Alliance française de Chittagong was established in 1965, when a group of French engineers who had come to install the Eastern Refinery took the initiative along with some English people who had been working in Bangladesh Railway. With the cooperation of some government and business elites of Chittagong, they registered the Alliance française on 15 July 1965.
In 1968, Alliance française de Chittagong moved to its present location in Panchlaish residential area, in the vicinity of the newly built Medical College. In October 1972, the first committee was formed with Dr. M.S. Qureishi as its President, a distinguished scholar decorated by France for his contribution to French language. In 2013, Mr. Shamsuddin Kahn was elected President of the Committee.
Throughout the years, Alliance française de Chittagong has taught French to thousands of students of different ages, professions and disciplines: police officers, interpreters for UN peace corps mission, laureate of O’ level and academic distinctions, members of international organizations.
Its teaching members have been collaborating with French speaking TV and radio programs on various occasions. Alliance française de Chittagong is at the forefront of language teaching methodology at par with the highest international standards.
Along the years, Alliance française de Chittagong has become the major cultural centre of the city through concerts and exhibitions. It is a platform and a meeting point for artists and art critics from Bangladesh and abroad thanks to international cooperations, such as the one built with the Superior Fine Arts Institute of Besancon (France).
Many renowned artists and bands performed at Alliance française de Chittagong, including: Anwar Hossain, Farida Parveen, Anne Garde and Laure Vernière, Mansurul Karim, Alok Roy, Laurent Decol, Dhali Al Mamoom, le Trio d’Argent, Rezana Chowhdury Bannya, Partha Pratim Majumdar, Pascal Monteil, Emmanuel Simon & Los Amigos, Fame, Photobank, and Porapara.
Alliance française de Chittagong
Raphaël JAEGER, Director
123 K.B. Fazlul Kader Road Panchlaish R/A Chittagong
+880 (31) 61 57 40