Did you know that Michael Murtagh, an AFT member and teacher, is doing a French radio programme in Toowoomba?
Community radio station 102.7fm DDB has now added a French programme to its ethnic broadcasts. It is going to air on MONDAYs at 6pm (18.00). So far there have been two shows with others planned.
Michael Murtagh, who is presenting the shows said, "The first two shows had very personal playlists from my early encounters with French music in the 1970s up to a more contemporary list in programme 3".Michael reflected how songs take on different meanings, especially in these challenging times. For example, at the moment you can only dream of one day again strolling down the Champs Élysées, "au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minuit" singing the famous song of Joe Dassin.
He has also planned a Chansons Classiques, Musique du cinéma and a Patrick Bruel special.
Did you know that most of the great French classics have an English version? Tune into programme 4 for a little quiz.
One of the requirements of an ethnic broadcast is to include information for local populations. So although this has been called Radio France, it should really be Radio Francophone. Michael is interested in any input from French-speaking populations in the Darling Downs. Please send any requests, suggestions, news from pays d'origine to firstname.lastname@example.org so Michael can fulfill this requirement better.
Michael is keen to have your feedback on the new programme, so please get in contact with him if you have any comments or suggestions.
The French Film night advertised for March 30 at Bar Wunder has now been cancelled.
Bonjour à tous
Given the rapid development and advice re COVID-19 virus, I regret that the AFT will cancel next week's French language classes. The AFT wishes to abide by the Australian Government's latest advice (Friday, 20 March) that:
Please advise the AFT if you wish to receive a refund for this cancellation. Or, if you are happy to forfeit this refund please let us know.
Also, Café Bla Bla will be cancelled until further notice.
The AFT is sorry about this cancellation, but at the end of the day, we want to do what is best.
French Film Night - Monday, 30 March 2020
The AFT, in conjunction with Bar Wunder and Ric's Flicks, is hosting the first French film night of 2020. Come along to the screening of the 1940s classic La belle et la bête on Monday, 30 March.
The doors open at 6pm for pre drinks and the movie will commence at 7pm. Tickets are $25 which includes a drink on arrival (champagne, wine or beer). Cheese platters for 2, with 2 glasses of bubbly, are available for $30 along with Bar Wunder's full menu.
Join us for a night of classic French cinema! Tickets can be purchased through Bar Wunder's Facebook page.
Bonjour à tous
It is my pleasure to be writing to you as the new President of Alliance Française de Toowoomba. I would like to thank everyone who attended the AGM 2019. There were many attendees and it demonstrates to me that there are many people in the Toowoomba region who are very keen and dedicated to learning the French language and French culture.
AFT welcomes new members throughout the year and offers a variety of reasons why it pays to join. There are French classes for those who may be traveling to French-speaking countries in the near future; those who want to develop their ability to speak and those who enjoy the many social events which are planned throughout the year. Café Bla Bla is a wonderful opportunity to practice French with others at Kingfishers Café at 333 Spring Street, Toowoomba. I know how important it is to 'practice practice practice' a foreign language and to gain a little more confidence each week. Café Bla Bla is a great way to overcome the doubts or questions you may have. The next chance to 'Bla Bla' is from 10am Saturday 6 April ($5). Otherwise, please make a note in the diary for the first Saturday of each month. And, anyone is welcome to come along and 'Bla Bla'! Non-members are welcome. Please remember, Café Bla Bla is closed during the months of January and July.
I began learning French again this year after learning that AFT has native French-speaking teachers. When learning any language, it isn't just words but cultural nuances, phrases, expressions and much more which enriches the learning experience. I greatly appreciate the AFT teachers who offer much much more than just words!
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the coming months.
Everyone is welcome at Laurel Bank Park (Herries St, Toowoomba) from 2-4pm.
Members $7, Non-members $10, Children under 10 are free.
RSVP by 12 February. More information is available from the event flyer below...
Join us this Saturday for the first Café Bla Bla of the year.
Starting at 10am at Kingfisher Café, The Springs (on Spring St).
$5 per person to attend (orders of food/drinks from the café extra)
Enrolments for French classes in 2019 are now open, including 10% discounts for:
Membership forms for 2019 are available, and we look forward to seeing you in 2019!