29 juin 2012


Some of our talented musicians on the evening of La Fête de la Musique

Fête de la Musique: 21 juin 2012

More than 60 people turned up on 21 June at the Dark horse Coffee Shop, Belfast to celebrate the Fête de la Musique.  The music, song and dance event was skilfully orchestrated by Vannessa FRANCHETTI in association  with the CFB.  Vanessa's team encouraged and cajoled participants to take to the floor, while The Dark Horse crew were kept busy making up cheeseboards and serving wine.

Many French people came along and it was great to hear the language punctuating the lively atmosphere.  Many complimented the choice of venue and even though the weather wasn't great we were able to fêter la musique au sec! 

07 août 2011


The Cercle Français de Belfast is one a number of French clubs supported by the Alliance Française de Londres. Our members are people who have a keen interest in all things French and comprise both francophones and francophiles.  We meet on nine or ten occasions during the year – between September and June.  Below you will find details of our programme for 2011 - 2012. 

If you would like to receive a monthly email reminding of our meetings and giving details other events with a French connection taking place in Belfast please email me at ..

Hope to see you at one of our events soon.

A bientôt,  Philip

Programme d’événements  2011-2012

Mardi 18 octobre 2011 à 19.30 heures,

The Dark Horse Coffee House, Commercial Court, Belfast.

Tintin                                                    Brendan STOREY

As Steven Spielberg takes on translating the famous bande dessinée for the big screen we are delighted to welcome Brendan Storey of International Books Dublin, whose bookshop specialises in the distribution of Tintin’s French materials published by Moulinsart.                                                              English

Mercredi 9 novembre 2011 à 19.30 heures,

The Dark Horse Coffee House, Commercial Court, Belfast. 


In this multimedia format, Jim explores aspects of resistance in wartime France including the SOE, the Underground and la résistance san sarme.                                                English / French

Mercredi 7 décembre 2011 à 19.30 heures,

The Dark Horse Coffee House, Commercial Court, Belfast.

Art Nouveau                          Details LATER

Our previous art talks have been among our highest attended events and we think this one will appeal to a wide audience.  We think the venue at the Dark Horse will suit perfectly!                          English

Mercredi 11 janvier 2012 à 19.30 heures,

The Dark Horse Coffee House, Commercial Court, Belfast.

La Fête des Rois et Bal Musette                                      

We celebrate New Year, French style with some galettes, crowns and wine.  This time Vanessa organises a Bal Musette wth some demonstrations and plenty of music to get your feet dancing.  English / French

Mercredi 8 février 2012 à 19.30 heures,

Dunmurry Golf Club, Belfast

1000kms: La Loire à vélo et en voiture                       
Claudine McKEOWN

Last year, Claudine’s husband Seamus shared with us his love of cycling and the Tour de France.  This time we hear how the two covered 1000kms in the Loire area à vélo et en voiture.
English / French

Mercredi 7 mars 2012 à 19.30 heures,

The Dark Horse Coffee House, Commercial Court, Belfast.

After last year’s dégustation  members thought it would be a good idea to twist our tongues round some Calvados.  More a faits divers than an in depth treatment there will nonetheless be an opportunity to taste or sniff a little, including some from a special bottle kindly donated by Sandra Perry.                                     English / French

Mercredi 18 avril 2012 à 19.30 heures,

Dunmurry Golf Club, Belfast.

Le Mont St Michel

Ray and his wife, Catherine have visited this world heritage site several times and Ray couples some fascinating historical details along with personal anecdotes.                         English

Mercredi 9 mai 2012 à 19.30 heures,

Dunmurry Golf Club, Belfast.

Annual Celebration Dinner                                  

We stay at DGC for another evening of superb food, wine and chat. In keeping with previous years we will have an after-dinner speaker who will share with us their experiences of France and things French.

Mercredi 16 mai 2012 à 19.30 heures,

The Dark Horse Coffee House, Commercial Court, Belfast.

Assemblée générale et actualités en ligne

Our AGM with a difference.  After the formal business of the evening we will go on line to browse French media sites, suggested by members, on a large screen.  This should stimulate conversation!