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Annual Convention

The 2018 Federation of Alliances Françaises USA Convention will be held from October 25-27 at the iconic Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, a vibrant town known for its world-famous barbecue, majestic fountains, and swinging jazz. The convention will offer a full slate of workshops, panels, and opportunities to network with Alliance leaders from across the United States as well as representatives from the Fondation, Délégation, and the Federation. The Délégation Générale will also hold its Réunion des Directeurs on Thursday, October 25. Check back for more information on Federation convention registration and workshops.


Hotel Phillips

Named Missouri’s most beautiful hotel by Architectural Digest, Hotel Phillips is an iconic landmark with an illustrious past. Opened in 1931, this downtown Kansas City hotel was once the tallest building in town, standing 20 stories high and boasting 400 guest rooms. Today, Hotel Phillips offers 216 elegant guest rooms,  yet maintains much of the historic charm and original Art Deco features which make it a true gem in the heart of downtown.​

An art lover’s paradise, Hotel Phillips, now part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, offers beauty around every corner. Original Art Deco features include elaborate bronze and nickel metalwork, lustrous walnut paneling, stylish light fixtures, 20-story mail chute, and the goddess Dawn statue overlooking the lobby. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hotel reservations

Please click here to make your hotel reservation at the special group rate of $179/night.  Please note that there is a VERY limited number of rooms with two double beds. If you would like a two-bed room or if you would like to extend your stay a few days before or after the convention, please email Kim Warrender at kwarrender@arborlodging.com to make your reservation. Our group rate will be extended to you, depending on availability.

United Airlines Discount

Make your airline reservations early to get the best rates. Consider using the Federation’s group code for discounts on United Airlines : you may book online at and enter the Offer Code ZYV6103304 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights.  If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information: Agreement code: 103304, Z code: ZYV6.  Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.  (The Federation is not responsible for any delays or missed flights.  Please plan flight schedules accordingly.)

Kansas City, here we come!

Kansas City is a metropolitan area of 2 million people that constantly surprises first-time visitors with its cosmopolitan flair, beauty and vitality. It’s an energetic city forged by a rich history that offers eclectic cuisine, swinging jazz, one-of-a-kind museums, a thriving arts scene and fantastic shopping.

World-famous barbecue: The city’s signature food is served up at more than 100 barbecue establishments, each boasting its own personal house specialty. The secret to KC-style barbecue is that it’s slow smoked for up to 18 hours, usually over hickory.

City of fountains: Kansas City is home to more than 200 fountains — more than any other city in the world except Rome. From large and majestic to small and whimsical, discover waterworks dedicated to fallen firefighters, the city’s children, women’s leadership and more.

Rich jazz history: Since the early 1900s, Kansas City has been synonymous with jazz. Today, those jazz roots still run deep and the genre is as vibrant here as ever, fueling more than 40 jazz venues on a regular basis.

National World War I Museum and Memorial: The convention will feature a special event at the museum, which is currently commemorating the centennial of the Great War. Tours will also be available.

Free Transportation: See a recent article from the New York Times about Kansas City’s free, modern streetcar that runs from near the Hotel Phillips to the National WWI Museum and Monument.

Links for Recommended Restaurants and Activities – Kansas City 2018

Who attends the Annual Convention?

The Annual Convention is open to any member of an Alliance Française that is a Federation chapter member. Federation members are welcome to send directors and other staff members as well as board members. Sometimes Alliances send one primary representative, while occasionally as many as eight people from one Alliance attend. The convention is a great motivator for both board and staff members to share information with like-minded individuals  from throughout the nation.

The Délégation Générale will be holding its Réunion des Directors on Thursday, October 25. This meeting, conducted in French, is open to representatives from any U.S. Alliance Française chapter. For more information, please contact Nelly Sadoun, Déléguée Générale, at dg@alliance-us.org or (202) 944 6261.

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Past Conventions

2017  New Orleans, Louisiana
2016  Minneapolis, Minnesota
2015  San Francisco, California
2014  Washington, D.C.
2013  Chicago, Illinois
2012  Providence, Rhode Island
2011  Louisville, Kentucky
2010  New Orleans, Louisiana
2009  Chicago, Illinois
2008  Naples, Florida
2007  Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2006  St. Louis, Missouri
2005  San Francisco, California
2004  Washington, D.C.
2003  Boston, Massachusetts

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