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European Cooperation

The aim of the Institut français is to affirm the European dimension of French cultural action abroad, and to become a dynamic cultural actor on the European scene.

Promoting the stakes of culture in the European Union’s Foreign Relations

More Europe Campaign
An advocacy campaign launched in December 2011, “More Europe”, aims at highlighting and reinforcing the role of culture in the European Union’s external relations. What are the means to achieving this? By organizing discussions (‘‘Culture and Conflicts in the European Union’s Foreign Relations: the Ukraine” in 2014; ‘‘Challenges and Perspectives with regard to Culture: the South Shore of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe’’ in 2013; ‘‘Culture and the European Identity’’ in 2012), publication of research work and establishing political advocacy.
Devoted to the role reserved for culture in the external relations of the Member States of the European Union and its partner countries, this study is based on a comprehensive mapping of existing resources and a consultation process involving a wide variety of stakeholders from 54 countries. It has led to a conference and a publication, with recommendations regrouped into six key messages.

Participation in European Projects

CinEd, European Film Education for Youth
CinEd, a European initiative to improve and expand film education for young people (aged 6 to 19 and above) in Europe, will be launched in September 2015. Led by the Institut français, it brings together partners committed to film education from 7 countries – namely France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.
A digital platform will offer a selection of European films (fictions / animated films / documentaries / recent and heritage films) and associated educational resources available to teachers / educators and as many young people as possible in the 7 countries involved and all over the European Union.
CinEd is supported by the Creative Europe-MEDIA programme of the European Union.
C4C, Crossroads for Culture (2014-2017)
Through sharing experiences, discussions on cultural policies, experimenting new economic models, developing new audiences, creating a program to assist in cultural management intended for professionals, C4C aims at developing translational and international cooperation in the field of culture and cultural relations of the Member States of the European Union within the scope of the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes of Culture) network.
One land, many faces (2014- 2015)
An artistic and citizen-based cooperation project, “One land, many faces” brings together four authors from countries and cultures questioning the division and coexistence of peoples within national borders; namely Hungary, Belgium, South Korea and the U.S. Following a residency of authors in Berlin to create texts, a team of international artists and performers set up by The Transplanisphère have taken part in a residency in Brussels and Paris before embarking on a European tour.
Eclectis (May 2013-Decembre 2014)
At the crossroads of art, urban planning and architecture, six urban laboratories – in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Kotor, Ljubljana, Paris and Torres Vedras – have had citizens take part in an “urban factory” for the transformation of concrete parking spaces into green and friendly areas, open to encounters and artistic expression; with a wishing wall set up for the public to imagine the urban areas of tomorrow; a hands-on digital device enabling ephemeral words and phrases to be written in public areas, etc.

Franco-German Cooperation

Franco-German Cultural Fund
The Franco-German Cultural Fund supports Franco-German cooperation initiatives in third countries, in close collaboration with local cultural players and the two countries’ cultural network abroad (Instituts français, Alliances françaises, Goethe-Institut, cultural services of German and French Embassies).
Supported in 2014 and 2015: a cross-residency on photography in Chad, the creation of an urban online tourist guidebook on Palestine, TK+ workshops on public areas in Uzbekistan, commemoration projects for the World War I Centennial (particularly through poetry in Brussels, literature and archives in London), etc.


The Institut français is part of a European framework that is both multilateral and regional in nature. It holds privileged relations with its major European counterparts (sharing expertise, organizing joint events, cultural exchanges and language promotion).
European Networks
  • EUNIC (European Union National Institutes of Culture), network regrouping bodies of the Member States of the European Union in charge of cultural action abroad
  • IETM, international network for contemporary performing arts in Europe
Partnerships with other European cultural institutes
  • Goethe-Institut
  • British Council
  • FICEP (Forum for foreign cultural institutes in Paris)
The Institut français also signed a cooperation agreement with the Bureau Europe Créative France (Relais Culture Europe), the national cultural contact point for the European Commission with regard to the Europe Creative programme.

Photographs: More Europe discussion, ‘‘Culture and European Identities’’ (Amsterdam, September 19, 2012); Institut français of Egypt, Franco-German project ‘‘BECA First Egypt Comix Week’’; EUNIC 2014 General Assembly, in Stockholm; Franco-German project ‘‘Neighbors’’ in Bolivia, Alliance française of La Paz.
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