The Institut français (including Ciné Lumière, La Médiathèque, Bibliothèque Quentin Blake and Café Tangerine) is temporarily closed until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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French Comics Apéro

Comics are a powerful vector for stories of migrations. To build on the momentum of the Refugee Week, French Comics Apero will open space for dialogue around modern-day and past migrations. Travel conditions, complex and often painful realities, but also desires and hopes: through their favorite authors, our librarians will walk you through individual stories, from Cambodia to the Ivory Coast, and open the door to refugee camps, such as Calais’s jungle in France and the numerous ones in Italy.  

On your side, select your favourite comics and get ready to explain other participants why you recommend it. Classics include Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, L’eau et la terre by Séra, Humains, la Roya est un fleuve by Baudoin and Troubs and Alpha, Abidjan-Gare du Nord by Bessora and Barroux.

Tue 30 June 6pm – free

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Virtual Live Reading Group

Our traditional Reading Group switches back online!

Join us to discover great francophone writers recently translated into English in a lively discussion on books and literature in both languages!

Thu 9 July 6pm – Sérotonine (Serotonin, translated by Shaun Whiteside at William Heinemann) and other works by Michel Houellebecq.

£5, conc.£3

in English and French

Once registered, send an email to, we’ll send you back a zoom link!

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From rock, pop and dance, to jazz and classical music, La Médiathèque is buzzing with an incredible music selection. Discover, read and listen to the hottest French artists with this winter selection.

Gadjo Dilo, dir. by T.Gatlif | DVD with English and Fr. subs
L’écume des jours, dir. by M. Gondry | DVD
Gainsbourg, dir. by J.Sfar | DVD with Eng. subs

Pick an album from our Culturethèque selections and listen to it on the 1Dtouch platform, the first fair-trade streaming service dedicated to independent musical creation.




Our Cinema specialist’s choices

Frantz, dir. by F. Ozon, 2016 | DVD (French subtitles available)
Just after the Great War, in a small German town, Anna returns each day to the cemetery to the grave of her fiancé, Frantz, who died on the frontlines in France.
But this particular day, Adrien, a young Frenchman, has come to lay flowers on the grave of his German friend.
The presence of a Frenchman after the German defeat gives rise to passionate reactions in the town.

La Danseuse, dir. by Stéphanie di Giusto, 2016 | DVD (French subtitles available)
Loïe Fuller was born in the American West. Nothing in her background prepared this robust cowgirl to become the toast of the Parisian cabarets of La Belle Epoque, even less to dance on the stage of the Paris Opera. Then she invents the “Serpentine Dance.” Hidden by yards of floating fabric, her arms extended by two wooden poles, as she moves beneath the stage lights; Loïe becomes a flower, a butterfly, flames, and each night crowds call out for more. But her encounter with Isadora Duncan, a prodigious young dancer hungry for fame and glory, will precipitate the fall of this icon at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Our Children’s Librarians like

Mon imagiers des vêtements, by Nathalie Choux | First Non Fiction Book
Comptines pour Compter, by C. Hudrisier | Audio Book
Maman Renard, by Amandine Momenceau | Picture Books
Océano, by Anouck & Louis Rigaud | Pop-up Book
Un si terrible secret, by Evelyn Brisou-Pellen | Teens’ Novel
Mercredi, by Anne Bertier | Picture Book
Discover our handpicked selection on of the latest Children’s e-book on Culturethèque

Our Comics specialist says

Culottées 2, by Pénélope Bagieu | Comic Book
La Légèreté, by Catherine Meurisse | Comic Book
Coquelicots d’Irak, by B. Findakly & L. Trondheim | Comic Book
Bon baisers d’Iran, by Lenaïc Vilain | Comic Book
Dans la Combi de Thomas Pesquet, by Marion Montaigne | Comic Book
Par les chemins noirs, by David B. | Comic Book
Jour J (27) : Les ombres de Constantinople, by Fred Duval & Jean-Pierre Pécau | Comic Book

Our literature expert recommends

La Nuit pour adresse, by Maud Simonnot | Novel (in French)
The French Art of War, by Alexis Jenni (translated by Franck Wynne) | Novel (in English)
Celui qui est digne d’être aimé, by Abdellah Taïa | Novel (in French)
En Finir avec Eddy Bellegueule, by Edouard Louis | Novel
also available in English : The End of Eddy
Boussole, by Mathias Enard | Culturethèque – eBook
This Little Art, Kate Briggs and Daniel Hahn on Translation | Podcast – Culturetheque

Our Music specialist recommends

Quand Rennes s’est révélée rock, by Grégoire Laville | Non-Fiction Book
Ibifornia, by Cassius, 2016 | CD- Electro
Mammifères, by Christophe Miossec, 2016 | CD – Chanson française
Doni doni, by Erik Truffaz Quartet. Foufino productions, 2016 | CD – Jazz
Fearless, by Marian Kaye.Capitol, 2015 | CD- Pop

Discover Culturethèque’s extensive music selection! Browse through 68,000 artists from independent labels featured on 1Dtouch, a new fair-trade digital music platform available on Culturethèque, the free digital plateform of the Institut français.