French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF): Week at FIAF: Garden Design with Louis Benech, Sneak Previews, Summer French Classes, and More

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Talk & Book Signing
The Esoteric Gardens of Louis Benech

Thu, May 29 at 7pm

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Lauded French landscape architect Louis Benech—known for his work on Paris’ Tuileries Garden as well as his contemporary reinterpretation of a Château de Versailles garden—will share insights into his unique garden designs in an exclusive talk celebrating his new book, Louis Benech: Twelve French Gardens. Moderated by Paula Deitz, garden writer & cultural critic. In English.

Art de Vivre
  The Greats of French Cuisine in NY  

À table
The Greats of French Cuisine in NY
Wed, June 4 at 7pm
Info & Tickets

Meet chefs Alain Ducasse and Anita Lo, along with Maguy Le Coze, co-owner of Le Bernardin, and learn how they have shaken up the New York culinary scene.

  Marc Levy   Tasty Terroirs  

Talk & Book Signing
Marc Levy: Replay
Mon, June 9 at 7pm (FIAF Manhattan)
Info & Tickets

France’s best-selling novelist Marc Levy presents his new thriller, Replay on the occasion of its release in English. Enjoy a glass of champagne after the talk!


Wine Tour de France
Tasty Terroirs
Thu, June 12 at 7pm
Info & Tickets

Discover how place influences taste during this wine and cheese pairing exploring the concept of terroirs. Enjoy six wines, delicious breads, cheese, and charcuterie.

CinéSalon + Special Sneak Previews
  Maine-Océan   Marin Karmitz  

Tue, May 27 at 4 & 7:30pm
Info & Tickets • Free for FIAF Members

Introduced at 7:30pm by director Alex Ross Perry.
Wine reception following both screenings.
Related: Film appreciation workshop at 5:45pm


Special Screening
Marin Karmitz – A Life at the Movies
Fri, June 6 at 7pm
Info & Tickets • Free for FIAF Members

Catch a special screening of Marin Karmitz–A Life at the Movies and enjoy an exclusive conversation with Karmitz himself, one of France’s most important film producers.

  Yves Saint Laurent   A Summer’s Tale  

Special Sneak Preview
Yves Saint Laurent
Wed, June 11 at 7:30pm
Info & Tickets • Free for FIAF Members

Watch as a young Yves Saint Laurent transforms into one of the most important names in haute couture in this captivating story about the making of an icon.


Special Sneak Preview
A Summer’s Tale / Conte d’Eté
Wed, June 18 at 7:30pm
Info & Tickets • Free for FIAF Members

Never before released in the U.S., this “beautiful and bittersweet romantic comedy” (Variety) is part of Eric Rohmer’s acclaimed series Tales of the Four Seasons.

French Classes & Workshops in Manhattan
  French Classes   French Classes  

Spring Classes & Workshops

Two-Week Immersion Classes
May 27–June 6 • June 9–20
Browse Classes & Register

Beginner and Advanced Beginner French immersion classes are offered over two-week periods in Manhattan. Classes are held Monday through Friday in the mornings for three hours.

Upcoming Workshops

Grammar, Sat, May 24 & 31 • June 7
Phonetics, Mon, June 2 & 16
Cinema/Film, Tue, May 27 • June 3, 10 & 17
Slang, Fri, May 30


Summer Classes in Manhattan
June 30–September 19
Registration now open!
Browse Classes & Register

It’s time to plan your French staycation! All your favorite classes are offered with even more flexibility over the summer with new classes starting every two weeks.

Need to learn French faster? Take 2-week immersion classes and cover multiple levels quickly. Prefer a slower pace? Take a 3-hour or 1. 5-hour per week class over 5 weeks or 10 weeks.

Want to try something new? Take a workshop or check out exciting specialized courses like Etude d’une oeuvre littéraire, Culture & Civilization, and more!

  Workshops for Kids   Summer Programs for Ages 1-17  

Spring Workshops for Toddlers

Les petits artistes (ages 2–4)
Sat, 1:30–2:30pm • May 24, 31 • June 7, 14, 21
Toddlers create paintings and sculptures, while being introduced to works of art from around the world. The last workshop includes a visit to the Met Museum.

Les petits chefs (ages 2–4)
Wed, 3–4pm • May 28 • June 4, 11, 18
Thu, 9:30–10:30am • May 29 • June 5, 12, 19
Toddlers discover the flavors of the season by making sweet & savory treats at hands-on cooking workshops.


Summer Day Programs
for Toddlers, Kids & Teens
June 16–August 29
Spots still available!
Browse Programs & Register

Send your young explorateurs on a journey of French discovery with day programs led by experienced teachers and guest artists. Full of fun activities like cooking, yoga, museum visits, and more!

Groups also offered for Native French-Speakers.
Multiple-session and sibling discounts available!

Brooklyn Classes & Events
  Rendez-Vous in Brooklyn   French Classes in Brooklyn  

Rendez-Vous at Provence en Boite
Thu, June 12, from 7–9pm
Provence en Boite, 263 Smith Street, Brooklyn
View Info & Make a Reservation

Join us for Rendez-Vous in Brooklyn and enjoy a fun evening of conversation en français, delicious wines, and tasty amuse-bouches.


Summer Classes in Brooklyn
June 30–September 8
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For the first time, FIAF will offer summer classes in Brooklyn! With 5 and 10-week regular French classes, as well as Conversation & Grammar classes, it’s easy to find the perfect class to fit into your summer plans!

New Jersey Classes & Events
  Marc Levy in NJ   French Classes in NJ  

Meet the Author
Marc Levy

Fri, June 6 at 7pm
Van Vleck House & Gardens
Info & Tickets

France’s best-selling novelist Marc Levy comes to Montclair to present his new thriller Replay. Talk will be in English and will be followed by a book signing and a glass of wine.


Summer Classes for Adults, Kids,
and Teens in New Jersey

June 30–September 8
View Classes & Register

Adults have the choice of convenient 5 and 10-week French language and Conversation & Grammar classes, while kids (ages 5-10) and teens (ages 11-17) can enjoy French immersion and cultural fun over 1 or 2-week sessions throughout the summer!

Membership Offer
  Membership Promotion  

Take Home a Delicious Cheese Basket!

Become a FIAF Member or renew your Membership by May 31 and receive a basket of cheeses, including Roquefort Société, a rich and creamy Président Camembert, and a crumbly white Valbreso feta.

Join or renew with code “FROMAGE14” by May 31

Library Programs
  Library Programs   Alec Lobrano  

Library Programs in French

Contes et confettis (ages 3–6)
Thu, May 29 at 3:45pm

Cercles de lecture (ages 18+) (Advanced Beginner A2)
Thu, June 5 at 6:30pm: Michel Strogoff, Jules Verne

Faites vos jeux ! Scrabble (ages 18+)
Thu, June 12 at 6:30pm


Meet the Author
Alexander Lobrano

Tue, June 3, from 6–7pm
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Author of the bestselling Hungry for Paris, Alexander Lobrano comes to FIAF to present his newest book. The veteran food writer and savvy bon vivant will serve as your guide to exploring the best delicacies across France. In English.

Special Offer
  France 24  

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Around Town
  Stranger than Fiction   Brazilian Film Festival   Discounts for Members  

Stranger than Fiction
Les Plages d’Agnes (The Beaches of Agnes)
Tue, May 27 at IFC Center
Buy Tickets

FIAF Members: $13 • Present your FIAF card at the IFC Box Office. One discounted ticket per member limit.


Inffinito Foundation
12th Brazilian Film
Festival of New York

June 1–7
Multiple Venues
Tickets & Info


Discounts for Members
FIAF Members enjoy exclusive discounts at the best French spots in NYC!

View Discounts & Offers

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