Alliance Française de Dhaka

Alliance Française de Dhaka

was established in 1959 with the aim of promoting French language and culture in Bangladesh. Since then it has been successfully fostering cultural exploration and inter cultural dialogue, and empowering individuals to expand their perspectives. In 2010 Aliance Francaise de Dhaka celebrated its 50th anniversary and continues to expand its offerings, with a focus on promoting cultural exchange and building partnerships with local institutions.

Our History


Alliance Française was founded on July 21, 1883 in Paris by a group of renowned humanists like Ferdinand de Lesseps, Louis Pasteur, Ernest Renan, Jules Verne, Armand Colin with the objectives of reinforcing friendship and solidarity between people through the promotion of the French language and cultural projects.


Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD), established, Located in Dhanmondi,


Record year with 32,000 students at the Paris school.


Modernization of Alliances accelerates worldwide.

Old Location

A new branch opened on Baridhara, which is now located in Gulshan


The Alliance Française Foundation is created and recognized as a public utility. It is is the moral and legal reference of all the Alliances Françaises in the world.


1,071 Alliances Françaises in 136 countries, 8,000 professors and 461,377 students. Nearly 6 million people attend cultural activities organized by the Alliances Françaises each year.

New Name

50 years of Alliance Françaises  de Dhaka.

Our Premises

Alliance Française de Dhaka Dhanmondi

Alliance Française de Dhaka Gulshan

Welcome to AFD!

Our team

Note from our director

Alliance Française de Dhaka is part of an extensive network of Alliance Françaises worldwide. The Alliance Française has evolved through time into a unique organisation that brings together all its partners in a sense of community and camaraderie. Situated in the iconic area of Dhanmondi, Alliance Française is, above all, a place next door marked by a spirit which animates this part of Dhaka, Dhanmondi, home to many artists, scholars, and musicians. It is where freethinking is fostered, and Rabindranath Tagore, S. M. Sultan, Lalon and other great luminaries' philosophy is cultivated.

La Galerie, the gallery of Alliance Française, holds immense significance as a venue that captures and preserves this vibrant creative energy that permeates the filigreed maze that is Dhaka. It serves as a beacon and a springboard for artists, providing them with opportunities to showcase their work, connect with audiences, and contribute to the dynamic artistic landscape that Dhaka proudly embodies.

The Alliance Française is a grand house which harmoniously combines teaching and culture under its roof. I love to think Alliance Française calms our souls and invites us to the reverie, conviviality and pleasure of being together.

The Gulshan branch of Alliance Française is also an exceptional place, a charming old house with a lovely garden and a rooftop terrace. Today it is also an artist's residence with a guest house, and we are working to develop this residence, offering artists this exceptional space to craft and exhibit their artworks.

I am proud to work for this institution, and I thank my team for their dedication and the quality of their work. They are always willing to help our guests; you will be delighted to meet them.

- Director; Alliance Française de Dhaka


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