French history & culture


Topical workshops conducted in Frenglish
Available only at Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, 51 Grey st, St Kilda

From Mon 28 Sep to Fri 2 Oct   |  6.15pm to 7.45pm

Our very first serie of topical workshops will focus on Louis XIV (King Louis the Fourteenth), one of the most well-known and
one of the most powerful Kings of France. Famous for his big hair and for residing in the Palace of Versailles with other
members of the aristocracy, his rule came at a time of France's supreme power.
 

Booking options:

Booking fee for each workshop: $35 (one glass of wine offered)

Special offer: Attend all workshops - $150 all included (save $25 for the whole week).

 

Le "programme"  of the week: 


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Messieurs, le roi est mort

Monday 28 September  |  6.15pm to 7.45pm

Topical workshop conducted in Frenglish.

XIV died 300 years ago, on Sep 1st, 1715. Who was he? What is he remembered for? During the first class, participants will embark on a journey to (re)discover the most famous French king of all times.

Bookings are essential. Enrolments are open until Saturday 26th Sep.


$35.00 AUD

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L'Etat c'est moi

Tuesday 29 September  |  6.15pm to 7.45pm

Topical workshop conducted in Frenglish.

An adherent of the concept of the divine right of kings, which advocates the divine origin of monarchical rule, Louis consolidated a system of absolute monarchical rule in France that endured until the French Revolution. On the second day, participants will learn more about the Kingdom of France and the French society under Louis's reign and the roots of the French Revolution.


Bookings are essential. Enrolments are open until Saturday 26th Sep.


$35.00 AUD

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Versailles

Wednesday 30 September   |  6.15pm to 7.45pm

Topical workshop conducted in Frenglish.

Originally a hunting lodge built by his father, converted into a spectacular royal palace, the Palace of Versailles hosted the King’s Court and was the centre of his power in France. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy which Louis XIV ventured. During this third class, participants will step into the palace and explore its history and many secrets.

Bookings are essential. Enrolments are open until Saturday 26th Sep.


$35.00 AUD

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Le Roi Soleil

Thursday 1st October   |  6.15pm to 7.45pm

Topical workshop conducted in  Frenglish.

Louis XIV was a patron of the arts. Under his patronage, classical french literature flourished with writers such as Moliere, Racine and la Fontaine whose works remain greatly influential to this day. On the second last day, participants will learn more about those three authors and their lives at the court of Le Roi Soleil.

Bookings are essential. Enrolments are open until Saturday 26th Sep.


$35.00 AUD

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Long live the King

Friday 2nd October   |  6.15pm to 7.45pm

Topical workshop conducted in  Frenglish.

After his death, the Sun King continued to inspire all sorts of stories, novels, movies and musicals. For the last workshop, participants will take a look at the various myths and legends evolving around Louis XIV and his court: the Iron Mask, Vatel's unfortunate death, the Hope Diamond, the affair of the poisons and the suspicious deaths of all his heirs.

Bookings are essential. Enrolments are open until Saturday 26th Sep.


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St Kilda branch:
51 Grey Street, ST KILDA
VICTORIA 3182 AUSTRALIA
Tel : 03 9525 3463
Fax : 03 9525 5064
E-mail: info@afmelbourne.com.au

Postal Address:
PO Box 2042,
ST KILDA WEST, VICTORIA 3182
AUSTRALIA

St Kilda branch opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am to 7pm (switchboard/reception: 9.30am to 6.30pm)
Sat: 9am to 6pm (switchboard/reception: 9am to 5.30pm)

How to find us:
Trams: 16, 96, Fitzroy Street
3, 5, 64, 67 St Kilda Junction (3, 64, 67 Alma Road)
Car park available
Wheelchair access

City branch:
Level 13, 55 Swanston St, MELBOURNE
VICTORIA 3000 AUSTRALIA
Tel : 03 9525 3463
Fax : 03 9525 5064
E-mail: info@afmelbourne.com.au

City branch opening hours:
Mon - Thurs 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 6.30pm
Fri - Sat: 9am to 12pm & 1pm to 6pm

How to find us:
Trams: 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 8, 11, 16, 42, 48, 64, 67, 72, 109
& 112 running down Swanston St (stop: Collins St/Swanston St)
Trains: Flinders St Station is 1 block away