Sunday, 11 December 2016 16:30

A Beaujolais s’il vous plait

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals across France.

In Limassol, the day is celebrated each year by the Alliance Française de Limassol (AFL) with a night out at a local bar or restaurant, with platters of cold cuts and cheese and, of course, a bottle of the light and fruity wine that is released just weeks after its grapes have been harvested. This year was no different, as members and friends of the Alliance celebrated together yesterday.

Limassol’s Alliance Française has been promoting the French language and culture since 1963. The non-profit organisation is part of a world-wide network of more than 1,000 Alliances in 137 countries. It collaborates with the Institut Français at the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in Nicosia, the Limassol Municipality, the Rialto Theatre and the Cyprus University of Technology.

French classes for all skill levels and ages
AFL’s French classes have been enjoying great popularity. Their five certified teachers, native French or French-speaking who have studied and lived in France, are teaching classes to students from the age of seven. Classes preparing for the DELF, the French language skill diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education, are also offered. Recently AFL also started providing classes at a local primary school and running special courses for Russian speakers. The small groups are open to all and students can enrol throughout the year.
For those wanting to study in France, the Alliance helps with the entire administrative process for French universities which all offer free tuition. Also, every year during Easter, a trip to France is organised for teenagers aged 13 to 18.

AFL hosts a radio show every Monday from 8pm to 9 pm at CUT’s radio portal 95.2 and screens French films in March in celebration of Francophonie Day. Pétanque tournaments are also organised several times a year.

Alliance Francaise Director Betrand Baldet is, himself, a big Pétanque fan. “It is a very Mediterranean sport and fits with the mood and climate here,” he says. He invites Limassolians to join their tournaments and any of their activities or courses listed on their website: Details can be obtained by writing to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling: 25-877784.

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of Nov 18th 2016

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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