Important Announcement

All group and private classes are taught online until further notice. The Alliance office is also virtual, and Kamm House is open only by appointment. Please contact us at  

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The Alliance Française holds cultural events throughout the year, large and small. They are mostly in English and are open to the public. Come join us!

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Events Policy

The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member.
Guests must pay the non-member price. Please note that a reservation is only confirmed upon receiving payment.

If tickets are available, the Alliance can accept payment at the door by credit card, check, or cash.


  • Registration for Alliance Française events can be made in person at our office, over the phone, by mail, or through the web site.
  • Please make all checks payable to: Alliance Française de Portland. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

Cancellations & Refunds:

  • Refunds will be automatically issued if the Alliance cancels an event.
  • If you need to cancel your registration for an event, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to the start of the program, and you will be fully credited toward a future event.
  • Refunds must be requested in writing no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled event and will incur a 4% credit card processing fee.

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Registration Is Open for Summer French Classes
Monday, May 03, 2021 - Saturday, August 21, 2021
Registration Is Open for Summer French Classes

This summer, choose from two five-week long modules, Summer 1: June 14 - July 17, or Summer 2: July 19 - August 21. Sign up for both parts, or choose just one. All classes are taught on Zoom.

Enjoy limited time discounts. Both discounts are valid until May 23.

Early Bird 10% off the class tuition, use code earlybird at checkout Senior 15% off the class tuition, use code senior at checkout


A core language curriculum is the fundamental key to learning success. Alliance Française offers Édito, Méthode de français as its cornerstone to mastering French. Whether a true beginner or advanced, there is an Édito class for every level of student. Please sign up for both parts to complete the level. We invite those joining in part 2 without completing part 1 to contact the office to verify the level and class availability.

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Specialty and cultural classes are perfect to work on comprehension and communication skills. A certain level of French is required for each class. Please read carefully the pre-requisites for the class that interests you. If you're not sure about your level, take the...

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Announcing COLCOA Virtual Cinema
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Announcing COLCOA Virtual Cinema

The Alliance is pleased to introduce the francophile commuity to the COLCOA Virtual Cinema, streaming French films in the US. This is a non-subscription service with a starting rental price of $2.99 per film. 

The COLCOA Virtual Cinema is presented by the Franco American Cultural Fund, a partnership of the DGS, MPAA, SACEM and WGA West, with the support of the Federation of Alliances Francaise USA. The yearly COLCOA festival brings French cinema to the Directors Guild of America.

Click here to go to the COLCOA website and check out their currently available films. Opening this week is a mix of films from 2011 to 2018, including a documentary on Alain Ducasse, Back to Burgundy, In the House, the Women on the 6th Floor, and more. Search the site by most popular, women directors, classics, documentaries, or programmer's picks, among others.

All films are in French with English subtitles.



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Summer Art Program for Adults
Monday, June 14, 2021 - Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Summer Art Program for Adults

The Alliance offers two opportunities to learn about art and improve spoken French through either a class or a workshop. Led by a Museum Educator and French teacher, Elene Zedginidze, these offerings invite you to study, in depth, a handful of artworks per session in a highly interactive environment. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, high-intermediate or advanced French speaker, an art expert or no art background at all, you will discover that talking about art in French is easy and highly enjoyable.

Defining Moments in Art - Class

Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, June 15 - July 13

For visual arts enthusiasts and those simply curious about the art world. Each week, examine several artworks to learn about the events, personalities and works that have had the greatest impact in their time. This is a highly interactive class using art as a vehicle of conversation. The second edition of the class will study the European art of the late 19th century. 

This class is taught over 5 weeks, each session lasting 2 hours.

The students will receive optional homework and be invited to work on short presentations (one presentation per student).

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Image à la loupe - Workshop

Tuesdays, 1pm-1:30pm, June 22 - July 13

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Summer 2021 Drop-in Workshops
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Saturday, August 21, 2021
Summer 2021 Drop-in Workshops

French on the Go, the 4 week drop-in workshop series, continues this summer with new offerings to liven up your French language skills. Each week explores a different topic or theme and are offered as drop-in workshops ($28) or the bundle of four ($105). The next series of workshops begin May 10, 2021.

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Lupin - ciné-club

B1/B2 level

Wednesdays 6-7:30pm

This workshop is taught over 5 weeks.

Get excited, the Season 2 will be released on June 11! This summer we will continue this popular workshop with the sessions around new season. 

Join us to explore the hit series Lupin about a modern-day gentleman thief! During this entertaining series of workshops, we will discuss the plot and themes, learn useful expressions and words, and discover excerpts from the beloved novels by Maurice Leblanc. Please watch the episode prior to attending the workshop.

 Summer 1: June 23 - July 21, Wednesdays 6-7:30pm. 

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4 Workshop 5

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Image à la loupe - Conversation Workshop

B1/B2 level

Train your observation skills and share your love of art. In this highly interactive workshop Elene will be guiding you through discovery of the two or three artworks...

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Cooking Classes en français and Wine Classes en anglais
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Cooking Classes en français and Wine Classes en anglais

Cultural Seminars return in 2021 with two new four-week offerings. Enjoy learning about the history and traditions of French regions through the lens of cuisine and wine. Both seminars can be attended as a bundle of four sessions, or as a single. You may choose your options during registration.

Cooking Class

Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm

In French. Recommended French level B1 or higher.

Calling all epicureans, Francophones, and epicurean Francophones. Travel across the regions of France by way of their unique and traditional food and wines. Experience a different region each week through the cuisine. It's perfect as summer holiday family activity. Gather your family in the kitchen, set up your digital device and enjoy cooking and learning about different regions in French with Francine Chough.

Register for a bundle of four cooking classes

You will be cooking food from the following regions:

June 22 - la Bretagne

We will travel to the West region of Bretagne, a region surrounded by the sea and appreciated for its mild climate. It is rich in seafood, famous for its fresh produce, its crêpes, cookies and cider. In this workshop, you will learn to prepare Mini gâteaux de galettes de la mer, Coquilles saint...

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Proust for Beginners, with Caroline Weber
Friday, June 25, 2021 9am - 10am
Proust for Beginners, with Caroline Weber

Have you read Marcel Proust? Do you just pretend to have read him? Are you afraid to even crack open In Search of Lost Time? No need to panic. Barnard’s Caroline Weber, a Proust expert, introduces us to the man, his milieu, his era and his writing.

Caroline Weber is professor of French and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University; she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. She’s the author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution and has written for the New York Times, London Review of Books and many other publications. She’s currently a Guggenheim Fellow and a fellow at the NYPL Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers. She lives in New York City.

Pamela Druckerman is a Paris-based journalist and the author of five books.

This program, produced in partnership with Pandemonium U, is sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA and the Cultural Services Department of the Embassy of France. Alliance Française and AATF members can register below to receive reminder messages and the Zoom link.

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Napoleon I and Josephine, an intriguing view of an emperor from art historian Céline Glon
Saturday, June 26, 2021 10am - 11am
Napoleon I and Josephine, an intriguing view of an emperor from art historian Céline Glon

Join us for the third lecture by art historian Céline Glon who offers a vivid and intriguing look at a life of Napoleon I, the strategist General, Consul, and Emperor who conquered much of Europe.

This presentation begins at the Chateau of Malmaison where Napoleon experienced his happiest years with his first wife and Empress, the fascinating Josephine de Beauharnais.

We will then move on to discuss his meteoric rise and fall as he became Emperor and will conclude with his farewell at the Chateau of Fontainebleau in 1814 after his abdication. 

This lively and informative presentation from art historial Célin Glon of Zoom on Paris will be in French. The fee is $26.


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Between America and Paris, with novelist Diane Johnson
Friday, July 02, 2021 9am - 10am
Between America and Paris, with novelist Diane Johnson

Between America and Paris presents novelist Diane Johnson, best-selling author of Le Divorce and of the new book Lorna Mott Comes Home, in conversation with Pamela Druckerman.

Johnson's satirical novels often feature American heroines living abroad in contemporary France. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Persian Nights in 1988. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and co-authored the screenplay of Stephen King's The Shining with director Stanley Kubrick.

Pamela Druckerman is the author of five books including Paris By Phone, a rhyming picture book for kids.

This program, produced in partnership with Pandemonium U, is sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA and the Cultural Services Department of the Embassy of France. Alliance Française and AATF members can register below to receive reminder messages and the Zoom link.

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Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

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