Fake News Exhibition

From 15 September to 14 October, the Alliance Francaise of Canberra will present ‘Fake News’, an exhibition produced by Poster for Tomorrow, with the support of the Institut Francais and the French Embassy in Australia. Opening night is on Friday 16 September!

‘Fake News’ is an exhibition that reflects on the power of spreading fake and misleading information. Graphic designers from around the world have designed posters reflecting on media, social media, misinformation and its consequences. 40 posters will be displayed at the Alliance Française of Canberra, inviting you to reflect on this theme.

With the ever growing use of social media, we are now constantly given global news and information – how do we detect which are true and which are not? Traditional media now have to face a constant flood of information online, from various sources. This exhibition reflects on the impact this has on public opinion, how these Fake News are used by various personalities and politicians.

Discover the top 10 posters that will be showcased at the exhibition!

Exhibition is free of entry and open at our Alliance opening times!

Fake News Student Contest

At the Alliance Francaise, we want to include young French learners and students in a debate on Fake News, and have them reflect on the impact of misleading information. We want them to fully understand the impact of Fake News, know how to identify them and analyse them in the future.

On this occasion we have organized a contest for 14 to 18 years old where they will have to create a fake news – making them experts at identifying them. Great prizes to be won (polaroid, speaker, earpods)! You have until August 17 to enter the contest.

Click here to read the conditions of entry:

Art By Yasmina Reza

Art by leading French playwright Yasmina Reza, the Olivier, Moliere and Tony Award-winning comedy classic, paints a satirical and witty portrait of the meaning of art and friendship with the scintillating English translation by Christopher Hampton a runaway success around the world. Starring international comedy legend, Shane Dundas with Christopher Carroll and Craig Alexander with direction from Shelly Higgs.

Are you who you think you are or are you who your friends think you are?

Fiendishly clever and wildly funny, ‘Art’ is a stylish meditation on the art of friendship and what it is that binds people together. A massive international hit and award-winning contemporary classic from the French powerhouse playwright Yasmina Reza, with a scintillating English translation by Christopher Hampton, ‘Art’ has enjoyed runaway success around the world since 1996.

It all starts in Paris. Serge has bought a modern work of art for a large sum of money. Marc hates the painting and cannot believe that a friend of his could possibly want such a work. Yvan attempts, unsuccessfully, to placate both sides with hilarious consequences.

The acclaimed French playwright, screenwriter and novelist, Yasmina Reza is best known for her plays Le Dieu du Carnage (God of Carnage) and Art, with Art winning the triple crown in the theatre world – the French Molière award, the British Olivier award and the American Tony award. The first non-English language piece to win a Tony, the play has been produced in 45 countries and translated into more than 30 languages. Reza is the only contemporary French author whose theatre is performed around the world.

On the occasion of the Francophonie Week 2022, the Francophonie Committee invites you to a fun-filled and interactive celebration of the francophone culture!

Organised in partnership with the Australian National University, the conference will include a presentation on the ‘Organisation internationale de la Francophonie’, as well as an international panel of speakers who will share typical words and expressions from their countries and regions.

A live quiz during the event will allow you to test your knowledge of the french spoken in different regions of the world, and a special prize will be awarded to the top-3 winners!

Drinks and nibbles will be served during the networking reception.

Guest Speakers include :

Dr Solène Inceoglu, SFHEA, Senior Lecturer in French, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, The Australian National University

Her Excellency Mrs Caroline Bichet-Anthamatten, Ambassador of Switzerland

Her Excellency Mrs Marie Claire Jeanne Monty, High Commissioner for Mauritius

Ms Isabelle Martin, Deputy Head of Mission, High Commission of Canada

Mr Arnaud Dusaucy, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Canberra

Dr Yves Lafoy, Counsellor, Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia, Embassy of France

Ms Agustina Camilli, Counsellor, Embassy of Uruguay

The Skien of Time Opening Exhibition by Sharon Field: Saturday 22nd of January – 8th of April 2022
Climate Change and Biodiversity Panel: Saturday 22nd of January 10:30am-12:30pm

Our place on this planet is becoming fragile as the natural climate becomes increasingly helpless in the face of the political and economic and industrial demands that continue to extract from but not give to it.  The plants and animals in our environment are undoubtedly tough, but they are helpless against the constant and unrelenting onslaught of humankind which is, for the most part, self-serving.  Can our now fragile environment sustain its biodiversity in the face of this constant battering?

As the sun sets on the horizon and the sky darkens, the night sky and the earth become one.  While we (people) set ourselves apart from so much in the natural world, when the evening falls, we too become one with the earth.  So let’s look after our natural heritage.  We need it.

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Come to a Panel discussion in featuring:

Sharon Field: Botanical artist, Sharon’s work pushes the boundaries of traditional botanical art whilst maintaining the beauty and dramatic form of her subjects.  Appreciating nature’s diversity and the importance of natural relationships in a rapidly changing environment is a fundamental underpinning to her artistic practice.  Sharon has enjoyed two residencies at Bundanon, the home of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd, and another at Stwdio Maelor in Wales. She was a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, and was the 2017 recipient of the American Society of Botanical Artists ‘Anne Ophelia Dowden Award’, and an Award for Excellence from the UK Society of Botanical Art. Her work has been exhibited in the UK, the USA and Australia.

Thierry Corrège: Science and Higher Education Attaché, former professor of Earth and Marine Sciences at the University of Bordeaux since 2005, and deputy director of the EPOC (Continental and Oceanic Paleoenvironments and Environments) laboratory (U. Bordeaux/CNRS).

Brook Clinton: Brook Clinton is the Executive Officer at SEE-Change and is committed to all things sustainability but in particular thinking about clever consumerism and reduced waste. Brook has a PhD in biochemistry and microbial ecology, and also runs local community composting effort, Capital Scraps.

Discussion topics:

10:30am:11:10am: Panel discussion with our three panelists
11:10:am-11:45am: Q&A
11:45am-12:00pm: Poetry reading by Stephanie Pouliquin and Opening speech by Sharon Field
12:00pm-12:30pm: Guests can ask their questions to the panelists and enjoy the exhibition

Mark your diary for a day of fun, food and French inspired artisan items.

A fabulous French market, right here in Canberra, with Cheeses, charcuterie, truffes, wines, crêpes, handmade products… discover a wide selection of fine French products and services at their annual French Market.

Make it a family outing and enjoy some French food while browsing the different stalls and enjoying live music and games for the kids and youngs at heart!

The French Market is the closest you’ll come to France this year! With almost all stalls outside, you can have the French experience without the COVID concerns!

Opening Night: 5th of November, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Poetry reading by Stéphanie Pouliquin: Poetry as a way to express the deeper meaning of life and heal

This body of work aims to reflect the way we care for people, cradling the emotions of those around us and acknowledging that we all encounter difficulties and challenges in life.  Often we put others first, at other times we need to focus on our own self-care.  As we carry the emotional load of those we love, we need to find a place to release our own feelings, see them transform, and transfigure our shared identity.

These series of paintings were initially created when Marie Barincou offered self-care workshops to healthcare workers at the Canberra Hospital.  After each encounter, Barincou would engage in her own self-care through painting a representation of her own feelings.  She then offered her work to hospital’s staff.  They felt moved by her attunement to their circumstances.

Subsequently, Arts in Health commissioned Barincou to create uplifting pictures to enliven the newly refurbished oncology ward.  Here, Marie Barincou showcases some of her research and preparatory paintings for this project.  Next month, the enlarged and gilded archival prints of the Journey’s series will be on permanent display at the Canberra Hospital’s Oncology Ward.

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Marie Barincou, AThR, is a French-Australian multimodal artist and creative arts therapist.  She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts, in France, and a Master of Arts Therapy, in Australia.  Marie has a passion for human development and particularly values self-care practices.  She offers individual art therapy sessions and facilitates arts-based community engagement projects that allow relationships to unfold and deepen.  She strongly believes that together we create a better world.

Stéphanie Pouliquin is a teacher at Alliance Française Canberra. She studied art history and currently teaches French cinema and literature at AF. Stéphanie Pouliquin is French-Australian , teacher of French at Alliance française of Canberra since 2003. She lived in Germany and Italy before moving to Australia in 2001. She studied the history of art and languages in Montpellier. She has a passionate interest in philosophy and literature and how they can contribute to improving our daily life and well-being.


French talk with the Alliance Française de Canberra:

Karine Mauris, Cultural Attachée to the French Embassy in Australia. Artistic Director of the Alliances Françaises French Film Festival

Roland Peelman, conductor, pianist and Artistic Director of Canberra International Music Festival

6:00pm-6:50pm: Guests will discuss their career paths in Arts Management and the programming and organization of their festivals as well as their international cultural experiences.

6:50pm-7:30pm: Q&A

Discussion topics:

This retrospective exhibition shows the evolution of Marc Rambeau’s painting on various themes with different media over the last 50 years as his life took him around the world. It is a journey of discovery.  

This exhibition also features paintings of the Australian summer, with the yellow sand beach, the lifeguards wearing red caps, and the ferry arriving in port.

In recent years, Marc has focussed on the landscape of the Australian Outback. His show at the Alliance Française last year was based on a trip to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia and Lake Eyre in the outback which led to Marc’s proposal to be the first artist in residence at the Alliance Française. Marc’s beautiful art works have brought a warm energy for this place of language and culture, which enlightens our mood and brightens our day.  

Antarctica is one of the most untouched and remote regions left on our planet. As our fifth largest continent, this unique area contains almost 90% of the world’s ice and is home to some incredible animals and plants.

However, as one of the most rapidly warming places on Earth, Antarctica is under significant threat from climate change. It is also under pressure from countries seeking to expand their interests, particularly around fishing, research and tourism.

Join us online or in-person to celebrate this unique region on Antarctica Day 2020.

We’ll hear about the Beyond EPICA – Oldest Ice challenge, a project aiming to find the oldest ice core on Earth. Beyond EPICA is an European funded project coordinated by the National Research Council of Italy. This project could give us valuable information about Earth’s climate dating back 1.5 million years.

We’ll discuss how climate change is impacting the region and its biodiversity, what is being done to address these impacts and what else we can do to protect this precious continent.

Speakers and presentation topics (in order of presentation) –

H.E. Francesca Tardioli, Ambassador of Italy to Australia – Introductory address.

Dr Rocco Ascione – Station Leader, Dome C, Antarctica – Life and Science at Concordia Station (Antarctica): the white Mars.

Prof Carlo Barbante – Director of the Institute of Polar Sciences (CNR) and Project Coordinator of “Beyond Epica Project” – Beyond EPICA, the quest for oldest ice in Antarctica.

Prof Nerilie Abram – ANU Research School of Earth Sciences – how is climate change impacting Antarctica and it’s biodiversity?

Dr Emily Shuckburgh – Director, Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge – in discussion with Prof Mark Howden on global responses to climate change.

H.E. Jean-Pierre Thebault – Ambassador of France to Australia – introducing, and presenting awards, to students from Telopea Park School.

Moderator – Prof Mark Howden – Director, ANU Climate Change Institute

This event is being organised by the ANU Climate Change Institute, the Italian Embassy in Australia, the French Embassy in Australia, and the British High Commission in Australia.

The Llewellyn Choir’s ‘Faure by Candlelight’, an evening of exquisite French music by Gabriel Faure and others, will be performed on the evening of 25 July at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Hackett. The centrepiece will be Faure’s Requiem in D Minor, which is among the best-loved pieces in the entire choral repertoire. Its enduring appeal to Australian choral enthusiasts was confirmed by its listing at 26th place on the ABC’s recent invitation for listeners to vote for their Top 100 pieces of Music You Can’t Live Without.

Composed between 1887 and 1890, its soothing, tranquil atmosphere is designed to comfort mourners rather than impress upon them the enormity of death.

Other pieces by Faure will include Cantique de Jean Racine, Après un Rêve and Madrigal. And to complete the French theme, we will have some pieces by other French composers including Saint-Saens’ hauntingly beautiful Calme des Nuits.

Choral music features strongly in the enjoyment of the performing Arts in Canberra, and The Llewellyn Choir’s is one of Canberra’s leading classical choirs, bringing new and challenging music to Canberra audiences. Rowan Harvey-Martin, one of Canberra’s most respected musicians and winner of the 2020 Canberra Critics Circle award, will conduct, and we will be joined by soloists Rohan Thatcher (baritone) and Antonio de la Torre (soprano), and accompanied by The Llewellyn Sinfonia.