Who are we?


Founded in 1953, the Alliance Française de Hong Kong (AFHK) is a Hong Kong not-for-profit association dedicated to the promotion of the French language and culture.

Alliance Française Hong Kong


Language

We are the largest language institution for French in Hong Kong and in Asia with over 6,000 students annually.

With our team of qualified native French-speaking teachers, we offer a large range of courses, including specialised courses, private tuition, workshops, immersion days, outings to museums or French dining experience and more.

The AFHK is the only accredited and official examination centre to conduct all the diplomas issued by the French Ministry of Education such as DELF and DALF, TCF and TCFQ.

Cultural centre

Enjoying the patronage and support of the French Consulate General in Hong Kong, AFHK, is the only French cultural centre in Hong Kong. It organizes major cultural events each year, such as the French Film Festival in November and takes part in numerous programs of Le French May (an initiative co-created by AFHK in 1993), Make Music Hong Kong (from 2018) and the French-Speaking Festival (Francophonie). A rich 2018) program of social events, film screenings and conferences is regularly offered in our Jordan Centre and at The Fringe Club.

Our multimedia library is available for students and members. It includes over 12,000 French books, CDs and DVDs as well as a dedicated section for our students with relevant resources to develop their French skills.




Mission & Vision Statements




Our Mission

The Alliance Française de Hong Kong encourages and promotes active connections between people in Hong Kong and French language and culture. It provides the means by which people can learn French language and engage in many different aspects of French culture. It provides the opportunity for friends of the French language and culture to come together in an apolitical, non-religious and welcoming environment.  

Our Vision

Reach a broad base of people throughout Hong Kong, including beginner students of all ages and expatriate French nationals.

Continue to understand our French lovers interests and needs and then meet them through a wide range of affordable activities and services

Provide the highest quality of French language education from qualified, native French-speaking teachers with a high standard of teaching facilities and multimedia tools

Work in collaboration with other French organisations and link-minded local cultural institutions





Alliance Française Hong Kong's Milestones



The 60s, “La Nouvelle Vague”: located on Central building and Preservation Alliance Française Hong Kong reaches 3000 students yearly

The 70s, “L’Âge d’Or”: Alliance Française acquires its main buildings in Wan Chai (1971) and Jordan (1975), it can now welcome over 5000 students yearly and boost its cultural programs with the launch of the French Film Festival as an annual major event.


The 90s, “Le Boom”: Alliance Francaise Hong Kong becomes the biggest centre in the world with 45,000 registrations (1991). It creates Le French May jointly with the French General Consulate in HK and Macau (1993). It will directly run 10 first editions of the festival. 

The 2000s: AFHK launches Francophonie (2000) a festival of joints initiatives between French-speaking countries in HK. It now presents dozens of events every year during the month of March. La Fête de la Musique, organised since 1984 in HK evolves as a global celebration of Music, which leads to the creation of a three-day Make Music festival (2018).


Alliance Française Worldwide

History

  • 1883 The Alliance Française is created on the initiative of the ambassador Paul Cambon. He has the support of a committee composed of eminent personalities such as Ferdinand de Lesseps, Louis Pasteur, Ernest Renan, Jules Verne, and Armand Colin to improve the French cultural development abroad.
  • 1886 The first Alliances open in Barcelona, Senegal, Mauritius and Mexico.
  • 1889-1990 Asia swiftly follows the general trend, creating the first Alliance Française in India. The Alliance Française de Melbourne opens the following year.
  • 1894 The Alliance Française of Paris opens its first classes, on boulevard Saint Germain.
  • 1902 The first Alliance Française in Montreal and the foundation of the Federation of the Alliances in America are created.
  • 1919 The French language school of Paris moved to boulevard Raspail and the highly popular “École pratique de langue française” is opened.
  • 1943 The French school of Paris is closed by the Nazis during the Second World War. For the 60th anniversary of the Alliance Française, General De Gaulle makes an historic speech in Algiers, reaffirming its vocation.
  • 1953 The chapter of the Alliance Française de Hong Kong is created.
  • 1983 The centenary of the Alliance is celebrated in the presence of the French President, François Mitterrand.
  • 2007 The Fondation Alliance Française is created and recognised as a public interest organisation. The Fondation is the moral and legal reference of Alliances Françaises. Its aim is to coordinate the actions of the network and its expansion. Gathering experts organised according to geographical zones, it acts close to the Alliances Françaises, giving them support and advice when they need.






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