Connexion Campaign

Help us raise £100,000 to complete a key investment project

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CONNEXION is a major project led by the French Institute aiming to engage all visitors with an exceptional cultural experience in South Kensington, with a specific ambition towards hard-to-reach and young audiences. Accessibility, Tech facilities and a welcoming atmosphere are keystones of the project, transforming the Foyer into a seamless and interactive experience. Turned into a digital-based hub, with a new lift, new signage, new lighting and an acoustic treatment, the Foyer will embody the wealth and diversity of our multidisciplinary programme of cinema, music, dance, visual arts, theatre and literature.

The French Institute also aims to develop and intensify its effort in educational cooperation by creating a new space dedicated to school activities and workshops, where children - aged 4 to 17 - are encouraged to learn French in a nice and warm environment.

The French Institute and the French Institute Trust need your help to leverage this strategic fundraising campaign, a £450,000 major investment. We have already raised more than half of the sum, thanks to the generosity of private donors. £100,000 (including £30,000 for the school activities space) is needed to complete this large-scale project.

IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY by implementing a new elevator linking the ground floor and the basement level, making the Cinéma II accessible to all, including visitors with disabilities.

INVESTING IN TECH FACILITIES, automated and digitised systems to regulate audiences flows and offer our visitors the smoothest and most enjoyable cultural experience.

NEW INTERIOR DESIGN with revamped acoustics and lighting highlighting the features and grandeur of the exceptional Art Deco space. New signage providing clear and attractive directions and designer furniture will add a stylish touch and improve the visitor experience.

OFFERING A DEDICATED SPACE TO EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES welcoming all pupils in the best conditions and state of the art equipment.
➡️ Download the School Activities Project full presentation to find out more
Construction work led by Mcfarlane Latter Architects will take place from October 2020 to January 2021 with no impact on our cultural programme: our activity, projections and events will be fully maintained.

We believe that the CONNEXION project has never been so relevant, as creativity and culture will bring us together again, with Tech facilities and improved accessibility to ensure security for all. The French Institute needs your support to carry out its essential missions. Contact our Team to make a donation!

MAKE A DONATION: CONTACTS US - Partnerships Manager, French Institute - Deputy Director, French Institute

*Visuals: 3D Imagery, French Institute Foyer, Projection January 2021 © McFarlane Latter Architects

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