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Doors Open Days 2021

From 25 to 26 September 2021

Founded in 1946, the Institut français d’Ecosse is the Scottish outpost of the French Embassy in the United Kingdom. Within its Edinburgh base, it combines: a cultural venue with a seventy-seat theatre for shows, concerts, theatre plays, conferences, cinema screenings, and an art gallery; a French-language centre with about 1,500 students per year, more than 150 classes and 15 teachers; a resource centre with our multimedia library

The Institut français d’Ecosse and the Consulate General of France in Edinburgh have been for the past seven years participating in Doors Open Days, an event coordinated by the Cockburn Association, which invites people to discover Edinburgh’s architectural and cultural heritage for free.


Saturday 25 September - all free events (except the evening concert):

-  Our kids films sessions are back with a special screening at 10am (approx. 30min). Book now!
-  Then head to our library for l’heure du conte with our librarian Catherine at 10:30am. Book now!
-  For those who can’t make the early screening, another family film will take place at 11am.
Book now and attend either or both screenings at 10am and 11am!
-  Walk around our spaces and discover The Tolerance Project exhibition with graphic design posters displayed all around the ground floor. The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm. More info here.
-   From 11:30am to 4pm, visit the different spaces of our building with some self-guided tours (just follow the green signs!) or access the 2nd floor (lift available) to test your French level for free!
-   Our doors will close at 4pm.
- Can’t make it in person? No worries! We have prepared a special video introducing you to our building and giving you some information on the names behind our spaces. The video will be released here on Saturday.

Sunday 26 September:
- Discover the Scottish Free French House and its history through a free virtual tour that will be released on the day on this webpage and our social media platforms.

Can’t visit the Institute in person? You can discover our building through our virtual guided tour:

Institut Français Écosse 2022