Important Announcement

All our group and private classes are running and will be taught online throughout the end of April. We will then evaluate the safety of switching to in-person classes. If you have any questions please contact

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The Alliance Française holds cultural events throughout the year, large and small. They are mostly in English and are open to the public. Come join us!

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Events Policy

The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member.
Guests must pay the non-member price. Please note that a reservation is only confirmed upon receiving payment.

If tickets are available, the Alliance can accept payment at the door by credit card, check, or cash.


  • Registration for Alliance Française events can be made in person at our office, over the phone, by mail, or through the web site.
  • Please make all checks payable to: Alliance Française de Portland. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

Cancellations & Refunds:

  • Refunds will be automatically issued if the Alliance cancels an event.
  • If you need to cancel your registration for an event, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to the start of the program, and you will be fully credited toward a future event.
  • Refunds must be requested in writing no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled event and will incur a 4% credit card processing fee.

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Spring Term Goes Virtual March 30
Monday, March 30, 2020 10pm - Saturday, June 06, 2020 8:30pm
Spring Term Goes Virtual March 30

Spring Term run March 30 to June 6. Given the restrictions we all face in this crazy time, the Alliance is happy to have a way for our students to continue with French. We all love the French language and culture and staying in touch with the the language is one way we can carry on with life as normally as possible.

Try out a Free Online Preview Class this Saturday class at 10:00-10:30am for Beginners or Advanced, and Intermediates at 10:40-11:15am.

Online, virtual, or distance learning – call it what you like –  is a today's way to keep up your French, see your classmates, and learn from your teachers. Headphones or earbuds are recommended.

Get together with fellow francophones for a virtual French Hour—a new, Zoom-based conversation class orchestrated by an Alliance Française teacher. Choose from core French language classes or cultural discussions. Levels range from A1 to C1. Click here for more info and to sign up.

The Alliance Française offers French classes for all levels of student, from true beginner to advanced. Sign up online or call...

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POSTPONED - French Chansons at the Old Church, Friday, April 3
Friday, April 03, 2020 8pm - 10pm
POSTPONED - French Chansons at the Old Church, Friday, April 3

Paris Chansons returns to Portland with a fresh, exciting program in partnership with the Alliance Française de Portland! Featuring French favorites from Aznavour, Dassin, Piaf, Macias, Adamo, Dalida to Zaz & Stromae! Plus beloved Russian & Italian classics!

Paris Chansons is an exciting French band with a global twist based in Los Angeles! Their exhilarating performances are punctuated with gypsy jazz standards as well as classics in Russian, Italian, and other languages.

Get a taste of Paris Chansons in action, and see how the news in France (sur Télèmatin!) recently featured them.

Tickets are $30 for general admission. Details and ticket info here:

Location: The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97201
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Watch ABRAHADABRA, a new French film, online with the Alliance
Monday, April 06, 2020 - Sunday, April 12, 2020
Watch ABRAHADABRA, a new French film, online with the Alliance

On a ranch-style farm in south west France, Jane Cavalieri, 14, lives protected by the love of her father Ludovic and grandfather Papifou. The sudden death of her father in a terrorist attack plunges Jane into a waking dream.

ABRAHADABRA, described as a drama with fairytale, is a low budget film shot on a tablet, running just over an hour. Visit the film's official site here. Director Yannik Ruault joins famous French Low Budget filmmakers Agnès Varda, Alain Cavalier, and Jean-Pierre Mocky in this genre. For more to read about the film, just click here.

This film can be viewed at home through a direct link with the distributor and will be available for viewing anytime from April 6 to April 12, midnight to midnight. In addition, a group of Alliance members will be invited to join in an online Cinema Alliance discussion led by Nathalie Gerts the following week. The film is available to all registrants. The invitation for the online discussion group will be sent out to the first ten registrants. Click here to register.

Bring your own popcorn!

This film being shown online ONLY. The...

Location: At Your House
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CANCELLED - Léo Quievreux presents "The Immersion Program" - a talk about a comic book
Friday, April 10, 2020 6pm - 7pm
CANCELLED - Léo Quievreux presents "The Immersion Program" - a talk about a comic book


This event has been cancelled.

Meet Léo Quievreux, French author, illustrator and pioneer in the comic book industry, on April 10, at 6 p.m., at the Kamm house. Léo is on tour in U.S. presenting his newest book, The Immersion Program, and will be stopping by the Alliance for an evening of conversation about the book and his work. You'll have an opportunity to learn about the book and hear him talk about the origin of his work and his literary and cinematographic inspirations. He'll walk us through his creative process and share the way he imagines and works on the scenario, as well as how he realizes it graphically.

This event is in French with some English Translation.

Find out more about the author and the book: 

Free for the Alliance members, $5 for non-members. Please register here:


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POSTPONED: Call Me Carole: Claudine Fisher Reads from Her Latest Novel
Saturday, April 11, 2020 5pm - 7pm
POSTPONED: Call Me Carole: Claudine Fisher Reads from Her Latest Novel

New date for this event TBD. Thank you.
Where Claudine Fisher's trilogy of The Reluctant Paris Rebel, Southbound French Settlers and The Breton Black Foot evoked 19th century France and its colonies, her latest novel is set in the U.S. from 1938 through WWII, the 1980's and 1990's, to modern day.

In Call me Carole the heroine remains connected to France thanks to her grandmother’s roots, her French language teaching at the university, her wild imaginings and personal idiosyncrasies.

From the back jacket: A young woman named Judith, aka Carol or Carole, depending on her age and moods, finds her true love during the Second World War, moves from the windy city of Chicago to the Pacific Northwest where she settles as a married woman in a house among fir trees to pursue her teaching career. Meanwhile her husband creates a small bamboo grove in their back garden before his health condition worsens. As in an impressionist painting, touches after touches, we discover Carole’s surprising destiny and what each of the three men in her life brings to her personality.

Click here to register. The reading is $5 for Alliance members...

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POSTPONED: Seminar - Le Goût du Vin, Part 2
Wednesday, May 06, 2020 6:15pm - 8:30pm
POSTPONED: Seminar - Le Goût du Vin, Part 2

Originally scheduled for March 18 - April, this seminar has been postponed until May 6.

Le goût du vin - A delicious journey through the wine regions of France

Explore and taste French wines through the lens of history and culture. Learn to read and demystify French wine labels as you discover new favorites and find hidden treasures. Wine & refreshments paired to the region will be served at each session. The seminar with be taught in English, with appropriate French vocabulary.

The two five-week seminars may be taken in sequence or stand-alone. The class meets once a week on Wednesday from 6:15-8:30 pm. There will be a materials fee to cover wine & food pairings enjoyed in each class. Single classes are available at $55 (materials fee included) each including materials; please call the office at 503.223.8388 to register.

Maxine Borcherding, Chef, Sommelier, and lover of wine and fine food, will guide you through an in-depth look at the wine regions of France. Maxine’s professional certifications include Sommelier (International Sommelier Guild), French Wine Scholar (French Wine Academy), Spanish Wine Educator (Wine Academy of Spain), and Wine Location Specialist (Center for Wine Origins). She recently retired from 16 years as Lead Chef...

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Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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