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PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT

Join us on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6 pm City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue Third Floor, Council Chamber 

PUBLIC HEARING

PUBLIC HEARING

Join us on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6 pm City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue Third Floor, Council Chamber 

Public hearing for our rezoning project is finally scheduled for december 10! What is at stake? During this hearing, the city council will give its approval on our reconstruction project. This is a very important step for us and we need your support more than ever. As this is a public meeting, the more people will attend to support us, the better! So we invite you to join us on Dec. 10. Thanks a lot for your support!

ATTENTION - ACCESS TO PARKING TEMPORARY MODIFIED

ATTENTION - ACCESS TO PARKING TEMPORARY MODIFIED

Due to the constructions on Cambie area, the city of Vancouver closed Ash street from 45th to 49th avenue. Access to the back lane to our parking lot (at rear) is only possible from 49th avenue. The city expects to re-open Ash street early 2020. Please note that 45th West street is also expected to be closed until december 2019.

JOIN US

JOIN US

HELP US TO BUILD A NEW HOME FOR THE ALLIANCE
Marie-Claire Howard, President

The Alliance Francaise Vancouver celebrated its 115 years in Vancouver in style with almost 700 people attending the RectoVRso exhibition at the Centre for Digital Media and 300 more pouring into our digitally transformed auditorium by Nicolas Sasson for a night of dancing with DJs Jack J, DJ Venetta and Mela Melania and good food offered by our very own Danièle et Annie and their team of volunteers. In the meantime, progress for the new building is being made slowly as we are in discussion with the City of Vancouver over a proposed development levy. Stay tuned. We have received warm support and are currently exploring several avenues for private donations as we start our fundraising campaign. Anyone interested in contributing to the success of our project is encouraged to contact us or donate online (See dedicated webpage). It’s easy and tax-deductible.

NEW BUILDING - RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

NEW BUILDING - RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

After such a busy summer and back-to school period, we are still working hard on our reconstruction project. So far, we are not expecting any movement before next spring. 2020 will definitely start in the actual building and we are preparing an amazing cultural program on site until summer 2020. Stay tuned for update!

A SPECIAL EVENT FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY

A SPECIAL EVENT FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY

Bring diversity to Vancouver’s cultural life
Damien Hubert, Director of the Alliance Francaise Vancouver

As you may have noticed, the Alliance Française Vancouver will organise two events to celebrate his anniversary starting with an immersive art exhibition. On this occasion, we wanted to offer something special to Vancouver, something to show the common ties that bonds Vancouver and Francophone artistic creation. Virtual reality is one of them, but not the one that comes first to mind. Applied to art it changes the way we see artistic creation and allows artists to invent new ways of expression. Both French and Canadian artists and researchers are at the forefront of innovation in that field. The last week-end of September will be full of awesome experiences, exhibitions and events to prove it such as Culture Days Events and Vancouver International Film Festival Immersed Conference. We are very happy to contribute to such a rich program with such amazing partners!

A GREAT NEW HOME

A GREAT NEW HOME

COMBINE FRENCH ELEGANCE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Marie-Odile MARCEAU, Mac Farland Marceau Architects


Our architectural team is honoured to accompany the AFV on the renewal of their facilities. We are currently drawing final floor plans and are pleased to confirm that the new facility will offer a high level of comfort and sustainability, consistent with LEED Gold projects.  Respect for our environment has always been a concern of our architectural practice and has been an important part of this project from the beginning.  With the AFV team, we have included significant green features, including a green wall and a mass timber structure - which, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing, has the advantage of sequestering carbon. We are proud of our partnership with Alliance Française in the creation of a new home that combines French elegance with environmental stewardship.

CULTURAL PROGRAM

CULTURAL PROGRAM

AN EXCITING JOURNEY AHEAD OF US
Eloïse LORIOT, event coordinator



While the board and AFV team are working on the reconstruction project for our new building, we are preparing our cultural program for the years to come.The new building will include a brand new and fully equipped performance space with 160 seats, a gallery and a demonstration kitchen; we will be able to develop our cultural program with a lot more events. What an exciting project! We want to offer an inclusive and eclectic program to our community focused on contemporary artistic creation. We aim to open the new cultural centre to Francophone and Francophile artists and to foster partnerships with new organizations. Reconstruction period will also bring new challenges. AF is working to present an audacious off site program… Count on us to be creative and imaginative!        

HAPPY FRENCH NATIONAL DAY

HAPPY FRENCH NATIONAL DAY

BASTILLE DAY, A GREAT MOMENT TO SHARE THE BEST OF FRANCE
Damien Hubert, AFV Director  
 

As we had a very nice event on Sunday to celebrate the French National Day, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our French and Francophone partners and friends who are always a great support for the AFV! The Alliance Française is proud to be a part of this vibrant community. Bastille Day is always a great moment to share the best of France with all: conviviality, Joie de Vivre, sharing and generosity. As a Canadian organisation dedicated to promote French and Francophone cultures, this is what we want to bring to Vancouver! We are looking forward to the next Bastille Day!

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER ON CAMBIE

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER ON CAMBIE

Summer is here, and we are already thinking about back-to-school period in September. As some of you asked regarding what to expect in September, we will welcome our students on Cambie as usual.
Have a nice summer!

LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE

LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE

CELEBRATE MUSIC TOGETHER
DAMIEN HUBERT, DIRECTOR 


On June 21th, join us to celebrate music and summer for the 2nd year at AF in on our parking lot. It is important for us to keep the spirit of this big French Event in Vancouver. Gathering artists, neighbours and friends for a free evening of concerts! This is quite new on Cambie area and we are thankful to our neighbours and partners to allow us to organise this. The FETE DE LA MUSIQUE is a good example of what we want to achieve in the next few years. We want to offer to our neighbourhood an open and inclusive cultural center with activities for everyone. I invite you to join us to celebrate Music on June 21st!

GENERAL MEETING - FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH

GENERAL MEETING - FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH

 
A NON-PROFIT FULL OF LIFE!

MARIE-CLAIRE HOWARD AFV PRESIDENT  

The AFV is about to have his Annual General Meeting. Join us on June 14th for this important moment in the life of our Association. This year, the stakes are higher than ever as we are at the threshold of a new big adventure: building a 40,000 sf new cultural centre. A great opportunity to celebrate our 115-year anniversary!  With more than 300 active members, the Alliance Française is indeed a vibrant organization!  Since the beginning of the year, AFV have welcomed more than 1000 students and hosted 39 events!  If you want to join us in shaping the future of this great institution, become a member now!

A VIRTUAL TOUR TO DISCOVER OUR NEW HOME

A VIRTUAL TOUR TO DISCOVER OUR NEW HOME

Have you visited our new home yet? In order to work on our new building and help our community to project into our future, we created a virtual tour. Let's have a look to all the spaces that we will have the chance to open to the public: the lobby, the restaurant, the multipurpose room, the performance space, the library, classrooms, reception, roof top.... the only space you won't be able to see is the underground parking! Yes, we will have a big parking lot below the building! Feel free to ask questions through our Facebook chatbox. You can also take a VR tour on your phone if you have a VR headset. https://cloud.inod.solutions/alliance_francaise/

WE ARE 115 YEARS YOUNG!

WE ARE 115 YEARS YOUNG!

A THRILLING JOURNEY
DAMIEN HUBERT, DIRECTOR


2019 is an important year for the Alliance Française de Vancouver. This year will mark the official beginning of our reconstruction project as we will celebrate our 115th anniversary! As an independent Canadian registered charity we embrace our mission to promote Francophonie, French language and cultural diversity. We are the 3rd largest Alliance Française in North America after New York and Toronto. We are excited about the journey ahead and thrilled to be able to reinvent ourselves after so many years!  And that's why we are planning to celebrate our anniversary looking toward the future and with a special thanks to the community that helped us to achieve these 115 years of success and will accompany us in the next years: our students, our members, our board members, our volunteers, our partners and, of course, our team! Indeed, our history is and will be, above all, a fantastic human journey! I hope you will celebrate with us this important anniversary year. I invite you to learn more about our projects in the coming months. 

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

OUR TEAM IS GETTING READY
ALIZE HAY - OFFICE MANAGER


The Cambie corridor is a very busy place and we’re noticing an increase of construction vehicles and traffic detours.  As we prepare to move to temporary facilities in 2020, the administrative team is here to welcome you to your lessons or our events and do what we can to minimize inconvenience. Watch this page for regular updates. You can also ask us questions directly through Facebook messenger box, phone or e-mail! Feel free to ask us if you have any concern or question regarding the new building, the move and the construction. We are here to help!

ATTENTION - ACCESS TO PARKING LOT TEMPORARY MODIFIED

ATTENTION - ACCESS TO PARKING LOT TEMPORARY MODIFIED

Due to the constructions on Cambie area, the city of Vancouver closed Ash street from 45th to 49th avenue. Access to the back lane to our parking lot (at rear) is only possible from 49th avenue. The city expects to re-open Ash street July 1st, 2019.

TEACHING WITH EXCELLENCE

TEACHING WITH EXCELLENCE

A TRANSITION WELL PREPARED
VALENTIN MORIN - EDUCATION MANAGER


Together our cultivated passion and excellence have made us one of the most recognized schools of French in BC. As a result of these efforts, our activity is booming. We are unable to offer more classes simply because we have used all available space. To keep up with our quality standards, we made an ambitious decision to rebuild our centre. As a result, in the next few months, we will have to find a new place to host our students during the reconstruction. We are currently in the process of selecting a temporary space that is as close as possible from our centre on Cambie with easy access by public transportation. Our priority is to maintain the quality of teaching. We will maintain schedule, classes, levels as usual. Administration team and teachers are dedicated to prepare this big move so that it won't affect the quality of our activity. We are temporarily moving but we are not changing our recipe made of reliability, effectiveness, passion and fun! 

GREAT SUCCESS COME WITH GREAT CHALLENGES

GREAT SUCCESS COME WITH GREAT CHALLENGES

A FEW WORDS
MARIE-CLAIRE HOWARD AFV PRESIDENT


Alliance Française is now operating at full capacity and we are working hard to maintain the quality of teaching environment that our clients have come to expect. We need a larger facility to meet both our current needs and our anticipated future demand.  We also need to bring our building to code for the safety of our staff and clients with proper seismic construction, sprinklers and full universal access to all facilities. That's why we have decided to build a new building from scratch! A big adventure for our 115-year-old non-profit organisation! A great adventure that comes with big challenges. We are committed to work with you all to offer the same academic excellence and high-quality cultural program. That's why we are planning to strenghten our communication in the next years. Would you want to keep in touch with the latest news about the reconstruction project, this is the place! The AF team and Board members are available to discuss and answer all your questions! 

THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE IS MOVING FORWARD

THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE IS MOVING FORWARD

OPEN WITH US A NEW CHAPTER

Alliance Française Vancouver is seeking to build a modern French Cultural Centre, with more classrooms, a bigger resources centre for our students and members, a real performance space, gallery space, and leased commercial space at street level. AF plans to replace the current 8,500 sf facility at 6161 Cambie with a larger, purpose-built educational and cultural facility of about 30,000 sf to accommodate growing community demand for its education and cultural programming activities.

The Society owns its own site and this location serves the immediate neighbourhood and broader City. Transit investment in the Cambie Corridor has improved transit access and reinforced the suitability of the location for the ongoing growth and success of our mission.

Let's join us in this wonderful adventure 

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Alliance Française de Vancouver - 6161 Cambie street Vancouver - (604) 327 0201 - info@alliancefrancaise.ca