Since 1954, the Alliance Française de Karachi has served as a thriving French language centre, cultural centre and event space in the heart of Clifton, Karachi.
what we do
Operating as an independent nonprofit in Karachi, we are part of the Alliance Française, an international organization which aims to promote French language, Francophone culture, and cultural diversity in cities around the world.
The Alliance Française de Karachi isn’t just a language school. It’s also a bustling cultural centre and melting pot. Come enjoy our year-round program of concerts, performances, plays, art exhibitions, conferences and talks featuring Pakistani and French personalities. We also welcome you to our library, bookshop, art gallery and café as well as our French language courses, workshops and cultural activities.
Each year, we are proud to host French archaeological and anthropological teams during their time in Pakistan as well as researchers from Sciences Po, CNRS and other French institutions.
If you are a film lover, join us every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM to enjoy a French film or documentary with English subtitles at our Ciné Club.
With a diverse community of Francophiles, film lovers, students, researchers, artists, travelers, and thinkers, the Alliance Française de Karachi is an important part of Karachi’s artistic and cultural life and is the largest French cultural centre in Pakistan.
the Alliance Française network
The Alliance Française is a unique network founded in Paris in 1883 by Paul Cambon and Pierre Foncin with luminaries like the scientist Louis Pasteur, the diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps, the writers Jules Verne and Ernest Renan, and the publisher Armand Colin serving on the board of directors. With over 834 centers in 132 countries, on 5 continents, the Alliances Française is a truly global network.
All Alliances Françaises work towards three essential tasks:
Offering French classes for all, both in France and abroad
Spreading awareness of French and Francophone culture
Promoting cultural diversity
Alliances Françaises have shared values that drive the network, acting as the basis for all their actions:
Respect for cultural diversity, a passion for exchanges and solidarity
The values of the not-for-profit sector
Striving for excellence in all activities undertaken
Modernity and innovation
Explore more than 60 years of our archives of photos, videos and audio recordings that capture some of the essence of the vibrancy of cultural exchange and learning at the Alliance Française de Karachi over the years. We are grateful to the Citizens Archive of Pakistan and their Oral History Project team for helping us archive this material.
If you have photos or other memories with us that you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you!