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21 Days of a Neurasthenic by Octave Mirbeau

Wed 6 Apr - Wed 6 Jul

Dalkey Archive Press

Driven mad by modern life, Georges Vasseur leaves for a rest cure where he encounters corrupt politicians, amnesiac coquettes, cheerfully sadistic killers, imperialist generals and quack psychiatrists. An acid yet fascinating portrait of the late 19th century.

Books

The Santiago Pilgrimage by Jean-Christophe Rufin

Wed 13 Apr - Wed 13 Jul

Quercus

A beguiling account of the author's pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela through the "Northern Way". This escapade of over eight hundred kilometers, marked by all sorts of encounters, takes in all the delights, disasters and eccentricities of this famous path.

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L’art de la Simplicité: How to Live More With Less by Dominique Loreau

Wed 20 Apr - Wed 20 Jul

Orion Books

Having lived in Japan for many years and inspired by oriental philosophy, Dominique Loreau discovered the beauty of a life well lived through the art of simplicity. This book gathers her advice on how to live a sane and happy life.

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The Crew by Joseph Kessel

Wed 27 Apr - Wed 27 Jul

Pushkin Press

The crew of a French reconnaissance plane during WWI consisted of just two men: a pilot and an observer. Joseph Kessel's first literary success, originally published in 1923 and based on his experience, is a staggering tale of courage, brotherhood and loss.

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Confessions of a Madman by Leila Sebbar

Wed 4 May - Thu 4 Aug

Dalkey Archive Press

This book displays the struggle of a civil war by following the fragmentation and irreversible separation of a single family. Alternating flashbacks and descriptions of a man’s present, Sebbar delivers what French critics call a modern fable for adults.

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The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery

Wed 11 May - Thu 11 Aug

Gallic Books

An inspiring literary fantasy about two gifted girls from the French bestselling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Life of Elves sings of the human spirit and conveys a message of hope and faith.

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Notes by Boulet

Wed 18 May - Thu 18 Aug

Soaring Penguin Press

The 'Notes' series is the print collections of French cartoonist Boulet’s hugely popular and acclaimed webcomics, which have deservedly bought him international fame. Discover his irresistible humour and insight into every-day life.

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Bristow

Thu 19 May - Sat 1 Oct

Bold Tendencies

Bold Tendencies is hosting the work of French-Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed on its rooftop space, for a tenth summer season in the multi-storey car park in Peckham. The new commission will be accompanied by a programme of public conversations.

Visual Arts

Peplum by Blutch

Wed 25 May - Sun 25 Sep

New York Review Books

The man known as Blutch is one of the giants of contemporary comics, and 'Peplum' may be his masterpiece: a grand, strange dream of ancient Rome. The hypnotic storytelling and gorgeous art pull us into one of the great works of graphic literature!

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The Little Communist Who Never Smiled by Lola Lafon

Wed 1 Jun - Thu 1 Sep

Serpent's Tail

The story of Comaneci's journey from growing up in rural Romania to her eventual defection to the United States in 1989. Lafon's novel is a powerful re-imagining of a childhood in the spotlight of history, politics and destiny.

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Bird in a Cage by Frédéric Dard

Wed 8 Jun - Thu 8 Sep

Pushkin Press

"It felt like the slipknot on a rope round my chest was being tightened without pity" : unravelling like a paranoid nightmare, Bird in a Cage melds existentialist drama with thrilling noir to tell the story of a man trapped in a prison of his own making.

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Encore! Euro 2016

Fri 10 Jun - Sun 10 Jul

Rich Mix

Throughout the European Championships in France, Rich Mix will present free live music, DJs, culture, food and matches shown on a giant screen.French acts include Deluxe, Fanfaraï, Baron Rétif & Concepcion Perez, Scarecrow and Talisco.

Contemporary Music

Cry Mother Spain by Lydie Salvayre

Wed 15 Jun - Thu 15 Sep

MacLehose

A powerful account of the early days of the Spanish Civil War, seen through the eyes of a young girl aged fifteen as Franco's forces begin their murderous purges and cities across Spain rise up against the old order.

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Her Father’s Daughter by Marie Sizun

Wed 22 Jun - Thu 22 Sep

Peirene Press

A poetic story about a girl’s love for her father. Told from her perspective, but with the clarity of an adult’s mind, we experience her desire to be noticed by the first man in her life. A rare examination of the bonds & boundaries between father and daughter.

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Petrification by Zoe Cooper

Tue 28 Jun - Sat 2 Jul

The Shaftesbury Club

Award-winning theatre-makers Zoe Cooper and Mark Maughan have come together to create this new theatre production that recreates the atmosphere of a booze-fuelled night out at the pub. A Telltale production in association with LittleMighty and Theatre 503.

Performing Arts

Before Tomorrow, Epigenesis and Rationality by Catherine Malabou

Wed 29 Jun - Thu 29 Sep

Polity Press

Catherine Malabou lays out Kant's response to his posterity. True to its subject, the book evolves as an epigenesis the differentiated growth of the embryo Ð, for this is the very life of the transcendental, and contains the promise of its transformation.

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The French Collection

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Jul

Everyman Cinemas across London

The French Collection is a celebration of new French film at Everyman. Featuring cinematic experiences with live music and performances, exclusive Q&As and a selection of inspiring and influential new releases.

Films & TV

Art Night

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Jul

Various venues in London

Originally inspired by Nuit Blanche, an all-night arts festival created in Paris, Art Night is a new annual contemporary arts festival that will take place across Westminster. French artists not to be missed : Laure Prouvost and Cecilia Bengolea.

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Baron Rétif & Concepcion Perez at Encore! Euro 2016

Sat 2 Jul

Rich Mix

Delivering off-beat instrumental hip-hop with jazzy tendencies, this dynamic duo make music that refuses to choose between dreaming and dancing. They are appearing as part of the Encore! Euro 2016 series of free match screenings and concerts.

Contemporary Music

Scarecrow at Encore! Euro 2016

Wed 6 Jul

Rich Mix

As part of a month's worth of Euro 2016 free screenings and live shows, Scarecrow bring you to a world where blues and hip hop are one. Slim Paul, the bluesman, and Antibiotik Daw, MC and DJ, bridge generations, melding two languages and two cultures.

Contemporary Music

Summer Series at Somerset House

Thu 7 - Sun 17 Jul

Somerset House

The intimate series of live music shows includes performances from Caravan Palace (14 July), who fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz to glorious effect, and French Touch pioneer St Germain (16 July) who returned in 2015 after a 15-year hiatus

Contemporary Music

Liverpool Biennial

Sat 9 Jul - Sun 16 Oct

Various venues in Liverpool

Liverpool Biennial includes new and existing works from artists at various stages of their career. Not to be missed: works of art by Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Audrey Cottin and Céline Condorelli.

Visual Arts

Fanfaraï at Encore! Euro 2016

Sun 10 Jul

Rich Mix

Following a screening of the Euro 2016 final will be a free show from this multi-cultural collective who skilfully blend brass, traditional percussion, Arabo-Berber, Afro-Cuban, latin and jazz sounds. A spendidly festive way to bring the tournament to a close.

Contemporary Music

Secret Garden Party

Thu 21 - Sun 24 Jul

Huntingdon

Located in a picturesque setting in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, Secret Garden Party is an annual celebration of the arts & music. Headliners this year include Air, Caribou, Primal Scream, La Femme and many many more, across 15 music stages.

Contemporary Music

Le Cercle de L’Harmonie at BBC Proms

Fri 22 Jul

Royal Albert Hall

Jérémie Rhorer’s energetic period-instrument ensemble makes its Proms debut along with fast-rising soprano Rosa Feola. The orchestra opens with Mozart’s vigorous Symphony No. 39 and then performs Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony, the ‘Italian’.

Classical Music

Thomas de Pourquery: Supersonic Play Sun Ra

Wed 27 Jul

Manchester Jazz Festival

Eclectic group of French musicians who come from as many diverse backgrounds and styles as were epitomised by Sun Ra, the maverick experimental composer-pianist, cosmic philosopher and pioneer of Afro-futurism to whom they pay tribute in this one-off UK show.

Contemporary Music

French Authors at the Fringe

Mon 22 Aug

Summerhall, Red Lecture Theatre

Cross-Channel Theatre presents three staged readings of fresh new work by French writers recently translated in English: Going Through by Estelle Savasta, It’s Christmas so deal with it by Pierre Notte and Country by Pedro Kadivar.

Performing Arts

Les Arts Florissants at BBC Proms

Thu 1 Sep

Royal Albert Hall

Les Arts Florissants brings J. S. Bach’s magnificent Mass in B minor to the Proms. William Christie conducts a cast of soloists including soprano Katherine Watson, counter-tenor Tim Mead, tenor Reinoud van Mechelen and baritone André Morsch.

Classical Music