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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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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The Centenary Concerts
In 2010, the French music scene will have pride of place in the UK music world. Many French and French-produced artists will be performing in the UK: amongst them, Air, Phoenix, Gotan Project, Amadou and Mariam, Wax Tailor, Corneille, MC Solaar, I Muvrini, Etienne de Crécy, Bireli Lagrène, Rokia Traore, Sanseverino, Hindi Zahra, M, Manu Dibango, Zaza Fournier and Emily Loiseau. Not to be missed is  a fantastic concert of chanson française on 17 March at the Institut français as part of the French Language Week. The Oui Love tour taking young French pop-rock bands to UK universities will also give audiences a chance to see some of the best new music around. And to top everything off, South Kensington will celebrate the centenary with a unique fanfare which will engage the public in a playful and festive manner!

French Revolution
French Revolution is a monthly night that showcases the best in new French music pop, rock and indie. Taking place in 93 Feet East on Brick Lane, one of the hippest venues in London, the nights are free, and welcome up-and-coming French talent who are taking their first steps in the UK music market. Artists already booked for 2010 are Stuck in the Sound, Roken is Dodlijk, Julie Doiron and Gaspard Royand.
(From February, 93 Feet East)

French Jazz Week
This four-day event taking place at the renowned Kings Place in London will focus on new French jazz talent, whilst also showcasing cutting-edge collaborative exchange projects with some of the best American and British jazz around. Hot new talents such as Emile Parisien, Sylvain Luc and Baptiste Trotignon will take to the stage to showcase a variety of jazz styles highlighting a tantalizing blend of imports accentuating London as a musical bridge linking New York to Paris.
(5-8 May, Kings Place)

Exhibition Road Music Day
Created five years ago, Exhibition Road Music Day, London's home of Fête de la Musique, is an annual free festival of live music set up by the leading cultural organisations around South Kensington. Every year, the festival showcases 300 international bands and artists and attracts around 60,000 people. Musical styles range from jazz to punk rock, classical, electronic and world soul. In previous years, the Institut has welcomed artists such as Amadou & Mariam, Davy Sicard, John and Jehn, Arthur H, Emilie Simon and Dominique A. The 2010 edition is shaping up to be the biggest and best celebration yet.
(19-21 June, South Kensington)

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Live Broadcast
After four years hosting the Berliner Philharmoniker, the prestigious French Lyric Art Festival d’Aix-en-Provence embarks on a new collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), which will be in residence from 2010 up until 2013. Following the success of the live transmission of Mozart's Idomeneo from Aix-en-Provence last year, the Institut and the festival team up again for another live broadcast this summer.
(July, Institut français)

France at London Jazz Festival
In 2010, London Jazz Festival will be organising a 'France Special', and will invite a selection of the best French jazz artists to play at some of London's most prestigious venues such as the Barbican, the South Bank and many London-based jazz clubs including Charlie Wright's, Pizza Express, Ronnie Scott's, Vortex and many more. Artists to perform will include Yaron Herman, Martial Solal, Richard Galliano, Orchestre National de Jazz, Hindi Zahra amongst many others.
(12-21 November, several London venues)

Ooh La-La!

Welcoming some of the best French acts around, Ooh La-La is a pop-rock festival hosted in Los Angeles in 2009, and which in 2010 will be visiting London. Whilst in 2009 bands such as Amadou and Mariam, Cocoon, Gonzales, Sébastien Tellier, Nouvelle Vague and Emilie Simon took part, we can expect great surprises from the Ooh La-La festival when it hits the UK shores.
(25-29 November, several London venues)

FrancoMusiques is a project designed to engage pupils in a playful way with the French language through the medium of pop music. The project will gracefully show that French music is everywhere we turn – the UK radio, festivals, clubs, cultural centres and now also in schools. At the end of January the first educational compilation will be released to UK schools and workshops, and will include artists such as M, Emily Loiseau, Amadou et Mariam, Carla Bruni, Rachid Taha, Benjamin Biolay and Housse de Racket.

Oui Love
The Oui Love compilation brings together some of the most talked about and buzzy bands coming out of the French pop, rock and electro scenes. This vibrant collection of artists will appear in January on a CD covermount that will feature on the front of the UK's main music industry publication Music Week. Artists included on the compilation are The Plasticines, Pony Pony Run Run and Turzi, highlighting the rich vein of popular music coming out of France in 2010.

Jazz Avenue
This jazz compilation will pick out the best talent from the French jazz scene who will be playing around the UK in 2010 including Julien Lourau, Stacey Kent, China Moses, Hindi Zahra, Sylvain Luc, l'Orchestre National de Jazz and Mina Agossi.


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.