Alliance Française de Canberra is holding an Open Day today, at 66 McCaughey Street, Turner. This is just down the road from my home at City Edge and for years I have walked past Alliance Française, wondering what went on inside. It is a glorious cool, crisp, sunny spring day, so went in and had a look. The building looks like a late 70s primary school, with a large open plan area, where there are book displays set up and a small kitchen serving espresso and croissants. At the back there is a library and in another wing are classrooms.
Alliance Française (French Alliance) are devoted to the promotion of French culture and in particular learning the French language. They have classes for children and adults, with examinations and certificates awarded by the French Ministry of Education. There are also francophone movies, concerts, and talks on history, science and regions.