
Online
Curated by Richard Peña

A cinematic escape to the City of Light! Discover Paris through the eyes of filmmakers who have used the city as a rich tapestry for their work. The series looks at the French capital through nearly 100 years of cinema.

Wine Tour de France 2021
Virtual Wine Tasting

Better with Champagne:
An Effervescent Tasting with Ariel Arce

Thursday, March 25, 2021
6:30pm ET
Online • In English • 60 min

Wine Tour de France 2021 kicks off with a Champagne and cheese tasting and masterclass. Ariel Arce, named the “Champagne Empress of Greenwich Village” by The New York Times, traces the evolution of Champagne and its most popular iteration: the Traditional Blended Brut.

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Kids & Family

TILT Kids Weekend

Saturday, March 20 & Sunday, March 21, 2021
Online

Join us for fun and interactive events for the whole family including Drag Queen Story Hour, a crime caper interactive theater performance from Broken Box Mime Theater, and a drawing workshop with illustrator Kris Di Giacomo.

Live Concert Stream

Stephane Wrembel Band
Plays Stephane Wrembel

A Night of Original Compositions
Thursday, March 18, 2021
7:30pm ET
Streamed LIVE from FIAF Florence Gould Hall
In English

Award-winning French guitarist Stephane Wrembel and his world-class band—Thor Jensen on guitar, Ari Folman-Cohen on bass, and Nick Anderson on drums—live stream a night of original compositions from FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall stage.

Virtual HD Screening & Live Talk

The Paris Opera & Ballet
Play

Choreography by Alexander Ekman
Music by Mikael Karlsson
Virtual HD Screening
Monday, March 8–Sunday, March 14, 2021
Online • NY, NJ, CT Only

LIVE Talk
Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 12:30pm ET

Online • In English

A joyful exploration of movement, Play turns the Paris Opera stage into a giant playground where dancers emulate loping deer, dive into a pool of 40,000 green balls, and push the boundaries of the form. Brimming with humor as well as depth, the ballet reacquaints us with our inner child in a profound examination of the human spirit. Presented by FIAF in collaboration with the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet.

Live-Filmed Performance from France

La Boxeuse amoureuse

A Genre-Bending Original Creation from La Seine Musicale Featuring Music, Ballet, and Boxing
Music by Arthur H
Choreographed and performed by Marie-Agnès Gillot
Tuesday, February 16–Sunday, February 28, 2021
In French with English subtitles • Online

Singer/songwriter Arthur H and former Paris Opera Ballet étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot stage a poetic boxing match, filled with emotion and ambiguity, inside Boulogne-Billancourt’s La Seine Musicale. The show features Olympic boxing champion Souleymane Cissokho and athletes Staiv Gentis and Tom Duquesnoy.

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Virtual Festival

Animation First 2021

Friday, February 5–Monday, February 15
Entirely Online and Nationwide
Festival Pass Only $20

FIAF's wildly popular festival of French animation returns for a groundbreaking fourth edition. This year features more than 75 US and NY premieres of feature-length and short films, selections from special guest Wes Anderson, a new Student Film Competition, LIVE talks, and much more.

Virtual Talk

Emily in Paris: Fashion fantasia or faux-pas?

Thursday, January 21, 2021
12:30pm ET
In English

Is the popular Netflix series à la mode on the streets of Paris? Our panel of fashion experts and influencers, including Lola Rykiel, Jessica Michault, and Rebecca Leffler, discusses.

Virtual Party

Magical 2021 Members Party

Thursday, January 14, 2021
6pm ET
Online on Zoom | In English, 45 minutes
Free! Open only to FIAF Members

Ring in 2021 with your FIAF famille! Enjoy an interactive magic show with Johann Bayle LIVE from Paris, and make a delicious Champagne cocktail with Arnaud Dissais, former head bartender at DANIEL, and Rita Jammet, La Caravelle’s Chief Bubble Officer.

Rendez-Vous LIVE

The Art of Perfume with Frédéric Malle

In Conversation with Melissa Ceria
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
6:30pm ET
In English

To mark the 20th anniversary of Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, the house’s founder discusses his radical vision that revolutionized the perfume industry with journalist Melissa Ceria.

Program On Hiatus

Faites vos jeux!

No Upcoming Dates

Team up with fellow FIAF students to practice your French while playing fun games en français.

Special Event

Magical 2021 Members Party

Thursday, January 14, 2021
6pm ET

Ring in 2021 with your FIAF famille! Enjoy an interactive magic show with Johann Bayle LIVE from Paris, and make a delicious Champagne cocktail with Arnaud Dissais, former head bartender at DANIEL, and Rita Jammet, La Caravelle’s Chief Bubble Officer.

Fall Open House
& Free French Classes

Saturday, September 14, 2019
10am onwards

Get a taste of all FIAF has to offer! Enjoy free French classes for adults and kids, an animated film, an exhibition, library tours, a wine reception, a performance of Opening Night starring Isabelle Adjani, and more. Plus, get discounts on memberships, fall classes, and events.

Young Patrons Fall Fête

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
8–11pm

Join guest of honor Richard Frerejean Taittinger and fellow Young Patrons in FIAF’s Skyroom for the annual Young Patrons Fall Fête featuring cocktails, hors d’œuvres, and a DJ. Young Patrons receive complimentary tickets!

Trophée des Arts Gala 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019 at 7pm

FIAF will honor Charlotte Gainsbourg, actress and musician, and Dominique Senequier, President of Ardian, at its 2019 Trophée des Arts Gala. This annual benefit raises funds to support FIAF’s mission to teach French, promote Francophone culture, and strengthen the relationship between French and American peoples.

TUNISIAN SOUK
Holiday Pop-Up Market

Friday, December 6, 2019
Shopping & Book Signings 4–7:30pm
Wine & Kemia Reception 6–7:30pm

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Shopping & Book Signings 10am–7pm

Shop and discover leading and emerging Tunisian brands, designers, and artisans, showcased in a one-of-a-kind pop-up at FIAF. Just in time for the holidays!

FIAF Members’ Holiday Party
at The French Consulate

Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:30–8:30pm

Celebrate the holidays with your FIAF famille at a festive soirée at the French Consulate’s beautiful mansion on Fifth Avenue. Enjoy Bûche de Noël, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music, and more!

Galette des Rois Celebration

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
6:30–8pm

Start the New Year the French way with the delicious tradition of galette des rois! Featuring delicious galettes by Dominique Ansel Kitchen and cider from Romilly Cidre.

Fête de la Musique
Make Music Day

Sunday, June 21, 2020
from 10am ET

Fête de la Musique, the annual music-for-all celebration, will be held online this year. Twenty Francophone artists from all genres—jazz, soul, pop, house, and hip hop—will each live-stream half-hour sets on Bandsintown’s digital channel.

Le Petit Gala
Outside the Box

Monday, November 16, 2020
7pm

This exceptional Soirée Outside the Box featured three exhilarating commissions live-streamed from our theater, a festive dinner, an auction of splendid items, and a prize drawing to win a luxurious European cruise. The gala raises critical and much needed funds in support of our ambitious cultural, artistic, and educational programs.

Celebrating Serge Gainsbourg

Thursday, June 10–Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Three decades after his death, French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg remains a complex and vivid figure within music and culture. Join us for a virtual screening of La Comédie-Française chante Gainsbourg and a special conversation with the incomparable Jane Birkin, Gainsbourg’s former partner; accomplished actor/musician Charlotte Gainsbourg, Birkin and Gainsbourg’s daughter; and Comédie-Française’s Rebecca Marder.

Performance

PROTOTYPE Festival
Stinney: An American Execution

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 5pm
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 3pm
Post-Show Talk on Saturday, January 12

Based on a true story, Stinney: An American Execution, a bold new opera by Frances Pollock, examines racial and social divides in a small town in South Carolina and the terrifying consequences it had on a fourteen year old black boy.

The Heart
Réparer les vivants

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:30pm

Don’t miss a special 300th performance of acclaimed French actor Emmanuel Noblet’s Molière Award-winning adaptation of Maylis de Kerangal’s international best-seller. A poetic medical masterpiece, The Heart is a stirring race against time that unfolds over a 24-hour deadline to transplant a human heart. In French with English supertitles.

Blanche Gardin
BONNE NUIT BLANCHE

Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:30pm

The hottest female comedian on the French comedy scene today, Blanche Gardin, makes her North American debut at FIAF with her Molière Award-winning new show BONNE NUIT BLANCHE. Don’t miss this hilarious show in French!

Stephane Wrembel’s
Django L’Impressionniste

Thursday, November 21, 2019
7:30pm

Guitarist Stephane Wrembel, acclaimed for his innovative musical interpretations of Gypsy legend Django Reinhardt, makes his FIAF debut with the North American premiere of Django L’Impressionniste.

Juliette Deschamps
The Tragedy of Dido

Friday, December 6, 2019
7:30pm

Featuring acclaimed actor Gale Harold
Post-performance Q&A with Juliette Deschamps

Mixing captivating video projection, live jazz music, and powerful storytelling, The Tragedy of Dido created by French videographer Juliette Deschamps paints an extraordinary portrait of Queen Dido, the legendary founder of Carthage.

Patrick Timsit
Book of My Mother

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:30pm

Meet & Greet with Patrick Timsit after the Wednesday performance, and Q&A with Patrick Timsit and author Cécile David-Weill after the Thursday performance.

Acclaimed actor and humorist Patrick Timsit’s moving theatrical adaptation of Albert Cohen’s renowned memoir is a powerful tribute to “the mothers of the whole world.” Directed by Dominique Pitoiset.

Olivier Dubois
My Body

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
7:30pm

A New York Times dance pick!

Olivier Dubois, one of the 25 best dancers in the world according to Dance Europe magazine, presents the US premiere of My Body, a playful participatory celebration of contemporary dance.

Chantal?

Saturday, March 7, 2020
7pm

Melding live music with Chantal Akerman’s words and one of her short films, cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton creates a touching ode to her long-time collaborator and companion.

La Convivialité
La Faute de l’Orthographe

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
USA: 5pm ET
Central Europe: 11pm

Two Belgian ex-teachers, Arnaud Hoedt and Jérôme Piron, investigate the linguistic roots of the French language as well as its absurdities. Acclaimed in Paris as both enlightening and humorous, La Convivialité gently mocks grammarian dogma and forgives our French misspellings.

The Misanthrope
by Molière in the Park

Saturday, May 2, 2020
7pm ET

FIAF partners with Molière in the Park to present the classic French comedy of manners The Misanthrope in English, featuring special appearances from Samira Wiley and Stew.

Tartuffe
by Molière in the Park

Saturday, June 27, 2020
2 & 7pm ET

FIAF and Molière in the Park co-present two LIVE virtual performances of Molière’s most theatrical comedy Tartuffe starring Raúl E. Esparza and Samira Wiley.

Albert Camus’s The Fall
Performed by Ronald Guttman

Thursday, October 1, 2020
7pm ET

FIAF’s first live theatrical stream from Tinker Auditorium features Ronald Guttman as exiled Parisian lawyer Jean-Baptiste Clamence in Albert Camus’s La Chute (copyright 1956, Editions Gallimard) set in Amsterdam’s red-light district, circa 1956. Directed by Didier Flamand. Adapted by Alexis Lloyd.

Is this the end?

Live-Filmed Opera
Wednesday, November 25–Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Hovering between life and death, a teenage girl wanders through a labyrinthine netherworld. Is this the end? Belgian composer Jean-Luc Fafchamps’s haunting new pop requiem opens with this provocative question.

pen/man/ship

Saturday, December 12, 2020
2 & 7pm ET

A telling parable about violence, betrayal, faith, and freedom aboard a ship bound for Africa.

Melissa Errico & Adam Gopnik
Il Parle, Elle Chante
Love, Desire & Mystery

Love: October 14, 2020
Desire: January 28, 2021
Mystery: May 6, 2021

Broadway star Melissa Errico and New Yorker essayist and lyricist Adam Gopnik, through songs and conversation, investigate and illuminate the cycle that France first offered the world—of how love becomes desire, how desire is cloaked in mystery, and how then the mystery of desire reveals the madness of love again.

La Boxeuse amoureuse

Tuesday, February 16–Sunday, February 28, 2021

Singer/songwriter Arthur H and former Paris Opera Ballet étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot stage a poetic boxing match, filled with emotion and ambiguity, inside Boulogne-Billancourt’s La Seine Musicale. The show features Olympic boxing champion Souleymane Cissokho and athletes Staiv Gentis and Tom Duquesnoy.

The Paris Opera & Ballet
Play

Virtual HD Screening
Monday, March 8–Sunday, March 14, 2021

A joyful exploration of movement, Play turns the Paris Opera stage into a giant playground where dancers emulate loping deer, dive into a pool of 40,000 green balls, and push the boundaries of the form. Brimming with humor as well as depth, the ballet reacquaints us with our inner child in a profound examination of the human spirit. Presented by FIAF in collaboration with the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet.

Stephane Wrembel Band
Plays Stephane Wrembel

Thursday, March 18, 2021
7:30pm ET

Award-winning French guitarist Stephane Wrembel and his world-class band—Thor Jensen on guitar, Ari Folman-Cohen on bass, and Nick Anderson on drums—live stream a night of original compositions from FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall stage.

Tartuffe
by Molière in the Park

Join FIAF and Molière in the Park, in person and safely distanced outside at Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center for our staged reading of Tartuffe. Free performances on Wed, May 26, Sat, May 29, and Sun, May 30. A benefit evening will be held on Thu, May 27.

Kids & Family

Tunisian Cooking Workshops
for Kids

Saturday, December 7, 2019
11:30am & 1:15pm

Bring the kids to FIAF for fun holiday cooking workshops where they will learn to make the famous Tunisian sweet Kaber Ellouz. Workshops are for ages 5–10 and will be led in English. Kids will take home the treats they make.

Mr Chip’s Big Adventure

Saturday, March 21, 2020
10am–5pm

Explore renowned French illustrator Serge Bloch’s whimsical world and create your own playful illustrations! Embark on his adventure in an augmented reality treasure hunt!

Philosophy for Kids

Saturday, March 21, 2020
10:30–11am

Bring your budding intellectual to explore some of life’s biggest questions! This year, parents are also invited to engage in conversation about encouraging their children’s development.

Paper Plane

Saturday, March 21, 2020
11:20–11:40am • 1–1:20pm • 4–4:20pm

Be swept away on a magical voyage where characters jump off of the screen and immerse you in a wondrous universe of new sights and sounds.

Broken Box Mime Workshops

Saturday, March 21, 2020
11:45am–12:15pm • 1–1:30pm

Learn the basics of French pantomime, master the art of communicating through body language, and engage your imagination with NYC’s favorite silent storytellers!

Bounce!

Saturday, March 21, 2020
2–3pm

An international hit with audiences of all ages poses four musicians and dancers against an immense cube. Be amazed as they collide and bounce in a playful exploration of resilience.

Kids Afropeps Ball

Saturday, March 21, 2020
3–4pm

An exuberant dance party celebrating the songs and steps of West Africa, accompanied by live drumming. Dance traditional, ethnic, and urban moves! Kids are invited to dress up in their favorite party clothes.

She No Princess, He No Hero

New Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
11am ET

Conceived by celebrated French director Johanny Bert, this intimate and poignant piece sheds light on the gender stereotypes young boys and girls must confront as they come of age. This newly revised online version of the play invites viewers to interact with the actors during the performance and Q&A.

Kids Afropeps Ball

Monday, July 13, 2020
12pm ET

Join us for an exuberant virtual dance party celebrating the songs and steps of West Africa. Break out your best traditional and urban moves! Kids are invited to dress up in their favorite party clothes.

Shivers

Saturday, October 10, 2020
11am ET

Johanny Bert and Magali Mougel, the team behind the acclaimed play She No Princess, He No Hero, reunite to bring Shivers—a new digital adaptation of their widely praised play Frissons—to U.S. audiences. A Q&A with artist Charlotte Melly, who created the work’s live-captured illustrations, and New York Times theater critic Laura Cappelle follows the play.

Petits potes

Program is on hiatus until further notice.

Toddlers (ages 1-4) enjoy a story hour time with songs and games.

Les petites histoires du vendredi

Program is on hiatus until further notice.

Join us for a family-style French story hour featuring stories from Storyplay*r, the digital library for kids available on culturetheque.com. as well as books in the FIAF library collection.

Drag Queen Story Hour
with Harmonica Sunbeam

Saturday, March 20, 2021
10:30am ET

Drag Queen Story Hour returns to FIAF to create a virtual space where kids—and adults—can present themselves in their own fabulous ways and how they wish. Harmonica Sunbeam reads a selection of French and American favorites in English.

FIAF First Tuesday

On the first Tuesday of each month, join us at Rendez-Vous, a free meet-up event for FIAF Members!

Rendez-Vous:
Valentine’s Day Theme

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
6:30–8:30pm

Join fellow French-speakers of all levels at FIAF for Valentine’s Day themed-games and a wine tasting presented by Gabriella Fine Wines.

Rendez-Vous: Fromage Edition

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6:30–8pm

Join fellow French-speakers of all levels at FIAF for conversation, a special cheese and wine tasting, and fromage-themed trivia!

Rendez-Vous: Member Night!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
6:30–8pm

On May 7, we’re celebrating Member Night at FIAF First Tuesday! Join us for conversation en français, wine, and the CinéSalon screening of Love Blooms featuring a Q&A with director Michaël Dacheux. Members AND their guests can attend for free!

Rendez-Vous: Les Voyages

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
6:30–8pm

Join fellow French-speakers of all levels at FIAF for a special travel-themed evening with wine and games!

Rendez-Vous: Oct 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
6:30–8pm

Join FIAF members, students, and friends in Tinker Auditorium for an opportunity to converse in French over a glass of wine. All levels of French welcome.

Rendez-Vous: Nov 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
6:30–8pm

Join FIAF members, students, and friends in the Skyroom for an opportunity to converse in French over a glass of wine. All levels of French welcome.

Rendez-Vous: Dec 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
6:30–8pm

Join FIAF members, students, and friends in the Skyroom for an opportunity to converse in French over a glass of wine. All levels of French welcome.

Rendez-Vous

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6:30–8pm

Join us in the FIAF Skyroom to converse in French over a glass of wine and make new friends. All levels of French welcome. Free for FIAF Members!

Rendez-Vous

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
6:30–8pm

Join us in the FIAF Skyroom to converse in French over a glass of wine and make new friends. All levels of French welcome. Free for FIAF Members!

Conversation
with Author Marc Levy

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
5pm ET

Bestselling French author Marc Levy joins us for Rendez-Vous LIVE, a virtual reimagining of FIAF’s popular meet-up event. He discusses how personal freedoms are challenged during a global pandemic, and how to harness inspiration and creativity during times of stress.

Dominique Ansel
Everyone Can Bake

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
6:30pm ET

James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel is joined by New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark to discuss the renowned chef’s just released book Everyone Can Bake.

Virtual Trivia Night!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
7pm ET

Join us for a very special virtual Rendez-Vous Trivia Night this July. Test your knowledge of French culture over three fun rounds and win an exciting prize!

Virtual Trivia Night

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
7pm ET

Join us for virtual Trivia Night on August 4—it’s free and open to all. Test your knowledge of French Food & Wine, French Animation, and French History, and win a complimentary year of FIAF Membership perks!

Midnight in Paris with Oliver Gee

Monday, November 9, 2020
6pm ET

Oliver Gee (journalist, and host of the podcast The Earful Tower), accompanied by the ghost of Ernest Hemingway (portrayed by Samuél Lopez-Barrantes), takes us on virtual walk through Paris as he shares his favorite sites and stories about the City of Lights.

FIAF Members Only

Exclusive events that are open only to current FIAF Members!

Yoga en français!

Thursday, June 25, 2020
12pm ET

Hélène Kerhervé, an expert in Vinyasa and Restorative practices, will lead a special one-hour FIAF members-only yoga class en français!

Young Patrons Virtual Dinner & Wine Tasting

Monday, June 29, 2020
6:30pm ET

Join FIAF Young Patrons for an evening of French cuisine—three delicious courses—paired with Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and Chapelle Gordonne 2019 wine. A panel of experts will share their tips on how to entertain in style and transform a dinner at home or a virtual gathering into an elevated memorable experience.

Library Event

Practice and perfect your French through fun programs offered at the FIAF Library.

Cercles de lecture

Program is on hiatus until further notice.

Explore French literature while honing your language skills in monthly book groups.

Papotons!

Program is on hiatus until further notice.

Papotons!, our casual and relaxed program for French language learners, is a great way to practice your French conversation skills.

Zero faute!

Program is on hiatus until further notice.

Get your pencils ready for a dictée and hone your listening comprehension skills in this classic exercise in writing correct French.

Petits potes

Program is on hiatus until further notice.

Toddlers (ages 1-4) enjoy a story hour time with songs and games.

Les petites histoires du vendredi

Program is on hiatus until further notice.

Join us for a family-style French story hour featuring stories from Storyplay*r, the digital library for kids available on culturetheque.com. as well as books in the FIAF library collection.

Collaborations

France eMOTION
A Digitally Animated Exhibition

June 4–June 14, 2019

Embark on an animated journey through some of France’s most iconic sites and monuments including the Arc de Triomphe, Musée du quai Branly, and more. France eMotion features 35 original pieces that come alive through augmented reality and inspire viewers to (re)discover France’s rich heritage.

Event in Montclair

Festinema Junior 2019

Festival Dates: March 11–17, 2019

Festinema Junior, a French film festival and educational program geared toward children and teens will present screenings from March 11 to 17 for families and school groups at Montclair Film, Montclair Public Library, and Montclair Art Museum (MAM).

Rendez-Vous in Montclair:
Special Francophonie Edition

Friday, March 15, 2019
6–9pm

FIAF Montclair invites you to a special Francophonie edition of Rendez-Vous! Preview artist Serge Hamad’s new exhibition, dance to live performances by Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza and Violette, and enjoy wine and delicious Haïtian snacks while you mingle en français.

Serge Hamad
Temporal Perception

March 15–April 11, 2019

FIAF Montclair presents Temporal Perception, a new exhibition by French-Algerian artist Serge Hamad. Meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, March 15, from 6-7pm.

Gwenn Seemel
Crime Against Nature

April 12–May 9, 2019

FIAF Montclair presents Crime Against Nature, a new exhibition by artist Gwenn Seemel. Meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, April 12, from 6-7pm.

Rendez-Vous in Montclair

Friday, April 12, 2019
6–9pm

Kick off your weekend with an evening of art and mingling en français at FIAF Montclair. Join us for the opening reception from 6-7pm for Crime Against Nature, a new exhibition by artist Gwenn Seemel, and then stay to practice your French (all levels) at Rendez-Vous from 7-9pm.

Works On Paper I

May 10–June 6, 2019

Featuring three New Jersey-based artists—Debrah Block Krol, Jennifer Markovitz, and Michelle Tomasso—Works On Paper I showcases unique works in a variety of media.

Rendez-Vous in Montclair

Friday, May 10, 2019
6–9pm

Kick off your weekend with an evening of art and mingling en français at FIAF Montclair. Join us for the opening reception from 6-7pm for Works On Paper, a new exhibition by artists Debrah Block Krol, Jennifer Markovitz, and Michelle Tomasso, and then stay to practice your French (all levels) at Rendez-Vous from 7-9pm.

Rendez-Vous in Montclair

Friday, June 7, 2019
6–9pm

Kick off your weekend with an evening of art and mingling en français at FIAF Montclair. Join us for the opening reception from 6-7pm for Works On Paper, a new exhibition by artists Benedetta Balsimelli, Nanci Iovino, and Martha Kelshaw, and then stay to practice your French (all levels) at Rendez-Vous from 7-9pm.

Works On Paper II

June 7–September 13, 2019

Featuring three New Jersey-based artists—Benedetta Balsimelli, Nanci Iovino, and Martha Kelshaw—Works On Paper II showcases unique works in a variety of media.

Bastille Day Party in Montclair

Sunday, July 14, 2019
5–6pm: Cocktail Hour
6–9pm: Garden Party

Featuring a Cocktail Hour, a New Orleans-inspired buffet campagnard prepared by Michelin-rated chef Nicolas Houlbert and local owner/chef boulanger Arben Gasi, French wines, desserts, a concert by the renowned New Orleans Jazz band Gumbo Royale, and a chance to win fabulous prizes.

FIAF Montclair
Fall Open House

Saturday, September 14, 2019 • 1–5:30pm

Join us at our fall open house in Montclair, New Jersey. Sample our French classes for free and enjoy fun activities for all ages. Save on memberships and upcoming fall classes.

Rendez-Vous in Montclair

Friday, October 11, 2019
6–9pm

Kick off your weekend with an evening of art and mingling en français at FIAF Montclair. Preview the exhibition Ruminations & Reflections by artist Anjum Saeed, play French trivia, and practice your French over a glass of wine.

Possession

Friday, October 25, 2019
7:30pm

Was Isabelle Adjani truly possessed while shooting this allegorical fantasy about a couple separating in the shadow of the Berlin Wall? You might think so when you witness her César-winning performance as an alienated housewife and her doppelgänger in this paranoid masterpiece by Andrzej Zulawski.

Quartet

Saturday, October 26, 2019
7:30pm

This gripping Merchant Ivory adaptation of Jean Rhys’s acclaimed autobiographical novel features Isabelle Adjani as a penniless young woman who is toyed with by a wealthy British couple in 1920s Paris. Directed by James Ivory.

Camille Claudel

Sunday, October 27, 2019
7:30pm

With this emotionally bare biopic, Isabelle Adjani won her third César, was nominated for an Oscar, and righted a historical wrong by turning the spotlight on Camille Claudel, scorned mistress of Rodin (played by Gérard Depardieu) and an artistic genius in her own right. Directed by Bruno Nuytten.

Conversation & Book Signing
with Elaine Sciolino

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7pm

Meet Elaine Sciolino, best-selling author and former Paris bureau chief of The New York Times, at a special talk and book signing event celebrating the launch of her new book The Seine: The River That Made Paris.

The Science of Sleep

Friday, November 22, 2019
7:30pm

Charlotte Gainsbourg joins maverick director Michel Gondry to explore the tenuous line between dream and reality in this charming tale of a Mexican inventor who moves to Paris, falls in love with his neighbor and invites her into his dreams.

Melancholia

Saturday, November 23, 2019
7:30pm

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s second of three landmark collaborations with Danish auteur Lars von Trier starts with an epically botched wedding party and culminates in the earth’s collision with a rogue planet, delivering an aesthetically sublime vision of human frailty along the way.

Jane Eyre

Sunday, November 24, 2019
7:30pm

Franco Zeffirelli’s triumphant adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece beguiles with its visual elegance without sacrificing the novel’s emotional rawness. In the role of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Gainsbourg refined her trademark mix of deceptive fragility and fierce intelligence, delivering one of her finest performances.

My Mommy is in America, She Met Buffalo Bill

Saturday, December 7, 2019
3pm

For ages 5-10. Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this winner of the Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival is a beautifully moving tale about childhood loss and the need even for adults to hide from the truth at times.

Kelly Reilly
Altar

January 17–February 20, 2020

FIAF Montclair presents Altar, an exhibition of intriguing photograms by New Jersey-born artist Kelly Reilly. The photograms are elegiac observations of erosion, history, emptiness, and the ebb and flow of time.

Inna Bruter
Light through we

February 21–March 20, 2020

FIAF Montclair presents Light through we, an exhibition of works on paper by New Jersey-based, Moldova-born artist Inna Bruter. The works evoke and celebrate what is often private, reflecting emotions, dreams, and growth of personal wisdom.

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