We are 100 years old!

In 2010, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni (The French Institute in the UK) is celebrating its centenary with a series of special events.

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Monday 15th of August 2022

Meeting of minds

A series of encounters, ‘les dialogues du centenaire’, bring together well known British and French authors and film directors to discuss a wide range of challenging topics.

Cinéma, an act of love

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Institut français Centenary


100 ans de poésie française
Tue 11 May 07.30 pm
Médiathèque - Institut français - LONDON
Les Dialogues du centenaire


poesieLet’s celebrate a hundred years of French poetry with Simone Hérault and Paul Ryan through readings in French and English of some of the most famous poems from the past century. From Guillaume Apollinaire to Raymond Queneau, from Blaise Cendrars to Yves Bonnefoy and from Louis Aragon to Jacques Roubaud, join us for a poetic journey through love, war, life, friendship, humour, verse, rhymes and rythms…
French comedian Simone Hérault is a fantastic reader. For years she has travelled around France to lend her voice to the most beautiful French literary texts. She is also famous for being the voice of the SNCF that you can hear at every station in France! She will be joined by British actor and writer Paul Ryan. The readings will be followed by a drink reception.

7.30pm | £5, conc. £3 | in French & English | book online


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History, Building Bridges

A look at the history of relations between France and the UK. Read more

Musique en Fanfare

Programme of concerts and live events culminating with the Exhibition Road Music Day in June.

Le Français à l'honneur

We will celebrate the French language with our Francophone and educational partners. Read more

Arts Calling

In the fields of visual & performing arts, the centenary will extend far beyond the Institut.