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What, When, Where, Who and How?

Alliance Baza{a}r February March




Complete your diary with the AFK events ! February Sunday






Friday 1 feat. Kathmandu Off-Beat contest








Concert by French & Nepalese musicians *

New Session Starts 10












Basanta Panchami ** 17






22 Short film festival


Short film festival 29

Short film festival

Short film festival

* Updated details will be available on AFK website

March Sunday















14 Francophonie Week

15 Francophonie Week


21 Fagu Purnima **

22 Francophonie Week

27 Francophonie Week

28 Francophonie Week

29 Francophonie Week

5 Maha Shivaratri **





16 Francophonie Week

17 Francophonie Week

18 Francophonie Week

19 Francophonie Week

23 Francophonie Week

24 Francophonie Week

25 Francophonie Week

26 Francophonie Week


31 Francophonie Week

Francophonie Week/ Darwin's Nightmare - Candid Society screening

JournĂŠe Internationale de la Francophonie

** AFK will be closed during these days

Alliance Française in Kathmandu Tripureshwor (beside Avenues TV) P.O. Box 452, Kathmandu, Nepal Phone : + 977 (1) 4241163 / 4242832 Fax : + 977 (1) 4242621 E-mail : Website :

OPENING HOURS Institution Monday to Friday : 7 am - 7 pm Library Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri : 8 am - 6.30 pm Sunday : 12 noon - 4 pm Campus France Desk Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri : 11.30 am - 6.30 pm Sunday : 12 noon - 4 pm or by appointment Translation Desk Mon/Wed/Fri : 9.30 am - 12.30 pm Bistrot Monday to Friday 7 am - 6.30 pm

Ask for « Alliance Baza(a)r », the program of Alliance Française in Kathmandu’s activities! All the AFK team is happy to present you its brand-new programme. Cultural activities, information about courses or studies in France, translation desk and French meals at the Bistrot: nothing has been left aside so that you always know what’s on around here. The main events in our planning for the coming months will be “Voyage en courts”, our short film festival on February, and the Francophonie Week (Frenchspeaking celebration) in March. Nepal is now thinking about the decisions that will shape its future, opening new ways in people’s mind. With its unique point of view, both in and outside Nepalese society, the AFK invites you on sideway paths, on which painters, photographers, poets, visual artists and actors will be, for a while, the fellow travelers that will enrich your lives.


Namaste !



Direction : Philippe Martin, Prabin Rana, Mireille Hamon-Loirat, Krishna Shrestha Library & Campus France Desk : Mira Thapa, Niranjan Neupane Translation Desk : Ingrid Chiron Staff : Laxman Khadka, Suresh K.C., Navraj K.C., Tsering Sherpa, Ramesh Maharjan, Pradip Biswokar, Mukti Lama, Madhav Pandey, Mira Dahal Bistrot : Budhi Ratna, Uma Maya Lama, Uttam Aryal, Mangal Tamang Teachers : Anne Lelong, Ashok Shakya, Benoît Gillet, David Baillat, Deepker Shakya, Eva Przyszczikowski, Sébastien Barré, Florent Labbe, Gautam Basu, Ingrid Chiron, Maya G. Kaur, Eric Bétend, Olivier Polychroniadis, Stéphanie Selle


TEAM OF THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE IN KATHMANDU : Board of directors : Keshav Raj Jha (President), Sugandha Wagley (Vice President), Mahen Shresta (Treasurer), Aymeric Hamon (Vice Treasurer), Christophe Abbou (Secretary), Pramod Khakurel (Vice Secretary), Rabin K.C. (Member & legal advisor), Pratima Pandé (Member), NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati (Member)


F A K team


A bientôt ! Philippe Martin - Directeur

{event} Presented by Alliance Française in Kathmandu & Candid Society & promoted by Nepal Tourism Board.


These films remind us that short films are fullyfledged artworks, that brevity is not incompatible with emotional power and complexity, and that from apparent simplicity can spring a myriad of questions. These films confirm the infinite variety of animation practice and how far stop-motion is an art that cannot be reduced to infantile entertainment. In the world of short films, cultural diversity is no empty concept. About 45 films from approximately 8 countries will carry us off on a maelstrom of images during 4 days. The richness and diversity of production in terms of both form and subject led us to define five main focuses: - Young audiences: the “Playground Shorts” program, - The weird and fantastic: the “Strange Shorts” program, - The feminine: the “Elles” program, - A selection from the Clermont Ferrand Festival: the “Clermont-Ferrand 2006” program, - The promotion of films from the South: this is the “World Shorts” program. Candid Society is conducting film-related

workshops exploring the medium of short films. If you are interested in attending and you work in a film medium, please contact Candid Society ( for more information. NEPAL TOURISM BOARD - FREE SCREENINGS SCHEDULE Friday, 22 February 1pm : Opening ceremony (by invitation only) 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm : “Elles” program (by invitation only)

3.30 pm - 4 pm : Refreshment 4 pm - 5.30 pm : Roundtable 6 pm : “World Shorts” program Saturday, 23 February 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm : Wokshop 5 pm : “Strange Shorts” program Sunday, 24 February 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm : Wokshop 5 pm : “Clermont-Ferrand 2006” program Monday, 25 February 5 pm : “Playground Shorts” program For the details & the synopsis of each shortfilm presented, please check the website of Alliance Française in Kathmandu: We wish you a happy “Voyages en courts” journey into the world of short films!

14 - 31 March 2008

Francophonie Week


“Francophonie contributes to the promotion of democratic development, rule of Law, the promotion of human rights and good citizenship.” - Léopold Sédar Senghor

From 14 to 31 March 2008, French-speaking and French-loving people on 5 continents will celebrate the French language. The love of this language, and promotion of linguistic diversity constitutes a link that brings together some 170 million French-speakers with the 500 million people who live in the 63 Member States and Governments of the International Organization of the Francophonie. In 2008, the theme of Francophonie Week is “Meeting with words” “Journée Internationale de la Francophonie” - 20/03 - from 5 pm at Alliance Française in Kathmandu - Original creations by unexpected encounters between poets and musicians. The working theme for these “Jugal Bandi” is “Meeting with words” of course ! - Different pieces of theatre which will be presented by the students of AFK and by French School of Kathmandu. - Small and large menus of French Food at Le Bistrot “International Francophonie Week” - from 14 to 31 March at Alliance Française in Kathmandu - Exhibition of visual art by Nepalese and French artists : painting, installation, photography & sculpture - Wall for the freedom of speech ; just come and express yourself ! - Bowls and baby-foot tournaments - Go and explore the treasures of the francophone literature in our library and other surprises… In town - at The Bakery Café in Pulchowk Francophone Menus all week long - Try the special Francophone Week menus offered by our partner restaurant. Discover the recipes and taste the products of the Francophone World ! On the radio - Metro F.M. 94.6 MHz Franco Musique Mania presents you French and Francophone songs and give you the latest news about French culture. We invite you to visit to discover all the details of the activities that will happen during this week.

{partners} Free screening at AFK with Candid Society Candid Society is an association of artists, cultural workers and activists undertaking an effort to contribute to and enrich civil society, public discourse and culture. It plans to periodically screen films that are socially pertinent and challenging. Join us and mingle at Alliance Francaise Kathmandu’s delightful open-air café before the indoor or outdoor screening (weather permitting). For any inquiries about this and other events, please email or visit Next screening : - “Darwin's Nightmare”, on Sunday, 30 March, 2008, 6 pm

Franco Musique Mania - METRO FM 94.6 MHz Almost 3 years ago now was launched a weekly program ‘Franco Musique Mania’, broadcast by ‘Metro FM’, one of the major FM radio station of Kathmandu valley. The musical numbers of the program are provided by Radio France International. Presenting by Kishor Sedai and Surja Laxmi Shrestha, this program presents you every Tuesday, between 9 pm and 10 pm, the best of the French and Francophone songs. is a unique platform that highlights the power of visual storytelling. It is a physical space for professional as well as amateur photographers to share work and interact with other storytellers and a larger community of media professionals. creates an opportunity for photographers to directly communicate with their audience and receive feedback. It also provides time and space to share technical know- how on the craft of making pictures and the skills of navigating the larger industry that makes use of these pictures for various communication purposes. Visit for more details. Next sessions : - Saturday, 2 February, 9.45 AM Featuring pictures from Off-Beat Kathmandu contest


learning french I have French friends and I wanna talk with them in French. I want to learn French to be able to speak with my French clients. French is an international language and it is important not to know only English.

The Library

Student, engineer, guide… our students have different backgrounds but share one will: learning French! With classes one hour a day, you are soon familiar with the sound of French language and, even if it takes time to be an independent speaker, or fluent, it is a great pleasure to learn more everyday. You already speak some French, and you want to improve? The Alliance organizes some tests during the admission period to find out in which level you can register. And if you just

want to assess your level in French, the Alliance Française is the only official examination centre in Nepal for French diplomas and certificates. In Spring, TEF (Test d’Evaluation du Français) and TEFaQ (TEF adapted for Quebec) will be organized. For 65 euros (equivalent paid in Nepalese rupees), you get a certificate which may be useful in the case of a visa application for Canada and Quebec or if you have plans of studies in France. Contact us for more details, or check our website - !

Guess which of our magazines is the most popular? Elle of course! Fashion, gossip, current affairs, travel, beauty and make-up, Elle is girls’ favorite. But there are not only girlish magazines in our periodicals corner: try Paris Match, Le Monde 2, le Courrier International or Okapi. Even if you don’t understand much of the text, photographs and titles can give you an original insight of French culture. And for the ones more fluent in French, try the Courrier International’s “Insolites” page, for unusual news about automatic service in restaurants, whisky in Pakistan or aliens in Sicily. You will also find in this magazine articles from all around the world, to consider news from a different point of view. Along with the magazines, the library membership will allow you to bring back home CDs, DVDs, books and comics… and if you are a simple onlooker, stay a while to watch a movie! 


The Official French Agency for higher Education in France - now in Kathmandu, visit us for free counseling CampusFrance helps students who plan to carry out a period of study in France. Ensuring quality in every phase of the foreign-student experience is CampusFrance’s top priority. That experience begins well before admission and enrollment. Is accurate information on programs in France readily available? Is it possible to apply online? Are students getting all the information they need to prepare for departure, to settle in to life in France, and to plan their return home? and CampusFrance’s 90 worldwide offices are the tools we use to achieve our mission of helping international students’ successes in France. We’re opening CampusFrance offices on growing numbers of French campuses to provide one-stop shops for increasingly mobile students. On-line information on One website takes students through the steps involved in realizing their dream of studying in France: information, guidance, application, financialaid, obtaining a visa, planning

for departure, and arrival in France. With 100,000 visits each month, the CampusFrance site provides everything students need to plan a period of study in France. Free counseling and information’s are available at our local office in Kathamandu at Alliance française. For details, please visit us, we will be happy to welcome you in our office. Contact Mr. Prabin Bikram RANA or Mr. Niranjan NEUPANE CampusFrance Desk Alliance Française of Katmandou Ganesh Man Sigh Path (Teku Road), Tripureshwor Tel: 4241163, 4242832 Web:

Translation desk ion Desk t a l s n a r T duction a r t e d u Burea


Looking for a translation? The translation’s desk of the Alliance française stands there for you. From Nepali or English to French or, French to Nepali or English; for any kind of document; official or non official translations. The desk is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9.30 to 12.30. Visit our website For more information or details, please contact us at 4241163, 4242832


Le Bistrot

Looking for a resting outdoor place? Le Bistrot of the Alliance Française is what you need. Come and enjoy our French environment in this oasis of calm in Tripureshwor. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, you are welcome 5 days a week from 7 am to 6.30 pm. Because life is too short to get bored, we offer a new set menu everyday (starter, main course, desert and choice of tea or coffee), cooked in our own kitchen and made out of fresh and safe products. Whether you just want to have a drink or a quiet atmosphere for your business lunches, we will be happy to serve you one of our various menus and/or typical French drinks (do you know what a “Kir” is?). Visit our website to drool over our menus, before making your reservation! Le Bistrot is not only a place to eat but also a place to celebrate. Rent it for your parties, cocktails or special events. We can provide sound system, braseros and food if needed. To make your celebration unforgettable we’ll be glad to be your partner. Cocktail food like “mousse de foie de volaille”, “caviar d’aubergine” etc. are part of our specialties. So do not hesitate to contact us. French food in a French environment where you can relax and meet people : that’s Le Bistrot.

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