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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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.

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Institut français Centenary


Hisham Matar on History, Identity & Violence
Wed 20 Jan 07.30 pm
Médiathèque - Institut français - LONDON
Les Dialogues du centenaire


The first Dialogue du Centenaire in a series of French-English dialogues between prominent writers of our times.

History, identity and violence course through the writing of Boualem Sansal: his recently translated An Unfinished Business tackles one of the great taboos of Muslim culture – the Shoah. Sansal's subject matter is both harsh and delicate, and his books have been censored in his native Algeria.

Hisham Matar spent his childhood between NYC and Lebanon. His essays have appeared in The Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, and Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat. His acclaimed debut In The Country of Men was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

7.30pm | £5, conc. £3 | in English


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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.