One of the new missions entrusted to the Institut français on its creation was to affirm the European dimension of France's cultural action abroad.
Our objectives are as follows:
- To make the Institut français a visible, recognised and influential player on the European scene by increasing its partnerships and participation in European initiatives;
- To develop the Institut's capacity to implement projects co-financed by the European Union by working to take greater account of European policies and objectives in our actions;
- To raise the Network's and our partners' awareness of European priorities and policies on the one hand, but also of the cross-disciplinary issues supported by European institutions (Sustainable Development Goals, Culture and Development, social impact of projects, Green Pact for Europe, etc.).
The Institut français is adopting a new organisational structure in order to be more in line with its priorities and more transparent for its partners. This new organisation chart is being put in place at a time when the public establishment in charge of France's external cultural action is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
From 1 January to 30 June 2022, France will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (FPEU). It takes on its role as facilitator among the Member States and brings them together around priority issues, particularly in the field of culture. Events throughout Europe can be followed in person or remotely by all culture lovers. The Institut français is involved in the FPPEU by reinforcing the impact and visibility of its activities on a European scale.
The architecture firm Ateliers Adeline Rispal and its partners (Si/Studio Irrésistible, graphic design, Les éclaireurs, lighting design, Innovision, multimedia engineering consulting) have designed the scenographic and artistic arrangements of various spaces in the Justus Lipsius and Europa buildings in Brussels, as part of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which began on 1 January 2022. Adeline Rispal looks back at their project, entitled L'Étoffe de l'Europe™, its creation and significance. The Institut français is providing project management assistance.
The NAFAS programme, 100 residencies for Lebanese artists in France, a scheme run by the Institut français, has been developed in partnership with six local authorities. The Hauts-de-France Region has joined forces with the Institut français to host two residencies in 2021.
i-Portunus is a pilot mobility scheme co-financed by the European Union under the Creative Europe program and implemented by a consortium led by the Goethe-Institute together with Institut francais (France) and Izolyatsia (Ukraine). In two years of existence, it has supported more than 600 individual artist and cultural professionals, representing about 400 projects, in their mobility at the European level. In their activity report, more than 90% of the grantees said that they would have not undergone the mobility without i-Portunus.