Alliance Francaise de Colombo reopens | Daily News

Alliance Francaise de Colombo reopens

Alliance Française President Janaka Basuriya, French Ambassador Eric Lavertu, Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardena  and Bruno Duparc, Director of Alliance Française de Colombo, cut a cake at the celebration.
Alliance Française President Janaka Basuriya, French Ambassador Eric Lavertu, Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardena and Bruno Duparc, Director of Alliance Française de Colombo, cut a cake at the celebration.

On June 3, French Ambassador Eric Lavertu participated in the official reopening of the Alliance Française de Colombo, at 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7.

The ceremony was conducted by the Bruno Duparc, director of the Alliance and attended by more than 100 distinguished guests. Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardena who is a former student of the Alliance Francaise, was the chief guest of this reopening inauguration ceremony.

The Ambassador spoke of the long journey which led to the recuperation of the historical premise of the Alliance Francaise after 12 years in exile, and commended its important role in building cultural bridges between our two countries. In Colombo, the Alliance Francaise is now experiencing a brand new start after the entire renovation of its premises: new cultural spaces, new classrooms and a fully refurbished library (16,000 books).

The story of Alliance Francaise started some 139 years ago, in 1883 in Paris, under the patronage of Louis Pasteur, Jules Verne and among others. Since then, the Alliance Francaise network never ceased to expand, and today, counts 830 Alliances Francaises established in 135 countries.

In Sri Lanka, the first Alliance Francaise was founded in Colombo in 1955 (then known as Alliance Francaise de Ceylan), followed by the Alliance Francaise de Kandy (1967), Alliance Francaise de Jaffna (1975), Alliance Francaise de Matara (1997) and Alliance Francaise de Male (Maldives) in 2006. The city of Galle also hosts a branch of Alliance Francaise attached to our Matara Centre.

Alliance Francaise resumes its operation in the best conditions as a French language institute, an official examination centre for French tests and diplomas (TEF, DELF-DALF), a multimedia library, a campus France agency to propose higher education degrees in France, and a cultural centre where cinema, exhibitions, conferences and concerts will be held to enhance the promotion of the French language and the cultural dialogue between France and Sri Lanka.

 


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