Last update : 08.07

This article has been published at the beginning of the sanitary crisis. It gathers all the cultural initiatives that have been developed by French cultural institutions during the lockdown. Even if the situation seems to get back to normal, some cultural organizations are still offering online content.

We take the opportunity to update this article in order to give the opportunity to everyone to have an access to cultural offer during the Summer break.

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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 developed its own selection of cultural offers.

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!

  • Audiovisual resources

From June 12 to July 12, take the opportunity of IFcinéma à la carte, a free online films’ offer created by the Institut francais Paris, featuring films and shorts and open to everyone via a dedicated page on IFcinéma.

Visit https://ifcinema.institutfrancais.com/fr/alacarte  !

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

Can’t wait to be back in a concert room?

You can wait while watching the live concerts broadcasted by Arte : 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)

[Public Information library – Centre Pompidou]

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]

“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

[Numeridanse]

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.

  • For the little ones

Les ptits loups: online website to illustrate the rules of hygiene and social distancing to children. in partnership with UNESCO.

  • French, English, Arabic
  • Archikid

The Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine has created Archikid, a bilingual site dedicated to the discovery of the “premier art”.