Our story

Founded in 1950, the Alliance Française of Johannesburg was the second Alliance Française in South Africa after the Alliance Française of Durban (1936). The Alliance Française of Johannesburg is a Franco-South African non-profit and Public benefit organisation.

Our mission is to promote the French language and cultural diversity. We do it through the organisation of language diversity (French as well as isiZulu and Portuguese) and cultural events with French, Francophone and South African artists.

The Alliance of Johannesburg has been located in front of the Zoo Lake Park, in a lovely eco-friendly architectural building, since 1994.

Alliance Française in Southern Africa

The Alliance Française in Southern Africa comprises French language training centres in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, teaching French to over 5,000 students a year, with more than 100 teachers. The Alliance Française also offers a variety of workshops that make the learning experience more fun (French through music, French cuisine, theatre, travel…) as well as special programme for youngsters from 6 to 14 years-old.

With over 400 projects a year, the Alliance Française provides a wide-ranging cultural program presenting a unique mix of music, theatre, visual arts and dance, with the support of the French Embassies, the French Institute of South Africa and in partnership with local companies and cultural bodies.

Alliance Française in the world

In 1883 eminent figures of the Art, the sciences, and politics, such as Jules Verne and Louis Pasteur, along with other illustrious visionaries, designed the structure for the Alliance Française to ensure the presence of French language and culture around the world. Nowadays, the Alliance Française network still promotes French language but also francophone as well as local cultures in a permanent and enriching dialogue.

If you want to learn more about the Alliance Française Fondation, click here