Our story

The Alliance Française of Johannesburg was created in 1950 and was the second Alliance Française to open in South Africa after the Alliance Française of Durban was founded in 1936. The Alliance Française of Johannesburg is a South African non-profit and public benefit organisation.

Our mission is to promote the French language as well as cultural diversity. We do it through a wide course offer including French, isiZulu and Portuguese. Our cultural program highlights the works of French and francophone artists as much as South African artists.

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

Alliance Française in Southern Africa

The Alliance Française in Southern Africa comprises of a network of 22 centres throughout Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

In 2019, the AF in the region counted with more than 19,000 students and 272 employees. 

They organized 780 cultural events, attracting an audience of nearly 80,000 people. 

Alliance Française in the world

Back in 1883, eminent figures of the arts, sciences, and politics, such as Jules Verne and Louis Pasteur, gathered to lay foundations of the Alliance Française movement. From the very beginning, it aimed at ensuring the presence of the French language and culture around the world. Nowadays, the mission of Alliance Française also includes the defense and promotion of cultural diversity through a network of 832 Alliances in 131 countries.

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