The Alliance française - a global network
The Alliance française Bruxelles-Europe forms part of the first international cultural network, namely the Alliance française, which was founded in Paris in 1883.
The network, which is coordinated by the Alliance française Foundation, consists of around 800 Alliance branches in 135 countries on five continents. Every day, their 8,000 teachers and 550,000 students keep the French language alive around the world and add to its international profile. The network’s many cultural events attract audiences in excess of 2 million people each year. The Alliances françaises owe their autonomy to the fact that they are self-funded to the tune of 83%, are classed as associations operating under local law, and are supported by 8,500 volunteers.
The Alliance française Foundation
Founded in July 2007, the Alliance française Foundation holds charitable status. It ensures respect for statutes and the “Alliance française” label, a global brand recognised in more than 150 countries around the world on account of the quality of its language tuition and its role in supporting intercultural dialogue and promoting the ideas and values of La Francophonie.
It is also responsible for coordinating the global network, lending its expertise, advice and support to specific projects. The Foundation also appoints the executive directors who represent it in different countries or regions, cooperates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in appointing expatriate staff for the Alliances, and organises teaching and management courses as part of its continued professional development plan.
The Alliance française in Belgium
In his capacity as executive officer, the director of the Alliance française Bruxelles-Europe is the Alliance française Foundation’s representative in Belgium. He coordinates and supports the educational, cultural and developmental activities of all the Alliances françaises in the country. The Alliance française network in Belgium is made up of the following bodies:
- the Alliance française d’Anvers
- the Alliance française de Condroz-Meuse-Hesbaye in Huy
- the Alliance française de Flandre Orientale in Ghent
- the Alliance française de Flandre Occidentale in Courtrai
- the Alliance française du Hainaut in Mons
- the Alliance française de Liège
We are members of EUNIC Brussels, a network of around twenty European Union National Institutes for Culture and embassy cultural services.
With the support of their networks around Europe, the members work together to plan and deliver multilateral cultural projects. Their aim is to promote European values, contribute to cultural diversity and boost cultural dialogue, interaction and lasting cooperation between cultures.
With its network of member institutes and its 15 languages, EUNIC Brussels is a fine example of European cultural cooperation. The cluster meets on a regular basis and the presidency rotates annually. Mindful of the cultural challenges of the modern world, EUNIC Brussels focuses its activities on intercultural dialogue, multilingualism and European citizenship.
The members of EUNIC Brussels
Members: Alliance française Bruxelles-Europe, Austrian Cultural Forum, Balassi Institute, British Council, Czech Centre, Danish Cultural Institute, Finnish Cultural Institute, Flemish-Dutch deBuren House, Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Italian Cultural Institute, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the European Union (EU), Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU, Polish Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute.
Associate members: Basque Cultural Institute, Cultural Service of the Embassy of Portugal in Belgium, Embassy of the Republic of Moldova to the Kingdom of Belgium, Mission of the Faroes to the European Union, Norwegian Embassy, Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU, Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, Swiss Embassy, Yunus Emre Cultural Centre.