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  • Talks & Ideas

    Open Call ! The Night of Ideas - La Nuit des Idées

    Sunday 12 January

    Are you a researcher interested in sharing your specialist knowledge within an international network? Apply to be part of our annual Night of Ideas. Deadline for applications: 12 January 2020


  • French Classes & Education

    Winter 2020: C’est la rentrée!

    Monday 13 January

    Our Winter Term 2020 will start on Monday 13 January and online enrolment is still open. Friendly reminder that the Early Bird discount on enrolments ends on 23 December 2019.


  • Dance

    Quadrille Classes at the Institut français d’Écosse

    Tuesday 14 January 19:30-21:30

    Come and learn quadrille dance with Talitha MacKenzie, a teacher of Historical Dance & Dance Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. All levels are welcome!


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Le mystère Henri Pick

    Wednesday 15 January 14:00-16:00

    An editor discovers a mysterious masterpiece in a library that collects manuscripts refused by the publishers. The author, Henri Pick, a pizza maker from Brittany, died two years earlier.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Le mystère Henri Pick

    Wednesday 15 January 18:45-20:00

    An editor discovers a mysterious masterpiece in a library that collects manuscripts refused by the publishers. The author, Henri Pick, a pizza maker from Brittany, died two years earlier.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Damien veut changer le monde

    Wednesday 22 January 14:00-15:30

    Damien works in a primary school and has a quiet life until he decides to rescue Bahzad, a young student and his mother from being expulsed from the country. In the process, Damien reconnects with the militant past of his own family.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Damien veut changer le monde

    Wednesday 22 January 18:45-20:00

    Damien works in a primary school and has a quiet life until he decides to rescue Bahzad, a young student and his mother from being expulsed from the country. In the process, Damien reconnects with the militant past of his own family.


  • Cinema

    Ciné-Récré: Dilili à Paris

    Friday 24 January 14:00-16:00

    In Belle Époque Paris, accompanied by a young scooter deliveryman, little Kanak Dilili investigates mysterious kidnappings of girls. She meets extraordinary men and women who give her clues. She discovered underground very particular villains, male masters. The two friends will fight with enthusiasm for an active life in the light and living together.


  • Music

    SU-NU-GAL Concert

    Friday 24 January 19:00-21:00

    Diversity is their second nature. Sylvain Ayité and Su-Nu-Gal will be with us for a new concert! Get ready for an eclectic sound from Africa and the Americas.


  • French Classes & Education

    Winter 2020: C’est la rentrée!

    Saturday 25 January

    Our Winter Term 2020 will start on Monday 13 January and online enrolment is still open. Friendly reminder that the Early Bird discount on enrolments ends on 23 December 2019.


  • Library & Book Events

    Rencontre littéraire: Anissa Bouziane

    Saturday 25 January 13:00-14:00

    PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick, Anissa Bouziane will give a talk on her internationally acclaimed novel "Dune Song".


  • Library & Book Events

    Film and Performance: Edmond referring to Cyrano de Bergerac

    Tuesday 28 January 18:00-20:00

    Stéphanie Goud from the exceptional Edinburgh Bookshop will be with us for a presentation of the film "Edmond" by Alexis Michalik referring to Cyrano de Bergerac with moments of the movie performed live by amateur comedians.


  • Dance

    Quadrille Classes at the Institut français d’Écosse

    Tuesday 28 January 19:30-21:30

    Come and learn quadrille dance with Talitha MacKenzie, a teacher of Historical Dance & Dance Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. All levels are welcome!


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Un beau voyou

    Wednesday 29 January 14:00-16:00

    Commissioner Beffrois is expecting his retirement with mixed feelings when suddenly a theft catches his eye. Beffrois soon becomes obsessed with the eccentric thief of this beautiful painting.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Un beau voyou

    Wednesday 29 January 18:45-20:00

    Commissioner Beffrois is expecting his retirement with mixed feelings when suddenly a theft catches his eye. Beffrois soon becomes obsessed with the eccentric thief of this beautiful painting.


  • Talks & Ideas

    The Night of Ideas - La Nuit des Idées

    From 30 January 18:00 to 31 January 00:00

    Come along and listen to specialists talk and debate around the concept of "being alive" at this year’s “Nuit des Idées” aka the Night of Ideas on 30th January 2020.


  • Visual Arts

    "Alive!" Exhibition

    From 30 January 18:00 to 9 February 10:00

    On Thursday 30th January, a group of MA/MFA Illustration students from ECA curated an exhibition to show their own take on ’alive’ as part of our Night of Ideas 2020 programme. The exhibition is on display between 30 January and 9 February 2020.


  • Library & Book Events

    Talk: Vineet Lal on "Panthéra Tigris" by Sylvain Alzial

    Saturday 1 February 10:30-11:30

    An Eastern proverb asks whether the avid reader or the traveler knows more. Similarly, Sylvain Alzial in his "Panthéra Tigris" tells us the tale of one of the oldest confrontations, that of the theoretical and the practical knowledge. Vineet Lal will be giving the young audience a talk on his translation of this exceptional children’s book.


  • French Classes & Education

    Atelier littérature - L’affût comme position et aventure intérieure

    Saturday 1 February 12:00-13:30

    Pour la quatrième séance, nous aborderons le livre de Sylvain Tesson, « La panthère des neiges » (Gallimard, 2019), Prix Renaudot 2019.


  • Vive le Fringe !

    VIVE LE FRINGE 2020 Open Call!

    Sunday 2 February

    Apply now to be part of our Vive le Fringe!


  • Library & Book Events

    Comics: Benoît Peeters, The obscure cities "Between Utopia and Dystopia"

    Monday 3 February 17:30-18:30

    Currently, Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Art at Lancaster University, novelist, graphic novelist, intellectual biographer, cultural historian and screen-writer Benoît Peeters will be giving a talk on his famous comics Les Cités Obscures at the Institut français d’Ecosse.


  • Cinema

    Documentaire: J’veux du soleil

    Tuesday 4 February 18:45-20:30

    The documentary retraces the journey of two film directors from North and South of France describing their encounter with Gilets jaunes protesters in December 2018.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Marche ou crève

    Wednesday 5 February 14:00-16:00

    This first feature film by Margaux Bonhomme deals with the themes of family, unconditional love and disability through young Elisa’s sacrifice to help her father take care of her sister in the remote mountain village, where they live.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Marche ou crève

    Wednesday 5 February 18:45-20:00

    This first feature film by Margaux Bonhomme deals with the themes of family, unconditional love and disability through young Elisa’s sacrifice to help her father take care of her sister in the remote mountain village, where they live.


  • Cinema

    Documentaire: Le concours

    Tuesday 11 February 18:45-20:30

    Cinema school candidates arrive at their selection day to integrate one of the best schools. From the applicants’ arrival to the final jury decisions, the documentary explores the confrontation between two generations and the hard selection processes symptomatic of an increasingly competitive society.


  • Dance

    Quadrille Classes at the Institut français d’Écosse

    Tuesday 11 February 19:30-21:30

    Come and learn quadrille dance with Talitha MacKenzie, a teacher of Historical Dance & Dance Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. All levels are welcome!


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Rémi sans famille

    Wednesday 12 February 14:00-16:00

    The exciting journey of the young orphan Rémi to become an acrobat through a trip across France alongside Vitalis a mysterious old musician, their loyal dog Capi and their small monkey Joli-Coeur. Will Rémi get to find out more about his background?


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Rémi sans famille

    Wednesday 12 February 18:45-20:00

    The exciting journey of the young orphan Rémi to become an acrobat through a trip across France alongside Vitalis a mysterious old musician, their loyal dog Capi and their small monkey Joli-Coeur. Will Rémi get to find out more about his background?


  • Cinema

    Documentaire: Quelle folie

    Tuesday 18 February 18:45-20:30

    Following Aurélien’s personal life and challenges, the documentary talks about autism.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Les confins du monde

    Wednesday 19 February 14:00-16:00

    There is nothing more Robert desires than to revenge the bloody massacre which killed his brother during the Indochina-war, 1945. Except maybe, the young Indochinese Maï... In the process, the power of love will be tested.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Les confins du monde

    Wednesday 19 February 18:45-20:00

    There is nothing more Robert desires than to revenge the bloody massacre which killed his brother during the Indochina-war, 1945. Except maybe, the young Indochinese Maï... In the process, the power of love will be tested.


  • Cinema

    Documentaire: De chaque instant

    Tuesday 25 February 18:45-20:30

    Every year thousands of people, young women and men, get into nursing school. The documentary shows the best and hardest moments of their training that will confront them to human fragility and sufferings.


  • Dance

    Quadrille Classes at the Institut français d’Écosse

    Tuesday 25 February 19:30-21:30

    Come and learn quadrille dance with Talitha MacKenzie, a teacher of Historical Dance & Dance Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. All levels are welcome!


  • Library & Book Events

    Groupe de lecture: Le testament français by Andreï Makine

    Wednesday 26 February 13:00-14:00

    A reading group will be gathering around "Le testament français" by Andreï Makine. Enroll now!


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: De toutes mes forces

    Wednesday 26 February 14:00-16:00

    Nassim (a 16-year-old boy placed in a family living in the suburbs following the death of his mother) refuses to integrate into the social setting that surrounds him. His home life and his school life must be kept separate at all costs.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: De toutes mes forces

    Wednesday 26 February 18:45-20:30

    Nassim (a 16-year-old boy placed in a family living in the suburbs following the death of his mother) refuses to integrate into the social setting that surrounds him. His home life and his school life must be kept separate at all costs.


  • Library & Book Events

    Talk: Vineet Lal on "La femme qui ne vieillissait pas" by Grégoire Delacourt

    Thursday 27 February 18:00-19:00

    Imagine a woman, who never ages. Sounds fantastic at first, right? But it is a little bit less fun as all your beloved ones get older around you. Vineet Lal will be giving a talk on his work on Grégoire Delacourt’s book "La femme qui ne vieillissait pas".


  • Cinema

    Ciné-Récré: Aïlo, une odyssée en Laponie

    Friday 28 February 14:00-16:00

    Vulnerable newborn reindeer Ailo must overcome the challenges that stand in the way of his first year of life in the stunning landscapes of Lapland.


  • French Classes & Education

    Atelier littérature - Ecrire (sur) le silence

    Saturday 29 February 12:00-13:30

    Pour la cinquième séance, nous aborderons le livre de Santiago H. AMIGORENA, "Le Ghetto interieur“ (P.O.L, 2019).


  • Cinema

    German Cinema: The People vs Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer)

    Tuesday 3 March 18:45-20:30

    In proud partnership with the Goethe Institut
    The story of the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Exfiltrés

    Wednesday 4 March 14:00-16:00

    Gabriel and Adnan, two young activists in Paris decide to help Sylvain, get his wife Faustine and their 5-year-old son back from Raqqa. The true story of two worlds and that of a generation.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Exfiltrés

    Wednesday 4 March 18:45-20:00

    Gabriel and Adnan, two young activists in Paris decide to help Sylvain, get his wife Faustine and their 5-year-old son back from Raqqa. The true story of two worlds and that of a generation.


  • Cinema

    Celebrating Sciamma: "Bande de filles" aka "Girlhood"

    Thursday 5 March 14:00-15:30

    Sciamma’s revelatory feature "Girlhood" is the story of young Marieme, who lives in a rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris through a lens of race, gender, and class. In partnership with the Filmhouse and Centre for the Moving Image.


  • Cinema

    Celebrating Sciamma: "Bande de filles" aka "Girlhood"

    Thursday 5 March 18:45-20:00

    Sciamma’s revelatory feature "Girlhood" is the story of young Marieme, who lives in a rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris through a lens of race, gender, and class. In partnership with the Filmhouse and Centre for the Moving Image.


  • Cinema

    Celebrating Sciamma: "Bande de filles" aka "Girlhood"

    Tuesday 10 March 14:00-15:30

    Sciamma’s revelatory feature "Girlhood" is the story of young Marieme, who lives in a rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris through a lens of race, gender, and class. In partnership with the Filmhouse and Centre for the Moving Image.


  • Library & Book Events

    Talk: Ensemblance by Luis de Miranda

    Tuesday 10 March 18:00-19:00

    Ensemblance, The Transnational Genealogy of Esprit de Corps in France, UK, and the USA, from the Eighteenth Century Philosophers to Present Nationalisms. A talk by Luis de Miranda, PhD.


  • Cinema

    Celebrating Sciamma: "Bande de filles" aka "Girlhood"

    Tuesday 10 March 18:45-20:00

    Sciamma’s revelatory feature "Girlhood" is the story of young Marieme, who lives in a rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris through a lens of race, gender, and class. In partnership with the Filmhouse and Centre for the Moving Image.


  • Dance

    Quadrille Classes at the Institut français d’Écosse

    Tuesday 10 March 19:30-21:30

    Come and learn quadrille dance with Talitha MacKenzie, a teacher of Historical Dance & Dance Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. All levels are welcome!


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: C’est ça l’amour

    Wednesday 11 March 14:00-16:00

    According to the novelist Chinghiz Aitmatov, love means labour. Similarly, since his wife left them, Mario has been a single father taking care of his two girls. A contemporary tale on unconditional love...


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: C’est ça l’amour

    Wednesday 11 March 18:45-20:00

    According to the novelist Chinghiz Aitmatov, love means labour. Similarly, since his wife left them, Mario has been a single father taking care of his two girls. A contemporary tale on unconditional love...


  • Library & Book Events

    CANCELLED Talk: I am Viola da Gamba and Joyn: Narrative Poetry in Performance

    Thursday 12 March 18:00-20:00

    Award-winning theatre and drama therapy theoretician, playwright, author of short stories, founding director of Theatre Research Institute of Europe and editor-in-chief of the London-based Plays International & Europe Magazine, Dr Dana Rufolo will be with us for a conference on narrative poetry in performance.


  • Library & Book Events

    CANCELLED Workshop: Writing for a Theatre Magazine, Guthrie Drama Seminar Series with Dr Dana Rufolo

    Friday 13 March 10:00-17:00

    Dr Dana Rufolo, editor-in-chief of Plays International & Europe, will be with us for a workshop as part of the Guthrie Drama Seminar Series on Writing for a Theatre Magazine.


  • Cinema

    CANCELLED Cinéma: Guy

    Wednesday 18 March 14:00-16:00

    What if you suddenly found out that you were the illegitimate son of a 20th-century French celebrity? Gauthier decides to follow his father Guy Jamet everywhere, pretexting a documentary film project


  • Cinema

    CANCELLED Cinéma: Guy

    Wednesday 18 March 18:45-20:00

    What if you suddenly found out that you were the illegitimate son of a 20th-century French celebrity? Gauthier decides to follow his father Guy Jamet everywhere, pretexting a documentary film project.


  • Cinema

    CANCELLED Francophonie 2020: Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes

    Thursday 19 March 17:30-21:00

    Fête de la Francophonie 2020 Special Movie Screening: Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes. Baptiste Asigny is a Mohawk archaeologist researching for the tragedy concerning his ancestors.


  • French Classes & Education

    CANCELLED Open Day! Spring Term

    Friday 20 March 16:00-19:00

    We appreciate that each speaker has their unique needs. Our Open Day is an opportunity to get a one-to-one chat with our teachers for a tailored approach, assess your French level, visit our library and explore all the advantages of being a student at the Institut français.


  • Harpsichord en Fête !

    CANCELLED Opening Concert & Reception - John Kitchen & Sally Carr

    Friday 20 March 19:00-21:30

    Continuo player, accompanist, tutor, lecturer, writer, adjudicator, reviewer, and recording artist, John Kitchen and the award-winning soprano educated at the University of Edinburgh, and alumna of Z‘Genesis Sally Carr are delighted to open the 2nd edition of “Harpsichord en fête” with a concert programme including Louis Couperin, Henry Purcell and G.F. Handel among others.


  • Harpsichord en Fête !

    CANCELLED Dance Workshop - #readytobaroque with Talitha MacKenzie

    Saturday 21 March 13:00-15:00

    For those who are ready to BAROQUE, we are hosting baroque ball costumé within the second edition of our “Harpsichord en fête!” festival programme. Come on in and train for the big night!


  • Harpsichord en Fête !

    CANCELLED Concert - Jan Waterfield, Rory McCleery and László Rózsa

    Saturday 21 March 19:00-20:00

    Budapest-born soloist and chamber musician László Rózsa (recorder) joins the principal keyboard player of the award-winning ‘Gabrieli Consort & Players’, performing with Scottish Chamber Orchestra Jan Waterfield (harpsichord) as well as the notable Oxford University alumnus countertenor Rory McCleery for a concert inspired by the popular songs from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, the punchy grounds from John Playford’s The Division Flute and other British folk songs.


  • Harpsichord en Fête !

    CANCELLED Concert - 4 Times Baroque

    Sunday 22 March 19:00-20:30

    The press describes them as the‘‘popstars of the early music scene’’. The Frankfurt-based quartet is one of the most exciting ensembles of the new generation of early music performers. For their concert at the second edition of Harpsichord en fête, 4 Times Baroque will perform pieces from their award-winning first CD “Caught in Italian Virtuosity” (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / Sony) including Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, and Giuseppe Sammartini among other.


  • Harpsichord en Fête !

    CANCELLED Baroque bal costumé - "Cousins at Court, Dance & Music for Louis XIV & Charles II"

    Monday 23 March 19:00-22:30

    Couldn’t get enough of The Palace of Versailles vibes? The baroque ball costumé « Cousins at Court, Dance & Music for Louis XIV & Charles II » led by Talitha MacKenzie with Tiffany Vong at the harpsichord will make you dream in pastel colours!


  • Library & Book Events

    CANCELLED Groupe de lecture: « Le turquetto » de Metin Arditi

    Wednesday 25 March 13:15-14:30

    A reading group will be gathering around « Le turquetto » by Metin Arditi. Enroll now!


  • Cinema

    CANCELLED Cinéma: Blanche comme neige

    Wednesday 25 March 14:00-16:00

    A modern French adaptation of the 19th-century German fairy tale Snow White starring, Isabelle Huppert


  • Cinema

    CANCELLED Cinéma: Blanche comme neige

    Wednesday 25 March 18:45-20:45

    A modern French adaptation of the 19th-century German fairy tale Snow White, starring Isabelle Huppert


  • Harpsichord en Fête !

    CANCELLED Concert - David Gerrard, Naomi Burrell and Gavin Kibble

    Wednesday 25 March 19:00-20:30

    Cellist and viola da gamba player Gavin Kibble will be joining British-Swiss violinist and historical performance specialist Naomi Burrell as well the harpsichordist, clavichordist, fortepianist and organist David Gerrard for a concert at the Harpsichord en fête. Their programme will include François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, George Frideric Handel among others.


  • French Classes & Education

    Spring 2020: C’est la rentrée EN-LIGNE

    From 14 April to 1 June

    This spring, learning made unstoppable online! Our one-to-one and group classes will be available online from Monday the 14th of April to 29th of June. Check out our course offer and learn how to connect!


  • Info

    COVID-19 UPDATE for French Citizens

    From 15 April to 1 June

    Find out updated information about the current situation.


  • Music

    Open Call for Musicians! Fête de la Musique

    From 16 April 23:05 to 3 May 17:00

    Are you a talented musician? Get in touch now to take part in our Fête de la Musique 2020 programme. The Fête de la Musique aka Music Day emerged from France in the 80s and is now celebrated worldwide, taking place on the 21st of June every year with a day-long series of FREE concerts.


  • French Classes & Education

    Atelier littérature - Le temps qui reste

    Saturday 25 April 12:00-13:30

    Pour la septième séance, nous aborderons le livre de Santiago H. AMIGORENA, "Il y a un seul amour“ (Stock, 2020).


  • French Classes & Education

    Summer 2020 - Intensive French

    From 1 June to 22 July

    This summer enrol in our online classes and brush-up your French!


  • Music

    La Fête de la Musique

    From 21 to 23 June

    Since 1982, every 21st of June, the crowds flow into the streets to enjoy free musical celebrations. Make Music Day started in France and is now celebrated worldwide.


  • Info

    WE ARE REOPENING! Find out what we are doing to keep you safe

    From 4 to 31 August

    Our library, cinema and the Bistrot are reopening.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Exfiltrés

    Wednesday 5 August 14:00-16:00

    Gabriel and Adnan, two young activists in Paris decide to help Sylvain, get his wife Faustine and their 5-year-old son back from Raqqa.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : C’est ça l’amour

    Wednesday 12 August 14:00-16:00

    According to the novelist Chinghiz Aitmatov, love means labour. Similarly, since his wife left them, Mario has been a single father taking care of his two girls. A contemporary tale on unconditional love...


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Guy

    Wednesday 19 August 14:00-16:00

    What if you suddenly found out that you were the illegitimate son of a 20th-century French celebrity? Gauthier decides to follow his father Guy Jamet everywhere, pretexting a documentary film project.


  • Music

    Virtual Performance: Noé Clerc & Nicolas Arsenijevic

    Wednesday 19 August 19:00-20:00

    In partnership with Live Music Now Scotland, the French Institute brings to you a free live-streamed music event.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Blanche comme neige

    Wednesday 26 August 14:00-16:00

    A modern French adaptation of the 19th-century German fairy tale Snow White starring Isabelle Huppert.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Aïlo, une odyssée en Laponie

    Wednesday 2 September 14:00-16:00

    Vulnerable newborn reindeer Ailo must overcome the challenges that stand in the way of his first year of life in the stunning landscapes of Lapland.


  • French Classes & Education

    Coming Soon: Autumn Term

    From 22 September 08:00 to 7 December 17:30

    Our Autumn Term will begin on the 22nd of September, ONLINE. A gradual shift towards onsite education might subsequently be considered according to government health and safety instructions. Stay tuned!


  • Architecture

    Doors Open Days 2020

    From 26 to 27 September

    This year, we will celebrate ’Les Journées du Patrimoine’ - Doors Open Days - with VIRTUAL guided tours of the building.


  • Events

    La Nuit des idées

    From 1 to 31 January 2021

    Every year in January, the French Institute’s network celebrates La Nuit des Idées (The Night of Ideas) with conferences, activities and talks around a common theme.


  • Music

    Harpsichord en fête

    From 1 to 31 March 2021

    Join us for an annual celebration of Baroque music and discover European harpsichordists and new ways to approach the Baroque era.


  • Music

    La Fête de la Musique

    Monday 21 June 2021

    Since 1982, every 21st of June, the crowds flow into the streets to enjoy free musical celebrations. La fête de la musique started in France and is now celebrated worldwide.


  • Vive le Fringe !

    Vive le Fringe ! OPEN CALL

    From 6 to 30 August 2021

    The IFE is an official venue of the Fringe festival and welcomes French companies and/or artists to perform during the month of August in Edinburgh. Our OPEN CALL for 2021 is now OPEN.


 
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