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Alliance Française D.C. Inaugurates New Annex in Chinatown

Alliance Française D.C. Inaugurates New Annex in Chinatown

Published on December 15, 2011

On December 3, the Alliance Française, whose goal is to promote French language learning and cultural dialogue, opened its second location in the Washington area. The non-profit organization, which previously operated from a single facility in the upper northwest corner of the district, will now function in an additional building situated in the heart of the city’s financial and political centers. Located in Chinatown, the 10,700 square-foot facility, renovated by the American Institute of Architects, boasts a modern design with updated equipment and spacious classrooms. In a ceremony attended by Alliance members, staff, and numerous invitees, the annex was inaugurated by French ambassador to the United States, François Delattre, who praised the organization’s sustained efforts to foster Franco-American relations.

In recent years, the Alliance has seen a surge of francophiles attending its events and classes. As of this autumn, the number of registered students increased by more than 20 percent. In order to better serve its growing number of students, the Alliance decided to open a more convenient location to offer grammar and conversations classes and serve as a new venue for events. On December 9, the downtown annex hosted the National Magazine Awards, its first event. Though classes and events will now be split up between the two sites, the old location will remain as headquarters of the D.C. chapter.

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