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"together&now festival"

Alliance for the future

 a fringe festival to francofilm

For gardening lovers, eco-conscious families and all of you who think that it is possible to act now for our children’s future, Alliance Française Dubai, alongside the renowned francofilm, is offering its first festival for eco-citizens!

The Festival presents an inspiring art exhibition and unfolds into open & festive days from 4th to 7th March 2021, featuring a series of entertaining, educational activities at Alliance Française Oud Metha and online, to support eco-citizenship & ecological transition

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What to expect?

🌴 Get inspired with discussions and meditations around inspiring films, conferences, an exhibition, markets...

🌴 Find out more about the actions implemented in the UAE by citizens, associations & companies.

🌴 Connect with people willing to take action & implement the ecological transition at your scale in simple ways.

And because, the future depends on now, we are ensuring that the Sanitary protocols issued by UAE government are strictly followed. All activities (except cinema) will be held outdoors. Pre-registration is required as slots will be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. Together&now is a free event open to all with limited capacity. Screenings, talks and workshops require prior registration. See full schedule below.

Discover the program!

Art exhibition - The World is Too Much with Us (Feb 22 to March 7) is the title of a poem written by the poet William Wordsworth, observing at the end of the 19th century the estrangement of Man and Nature. This exhibition, curated by curator Anna Seaman, presents the work of 6 artists living in the UAE who, echoing the poem, call to protect the ecosystem. In partnership with The Sustainable City. A meeting with the artists will take place at the end of the exhibition on Sunday March 7 at 5.30 pm.

Cinema - A parallel event to francofilm which this year explores the sustainable development objectives on the big screen, our Docu-debate selection of 15 feature and medium-length films will be screened throughout the festival. Enjoy films for all ages, which will leave you moved and amazed, which will make you want to react, bounce back and get involved. And to extend the films, the AF invites you to meet their protagonists for exclusive discussions.


Thought-provoking discussions Chat with the prodigy of agroecology Maxime de Rostolan and share the incredible experience of committed director Patrick Rouxel who reintroduced bears to the Borneo forest. Follow the tribulations of the first "Food Coop" with Nicolas Bole and meet those who are inventing a New World, with the director Yann Richet. Want to live a unique experience? We invite you to a film-meditation around a road movie in the footsteps of a young executive of a multinational in searching for the meaning of his life.

Workshops, demos and information stalls inspiring encounters for children and adults covering topics such as beekeeping, climate issues, upcycling, biodynamics, zero waste, composting, etc. to help you act at your own level in favor of the transition.​ Bring your e-waste!

Flea market & Green bazaar featuring eco-conscious and sustainability-aware products.

A bewitching storytelling performance led in French & English on the 4 elements, earth, wind, water and fire.

For more fun, we have teamed up with the famous Namur Nature festival in Wallonia, one of the oldest film festivals dedicated to nature films, to present their best short films to you in 2020! Each film will therefore be preceded by a 5-minute amateur short film taken from this French-speaking selection.

Thursday 4 March

6:30 to 7:30 pm The truth of the terroirs: biodynamics wines by Maison Chapoutier 

Since 1991, biodynamics is at the heart M. CHAPOUTIER’s philosophy. Come and discover how this art of observing nature is giving birth to better quality wines // AED 120 (seats limited to 30). Followed by Wine calling Book here

7:30 to 9:15 pm 

Cinema screening

in French with English subtitles // free (seats limited to 37) Book here

9 am to 9 pm

The World Is Too Much With Us

Art Exhibition at La Galerie // free Book here

Get your Thursday Day Pass

Friday 5 March

All day long

 9 am to 4 pm Flea Market

The latest trend for buying or selling secondhand products (furniture, clothing, decoration...) at a very good price. Organized by the French Community Club // free entrance Book here

The World Is Too Much With Us

Art Exhibition at La Galerie

9 am to 9 pm // free Book here

Demos & Organic stands

Meet Nature Farm, Big Farm Brothers, & Azraq 9 am to 9 pm Book here

FREE Cinema screenings

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9:30 to 10:15 am

Kids Short Films for ages 3-6 in French with English subtitles // free (seats limited to 37) Book here

12:15 to 14:15 pm

Home for all ages in French with English subtitles // free (seats limited to 37) Book here

2:45 to 4:15 pm

The True Cost for adults 

in English only // free (seats limited to 37) Book here

Available on streaming

from 5/3 to 7/3 CLICK HERE

7:15 to 9:20 pm

Planet Ocean for all ages in French with English subtitles // free (seats limited to 37) Book here

FREE Docu-débat

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10:30 to 12 pm Life is one

Screening followed by a live Q&A via Zoom with Patrick Rouxel, independent filmmaker dedicated to rainforest conservation & animal welfare for kids & families in English only // free (seats limited to 37) Book here // Will also be streamed on Facebook live follow us!

5 to 7:00 pm On a 20 ans pour changer le monde  Screening followed by a discussion via Zoom with Maxime de Rostolan, engineer, ambassador of agro-ecology and co-founder of the project "Fermes d’avenir" for adults in French only// free (seats limited to 37) Book here // Will also be streamed on Facebook live follow us!

FREE Special Talks

10:15 & 12:30 pm Beekeeping by Olivier Cantagrel for all ages 6+ in English // free (seats limited to 10) Book for 10:15 am / Book for 12:30 pm

11:30 am & 1:30 pm  Compost Masterclass for all by Hervé Faujour, COO Veolia Middle East // free (seats limited to 15) in English 

Book for 11 am / Book for 1:30 pm

2 pm to 2:30 pm Making Impact with the Plastic Problem through Art for all by Emma Skinner, artist & activist for marine preservation // free (seats limited to 10) in English Book here

3 to 3:30 pm Turning Waste into a Resource with a Circular Economy for adults by  Eric Schaffner, founder of ZeLoop // free (seats limited to 10) in English Book here

 4:30 to 5 pm Alternatives to Fast-Fashion for adults by Amanda Rushforth, Azraq's Board Director // free (seats limited to 10) in English Book here

5:30 to 6 pm Eco-farming for all by Mohamed Aissaoui, founder of My Farm Dubai // free (seats limited to 15) in English Book here

Workshops

9 am to 12 pm Climate Collage

for adults & teens 14+ three hours to understand climate change & act upon it through collective intelligence with Alex Misseri  // free (seats limited to 16) Book here

Planting challenge for all ages 9:30 to 11:30 am & 1:30 to 5:30 pm Let's grow together now! Bring your plant or buy one onsite Book your day pass

1:15 to 2 pm French Trial Class

for adults complete beginners 

Want to learn French? Get a flavour of what studying with us is like! // free (seats limited to 10) Book here

10 am to 4 pm Chalk Fresco Painting for all ages // free Book here

1:30 to 2:30 pm Djembé for all // AED 50 (seats limited to 20) Book here

2 to 3:30 pm Upcycling Sewing 

Make your own washable wipes & say bye bye to dirty wipes with Victoire from Hello Makers for all ages 13+ // AED 60 (seats limited to 10) Book here

2:30 to 4 pm Land Art 

for all ages 4+ // free Book here

2:30 to 4:30 pm Beekeeping

Discover beeking with Olivier Cantagrel for all ages 8+ // AED 100 (seats limited to 10) Book here

Get your Friday Day Pass

Saturday 6 March

Highlights

Green Market

10 am to 5 pm // free entrance More info

Storytelling performance

4:30 to 5:20 pm in French 5:45 to 6:20 pm in English // free (seats limited to 40 per show) More info

The World Is Too Much With Us

Art Exhibition - La Galerie

9 am to 8 pm // free Book here

Demos & information stalls

Meet our selected partners: Yves Rocher, E-Cyclex, Big Farm Brothers & ZeLoop 9 am to 9 pm // free Book here

Ciné-méditation 3:45 to 5:45 pm for all ages: Screening of A Quest for Meaning in French with English subtitles followed by a Meditation in English with Ajith Shankara -Lotus Yoga School  // Movie available on streaming from 5/3 to 7/3 CLICK HERE

FREE Cinema screenings

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9:30 to 10:15 am Series of short films: Tears of Wood, Illustration Compostage and Plastic & Glass for ages 5-16 in French only // free (seats limited to 37) Book here

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10:30 am to 12 pm Raining Cats & Frogs for kids aged 4-9  in French with English subtitles // free (seats limited to 37) Book here

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12:30 to 1:15 pm  The Climate Changers for adults & teens 13+ in English only // free (seats limited to 37) Book here

FREE Docu-débat

2 to 3:30 pm Bienvenue chez Super CafoutchAre supermarkets dead? Screening followed by a live Q&A via Zoom with Nicolas Bole for all ages 12+ in French at the Auditorium // free (seats limited to 37) Book here // Will also be streamed on Facebook live follow us!

7:30 to 9 pm Nouveau Monde Screening followed by a live Q&A via Zoom with filmmaker Yann Richet for all ages 12+ in French with English subtitles//  Q&A streamed on Facebook live follow us! Movie Movie available on streaming

from 5/3 to 7/3 CLICK HERE

FREE Special Talks

10:15 am & 4 pm 

Beekeeping by Olivier Cantagrel for all ages 6+ in English // free (seats limited to 10)  Book for 10:15 am / Book for 4 pm

11 am & 2 pm

Zero Waste Journey by Samantha O'Hara, Head of Digital Transformation Veolia Middle East 

for all ages 12+ in English // free (seats limited to 15)

Book for 11 am / 2 pm

11:30 am to 12 pm

The Art of buying Second Hand by Cécile Rousseau by My Joli Bump for all ages 12+ in French // free (seats limited to 10) Book here

1:30 to 2 pm

UAE’s oldest sustainable grassroots movement by Amruta Kshemkalyani, founder of Sustainability Tribe for all ages 12+ in English // free (seats limited to 10) Book here

3 to 3:30 pm

Someone's trash is someone else's treasure by Matteo Boffa, founder of Thaely for all ages 12+ in English // free (seats limited to 10) Book here

Workshops

9 am to 12 pm Climate Collage

for adults & teens 14+ three hours to understand climate change & act upon it through collective intelligence with Alex Misseri // free (seats limited to 16) Book here

Planting challenge for all ages

 9:30 to 11:30 am & 1:30 to 5:30 pm Let's grow together now! Bring your plant or buy one onsite Book your day pass

Creation of a Cardboard City 9:30 to 11:30 am & 1:30 to 3:30 pm  for kids 6-16 // free Book for 9:30 am / 1:30 pm

Create your purse for kids 

10-10:30 am / 10:30-11 am / 11-11:30 am / 11:30 am-12 pm 

Make a purse from plastic with Victoria from Hello Makers // free (seats limited to 5) Book for 10 am / 10:30 am / 11 am / 11:30 am

French Trial Class for complete beginners kids 10:30 to 11:15 am / teens 4:30 to 5:15 pm Want to learn French? Get a flavour of what studying with us is like! // free (seats limited to 10) Book here

Invent your own scent for adults 11 am to 12:30 pm & 1 to 2:30 pm by Oh La Lab // AED 280 (seats limited to 10) Book for 11 am / Book for 1 pm

1:30 to 3:30 pm Beekeeping

Discover beeking with Olivier Cantagrel for all ages 8+ // AED 100 (seats limited to 10) Book here

3 pm & 3:50 pm Recycling Challenge A fun team recycling experience by Business Development Manager Veolia Middle East & Charlotte Kelma,// fun (seats limited to 15) Book for 3 pm / Book for 3:50 pm

Get your Saturday Day Pass

Sunday 7 March

6 to 7 pm Artists Talk The World Is Too Much With Us led by Anna Seaman in presence of the artists Book here

7 to 8:30 pm Après Demain

for all ages in French language Book here

8:30 to 9 pm UAE: Tomorrow's Green Energies leader ? by Laurent Clément, CEO of EDF Middle East Book here

Special thanks to our partners

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