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Culture & Cultural Relations

Amicale Culturelle Européenne

The association was formed in Basse-Normandie in 1996 under. Its aim is to promote friendship amongst British residents in Normandy and to facilitate their introduction and communication with French and other European nationals living in the area.

To this end, ACE organises monthly events; these include visits to museums, one or several days’ leisure excursions, country walks, trips to other places of interest, talks or conferences on various matters of interest, and regular luncheons.

President - Marc LEVY
27 place des Fuchsias, 14880 Colleville Montgomery
06 81 10 97 64

marc.levy305@orange.fr

Information - Tom Hegarty
La Noblerie, 50560 Blainville-sur-Mer
02 33 07 17 00
hegarty.thomas@orange.fr

The Anglophone Association of Coutances

Formed in 1993, we are an association of English speaking people enjoying Normandy, who aim to help each other in our integration into the French way of life and form links with the local French community.

We organise events, walks, visits to places of interest and local enterprises and conversation groups, all of which enable us to learn more about our local countryside and communities. We frequently enjoy seasonal celebrations and the food of Normandy.

President: Louise Wilson

02 33 45 69 30

mail@anglophones.fr

www.anglophones.fr

Association Culturelle Franco-Anglaise Aquitaine (ACFAA)

This association has as its aim the promotion of Franco-English harmony, in the cultural domain, in the south west of France. Its objective is the promotion and help towards the development of Franco-English and European rapport in the fields of culture, art, history, archaeology, antiques, music, language, gastronomy, architecture and European relationship. ACFAA was formed on 21st July 1992 by Philip Rodger, a Scot living in Eymet and the first 4 years were dedicated to an art group. Over the following years other groups and social activities were introduced. Today we have 530+ members, run 10 French & 3 English classes, 10 activity groups ranging from Art to our 60+ strong Choir (Cantabile), Line Dancing to Gardening, also we arrange several social events throughout the year.

acfaainfo@gmail.com

acfaa.com

Association Culturelle Franco-Britannique du Comtat Venaissin

The association was founded in 1985 by a small group of English people who met regularly in Carpentras to practice their French. Monthly outings were soon added to the weekly conversation meetings and we now offer a variety of activities and outings, announced in the monthly newsletter and on the website.

One of our most important roles is to help anglophones integrate into the area. We also offer our members assistance when facing administrative or legal issues.

President: Marie-Jacqueline Ballagh
franco.britsven@gmail.com
francobrits84.fr/

Facebook: FrancoBritsComtatVenaissin

Association France - Grande-Bretagne Ile de France

The Association, founded in 1916 while the Franco-British Society was being founded in London, aims to foster and develop Franco-British co-operation.

The AFGB network includes some 20 local associations, which organise talks and debates, visits and theme trips, social activities and, in general, aim to spread and promote British cultural and intellectual life, whilst helping British expats to integrate in France.

President: Patrick Hénault  06 84 69 20 37

Contact: Gérard Hocmard OBE 06 84 74 92 36

association-france-grande-bretagne.fr

Association France – Grande-Bretagne – Lyon & Rhône

The Lyon & Rhône branch of the Association France - Grande-Bretagne aims to promote Franco-British relations through cultural activities, including a monthly luncheon, talks by visiting speakers, a book circle, an English Scrabble group, a poetry reading group, cinema outings to see films in English, conversation groups and a group which organises social events & outings. A monthly newsletter sent to members contains details of our programme, which can also be found on our website.

President Mike Smith
mikesmithzumsee@gmail.com
www.fgb-lyon.org

British Association of Cote d'Opale

British Association Côte d’Opale is a Nord-Pas-de-Calais association. Our membership is international and takes part in regular events that we organise throughout the year. We produce a quarterly newsletter covering our events and issues of interest concerning our members. We have created a Franco-British orchestra called the “Friends of Europe Orchestra” promoting cultural interests locally and regionally.

We also organise a monthly English book club at the médiathèque Calais with visiting authors.

President Kristina Howells 07 83 92 75 26
infor.britishassociationopale@gmail.com

British Association of Monaco

The BAM was established in 1935 and is one of the most active associations in the Principality.

We aim to provide a social focus for British citizens living in and around Monaco and to represent their views in the Principality. We organise monthly outings, talks, etc., and give aid to British citizens who may be in need, whether BAM members or not.

A monthly Newsletter provides members with articles and a diary of current events in Monaco.

President - John Luigi Megginson
bamadmin@monaco.mc
bam@monaco.mc
www.bam-monaco.org

British Council

The UK’s international organisation for educational and cultural relations working in over 100 countries, our purpose is to create international opportunities between the people of the UK and other countries and build trust with them worldwide.

We provide English language courses in Paris and its suburbs and a broad range of exams and tests of English. We also work in the fields of Education & Society, English and the Arts.

Country Director: Bob Lewis

9 rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris

01 49 55 73 00

educationuk.fr

britishcouncil.fr

British and Commonwealth Women’s Association

The BCWA was created in 1962, but has evolved over the years to accommodate changing times and more importantly, the changing attitudes of modern women. It offers a broad range of interests such as art, yoga, book discussion groups, bridge, talks, quizzes and monthly walks and visits, often to places not readily open to the public.  The BCWA is a voluntary organisation; all events are organised by members.

bcwapresident@gmail.com
www.bcwa.org

Connect

Connect is based in the Dieppe area. The association’s aim is to promote all initiatives which will reinforce exchanges and friendship at an international level and in particular French-British relations. To this end, it organises events such as book exchanges, pub quizzes, theme meals at members’ houses or in restaurants, plant exchanges, computer literacy, outings etc.

President Anne Vandelannoote
06 46 40 42 12
jessannden@orange.fr
Connect76.com

The Dordogne Ladies Club International (DLCI)

The Dordogne Ladies Club International was formed in 1986 as a not for profit association for women living across a wide area in and around the Dordogne.

We are a vibrant and enthusiastic community of women of all ages and nationalities (with English as the common language). Our ethos is networking, cultural exchange, friendship, support, welfare and raising money for local charities. Current members from all over the world provide mutual support for new lives in France and get together for social gatherings throughout the year. Annual membership is 25 euros.

Kathy John, President
president@dlci.info

Fiona Bowtell, Secretary
secretary@dlci.info

June Davies, Treasurer
treasurer@dlci.info

The English-Speaking Union France

The ESU is an international educational charity present in some 50 countries worldwide, whose aim is to promote understanding and friendship through the use of English as a common language.

The activities of the four French branches include monthly cultural programmes, trips and exchanges, and participating in the ESU Public Speaking Competition in London. Every year, an internship programme for an English-speaking student and a French student is organised between Westminster and the Assemblée Nationale.

Honorary President - Béatrix de Montgermont-Keil

President (chairman) - Lucia Dumont Renard
esufrance@esufrance.org
www.esufrance.org/about-us-esu-france-committee-branches-contact/

Paris President - Luce Loussouarn
esu.paris@free.fr
www.esuparis.fr

Loire Valley President - Patricia Curd
patricia.curd@wanadoo.fr
www.esu-loire-valley.fr

Bordeaux President - François Belly
francois.belly@gmail.com

Strasbourg President - Jack Hanning
esustrasbourg@gmail.com       Facebook - ESUStrasbourg

Grapevine Association, Aix-les-Bains

The Association was founded in 1992 to encourage members to practise their spoken English, widen their knowledge of British traditions and promote British heritage in Aix-les-Bains.

We hold monthly meetings from October to June where activities include talks, games and musical evenings. Each May we have a ceremony near the statue of Queen Victoria opposite the town hall. In September 2019, we will participate in Tutti Frutti and Les Journées du Patrimoine. Our annual Carol Concert will be at St Swithun’s Church.

President: Joy LORCERY
04 79 54 70 66

htpps://grapevineweb.wordpress.com

Lux Perpetua

Lux Perpetua is a vibrant international classical choir based in St. Nom-la-Bretèche open to any interested Anglophone singers. Rehearsals are every Friday night from 20.30 to 22.30. If you live in the West of Paris please join us! (Unfortunately, due to Covid 19, we are putting the choir on hold for the moment. Please check our website for updates.)

Director Claire Lewis, Tel: 06 88 20 15 52

Contact singwithluxp@gmail.com

luxperpetuachoir.wixsite.com/luxperpetua

PADFAS - The Arts Society - Paris

This Franco-British society is affiliated to The Arts Society U.K. It offers a series of monthly lectures, in English with visual illustrations, during the season from October to May. Lectures, by experts in their field, are held on Thursday afternoons.

Other activities include visits to museums, etc.; musical evenings; a book club; half- or full-day outings; and an annual 3 or 4 day trip to an interesting area further afield.

Ghislaine Elliott (Visits) gamelliott@gmail.com

Honorary Secretary: Phil Dunbar paris@theartssociety.org

theartssocietyparis.com

The Paris Welsh Society - Cymdeithas Cymry Paris

The Paris Welsh Society, founded in 1890, brings together Welsh people working, visiting or resident in the Paris area, to share their cultural heritage.

The Society`s annual programme of events includes the St David`s Day dinner, and Owain Glyndwr dinner and during spring and summer an annual walk and boules competition.

PWS welcomes everyone who is Welsh, or who is interested in Wales to join us. Croeso i bawb sydd â diddordeb yng Nghymru.

President: Ceri Davies

pwssecretary@gmail.com

www.pariswelshsociety.org

Facebook - pariswelshsociety

Royal School of Church Music

RSCM France is an autonomous “area” of the Royal School of Church Music, an educational charity working in over forty countries since 1927.

Its mission is to foster and promote high standards in varying styles of music for worship by training and educating musicians (lay people and clergy).

Churches, schools and individuals may all become members of RSCM France (subject to acceptance). Membership gives access to the RSCM’s regular publications, its training schemes for singers and musicians in France and abroad, and a valuable discount on all RSCM materials.

Chair John Crothers, Tel: 01 40 95 13 05

Secretary Shirley Rowson, Tel: 04 94 50 38 46

rscmfrance@gmail.com

rscmfrance.org

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society - Lyon Branch

The object of RSCDS Lyon Branch is to preserve and further the practice of traditional Scottish Dancing as it danced today; we are mainly involved in Scottish Country Dancing, but also hold occasional classes in Highland Dancing. We have a weekly class on Friday nights, with 3 levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced); we also organise ceilidhs, balls, social dancing, day classes (usually 3 times a year on Saturdays) and weekend schools (usually twice a year), with live musicians whenever possible. We accept beginners all year round, come and join us !

Contact: Laure Gardelle, Tel: 06 56 59 66 38, lgardelle@yahoo.fr
www.rscds-lyon.fr

The Society of the Wallace Fountains

The Society of the Wallace Fountains is a non-profit organisation. Its mission is to promote, preserve and protect the historic Wallace Fountains of Paris, and to recognise and encourage philanthropy in the spirit of Sir Richard Wallace. It provides education and information about the historic, cultural and social significance of the fountains and their donor.  The Society offers 21 self-guided walks to find all 103 Wallace Fountains scattered throughout Paris via its guidebook and website.

Secretary GretelFurner, gfurner@wallacefountains.org

President Barbara Lambesis, blambesis@wallacefountains.org

wallacefountains.org