Education Programmes 

Access to education is one of the essential missions of the Institut français, with specific attention towards harder-to-reach audiences, students from communities and children with special access needs and disabilities. 

The Institut français welcomes up to 10,000 visiting pupils from over 150 schools every year. 

It also offers all year round an extensive programme for children and the whole family, with creative activities at the Bibliothèque Quentin Blake and screenings catering to toddlers, children and teenagers at Ciné Lumière. 

Every year in November it celebrates children’s literature during a week with the South Ken Kids Festival featuring events and workshops at the Institut, in schools, and, for the first time in 2022, in hospitals in the Greater London. 

School activities

South Ken Kids Festival



Women Shaping the World 

The Institut français has been addressing the issues and perspectives of women’s rights and women’s creation through a series of literary events, film screenings and discussions with and about women shaping the world. Women Shaping The World is the perfect platform to promote your company’s commitment to women empowerment, diversity and gender equality, and promote a meaningful cause in line with your CSR values. Check the Women Shaping the World Programme 


Night of Ideas 

Now a worldwide project staged in 190 cities in 104 different countries, the Night of Ideas is a highly anticipated event in London. Crossing French and British perspectives, it tackles the latest ideas on the central issues of our time and engages audiences through free debates.    

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Beyond Words Festival of Literature 

Beyond Words is a week-long festival of literature featuring acclaimed authors and new voices, and the latest publications from both sides of the Channel. The line-up includes French-language writers recently translated into English, and English-language writers who have a special love affair with France. 

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