Rochester Events

Année Culturelle à Rochester

Join Alliance Française for French conversation and coffee at Old Abe Coffee Co!Petit Déj: First
Saturdays every month!
Next Petit Déj is August 3, 2019 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Old Abe Coffee Shop

Pratiquez votre français en savourant un bon café et des viennoiseries !
Speak French while savoring a good coffee and tasty treats!

Join us every first Saturday of the month for this informal conversation group. We meet in the backroom of the café.

Un grand merci à Old Abe’s for their hospitality!

Ciné Club Schedule 2019

Third Wednesdays, every other month, 6:30 pm, at Rochester Public Library.

Next Ciné Club:
Swagger, un film d’Olivier Babinet

Mercredi, le 18 septembre à 18h30
Année de sortie: 2016

Wednesday, Sept 18 at 6:30 pm
Release year: 2016


Swagger is a beautifully shot, deftly edited documentary about life in the projects of the tough Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, as seen through the eyes of eleven middle school students, most of whom are first generation French citizens. Speaking directly to the camera as if it were a long-trusted confidante, these extraordinary young people talk about love, being French, life in the projects, and their visions of the future.

Swagger seduces not only by the maturity, generosity, and frankness of its memorable subjects, but by the filmmaker’s efforts to lift it out of the quotidian by including charming flights of fancy that illustrate the children’s unspoken dreams. Shot in bold colors, with breathtaking aerial photography and a score by Jean-Benoît Dunckel, one half of legendary French electronic duo Air, Swagger is much more than another documentary about children’s resilience in challenging circumstances. But perhaps the film’s greatest accomplishment is to leave the viewer feeling she has made eleven new friends in a place she had never dreamed of visiting.
-Description by MSP Film Society

All Ciné Club screenings are free, but please consider making a $5 donation in person or by registering in advance here to support our cultural programming in Rochester!

D’autres films à venir en 2019 / Other upcoming films in 2019.

Nov 20, 2019 : Lola Pater by Nadir Moknèche

Watch for our 2020 dates soon!

Vous avez voté !
A winter event in Rochester of your choosing…

AFMSP worked to bring a French event to Rochester this winter season, but unfortunately we are postponing.
Merci à tous et à toutes qui ont voté ! Thank you to all who voted!

The winner was…

La Chandeleur

Also known as crêpe day (miam miam), la Chandeleur is a French holiday where people traditionally eat crêpes and drink cidre. Some say the crêpes symbolize the return of sunny days as winter draws to a close, but others say it represents prosperity as we use flour from the last harvest. Either way, c’est délicieux.

This year’s Chandeleur celebration has been postponed! Stay tuned for a make-up event in Rochester coming this spring… in partnership with a crêpe vendor who visits Rochester regularly.

Past Events in Rochester

Alliance Française is grateful for all the opportunities we’ve had to connect with Rochester’s francophone and francophile communities! Voilà quelques de nos souvenirs préférés à Rochester :
Here are some of our favorite memories in Rochester:

Fête d’été

A celebration of summer and all things French hosted by nos amis at Grand Rounds Brewing. We celebrated la France with face painting, live music by Mark Stillman & Dave Stenshoel, trivia, wine and crêpesMerci à tous qui sont venus !

Bastille Day 2015 – 2017

Though we sadly had to miss celebrating Bastille Day in 2018 in Rochester due to inclement weather, the AF hopes to return in coming years to celebrate with you again via live music, good wine and fun performances. Merci beaucoup à Mayo Clinic for the support they’ve offered in past years that have helped make our celebration possible! Stay tuned for info on Bastille Day in 2019…

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Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
227 Colfax Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Tel: 612 332 0436

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