09 septembre 2022

Readings from la Francophonie

Chers Amis,
C’est la rentrée, that special time of year when many are returning from summer holidays and students are looking forward to going back to school. It is the time too when the Cercle français de Belfast presents its programme for the next twelve months. A copy of the programme is available at the tab above.
You will be pleased to see that for a number of our events we return to the Dark Horse Cafe.


The next meeting of the Cercle will take place on ….

… mercredi 14 septembre 2022 à 19h30 and will be online as a Zoom meeting

(The Zoom link will be sent to members and registered guests on the morning of the event)


Topic: Readings from La Francophonie

Chaired by  Patricia HARDIMAN

The first session of our new season is a celebration of La Francophonie.  Patricia chairs a panel of speakers as they present extracts of works by Francophone writers spoken in French and either translated or summarised in English.

Looking forward to seeing you on 14th September.

À bientôt, Philip


30 août 2022

CfB Programme for 2022-23


 Our new programme for 2022-2023 has just been announced.

See what we have in store by clicking on the tab above.

Looking forward to seeing you at one or more of the events.

CfB Committee.

19 août 2022

Secrets of upcoming Cercle programme



Can you keep a secret? 

The Cercle's upcoming programme will be revealed shortly and it contains a couple of secrets.

It includes another Promenade en Blanc at a location that is only revealed a week or so before the event.
Last time our walk took us along the Maritime Mile in Belfast and we stopped for refreshments in front of the French-flagged SS Nomadic.  Next time?  That would be telling!

But we can tell you that our programme features another cercle de lecture and the book we will be discussing is Philippe Grimbert's Un Secret. It's available in French and English and has also been produced as a film. The book discussion is scheduled for early 2023 so plenty of time to check it out.

It's a busy schedule of core events and some surprise extra ones so when you get the programme, please don't keep it a secret:

Pass it on!



11 juillet 2022

Tristes Nouvelles : Jim HOLLAND



Nous avons la grande tristesse de vous informer du décès, à l'hôpital, de notre ami et collègue Jim Holland. 

Jim était un conférencier beaucoup apprecié par nous tous pour sa sagesse, son humour et sa gentillesse. Nous perdons un homme bien aimé par tous ceux qui le connaissaient.

Nos pensées sont avec ses proches.  Nous leur présentons nos plus sincères condoléances. 


We are very sad to inform you of the death, in hospital, of our friend and colleague Jim HOLLAND.  

Jim was a much appreciated by us all for his wisdom, his humour and his kindness. We lose a man much loved by those who knew him. 

Our thoughts are with his nearest and dearest.  We offer them our sincere condolences. 


The Committee and members of 

Le Cercle français de Belfast


06 juillet 2022

Fête Nationale 2022

 



Citoyen·ne·s !

How will you be spending the upcoming fête nationale on 14 July?

We would love to know and invite you to share your snaps, snippets, souvenirs and songs on our social media channels.

You can find us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerclefrancaisdebelfast

On Twitter @cfbelfast

or you may leave a comment in the comment section below this post. 

We will also be sharing posts from the francophile community world wide so please check out the links above on 14 July.

See you there, 

Bonne Fête Nationale


18 mai 2022

Promenade en blanc !

 Chers amis, flâneuses et flâneurs


We are back face to face and side by side for our first ever Promenade en blanc this Saturday!

When we announced this event we said we would keep its location a mystery until close to the date and we can now reveal that we will be walking a section of Belfast's Maritime Mile. Here's a link for more information: https://maritime-mile.com/

We'll meet up at 11am on Saturday 21 May at the Big Fish near Corporation Square; cross the Lagan Footbridge and make our way to the berth of the SS Nomadic. We will pause there to enable participants to get refreshments nearby and chat about what we've been up to since we last met in person.

Then retracing our footsteps across the footbridge we can check out the dockside photo exhibition, Wilder Mann, by French photographer Charles Fréger before concluding our walk back at the Big Fish at around 12.45pm.


In keeping with the tradition of the Pique-nique en blanc, please try if you can to wear something white and, as this is Belfast, remember to rainproof your walk.


Coming? Well we look forward to seeing you at 11am at the Big Fish!


CfB Committee


27 mars 2022

SS Île-de-France et son art-déco

Chers Amis,

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast will take place on

mercredi 30 mars 2022 à 19h30 online as a Zoom meeting

Topic: SS Île-de-France et son art-déco

Speaker: Felix SCHMIDT et Patricia HARDIMAN

Discover life onboard the renowned passenger liner, L’Ile de France as she worked the Trans-Atlantic route from Le Havre to New York. Experience the French way of life on the ship through a virtual Atlantic crossing and enjoy the most fabulous use and exhibition of Art Deco from 1927 to 1939 and again from 1949 to 1959.


Please note: While information about our events is circulated to everyone on our mailing list the links giving access to our Zoom meetings are only sent to members and to guests who have paid for one-off attendance (£5). For more information please contact cfbelfast@gmail.com.

The Zoom link will be sent to members and registered guests on the morning of the event.

Looking forward to seeing you on 30th March.

À bientôt, 

Philip




02 mars 2022

CfB talk on Élisabeth Louise VIGÉE LE BRUN

 Chers Amis,

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast will take place on mercredi 9 mars 2022 à 19h30 online as a Zoom meeting:

Topic: Élisabeth Louise VIGÉE LE BRUN

Speaker: Michael ROOZE

A talk about a comparatively unknown artist, these days but not in her own long lifetime, who not only had an amazing life but kept a detailed diary about her life and all the trials and tribulations to which she was subjected. She was an astonishingly prolific painter; at least 660 works by her are known. She has a room dedicated to her work in the Louvre and there are one or two paintings in British galleries.

Please note: The links giving access to our Zoom meetings are only sent to members and to guests who have paid for one-off attendance (£5). For more information please contact cfbelfast@gmail.com.

The Zoom link will be sent to members and registered guests on the morning of the event.

Looking forward to seeing you on 9th March

À bientôt, Philip


20 février 2022

Un artiste au passé controversé

 Chers Amis,

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast will take place on 

mercredi 23 février 2022 à 19h30 online as a Zoom meeting

Topic: Un artiste au passé controversé

Speaker: Brigitte GOURLEY

Michel Jacquot (1896-1981) Illustrateur - Dessinateur de presse et affichiste ; un artiste au passé controversé !

Brigitte partage quelques aspects clés de la vie et des œuvres de son grand-oncle Michel Jacquot, un artiste français renommé qui devint un personnage controversé au sein de sa famille pendant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale et longtemps après.

Michel Jacquot (1896-1981) Illustrator - Press cartoonist and poster artist; an artist with a controversial past!
Brigitte shares some key aspects of the life and works of her great-uncle Michel Jacquot, a renowned French artist who became a controversial figure within his family during World War II and long after.

Please note: While information about our events is circulated to everyone on our mailing list the links giving access to our Zoom meetings are only sent to members and to guests who have paid for one-off attendance (£5). For more information please contact cfbelfast@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you on 23rd February.

À bientôt, Philip


05 février 2022

SS Île-de-France et son art-déco

 Chers Amis,

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast will take place on ….


… mercredi 9 février 2022 à 19h30 online as a Zoom meeting

(The Link will be emailed to MEMBERS ONLY* on 9 février 2022)


Topic: SS Île-de-France et son art-déco

Speaker: Felix SCHMIDT et Patricia HARDIMAN


Discover life onboard the renowned passenger liner, L’Ile de France as she worked the Trans-Atlantic route from Le Havre to New York. Experience the French way of life on the ship through a virtual Atlantic crossing and enjoy the most fabulous use and exhibition of Art Deco from 1927 to 1939 and again from 1949 to 1959.


*Please note: While information about our events is circulated to everyone on our mailing list the links giving access to our Zoom meetings are only sent to members and to guests who have paid for one-off attendance (£5). For more information please contact cfbelfast@gmail.com.

The Zoom link will be sent to members and registered guests on the morning of the event.


Looking forward to seeing you on 9th February.


À bientôt, Philip


03 janvier 2022

First CfB talk of 2022

Chers Amis,
The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast will take place on 
mercredi 5 janvier 2022 à 19h30 online as a Zoom meeting


Topic: Cook-online and The First Time I saw Paris
Speaker: Patricia HARDIMAN et Joyce GIBSON

Mangez-vous français ? Patricia’s joins us from her kitchen in France to explain the tradition and the cooking of the Galette des Rois. She will then hand us over to a humorous talk from Joyce entitled: The First Time I saw Paris, recollections of a 1950 Sixth form visit to post-war Paris, in the company of Miss Christina Williams and her 600 other A-level students.



The Zoom link will be sent to members and registered guests on the morning of the event.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has already renewed their membership for the Cercle Français de Belfast and here's a GENTLE REMINDER that only paid-up members or guests who have paid the fee of £5 in advance will receive the link to the event.

Looking forward to seeing you on 5th January.

Bonne Année, Philip