Author and friend of Jacques Brel coming to Abu Dhabi

Aviation expert Jean Liardon will give a talk with Alliance Française

Author and friend of Jacques Brel coming to Abu Dhabi

Are you a European expat missing home? Or maybe you just want to learn about other cultures?

To be honest, there's a fascinating insight into the life of late actor and singer Jacques Brel at Alliance Francaise that has something for everyone.

Presented by his close friend and author Jean Liardon, the conference and book signing session, called Voir un ami voler. Les dernières années de Jacques Brel (To see a friend fly. The last years of the life of Jacques Brel) will be an opportunity to hear about the Belgian from the time he decided to retire at the height of his career until his untimely death on October 9, 1978.

Liardon is an interesting figure in himself. Co-author of the book of the same name as his talk, he will tell of his life and adventures in the field of aviation, as well as his great friendship with Brel.

Liardon is a renowned professional pilot instructor and former director of an aviation school in Geneva where he met Brel in October 1969.

Since 2003 he has lived in Dubai where he continues to work as a flight instructor, adviser and examiner in a flight-training organisation.

This book was born from another encounter, however, that of Liardon with Swiss investigative journalist Arnaud Bedat.

Together, in the iconic Auberge St Gabriel in Montreal, they prepared this fascinating true story which has now been published around the world.

The conference is part of the event Nuit de la lecture 2019, organised by the French Ministry of culture for the third year in a row.

A signing-session, accompanied by a cold-buffet and drinks will follow the conference and the book will then be on sale.

We can’t wait to hear all about their escapades on Saturday.

Free. Sat Jan 19, 6.45pm. Alliance Francaise, Abu Dhabi, afabudhabi.org.

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