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The Development and Partnerships Department



The role of the Development and Partnerships Department is to contribute to the definition and implementation of the IF’s European policy, to provide support for the development of cultural networks, to develop collaborations with local authorities - large towns or cities and regions, to promote mobility and to propose large-scale cultural events in France and abroad.  These activities are carried out in close collaboration with the departments of the Institut français, the French cultural network and in interaction with the MEAE and the main players in the sector.


The Development and Partnerships Department is made up of four divisions.

The Local Authorities division

The "Local Authorities" division implements partnership agreements with French regions and large towns and cities to extend the influence of their creators and artistic and cultural structures internationally, and to enhance the attractiveness of their territories.


The Residences division

The “Residences” division supports the mobility of French artists abroad and foreign artists to France, and develops specific expertise in this sector. It is also involved in structuring this sector in connection with the residence projects of the French diplomatic network and is responsible for managing Villa Kujoyama (Japan).  

The "Europe" division

The "Europe" division defines and implements the strategy of actions and interventions of the Institut français within the framework of European tools in order to participate, as a priority, in the establishment of an ecosystem of support for artists and cultural professionals. A dynamic and committed cultural player, it is one of the players in the European dimension of France’s external cultural action.

The Seasons division

The “Seasons” division develops seasons and cultural exchanges, which have already brought France into dialogue with more than 60 countries. These multidisciplinary events with high visibility both in France and abroad allow a wide audience to discover the cultural diversity and dynamism of the guest country, and to communicate abroad a renewed and creative image of France in all areas.