The French Institute  is located in South Kensington and is part of the Institut français worldwide network promoting French language and culture and encouraging cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity.

Founded in 1910, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni – today directed by François Croquette – comprises a language centre, a cinema (Ciné Lumière), a multi-media library (La Médiathèque), a children’s library (Bibliothèque Quentin Blake) and a café-restaurant, and welcomes 200,000 people each year.

Completely refurbished in 2008 and reopened by Catherine Deneuve in 2009, Ciné Lumière has established itself as one of London’s top repertory cinemas. With a particular emphasis on French, European and World cinema, its programme combines new releases, repertory screenings, previews and exclusive on-stage events attended by directors and actors.

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