We Recommend

To Live and Think Like Pigs by Gilles Châtelet

Wed 9 Mar - Thu 9 Jun

Sequence / Urbanomic

In this ferocious pamphlet, Gilles Châtelet gets to grips with the evils of the market-driven democracies we live in. Arguing that Marx’s “free peasant” evolved into a satirical postmodern "average man", he calls for a more pugnacious political philosophy.

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Dog Will Have His Day by Fred Vargas

Wed 9 Mar - Thu 9 Jun

Random House

Once again, Fred Vargas masters the art of crime fiction. In Paris, ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler discovers a fragment of human bone... in dog stool. Convinced there has been a murder but laughed at by the police, he investigates nevertheless.

Books

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

Wed 16 Mar - Sun 19 Jun

Barbican Centre Art Gallery

Curated by the iconic British photographer Martin Parr, Strange and Familiar considers how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK.

Visual Arts

Ladivine by Marie NDiaye

Wed 23 Mar - Thu 23 Jun

Quercus

Centred around three generations of women whose lineage is defined by the weight of origins, the pain of alienation and the legacy of shame, Ladivine is a powerful story of secrets, guilt and forgiveness. Long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize!

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A Song for Drowned Souls by Bernard Minier

Wed 30 Mar - Thu 30 Jun

Mulholland Books | Hodder

In a quiet town in the Pyrenees, a professor has been murdered. When the chief suspect turns out to be the son of Commandant Servaz's university sweatheart, she begs for his help. Servaz accepts, leading his most dangerous and personal investigation yet.

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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.

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Double-take : Drawing and Photography

Wed 13 Apr - Sun 26 Jun

Drawing Room

Dove Allouche's exhibition explores the multifarious ways photography and drawing have been combined and mirrored to extend both practices into new arenas.

Visual Arts

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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Alberto Giacometti and Yves Klein, In Search of the Absolute

Wed 27 Apr - Sat 11 Jun

Gagosian Gallery

At first glance, these artists could not be more different : Giacometti was a master of material form ; Klein was an influential theorist. Nevertheless, this first-ever exhibition pairs both their key works. Panel talk to be confirmed.

Visual Arts

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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Brighton Fringe

Fri 6 May - Sun 5 Jun

Various venues in Brighton

England's largest arts festival brings local, national and international creativity to the nation's most popular seaside city. French productions not to be missed: Cabaret Burlesque, Hella Granger: Superstar, Twisted & Tongue Tied, Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

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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Translating Scent

Thu 2 Jun

Free Word Lecture Theatre, London

How can we translate scent into words and vice versa? Euan Cameron, translator of Philippe Claudel's 'Parfums' (an autobiography told in smells), Ricarda Vidal and Pia Long will discuss the alchemy of language and sensory experiences.

Talks

Beyond Caring by Alexander Zeldin

Wed 8 - Sat 11 Jun

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Through investigation, first-hand experience and with the involvement of people working on zero-hours contracts, Alexander Zeldin’s brutally honest and darkly humorous play, written through devising with the company, exposes stories of an invisible class.

Performing Arts

Phaedra(s)

Thu 9 - Sat 18 Jun

Barbican Centre

Embodying one of Greek mythology’s most enigmatic characters, French screen and stage actress Isabelle Huppert makes a rare London appearance to play Phaedra, her story relocated to a modern world.

Performing Arts

Translation Pitch: New Literary Voices with PEN Presents

Thu 9 Jun

Free Word Centre, London

Six enthralling books by contemporary European writers which have not yet been translated into English will be pitched live! This whirlwind tour of European writing will uncover brilliant books from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Turkey and France.

Talks

Breakbot

Fri 10 Jun

Jazz Café

Upbeat funk and laid-back R&B are the order of the day for the Ed Banger label’s most disco-friendly signing. Released earlier this year, second album Still Waters sees him continue to pursue his obsession with Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Michael Jackson.

Contemporary Music

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

5th East London Comics & Arts Festival (ELCAF)

Fri 10 - Sun 12 Jun

Round Chapel, London

This new edition of ELCAF will present an extended programme of talks, workshops, springboard meetings and screenings, plus food, drinks, music and lots of fun. French artists Jean Jullien (as artist-in-residence!) and Joelle Jolivet will be there!

Talks

Sheffield Doc | Fest

Fri 10 - Wed 15 Jun

Various venues in Sheffield

The world leading and UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art of documentary in all forms, from feature to shorts, including interactive and virtual reality projects that inspire, inform and create debate with talks and special events.

Films & TV

Flâneurs in London & Paris, by Day and by Night

Sat 11 Jun

The Bedford Pub, Balham Literary Festival

Can we all wander through London and Paris? How different is the experience for men and women? And how does our landscape alter throughout the day? Ambulatory experts Lauren Elkin, Matthew Beaumont and Anna-Louise Milne illuminate. Chaired by Lucie Campos.

Talks

Haïm – In the Light of a Violin

Sat 11 - Tue 21 Jun

The Print Room

This musical play retraces the true story of Haïm Lipsky, a Polish Jew born in 1922 into a poor working-class family, who became a passionate violinist, and survived the hell of the death camps thanks to music. A testimony of survival through art.

Performing Arts

Les Siècles at Aldeburgh Festival Residency

Sat 11 - Wed 15 Jun

Aldeburgh Festival

Throughout 4 concerts, François-Xavier Roth and his orchestra will perform programmes that straddle the centuries and reveal unexpected kinships between pieces and composers. A spring clean for the ears and the mind, with fascinating and revelatory results!

Classical Music

Piaf! The Show

Tue 14 Jun

Barbican

Piaf! The Show has toured the world collecting ecstatic reviews for Anne Carrere's stunning performance of Edith Piaf's songs with a superb four-piece band. The classic songs are set to a backdrop of film from post-war Paris and unseen photos from Piaf's life.

Contemporary Music

ALA.NI

Wed 15 Jun

The Forge

Previously a backing singer for the likes of Blur and Mary J. Blige, ALA.NI has the voice of a perfectly trained soprano but with the smoky touch of a jazz diva, and the timeless songs on her first album You & I have already made her a rising star in France.

Contemporary Music

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Wed 15 - Sun 26 Jun

Various venues in Edinburgh

World renowned for discovering and promoting the best of international cinema (including French cinema), the 70th edition of the festival will, this year again, host over 1,400 delegates, filmmakers and members of the press.

Films & TV

Ionesco Unveiled

Fri 17 - Sat 18 Jun

Secret Location

Following the success of their last production Trois Ruptures/Three Splits, Marianne Badrichani and the company present Ionesco Unveiled, a new site specific play inspired by The Bald Soprano, in a secret location, as part of InTRANSIT.

Performing Arts

Sayaka Shoji & Jonathan Gilad at Wigmore Hall

Sat 18 Jun

Wigmore Hall

The final lunchtime concert in the Avex Recital Series sees violinist Sayaka Shoji give the European première of Toshio Hosokawa’s new work for solo violin. Pianist Jonathan Gilad joins Sayaka in a programme featuring works by Mozart, Schumann and Brahms.

Classical Music

French Translation with Ros Schwartz

Sun 19 Jun

Ink84 Bookshop, Highbury

Ros Schwartz is an award-winning literary translator who has translated some 70 works from French. This is a ‘translation taster’ offering an insight into the craft for anyone who has a working knowledge of French and is interested in the translation process!

Talks

BE Festival 2016

Tue 21 - Sat 25 Jun

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

BE FESTIVAL is a cross-pollinating and boundary smashing explosion of theatre, dance, circus, comedy, music, visual and performing arts. Every night includes an interval dinner and concerts. Highlights include: Merci, Pardon by Cie HappyFace.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Ensemble Nevermind at Gregynog Festival

Tue 21 Jun

Gregynog Festival

The brilliant new French early music ensemble plays 18th-century arrangements of Irish tunes: perfect for a summer’s afternoon.

Classical Music

Boulet at Orbital Comics

Thu 23 Jun

Orbital Comics

Popular French cartoonist Boulet is coming to London to celebrate the English translation of his brilliant Notes series from Soaring Penguin Press. There will be book signings at Orbital Comics store, followed by a ticketed live-draw event!

Talks

Les Serpents by Marie NDiaye

Fri 1 Jul

The Gate Theatre

In this deceptively simple play written by award-winning Marie NDiaye, relationships are played out and transformed, narratives woven, emotions manipulated, roles exchanged. Staged reading as part of the "Translating Theatre: Foreignisation on Stage" project.

Performing Arts

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

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

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