13 novembre 2012

French influences on 18th century Ireland

Fifty people, one of our largest attendances in recent years, listened attentively as Dr Eamon PHOENIX provided an illustrated talk on French Influences on Ireland in the 18th century.  Eamon had previously addressed the cercle at our annual dinner a few years ago, so in a way it was like resuming an old conversation.
This time though, his historical anecdotes recalling stories and events that took place in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter over two centuries ago seemed to many of us in the Dark Horse Coffee Shop, perhaps a prison in those days, very close indeed.
Eamon's already extensive talk was supplemented by a range of responses to questions from his audience. He spoke of more recent examples of French influences particularly in relation to Northern Ireland and although members could have listened all night, reluctantly we had to bring the evening to a close.
Were you there? What do you think? Did you ask a question? Please share your views on the blog.

11 octobre 2012

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast will be on …

Mercredi  17 octobre 2012
à 19.30 heures,
in Dark Horse Coffee House,
30-34, Hill Street Belfast BT1 2LB
Topic: French influences on Ireland in the 18th century                                    
Speaker:   Éamon Phoenix

Following up on his much appreciated talk a few years ago at our Annual Dinner, we are delighted that historian and broadcaster Éamon Phoenix has agreed to give a talk on this year's programme.

Fest Diez
The monthly session of Breton Dancing in Belfast takes place
on Saturday 13th October 2012
in Madden’s Bar, 74 Berry Street, Belfast
from 5pm to 8pm
As always the music will be provided by French and Irish musicians and Amélie will be there to guide you through the steps.
For more information see the  BreizhEire website 

French films showing at QFT this month.

(Not screening on Thurs 11 Oct)


Dir: Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano
France • 2011 • 1 hr 52 mins
Cast: François Clu Zet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny
 English subtitles
A box office smash in its native France, Untouchable has shades of The King’s Speech and Driving Miss Daisy in its story of a quadriplegic white millionaire given a new lease of life by his unconventional black carer.
As always it is worth checking out the full details of QFT’s October programme at …http://www.queensfilmtheatre.com/

29 septembre 2012

Stephane Wrembel comes to Belfast!

Who? I hear you say. Well, if you saw Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, there's a good chance you'll recognize Stephane Wrembel's sound, if not his name.


The oh-so-French guitar heard throughout the movie is the work of this Parisian-born musician. Wrembel says he gleaned his style of playing from the musicians at a Gypsy camp in the French countryside, which he would visit several times a week growing up.


As part of his Ireland/UK tour this wonderful guitarist is visiting Belfast for one night only. You can see ..


Stephane Wrembel Live

At Pavilion Boutique Bar, 296 Ormeau Road, Belfast
On Friday
5th October 2012
20:00 hrs (Doors Open)
Price: £13.00

Appearing with Stephane will be a full line-up of bass, rhythm guitar and percussion and he will be performing the music from his new album which includes songs from ‘Midnight in Paris’ as well as many other original compositions.

Stephane is also playing in Dublin at the National Concert Hall on Thursday 4th October.