The Alliance Française de Harare is a non-profit orientated organisation, which was created by Zimbabweans, for Zimbabweans on 19th April 1951.
On that day, 200 people were attending the formation meeting of the “Cercle de l’Alliance Française de Salisbury”, in the Salisbury Polytechnic. As the Consul for France, the Comte de Warren, said to The Rhodesia Herald at that time, the purposes and aims of this new organization were to further French culture and language in Salisbury and to organize both cultural and social activities. He added that this new club would be concerned with the exchange of cultures, i.e. bringing French highlights to Zimbabwe and vice versa.
Since inception, it has been dedicated to promoting Franco-Zim relations. This is achieved by enrolling hundreds of students every year to take part in quality programmes whilst also being devoted to endorsing both local and French cultural artists through concerts, exhibitions and the complimentary use of their facilities. With their principal interest lying locally, French artists are invited simply to help build bridges between the two traditions.
With many French-speaking nations in Africa, Alliance Française also seeks to encourage the study and use of the language by offering something for everyone. They conduct lessons for children, teenagers, adults or even specially designed classes to suit your profession or calling. Their extensive library, free monthly cine-club and countless other cultural activities exist to give people the opportunity to experience a francophone environment.