The Alliance Française was created in 1884 in Paris to promote French culture and language. Today, with more than 800 associations, it is the largest network of cultural and French language training centers in the world, teaching French to more than 470 000 students in all 5 continents.
The presence of Alliance Française in Sri Lanka runs back to 1954. The Alliance Française de Kotte (AFKo) is the only official Alliance Française located in Colombo which receives the full recognition and support from the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Fondation Alliance Française in Paris. The AFKo is the head of a network of four Alliances Françaises in Sri Lanka (Kandy, Jaffna, Matara, and Galle) plus one in Male’ in the Maldives.
With up-to-date curriculums, AFKo strongly adheres to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECR) and is the only authorized center in Colombo to prepare and deliver the international diplomas of DELF, DALF and the evaluation examinations such as TEF and TCF for migrating.
The AFKo’s action is always based on an intercultural approach of education and culture. Hence, a host of cultural activities such as Film screenings (Bonjour cinema,Ciné-Kids), Cheese and Wine tastings, Exhibitions, Workshops, Conferences, Book launches, Story readings are conducted regularly. The French Spring Festival (14 th June -14 th July) has become a most anticipated annual event which covers the fields of music, literature, fashion, gastronomy and street art.