2023 in Review

Below is a recap of our main 2023 events and activities. We had a very busy year!

Vive la France! Seniors’ Week event on October 19

Our second afternoon and evening of French themed activities in Yeppoon included some games, trivia, singing and presentation about Brittany and the Loire Valley. We enjoyed some French inspired food and French short movies. We acknowledge the support of  the Queensland Government, COTA Queensland and Livingstone Shire Council for this event - Merci!

French Language Award St Ursula’s College on October 16

Congratulations to St Ursula's College Year 12 student Holly Roberston who was awarded the Alliance Française CQ French Language Award in 2023.

We’ve awarded this prize since 2021 to recognise the highest achieving Year 12 student and to strengthen our positive relationship with the College. St Ursula’s is the only high school offering French in the region.

Le Bon Weekend on Konomie Island on October 14-15

Our much enjoyed weekend of French adventure on a tropical island!

Around 20 students and friends of the Alliance attended this wonderful weekend of French fun and activities on Konomie (North Keppel Island). As always, it was a privilege to spend a weekend on this beautiful pristine and secluded island. Check some pictures on Facebook!

French Singing Workshop on September 9

This was an inaugural event and it proved to be very successful! Around 20 budding and more experienced singers gathered on Saturday 9 September at Bel Canto Music Academy, our partner in this event, to learn and perform 2 songs. It was followed by afternoon tea.

Taste of the World Festival on August 20

On Sunday August 20, we participated in the Taste of the World Festival, an event organised by the Rockhampton City Council. It was a great opportunity to meet members of the community and promote our classes and events!

Inaugural French Cooking Class on August 12

Another first for us in 2023: a French cooking class held at Wilbys Training Restaurant in Rockhampton. This hands-on cooking class was supervised by Chef Adrian Newby, Wilbys head chef. At the end of the class, participants and their guests enjoyed the meal they prepared: 3 courses and bread rolls! Over 28 people participated. Massive thanks to CQUniversity for supporting this event.

Bastille Day Celebration on July 14

On July 14, we organised a French soirée at The Depot Deli in Rockhampton. We enjoyed charcuterie platters, steak frites, wine and sang French songs, both traditional and modern!

French Film Festival on May 19-21

2023 saw another very successful edition of our annual FFF! This year, we expended geographically by programming a film at the Yeppoon Cinemas.  

Byfield Tea Tree farm Eco-Tour on March 26

We visited Waterpark Farm tea tree plantation in Byfield and learned about the distillery process. A highlight was the boat ride on beautiful Waterpark Creek! The afternoon ended with afternoon tea in a beautiful lush tropical garden.

Chandeleur Event on February 5

We marked the passing of the Christmas season this year in a traditional French fashion by gathering for a celebration of La Chandeleur. We met in a park on the bank of the Fitzroy River and cooked crepes al fresco! This was our first event in 2023.

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