The Big Swap | Institut français du Royaume-Uni

Tue 22 - Sun 27 Jan

The Big Swap

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty the Institut français and the Goethe-Institut will embark on a week-long symbolic swap of their activities.

On the 22nd of January 1963, Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle met at the Elysée Palace to declare a new partnership between France and Germany founded on trust and the hope of putting past rivalries behind them for a better future together. Also known as the Treaty of Friendship, the Elysée Treaty has helped intercultural relations between the two countries, especially for young people, to bloom. To celebrate this long-lasting partnership, the Institut français and the Goethe-Institut London will be swapping their programmes during the week of the anniversary.

Tue 22 – Sun 27 Jan | Institut Français and Goethe-Institut

Programme at the Institut français



The Big Swap in the Library

In addition to the events programme the Goethe-Institut’s library and the library at the Institut français will be displaying a selection of French-German literature. Each of the libraries will also be offering three months’ free membership to visitors who are already library members at the partnering institute.

Programme at the Goethe-Institut

Allô Berlin? Ici Paris

Julien Duvivier: Allô Berlin? Ici Paris © Deutsche Kinemathek

Tue 22 Jan, 6.15pm – Die Marquise Von O / The Marquise Of O
Thu 24 Jan, 6.45pm – L’étrange Monsieur Victor / Strange Monsieur Victor
Fri 25 Jan, 7pm – Gouttes D’eau Sur Pierres Brûlantes / Water Drops On Burning Rocks
Sat 26 Jan, 4.30pm – Kameradschaft / Comradeship
Sat 26 Jan, 7pm – Allô Berlin? Ici Paris! / Here’s Berlin

£3 | 020 7596 4000 |

Roundtable: European Theatre

The Goethe-Institut London is honoured to host a panel discussion featuring Thomas Ostermeier and Simon McBurney, two stage directors emblematic of the European scene, in a debate with French director Ludovic Lagarde, moderated by Chris Campbell, Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre.

All four will discuss the notion of “European theatre” and evaluate the role of the Festival d’Avignon in the constitution of such a scene, as both a showcase for European creation and an occasion to confront the national practices and diverging interests. They will also voice their opinion on the possible development of performances in foreign languages in the United Kingdom.

Wed 23 Jan, 7pm | Admission free, booking essential: 020 7596 4000 |