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.

Home Programme liberté Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
Sunday 26th of June 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

Your digital Institute

In May, Culturethèque has been launched, giving public UK-wide access to new cultural and educational resources.
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Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

Consisting of three parts, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité offers a selection of symbolic world cinema films to represent each theme.  The first theme Liberté (thu 11 feb - thu 25 feb) offer an insight into cinema that captures the themes of freedom lost, stolen, sought, refound: freedom as a fight. Central to the season is the 20 year anniversary of the liberation of Nelson Mandela on 11 February 1990, who spent 27 years in prison. He was widely considered as one of the world's most revered statesmen and became a potent symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gathered strength in South Africa. The release of the film Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, François Pienaar, to help unite their country. Narrated by Mandela, the full-length documentary Mandela Son of Africa, Father of a Nation offers insights into his childhood, adolescence and career and sheds light on the charisma and spirit of the man who dedicated himself to the struggle of the African people.

Liberté Special Offer!

Buy one ticket in the Liberté film season and get one free!

Purchase a ticket for a film in the Liberté film programme and be entitled to a complimentary ticket for another film of your choice in the season. In order to benefit from this offer, please show your purchased Liberté film ticket to the box office where they will issue your complimentary ticket. This offer is not available online or by phone and is subject to availability. Please note that the complimentary ticket must be for a different film in the Ciné lumière Liberté season and that the offer does not include the new release 'Invictus'.

Date Title Venue
Thu 11 Feb
06.30 pm
Mandela, son of Africa, Father of a Nation Ciné lumière - Institut français
Fri 19 Feb
06.00 pm
Lucie Aubrac Ciné lumière - Institut français
Sat 20 Feb
02.15 pm
Gandhi Ciné lumière - Institut français
Sat 20 Feb
06.05 pm
Fahrenhait 451 Ciné lumière - Institut français
Sun 21 Feb
02.00 pm
Seven years in Tibet Ciné lumière - Institut français
Tue 23 Feb
06.15 pm
Alphaville Ciné lumière - Institut français
Wed 24 Feb
03.30 pm
Persepolis Ciné lumière - Institut français
Wed 24 Feb
06.15 pm
The Kite Ciné lumière - Institut français
Thu 25 Feb
06.15 pm
Burma VJ Ciné lumière - Institut français

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.