One week ago, the United Arab Emirates urged their residents to organize the lockdown in order to fight against Corona outbreak.

Under these circumstances, the Institut français in the UAE has made a selection of several cultural initiatives set up by French cultural institutions. We hope that these cultural offers will contribute to your spiritual evasion despite the isolation and the exceptional situation we are living in.

We have also added initiatives that have been launched by the French Ministry of Culture with “Culture chez nous“, and the Institut français in Paris, which has made all its content available on Culturethèque free of charge until May31.

This list will be regularly updated, so don’t hesitate to let us know if you’ve heard about cultural initiatives you would like to share with us!

Another article will be published soon highlighting the cultural initiatives set up by Emirati institutions. In the meantime, stay home!

  • Audiovisual resources

The UniFrance team offers a “Stay Home edition” of its online film festival MyFrenchFilmFestival. About fifty French short films are available online from all over the world, with subtitles in many languages (Arabic, Chinese, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Lithuanian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Spanish, Turkish…).

These movies, which appeared in the selections of the last 10 editions, can be viewed for free from March 27 to April 27, 2020 on the MyFrenchFilmFestival.com website.

The « Cinéma du réel » Festival : this festival, which was scheduled from March 13 to 22, offers online content in partnership with Mediapart, Tenk, Festival scope, and Universciné.

« La Fête du Court… at home »! : This event, which was initially scheduled from March 25 to March 31, offers the possibility to download a secure player to watch a selection of movies as many times as you like. This is free and accessible for everyone! Rendezvous on: lafeteducourt.com!

La Cinémathèque de Paris : Find nearly 800 movies’ lessons directly on its website! https://www.cinematheque.fr/decouvrir.html (French only)

The Paris Opera offers the possibility of watching emblematic operas from home for the coming weeks!

  • From March 30 to April 5: Swan Lake
  • From April 06 to April 12: The Barber of Seville
  • From April 13 to April 19: Robbins’ Evening
  • From April 26 to April 20: The tales of Hoffmann
  • From April 27 to May 3: Carmen

More information here.

Poetry, story readings, cultural selections, interviews… The Comédie Française launches its online content “La Comédie continue” for children, students, teachers and older children… It starts on Monday 30 March and will be published everyday from 4pm on their online website: comedie-francaise.fr and on Facebook.

Everyday, Arte Concert broadcasts a live concert on its Facebook account! Watch it online here and do not hesitate to have a look at all the concerts here.

The Philharmonie de Paris offers free concerts on its website: https://live.philharmoniedeparis.fr

If you are between 6 and 16 years old (or more…), you can hear a selection of children’s fictions on France Culture’s website!

RFI invites you to listen to a readings’ series of texts by contemporary theatre authors from the Southern French-speaking world. Find all the podcasts on their website.

Last but not least, download the free app « Radio France » and get a free access to the 6 national radios, live or via the podcasts !

  • Exhibitions and online interactive content

Online tours e-sightseing some of our amazing world heritage sites or contemporary finest architecture:

Louvre’s Museum

The Palace of Versailles 

The Philharmonie of Paris ; designed by Jean Nouvel, world wide French architect

The Lascaux cave

Virtuals exhibitions :

Virtuals exhibitions of the Grand Palais (French only)

The Ecole du Louvre (French only)

The virtuals galleries of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France

La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (French only)

Online content:

The Arab World Institute launched a new program online and on its social networks to to continue to discover the Arab world and culture and to continue to travel from home! Visit its website (French only)

The Cité des sciences and the Palais de la découverte offers you webinars every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5pm to make lots of discoveries from your lounge. From 9 years old. (French only)

The Eurekoi platform of the Centre Pompidou’s Public Information Library can give you all the answer and advices you may have about movies, books or series within a few hours : https://www.eurekoi.org/ (French only)

“Europeana, the European portal for culture!” offers 50 million items of cultural content from thousands of European libraries, museums, archives and galleries, digitalized and accessible for free! Visit their website: https://www.europeana.eu/en

Get a free access to the multimedia dance platform!


  • Reading

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France now gives an access to its Gallica online library to everyone.

Discover the digitalized collections of the Cité de la BD (French only)

  • Culture at home!

Discover the Centre Pompidou’s podcasts “a podcast, an artwork”, which gives you the opportunity each month to explore a key work from the Centre Pompidou’s collection, based on archives, conferences, unpublished interviews and current music.