Past Festivals


Crossing The Line Festival

Crossing the Line, FIAF's annual arts festival, presents innovative works by compelling French, Francophone, and American artists in venues across New York City.

In 2021, the festival spotlighted Africa’s cultural renaissance, featuring works created by interdisciplinary artists coming out of the continent and diaspora.

TILT Kids Festival

TILT Kids Festival presents adventurous and sophisticated art and ideas for audiences of all ages. The program is co-presented by FIAF and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.

In 2021, the Festival returned for a special weekend presenting fun and interactive virtual events.


Animation First Festival

Animation First, FIAF's annual flagship film festival, is the only festival in the US dedicated to the enduring legacy and trailblazing innovation of French animation.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Saturday, March 7, 2020

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.

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.


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

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.

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.

En avant, la musique!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

An evening of song, music, and conversation with performances by New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Anthony Roth Costanzo, Roots/Blues artist Paul Beaubrun, Haitian-American songstress Pauline Jean, singer/composer/producer Malika Zarra, and a quartet from the Philharmonic. From the poetic work of Berlioz to the rhythm of Blues and Jazz, the program showcases the rich and longstanding exchange between musical traditions and languages like French and Creole.

Aimé Césaire’s
A Tempest

In Person & Livestreamed: Monday, February 28, 2022

Celebrated poet and activist Aimé Césaire strikingly adapts Shakespeare’s Jacobean play through a postcolonial lens, setting the story on an island in the Caribbean. Written in the tumultuous 1960s, A Tempest uses intelligence, wit, and beauty to confront complex intersections of race, power, and anti-imperialism.

Molière Turns 400

Thursday, March 10–Saturday, March 12, 2022

Discover the sharp social critique hidden behind Molière’s most famous comedies: The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, and Tartuffe! With a selection of staged excerpts, director Lucie Tiberghien and a diverse company of actors remind us how unshakably pertinent these biting 17th-century satires remain today.

Cinema in Song:
A Concert with Jeanne Cherhal

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Following a world premiere at Cannes, acclaimed French singer Jeanne Cherhal brings her Cinema in Song concert to the FIAF stage for a one-night only event. Cherhal will perform famous theme songs and soundtracks from beloved films by artists ranging from Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Demy to Pedro Almodóvar.

Love Me If You Can

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Don’t miss French comedic phenom and Netflix superstar Fary at FIAF! Following a two-year absence, Fary returns to the stage with a new show, Love Me If You Can, an open letter to audiences addressing the subject of love.

Racine’s Phèdre

In Person & Livestreamed
Monday, February 20, 2023

Rediscover this timeless French classic updated for modern audiences. Tony Award winner Jennifer Ehle brings new understanding to the complex character of Phèdre, a model mother and devoted wife whose desire for her maturing stepson becomes all-consuming. Mister Fitzgerald and David Strathairn play her stepson and husband respectively. Lanise Antoine Shelley directs a new translation by Rob Melrose.

TV Series

All the Way Up

Friday, October 1, 2021

Dir. Franck Gastambide, Charles Van Tieghem, Xavier Lacaille, 2020
In French with English subtitles

All the Way Up takes us into the world of French hip-hop through the journey of Clément (played by French musician Hatik), a talented young rapper with a difficult personal history.


Dir. Karine Chaunac, Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo & Camille Duvelleroy, 2021
In English and French, Spanish, Portuguese, Flemish with English subtitles

Set over 10 minutes each and based on interviews with international athletes and sports professionals, Ex-Aequo! poignantly brings to life stories of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.


Down with sexual diktats! Writers and broadcasters Ovidie and Sophie-Marie Larrouy examine prejudice and taboos around sex and encourage women to have it when they want, how they want, and most of all, if they want.

The Mysteries of Paris

One of France’s first serial novels, The Mysteries of Paris was originally published in 90 parts between 1842 and 1843 in the newspaper Journal des Débats. Keeping the serial format, this modern animated spin rejuvenates the story with the digitalization of the original engravings.

Nona and Her Daughters

Monday, June 13, 2022

Dir. Valérie Donzelli, 2021, 3×30 min
In French and German with English subtitles

Actress, filmmaker, and screenwriter Valérie Donzelli and actress Virginie Ledoyen come to FIAF to present and speak about their new TV series Nona and Her Daughters. In this joyous and fanciful tale of magical maternity, feminism, and family, 70-year-old Nona and her 44-year-old triplet daughters grapple with Nona’s unexpected pregnancy.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Sunset Dance Party at Le Bain

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

FIAF is thrilled to partner with discothèque Le Bain for a dance party to welcome back our community and celebrate the re-opening of New York City! Dance the night away to French music by the exciting DJ duo Each Other and DJ Camille BWR at a sunset event on one of New York’s most iconic rooftops.

Trophée des Arts Gala 2021

Monday, November 15
7pm Cocktails and Silent Auction
8pm Dinner and Live Auction

Support FIAF and celebrate the very best of French culture in New York at FIAF’s annual black-tie benefit at The Plaza.

Novelist Marc Levy and Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman of Saint-Gobain, will be honored at the gala this year, and a special award will be presented to Marie-Monique Steckel, President of FIAF.

Celebrating Françoise Gilot’s 100th Birthday

In Person: Thursday, December 2, 2021

Françoise Gilot is one of the most highly regarded living artists in the international art world. This special evening in her honor will feature a screening of the new documentary Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot: The Woman Who Says No, introduced by director Annie Maïllis, and an exclusive conversation with Gilot’s daughters, Paloma Picasso and Aurélia Engel.

FIAF Members’ Holiday Party

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Celebrate the holidays with your FIAF famille at a festive soirée in the FIAF Skyroom! Enjoy live music, Bûche de Noël, hors d’oeuvres, wine, cocktails, and a fabulous prize drawing.

Green Beauty Market

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Join us for an extraordinary day of beauty—the French way! Discover exciting new brands at the forefront of sustainable cosmetics and cutting-edge treatments. With a deep focus on the revitalizing impact of natural ingredients, this one-day-only pop-up will feature the very best of green beauty including makeup, skincare and hair care products, and mini treatments. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Sunset Dance Party
at Le Bain

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Join us at one of New York’s most iconic rooftops for a sunset party! Dance to vibrant new mixes with DJs Camille BWR and Alex from Queens, savor cocktails from the bar, speak a little French with a friend, and enjoy spectacular views of the city at night from the top of the Standard Hotel.

Fête de la Musique at SummerStage

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
6pm–10pm (New Time)

Fête de la Musique, the annual worldwide music-for-all celebration originated in France. Join us on June 21 in Central Park for a concert and dance party with legendary French rapper MC Solaar, electronic superstar Bon Entendeur, and electronic pop band Hyphen Hyphen to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Sunset Soirée
at Le Bain

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

FIAF is thrilled to partner with TEMPLON gallery as we return to Le Bain to celebrate the opening of TEMPLON’s new space in Chelsea and kick off the fall Arts and Cultural Season! Dance the night away with sets by the French-American DJ duo, Each Other (Justin Strauss & Max Pask), while enjoying the city’s spectacular views.

Sunset Soirée
at Le Bain

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Join us inside Le Bain’s penthouse club, renowned for its indoor pool! Dance the night away on one of New York’s most iconic rooftop clubs, savor cocktails from the bar, speak a little French with a friend, and enjoy spectacular views of the city at night from the top of the Standard Hotel.

Trophée des Arts Gala 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

FIAF will honor acclaimed actor Jean Reno and Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO and President of the Executive Committee at Solvay, at its 30th annual Trophée des Arts Gala on Tuesday, November 15 at The Plaza. Original artwork by renowned French artist Eva Jospin will be featured at the gala. The black-tie dinner and auction raises funds to support FIAF’s mission to teach French and celebrate the diversity of francophone cultures and creativity around the world.

FIAF Members’ Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Celebrate the holidays with your FIAF famille at a stylish soirée at the French Consulate’s beautiful mansion on Fifth Avenue. Enjoy a traditional Bûche de Noël, delicious hors d’oeuvres, inventive cocktails, and more.

Beauty and Wellness Market

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Join us for an extraordinary day of wellness and beauty on Valentine’s Day! Curated by Clémence von Mueffling, founder of Beauty and Well-Being, this winter pop-up is the perfect way to shop for exciting new products while discovering innovative treatments and techniques to refresh your daily routine.

Crossing The Line Festival

Okwui Okpokwasili
& Peter Born
On the way, undone

Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:30pm
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:30pm

Igbo-Nigerian American artist Okwui Okpokwasili and director Peter Born have designed an in-situ work that blends genres and media. Performers manifest a polyphonic chorus wearing sculptural headdresses that recall traditional West African hairstyles, exploring a sonic entanglement that summons the past to envision the future.

Christopher Myers
Fire in the Head

Friday, October 29, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 7:30pm

A world premiere staged in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Fire in the Head salutes the tortured genius of the pathbreaking dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, who, like many artists today, grappled with the confluence between global and personal crises.

Kaneza Schaal

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 5 & 7:30pm

Kaneza Schaal exorcises the ghost of King Leopold II through a mytho-biographical performance. She addresses the residue of colonialism in our everyday lives in this showcase of her multimedia work in progress KLII.

nora chipaumire

In-Person Listening Marathon
Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 11am–4:30pm
Artist Talk at 5pm

Created during the pandemic, Nehanda is based on a legend of a spirit venerated by the Shona people, native of Zimbabwe and central Mozambique. nora chipaumire brings together instruments and musicians from around the world to evoke the story of atrocities against indigenous communities in British-occupied Southern Rhodesia.


Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7:30pm

Grammy-nominated singer Somi uses her songwriting to give voices to issues of social justice, transnationalism, womanhood, and global constructions of Blackness. For her debut at FIAF, she will perform some of her most iconic songs and give us a sneak preview of her upcoming album.

Okwui Okpokwasili
& Peter Born
Before the whisper
becomes the word

On View
October 20–November 6, 2021

Exhibition Opening
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6pm
Artist Talk at 7pm

Working across media and disciplines, Igbo-Nigerian American artist Okwui Okpokwasili in collaboration with director Peter Born has conceived a room-sized video installation that investigates themes of remembrance, community mourning, and history.

Omar Ba
Clin d’oeil

On View: Sep 9–Oct 28

In conjunction with his solo show at the new location of TEMPLON Gallery in Chelsea, FIAF presents one of Omar Ba’s most important historical works, Clin d’œil à Cheikh Anta Diop-Un continent à la recherche de son histoire (2017). The artwork, presented on corrugated cardboard spanning the entire height of the FIAF Gallery, pays homage to Senegalese historian and politician Cheikh Anta Diop.

Marion Siéfert

Wed, Sep 14 & Thu, Sep 15

Featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker!

Under the Instagram pseudonym _jeanne_dark_, 16 year-old Jeanne breaks her silence about being bullied in hopes of finding meaningful interactions online. Delicately addressing the pertinent issues of bullying and sexuality, director Marion Siéfert creates a striking work that breaks the fourth wall of theater through intimate live Instagram video.

Caroline Guiela Nguyen
FRATERNITY, A Fantastic Tale

Fri, Sep 16 & Sat, Sep 17

In Caroline Guiela Nguyen’s play FRATERNITY, an ensemble cast of professional and amateur actors take audiences on a wild adventure! In a freak incident, part of the human race disappears from the planet. Those who still remain try to heal and make sense of the unexpected loss, now navigating their world without partners, parents and friends.

Felwine Sarr
and Dorcy Rugamba
Freedom, I’ll have lived your dream until the very last day

Sat, Sep 24

This musical theatre performance directed by Dorcy Rugamba brings together the famous political views of poet René Char, psychiatrist and political philosopher Frantz Fanon, and economist Felwine Sarr. The theme, which celebrates diversity and equity at its core, stands against abjection and reminds us of the difficult relationship between individual consciousness and collective fate.

Christopher Myers
Fire in the Head

Thu, Sep 29 & Fri, Sep 30

A world premiere staged in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Fire in the Head salutes the tortured genius of the pathbreaking dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, who, like many artists today, grappled with the confluence between global and personal crises.

Kimberly Bartosik
The Encounter

Thu, Oct 6–Sat, Oct 8

The Encounter blossomed in 2021 from the celebratory energy of choreographer Kimberly Bartosik’s return to the studio post-quarantine. The work is an encounter with oneself, pulling from what we are currently carrying in our bodies—grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power—and pairs it with our dreams in this moment of reconciliation with time.

Fouad Boussouf

Tue, Oct 18 & Wed, Oct 19 at 7:30pm
Thu, Oct 20, Fri, Oct 21 & Sat, Oct 22 at 8pm
Sun, Oct 23 at 2pm

Moroccan choreographer Fouad Boussouf presents the NY premiere of Näss (People). Inspired by an array of dance traditions, the performance is comprised of a corps of seven dancers that respond to powerful beats of percussion and electronic music.

Bruno Latour
and Frédérique Aït-Touati
The Terrestrial Trilogy

Thu, Oct 27 at 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 28 at 7pm

The late philosopher Bruno Latour worked with director Frédérique Aït-Touati to make the stage a place for “scenic essays” and philosophical experimentation in The Terrestrial Trilogy, a reflection on the need for a profound renewal of our representations of the terrestrial world, living and non-living.

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.

Philosophy for Kids

Saturday, March 21, 2020

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!


Saturday, March 21, 2020

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

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.

Mr Chip’s Big Adventure

Saturday, March 21, 2020

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!

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.


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.

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.

Sprouting Colors
with Roxane Revon

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Kids will find inspiration in the unique formations of sprouted potatoes to create their own artistic designs, learning how their lives are closely interwoven with the plant world, in this drawing workshop led by visual artist Roxane Revon.

People of Earth

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Bring your dancing shoes for a celebration of music and culture with powerhouse band People of Earth in a colorful and joyful exploration of world music!

Broken Box Mime Theater
Destination: Nature

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Join Broken Box Mime Theater for their newest show: Destination: Nature. In homage to French great Marcel Marceau, each child will mime their favorite animals, bringing the wonders of our natural world into the FIAF Skyroom.

Aquatic Wonderland
with Emma Giuliani

Saturday, April 30–Sunday, May 1, 2022

Let’s have fun in the sun on a day “At the Sea!” Artist Emma Giuliani invites kids to imagine their own ocean world and create illustrations inspired by her new book.

The Little Prince

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Reading on Stage: 10:30am

Actor Jay DeYonker brings Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved story, The Little Prince, to life on the FIAF stage in a dramatic reading animated by Saint-Exupéry’s enchanting drawings. Following the reading, kids will make their own crown and paper airplane to become a part of this magical story.

TILT Kids Day

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Discover the enchanting world of forests at FIAF’s fall TILT Kids Day! Join us for a day filled with fun and exciting activities including a Drag Queen Story Hour, an arts and crafts session, a musical workshop, and a film screening. Each activity aims to inspire its participants to look at the beauty, variety, and ecological importance of forests.

Petits potes
Storytime for Toddlers

Tuesdays, 10:30–11:15am
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 • Feb 7, 14, 28 • Mar 7, 14, 21, 28

Thursdays, 9:45–10:30am
Jan 12, 19, 26 • Feb 2, 9, 16 • Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Bring your toddler to the FIAF Library for storytime in French! Little ones will enjoy interactive stories, games, and songs, all in a group setting. Held in the Library’s adorable Kids’ Room, each session will also include a fun arts & crafts activity.

Les petites histoires du samedi

Saturdays, 11:30am–12pm & 1:15–1:45pm
Jan 14, 21 • Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 • Mar 4, 18, 25

Drop in on Saturdays for free family-style French storytime at the FIAF Library! Held in the main reading room and featuring books carefully curated from the library’s collection, each week will focus on a different theme.

FIAF First Tuesday

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

Valentine’s Day Theme

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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!


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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!

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.

Petits potes
Storytime for Toddlers

Tuesdays, 10:30–11:15am
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 • Feb 7, 14, 28 • Mar 7, 14, 21, 28

Thursdays, 9:45–10:30am
Jan 12, 19, 26 • Feb 2, 9, 16 • Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Bring your toddler to the FIAF Library for storytime in French! Little ones will enjoy interactive stories, games, and songs, all in a group setting. Held in the Library’s adorable Kids’ Room, each session will also include a fun arts & crafts activity.


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

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

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

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

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

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.


Friday, October 25, 2019

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.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

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

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

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.


Saturday, November 23, 2019

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

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

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

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.

Conversation & Wine Reception
with Author Joël Dicker

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

FIAF Montclair is thrilled to welcome international literary sensation Joël Dicker for the debut of his newly-translated novel, The Enigma of Room 622, on Tuesday, September 13, 7-9pm at the historic Van Vleck House and Gardens. The conversation, moderated by Kate Tuttle, will be followed by a book signing and wine reception.

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