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July 2017

THU 13 July | 7.00pm
ECME Chamber: Cross-Channel

Join us in our support for emerging composers and musicians wishing to explore new sounds!


The Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble (ECME) was founded 10 years ago in order to provide a platform to emerging musical talents, with the motto ’all music was once new music!’.

Its output was recognised as an ’astonishing range of new music by some of the hottest young talent in Scotland’ (The Scotsman).


For this concert ECME celebrates contemporary chamber music in all its shapes and forms with a special programme showcasing both French and UK composers living in Scotland.


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Early July 
Kids & Teens
French Summer Stage
Théâtre Sans Accents
Performer Marion Geoffray is organising two workshops for French learners and French speakers levels P1-P7 (3-7 July) and S1-S6 (10-14 July).
An exciting way to practice your French and theatre skills.
Participants will devise a performance which will be presented to friends and family at the end of the week (ahead of a Fringe premiere, peut-être?)

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THU 27 July | 7pm
Parenthèse (Musique)
The Poetry and Letters of Mary Queen of Scots


In this Parenthèse, Louise Macdonald will give an innovative ’concert-talk’ uncovering the composers’ insights and Mary’s enduring influence in music ahead of her Fringe performance this summer.


Research into Schumann’s Maria Stuart Lieder shows the direct connection with Mary’s French and Latin poetry.

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Until 25 July
Beyond the Wave
A Summer of French Cinema 
In July, our open-to-all film season continues with five classics and cult films of French cinema which go beyond la Nouvelle Vague.
From the 1950s to 1970s, get on board for an electric summer with Henri-Georges Clouzot, Leos Carax, Claire Denis and others. 
> Check the full programme

Enrol now
French Summer Classes 

Make sure you enrol for our summer classes before 11 July to benefit from our early bird discount!


> Check our offer


You can also already enrol for la rentrée de septembre. Beat the September rush and book now whatever your level!


> More information


14 July
Bastille Day
10.00am Flag raising ceremony at the Free French House, official residence of the French Consul (Calton Hill)
6.00pm Bastille Day dance with food&drinks and karaoke at the Institut français d'Écosse (Randolph Crescent)
> More info
July Opening Hours

Be aware of some changes in our building's opening times in July.
Tuesdays to Thursdays
10.00am - 7.30pm
10.00am - 6.30pm
This includes access to the library which will therefore be closed on Mondays and Saturdays.


France in one click
The Festival Interceltique de Lorient celebrates Scotland!
For its 2017 edition, the famous festival of celtic music and culture has chosen Scotland as 'Pays Invité'. Ceilidhs, kilts and bagpipes will invade the streets of Lorient from the 4th to the 13th of August.
Highland games and Gaelic will also feature heavily in this edition with many Scots bands heading to Brittany for the summer.
> Their website


We recommend
1-2 July | 6.20pm
David Stone's 'Frexit'
Edinburgh International
Magic Festival
David Stone is a crazy French magician specialising in comedy magic and misdirection.
He will make bottles of champagne appear out of nowhere, multiply dozens of packets of cigarettes while desperately trying to quit smoking! 

Until 2 June
The Midwife
Edinburgh International Film Festival

It is a case of Catherine v Catherine in this sparkling French drama as the twin talents of Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot share memorable screen time.
The ordered life of a midwife gets rocks by a visit of her former step-mother who only has one year left to live.

15 July | 6.30pm
Havana Swing
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
Inspired by Parisian jazz of the 1930s, Dundee-based Havana Swing are a tight four piece band who play the sometimes languid and sometimes lightning music of Django Reinhardt's Hot Club de Paris, with subtle harmonies and with energy, passion and charm.

Institut français d'Écosse
13, Randolph Crescent
+44 (0)131 255 5466


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