A little corner of France
in the heart of Edinburgh!


Home page > Events
  • French Classes & Education

    Autumn Term 2020

    From 22 September 2020 08:00 to 7 December 2020 17:30

    Our Autumn Term will begin on the 22nd of September, ONLINE for adults. In the meantime, youth courses will take place on-site. Enrolments now closed.


  • Talks & Ideas

    Virtual Talk: illustrations et livres de Jules Verne

    Thursday 19 November 2020 18:00-19:00

    Our Head of Library, Catherine, will give a virtual talk on Jules Verne and the illustrated books available in our library.


  • Visual Arts

    Concours d’Ecriture

    From 26 November 2020 to 20 December 2020

    Each year the French Institute in Scotland, the Franco-Scottish Society (Edinburgh Branch), the Goethe Institut in Glasgow and Edinburgh College organise a Concours d’Ecriture (writing contest). This year, the texts and visuals can be seen online!


  • Kids & Teens

    Kids: Ateliers Noël Theatre & Craft

    Friday 27 November 2020 14:00-16:30

    NEW!

    Come join Emily from the IFE and Marion from Theatre Sans Accents for three afternoons of THEATRE and CRAFTS activities for kids (6-12 yo), all in French!


  • Parties & Celebrations

    Marché de Noël virtuel 2020

    From 1 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

    This year, the French Institute in Scotland is celebrating French talents by hosting a virtual Christmas Market gathering French creators based in Scotland. Come and enjoy the participants’ creations!


  • Kids & Teens

    Kids: Ateliers Noël Theatre & Craft

    Friday 4 December 2020 14:00-16:30

    NEW!

    Come join Emily from the IFE and Marion from Theatre Sans Accents for three afternoons of THEATRE and CRAFTS activities for kids (6-12 yo), all in French!


  • French Classes & Education

    Atelier Littérature - Session 3 : Enlacés par l’Histoire, Un Conte d’Exils

    Saturday 5 December 2020 12:00-13:30

    Les ateliers Des livres et vous sont de retour avec une troisième session le samedi 5 Decembre 2020. Le thème est ’Enlacés par l’histoire : un conte d’exils’.


  • Talks & Ideas

    Virtual Talk: Celebrate #WorldClimateDay with us

    Tuesday 8 December 2020 18:00-19:00

    This virtual talk will gather experts around environmental questions and the release of a new book on the Isle of Eigg, a unique island with the world’s first renewably powered electricity grid. Photo by Charles Delcourt.


  • French Classes & Education

    Lab: Revues de Presse

    From 9 December 2020 10:00 to 19 December 2020 12:00

    NEW!

    At this lab, we will be discussing press reviews that students will receive prior to sessions. Topics will cover any subject except Covid. Book now!


  • Library & Book Events

    Online Café Littéraire with l’Alliance Française de Glasgow

    From 11 to 14 December 2020

    The French Institute in Scotland is delighted to introduce you to the Alliance Française’s online Cafés Littéraires, accesible to IFE’s members.


  • Kids & Teens

    Kids: Ateliers Noël Theatre & Craft

    Friday 11 December 2020 14:00-16:30

    NEW!

    Come join Emily from the IFE and Marion from Theatre Sans Accents for three afternoons of THEATRE and CRAFTS activities for kids (6-12 yo), all in French!


  • French Classes & Education

    Winter Term 2021

    From 11 January 09:00 to 27 March 17:30

    Bookings are now closed for our Winter Term. Thank you all for such an excellent turnout. See you in Spring or in our one-to-one classes!


  • Talks & Ideas

    Rewatch: Together for the planet

    Thursday 28 January 17:00-18:00

    Rewatch the debate with Dr Emma Woodham, Tessa Brock and Emily Benson, chaired by Dr Guillaume Latombe on the environment and the idea of being together for the planet. Free and in English.


  • Talks & Ideas

    Rewatch: Living together in post-Brexit Scotland

    Thursday 28 January 18:30-19:30

    Rewatch the conversation with Ms Jenny Gilruth MSP, Ambassador Pierre Vimont, Lord Menzies Campbell, professor Paul James Cardwell, professor Murray Pittock, chaired by Etienne Duval on how to live together in post-Brexit Scotland. Free and in English. The event is introduced by Laurence Païs, Consul General of France in Scotland.


  • Talks & Ideas

    Rewatch: Reinventing our future together

    Thursday 28 January 20:00-21:00

    Rewatch the talk with Sylvie Denis, Ken MacLeod, Martin Villeneuve chaired by Dr Una McCormack on science fiction and its role in shaping and reimagining our future together. Free and in English.


  • Talks & Ideas

    Rewatch: Experiencing music together

    Thursday 28 January 21:30-23:00

    With the closure of nightlife activities, rewatch the virtual electronic musical experience gathering the clubbing community together with the DJs Méline, nunu and Violeta West. Free event on MixCloud.


  • French Classes & Education

    Concours de la Francophonie 2021 - Congratulations to all!

    From 1 February to 22 March

    The Institut français d’Ecosse launched le Concours de la Francophonie 2021, a national school competition to encourage all young French learners and their teachers around Scotland and to celebrate the international day of La Francophonie. Find out here about our 2021 winners!


  • Talks & Ideas

    Franco-Scottish Society virtual talk: L’histoire d’Aubigny-sur-Nère et son lien avec l’Ecosse

    Wednesday 17 February 19:00-21:00

    A trip to Aubigny l’Ecossaise, the most Scottish of all French towns. The talk will be in French, hosted by Gerry Toner of Glasgow Branch and Vee Walker of Highland Branch with guest speaker is M. François Gresset.


  • Cinema

    La Fête du Court Métrage

    From 1 to 30 March

    IFcinéma celebrates throughout March 2021 La Fête du Court Métrage with a selection of online short films available for free wherever you are in the world!


  • Cinema

    Ciné Club: La Francophonie fait son cinéma

    From 5 to 31 March

    To celebrate La Semaine de la Francophonie, the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom and the Québec Government Office in London, with the support of the Francophonie UK group, bring you six Quebecois/Canadian movies and documentaries to watch for free online.


  • Visual Arts

    International Women’s Day: Femmes Humanitaires, the virtual exhibition

    From 5 to 12 March

    Presented on the occasion of the National Humanitarian Conference 2020, this exhibition highlights the commitment of women to humanitarian action. Come see the virtual exhibition and pay tribute to them with us!


  • Wine & Gastronomy

    Atelier virtuel de pâtisserie française

    Friday 5 March 16:00-17:00

    Come discover or rediscover French pâtisserie with Nathalie, Cheffe graduated from the Ecole Cordon Bleu. A moment of conviviality, online and live, with recipe easy to follow with step-by-step guidance. Join, bake, ask questions, and share your enthusiasm for baking with us!


  • Talks & Ideas

    International Women’s Day 2021

    Monday 8 March

    Celebrate International Women’s Day with us! Find out about our programme for the day.


  • Talks & Ideas

    Online Talk: with Robert Crawford and Paul Malgrati on Curriculum Violette

    Monday 8 March 18:00-19:00

    Join us as we celebrate International Women’s Day with an online discussion with poet and biographer Robert Crawford and translator Paul Malgrati.


  • Talks & Ideas

    Franco-Scottish Society virtual talk: You don’t understand, do you? by Gillean Arjat

    Wednesday 10 March 16:15-17:30

    Members of the IFE can join this virtual talk with guest speaker Gillean Arjat. It will touch on intercultural misunderstandings or misconstructions and will draw on some of Gillean’s own experiences between the Scottish and Moroccan way of life.


  • Cinema

    French Film Festival UK @home

    From 12 to 27 March

    fff@home returns and offers you three weekends of French Films online. Tickets are on sale now!


  • Semaine de la Francophonie

    Semaine de la Francophonie 2021

    From 13 to 22 March

    Celebrate La Semaine de la Francophonie with us and our programme of online events.


  • Library & Book Events

    Groupe de Lecture : ’Le Petit Terroriste’ by Omar Youssef Souleimane

    Thursday 18 March 13:15-14:15

    The Groupe de Lecture is back! The new sessions will take place online (for now) with Catherine Guiat. Register and join the club! Members only.


  • Semaine de la Francophonie

    Francophonie Virtual Quiz!

    Thursday 18 March 18:00-19:00

    Join us to celebrate Francophonie Week with a special quiz, in partnership with the Alliance Française Glasgow!


  • Semaine de la Francophonie

    Online Talk: with In Koli Jean Bofane

    Friday 19 March 17:00-18:30

    The IFE, the University of Edinburgh and the IFRU are proud to welcome the celebrated Congolese author In Koli Jean Bofane for an online talk. The event is free and open to all. Register now to attend.


  • Semaine de la Francophonie

    Virtual Talk: with Natasha Kanapé-Fontaine

    Tuesday 23 March 17:00-18:30

    As part of the Semaine de la Francophonie, Natasha Kanapé- Fontaine will be our guest of honour. Join the conversation in French for free by booking your tickets now.


  • Visual Arts

    Virtual Studio Visit with Libby Odai

    Tuesday 23 March 18:00-19:00

    Join us for a special virtual studio visit with Scottish artist Libby Odai! Libby Odai is one of the three artists selected for the digital residency programme “New Forms of Togetherness“, in partnership with the Goethe Institut Glasgow and the Alliance Française Glasgow.


  • Talks & Ideas

    Virtual Interview with Samira Sedira

    From 26 to 28 March

    We were delighted to welcome the author and comedian Samira Sedira for a virtual interview that we recorded for you to see! The video will be released Friday 26 March at 6pm (GMT).


  • Wine & Gastronomy

    Atelier virtuel de pâtisserie française

    Thursday 1 April 16:00-17:30

    Come discover or rediscover French pâtisserie with Nathalie. A moment of conviviality, online and live, with recipe easy to follow with step-by-step guidance. Join us for this second atelier!


  • French Classes & Education

    Vacances de printemps aux Meadows - Week 1

    From 6 April 14:00 to 9 April 17:00

    Join Melina and Emily for an outdoors spring adventure in French: physical activities, scavenger hunt, storytelling, and other collective activities safely delivered outside. Play and practice your French at the same time! All levels welcome. Only a few days left, book fast!


  • Talks & Ideas

    Online Talk with Harriet Welty Rochefort

    Wednesday 7 April 18:00-19:00

    Join the AF Glasgow to meet French-American author & journalist Harriet Welty Rochefort for a presentation of her first novel Final Transgression, inspired by the true story of Séverine Sevanot during the Vichy regime.


  • Cinema

    IFcinéma à la carte

    From 10 April to 10 May

    IFcinéma à la carte is back and will accompany you throughout 2021 with a selection of online films available for free wherever you are in the world!


  • French Classes & Education

    Vacances de printemps aux Meadows - Week 2

    From 12 April 14:00 to 16 April 17:00

    Join Emily and Marion for an outdoors spring adventure in French: physical and drama games, scavenger hunt, storytelling, and collective activities safely delivered outside. Play and practice your French at the same time! All levels welcome.


  • Library & Book Events

    Online Talk with Grégoire Delacourt

    Thursday 15 April 18:00-19:00

    Grégoire Delacourt and Vineet Lal will be with us for an online talk. Join us for this talk in French (we also gladly accept questions in English)!


  • French Classes & Education

    Bourses de formation en ligne pour les enseignants de français britanniques

    From 19 April to 9 May

    Le Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France à Londres / Institut français du Royaume-Uni sponsorise cette année 15 bourses de formations en ligne avec le CAVILAM pour les enseignants du primaire et du secondaire.


  • French Classes & Education

    Spring Term 2021

    From 19 April 10:00 to 3 July 17:00

    Our Spring Term 2021 will start on Monday 19 April. Book your class now! Limited-time deal: 10% Early Bird discount on all enrolments until Sunday, the 28th of March.


  • Music

    French Hip Hop Culture Week - Rap

    Monday 26 April

    Discover French Hip Hop Culture with a celebrative week of digital interviews by journalist Olivier Cachin and our five guest participants: Akhénaton, Ceet, DJ Mouss, Eklips and Fabrice Fiossonangaye.


  • Music

    French Hip Hop Culture Week

    From 26 to 30 April

    Discover French Hip Hop Culture with a celebrative week of digital interviews by journalist Olivier Cachin and our five guest participants: Akhénaton, Ceet, DJ Mouss, Eklips and Fabrice Fiossonangaye.


  • Info

    Our library reopens Tuesday 27 April. The library will be closed Saturday May 1st

    From 27 April to 31 December

    Stay informed of our closure and reopening announcements. The IFE library will reopen on Tuesday 27 April 2021.


  • Music

    French Hip Hop Culture Week - Turntablism

    Tuesday 27 April

    Discover French Hip Hop culture with an online celebrative week of interviews by journalist Olivier Cachin and our five guest participants: Akhénaton, Ceet, DJ Mouss, Eklips and Fabrice Fiossonangaye.


  • Visual Arts

    French Hip Hop Culture Week - Graffiti

    Wednesday 28 April

    Discover French Hip Hop culture with an online celebrative week of interviews by journalist Olivier Cachin and our five guest participants: Akhénaton, Ceet, DJ Mouss, Eklips and Fabrice Fiossonangaye.


  • Dance

    French Hip Hop Culture Week - Breakdance

    Thursday 29 April

    Discover French Hip Hop culture with an online celebrative week of interviews by journalist Olivier Cachin and our five guest participants: Akhénaton, Ceet, DJ Mouss, Eklips and Fabrice Fiossonangaye.


  • Library & Book Events

    Groupe de Lecture : ’Opus 77’ by Alexis Ragougneau

    Thursday 29 April 13:15-14:15

    The Groupe de Lecture is back! The new sessions will take place online (for now) with Catherine Guiat. Register and join the club! Members only.


  • Music

    French Hip Hop Culture Week - Beatbox

    Friday 30 April

    Discover French Hip Hop culture with an online celebrative week of interviews by journalist Olivier Cachin and our five guest participants: Akhénaton, Ceet, DJ Mouss, Eklips and Fabrice Fiossonangaye.


  • Music

    French Hip Hop Culture Week

    From 1 to 9 May

    Discover French Hip Hop Culture with a celebrative week of digital interviews by journalist Olivier Cachin and our five guest participants: Akhénaton, Ceet, DJ Mouss, Eklips and Fabrice Fiossonangaye.


  • Visual Arts

    Digital Artist Residency: New Forms of Togertherness

    From 1 May to 31 December

    The French Institute in Scotland is delighted to announce that French artist Marion Carré, German artist Siri Black and Scottish artist Libby Odai have been selected for the digital residency programme organised in partnership with the Alliance Française Glasgow and the Goethe Institut.


  • Cinema

    IFcinéma à la carte

    From 10 May to 10 June

    IFcinéma à la carte is back and will accompany you throughout 2021 with a selection of online films available for free wherever you are in the world!


  • Library & Book Events

    Beyond Words Festival

    From 17 to 23 May

    From 17 May 2021, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni (in London) reopens its doors and goes Beyond Words, onsite and online, with its festival of literature!


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Felicità

    Wednesday 19 May 14:00-16:00

    For Tim and Chloe, happiness is day-to-day and unattached. But tomorrow summer ends. Their daughter, Tommy, is going back to school and this year, they promise, she won’t miss that big date.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Felicità

    Wednesday 19 May 18:45-20:30

    For Tim and Chloe, happiness is day-to-day and unattached. But tomorrow summer ends. Their daughter, Tommy, is going back to school and this year, they promise, she won’t miss that big date.


  • Wine & Gastronomy

    Atelier virtuel de pâtisserie française

    Friday 21 May 16:00-17:00

    Come discover or rediscover French pâtisserie with Nathalie. A moment of conviviality, online and live, with recipe easy to follow with step-by-step guidance. Join us for this third atelier!


  • Cinema

    Ciné-jeunesse : Bonjour le monde

    Saturday 22 May 10:30-11:30

    A film for the youth: A work where puppets, sculptures, painting and animation reinterpret Nature, to make us rediscover it as we have never seen it.


  • Library & Book Events

    Online Talk with Philip Mansel on Louis XIV, l’Ecosse et l’Europe

    Tuesday 25 May 18:00-19:00

    Philip Mansel will be with us for an online conference on Louis XIV, l’Ecosse et l’Europe. Join us for this talk in French (we also gladly accept questions in English)!


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Notre-Dame du Nil

    Wednesday 26 May 14:00-16:00

    A coming-of-age story about a group of Rwandan schoolgirls at a Belgian-run Catholic boarding school.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Notre-Dame du Nil

    Wednesday 26 May 18:45-20:30

    A coming-of-age story about a group of Rwandan schoolgirls at a Belgian-run Catholic boarding school.


  • Library & Book Events

    Groupe de Lecture : ’Une bête au Paradis’ by Cécile Coulon

    Thursday 27 May 13:15-14:15

    The Groupe de Lecture is back! This upcoming session will take place ONSITE with Catherine Guiat. Register and join the club! Members only.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Revenir

    Wednesday 2 June 14:00-16:00

    This is the farm where Thomas was born. This is his family. Thomas gets back to everything he ran away from twelve years ago. Only today, there is Alex, his six-year-old nephew, and Mona, the boy’s radiant mother.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Revenir

    Wednesday 2 June 18:45-20:30

    This is the farm where Thomas was born. This is his family. Thomas gets back to everything he ran away from twelve years ago. Only today, there is Alex, his six-year-old nephew, and Mona, the boy’s radiant mother.


  • Library & Book Events

    Online Talk with Laurine Roux

    Thursday 3 June 18:00-19:00

    Laurine Roux will be with us for an online talk. Join us for this talk in French (we also gladly accept questions in English)!


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Enorme

    Wednesday 9 June 14:00-16:00

    A world-travelling pianist and her husband have decided not to have a baby, but then he witnesses unexpected childbirth on a flight and tampers with her pill.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Enorme

    Wednesday 9 June 18:45-20:30

    A world-travelling pianist and her husband have decided not to have a baby, but then he witnesses unexpected childbirth on a flight and tampers with her pill.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : De Gaulle (précédé par un court-métrage)

    Wednesday 16 June 14:00-16:00

    May 1940. France is facing a disastrous military situation against the German army. Charles de Gaulle, the newly appointed General, joins the Government in Paris. Will the de Gaulle family be sacrificed for the sake of France? An outstanding destiny that will change the course of World War II and French History.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : De Gaulle (précédé par un court-métrage)

    Wednesday 16 June 18:45-20:30

    May 1940. France is facing a disastrous military situation against the German army. Charles de Gaulle, the newly appointed General, joins the Government in Paris. Will the de Gaulle family be sacrificed for the sake of France? An outstanding destiny that will change the course of World War II and French History.


  • Cinema

    Ciné-jeunesse : Le voyage du prince

    Saturday 19 June 10:30-12:00

    A film for the youth (8yo+): An old monkey Prince runs aground on an unknown shore. Injured and lost, he is found by 12-year-old Tom, and taken in by his parents, a couple of scientists. The Prince discovers a society he knows nothing about, while Tom’s parents decide to use him to prove that their theory was indeed correct.


  • Music

    La Fête de la Musique

    Monday 21 June

    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. Our open call is OPEN.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Tout simplement noir (précédé par un court-métrage)

    Wednesday 23 June 14:00-16:00

    JP, a failed 40-year-old actor, decides to organise the first big black protest march in France, but his meetings, often burlesque, with influential figures in the community and the interested support he receives from Fary, makes him oscillate between wanting to be on the front of the stage and real activist commitments...


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Tout simplement noir (précédé par un court-métrage)

    Wednesday 23 June 18:45-20:30

    JP, a failed 40-year-old actor, decides to organise the first big black protest march in France, but his meetings, often burlesque, with influential figures in the community and the interested support he receives from Fary, makes him oscillate between wanting to be on the front of the stage and real activist commitments...


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Poissonsexe

    Wednesday 30 June 14:00-16:00

    Daniel, a biologist studying the disappearance of fish, is haunted by paternity. It is by looking for a woman who could be the mother of his children that he will come across a strange fish and discover what he really lacks: love.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Poissonsexe

    Wednesday 30 June 18:45-20:30

    Daniel, a biologist studying the disappearance of fish, is haunted by paternity. It is by looking for a woman who could be the mother of his children that he will come across a strange fish and discover what he really lacks: love.


  • French Classes & Education

    Save the Date: Summer Term 2021

    From 5 July 09:30 to 11 August 17:00

    Putting a placeholder in your calendar for our Summer Term 2021 French Classes.


  • Vive le Fringe !

    Vive le Fringe !

    From 6 to 30 August

    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 CLOSED.


  • Architecture

    Doors Open Days 2021

    From 25 to 26 September

    Every year, we celebrate ’Les Journées du Patrimoine’ - Doors Open Days. Relive our 2020 virtual edition and discover the 2021 programme.


  • Talks & Ideas

    Replay the 2021 Night of Ideas

    Thursday 27 January 2022

    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. Rewatch our 2021 free and online events and stay informed of the 2022 edition.


 
Institut Français Écosse 2021