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

Ciné lumière will screen a special series of films to mark the Institute's 100th birthday. Read more

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In May, Culturethèque has been launched, giving public UK-wide access to new cultural and educational resources.
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Introduction by Mme Laurence Auer

Introduction by Mme Laurence Auer, Cultural Counsellor, Director of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni

Résidence de France, 12 January 2010

Monsieur l’Ambassadeur, Ladies and Gentlemen,

A hundred years ago, Marie d’Orliac, our founder, gathered around her intellectual networks, economists, French and Francophile circles and banks to help her create a school, set-up a company under the auspices of her Ambassador, refurbish the buildings. It was a surprise to me to discover that her methodology and key to success had changed so little. Tonight we are deeply pleased to see all our partners here. I am very proud to further Marie d’Orliac’s legacy and be able to look towards the future with confidence and renewed energy. Now, some members of the Honorary Committee have accepted to say a few words on their vision about which they feel about France, French culture and French language.


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.