The Friends of The French Institute

The Friends of The French Institute

Charity information

The Friends of The French Institute

The Friends of the French Institute was created in 1998 to help the Institut français raise funds and carry out its mission: to promote French culture & intercultural dialogue in the UK.

Founded 1998

  • Mission statement

    The Friends of the French Institute trust is a charity registered under the number 1069116, and administered by a board of trustees. It was created in 1998 in order to help the Institut français raise funds and carry out its mission: to promote French language and culture in the United Kingdom, encourage cultural exchanges, and offer a large programme of cultural and educational activities both for children and adults.

    The Trust has already helped the Institut français collect money for the restoration of the Ciné Lumière in 2009, but also for the creation in 2010 of the online library Culturethèque and of Diaphonique, the Franco-British fund for contemporary music.

    Its most recent achievements are the restoration of the Art Deco Reading Room in spring 2014, the renovation of the children's library, which became the Bibliothèque Quentin Blake in summer 2015, and at last the refurbishment of the media library.

    Moving on to the next step, the Trust is now raising funds for Projet Lumière(s), which aims at expanding the Institut’s cultural offer by rehabilitating its remaining available spaces. The reception rooms, the Salons have been renovated and the works for the the soon-to be second cinema in the Petite Salle will start shortly. We are now working to support ambitious elements of programming over the next two years.

  • Aims

    The Friends of The French Institute aims to:

    • Raise funds to expand the Institut français's cultural and educational offer.
    • Raise funds to renovate and modernise all spaces within the Institut's walls.
  • Overview

    Established: February 1998

    Registered Charity Number: 1069116

    Board members: 13

    Volunteers: 13

    Phone number: 020 7073 1317

    Address: 23 Cromwell road SW7 2DT

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
  • Projet Lumière(s)

    Started in 2017, Projet Lumière(s) aims at expanding the Institut français's programme t... More