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Music for Museums

Thu 17 Sep - Sun 29 Nov

Whitechapel Gallery

Music for Museums explores the intersection of visual art and experimental music, from compositions of the faintest sounds emitted by instruments, human bodies or electronic apparatuses, to music derived from mathematical systems and electric guitars.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Cinquième Corps

Fri 2 Oct - Sun 10 Jan

The Photographers' Gallery

Noémie Goudal’s first major solo show in London will consist entirely of previously unseen works exploring the meeting point of nature and culture, theatrically staged photographs portraying complex constructions created by the artist within the landscape.

Visual Arts

Street of Thieves by Mathias Enard

Tue 6 Oct - Wed 6 Jan


"The material of a conventional thriller has been sublimated into an atmohpere of violence, power and cruelty; humanity is here more than a vector through which various kinds of insanity flow." Nicholas Lezard, Guardian


750 Years in Paris by Vincent Mahé

Tue 6 Oct - Wed 6 Jan


A literary graphic novel unlike anything else on the racks, 750 Years tells the story of our time, focusing on one single building in France as it sees its way through the upheavals of history.


British Art Show 8

Fri 9 Oct - Sat 14 Jan

Southbank Centre

Anna Colin and Lydia Yee curate British Art Show 8, a national contemporary art touring exhibition supporting artists in upcoming projects. This year the exhibition includes the works of French Caroline Achaintre, Nicolas Deshayes and Laure Prouvost.

Visual Arts

Nottingham Contemporary

Sat 10 Oct - Sun 3 Jan

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary presents an exhibition conceived by French artist Nadia Lauro with works by musician and poet Sun Ra. Works by Danai Anesiadou, Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz and Rana Hamadeh will challenge our notions of identity and social norms.

Visual Arts

The First Thing You See by Grégoire Delacourt

Wed 14 Oct - Thu 14 Jan


"A runaway bestseller that looks set to follow the success of The Elegance of the Hedgehog..Grégoire Delacourt is an author who knows how to make this readers feel happy" Elle


Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

Wed 21 Oct - Thu 21 Jan


Tram 83 plunges the reader into the atmosphere of a gold rush as cynical as it is comic and colourfully exotic. It’s an observation of human relationships in a world that has become a global village, an African-rhapsody novel hammered by rhythms of jazz.


How the French Think by Sudhir Hazareesingh

Wed 28 Oct - Thu 28 Jan


The French: orderly and anarchic, rational and mystical, arrogant and anxious, charming and exasperating, serious and frivolous, pessimistic, pleasure-loving - and perhaps more than any other people, intellectual...


The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty by Beatrice Alemagna

Wed 4 Nov - Thu 4 Feb


‘Alemagna captures this story immaculately with the use of rich, poetic language and a range of media…and [explores] the limitlessness of a child’s imagination’


The Casual Gesture

Fri 6 Nov - Sun 6 Dec

Standpoint Gallery

Standpoint Gallery invites French artist Flore Nové-Josserand to curate 'The Casual Gesture', bringing together seven artists including Laurence Payot and Grégoire Motte, alongside artists B. McLean, P. Ewe, L. McCreaddie, F. Meisenberg and C. Djabbari.

Visual Arts

Zola and the Victorians by Eileen Horne

Wed 11 Nov - Mon 11 Jan


In his time, Zola made his English contemporaries, including Hardy and Dickens, look positively pastoral; much of his writing is considered shocking and transgressive even now.This book offers the untold story of Zola’s original reception in England.


April, the Red Goldfish by Marjolaine Leray

Wed 18 Nov - Thu 18 Feb


Meet April. A young goldifsh seeking worldy adventures. And the meaning of life.


Nora Invites Burrows, Fargion and Tanguy

Thu 26 - Fri 27 Nov

Sadler's Wells Theatre - Lilian Baylis Studio

Nora is the gathering of dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley. In their first collaborative endeavour they perform an evening of new works by acclaimed duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, and French choreographer Simon Tanguy.

Performing Arts

Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts

Mon 30 Nov

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, including additional brass, woodwind and percussion, is joined by the combined Goldsmiths Choral Union and the Brighton Festival Chorus for what promises to be one almighty concert featuring Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts.

Classical Music

Noises of Water by Cie. Théâtre Alibi (Corsica)

Wed 2 - Fri 4 Dec

The Secombe

A large island near Sicily where hopeful boats from Africa go down. A general is counting the dead, victims of a search for a better life. A singer from Benin sings of journeys between Africa and Europe, between what we hope to reach and what we leave behind.

Performing Arts


Thu 3 Dec

Oslo Hackney

Signed to fashion-minded French label Kitsuné, the UK four-piece released their second album - the sparkling, infectious European Soul - in April. Their danceable, optimistic indie pop should be the perfect preparation for the festive season.

Contemporary Music

Les Arts Florissants perform at the Spitafields Winter Festival 2015

Thu 10 Dec

Christ Church Spitalfields

Renowned European early music ensemble Les Arts Florissants make their festival debut performing excerpts from Monteverdi’s First, Second and Third Book of Madrigals. Free post concert Q&A.

Classical Music

Caravan Palace

Tue 15 Dec

The Forum

These electro pioneers have fused hedonistic house and old school jazz to glorious effect on their unusually titled third album, . Their reputation for delivering a ballistic good time has been growing off-radar but now is their breakthrough moment.

Contemporary Music

The Dø

Wed 16 Dec

Electric Brixton

The French-Finnish duo of Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy returned to action in 2015 with the release of their sharply focused third album Shake Shook Shaken. It's a concentrated burst of addictive pop hooks exemplified by lead track 'Keep Your Lips Sealed'.

Contemporary Music

L’Ecole des Femmes by Molière

Wed 16 - Fri 18 Dec

The Courtyard Theatre

Appropriate for both natives and learners of French, this 17th century comedy retains Molière's original text whilst being staged with a modern twist. An abriged, modernised version in the original French.

Performing Arts

Ensemble Correspondances Plays Charpentier’s Music for Christmas

Wed 23 Dec

Wigmore Hall

Sébastien Daucé and Ensemble Correspondances perform French sacred music of the seventeenth century for the Christmas Season, proving that their reputation as perceptive and characterful interpreters of the Charpentier’s work is fully deserved.

Classical Music


Sat 9 - Tue 12 Jan

Shaw Theatre

Jos Houben and Marcello (Marcel) Magni, "Complicité" original members, open the London International Mime Festival with a master class in comic performance, produced by Peter Brook’s famous Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

Performing Arts

The Viennese Salon Series by Francoise-Green Duo

Thu 21 Jan - Thu 12 May

St John's Smith Square

Throughtout 5 concerts from January 2016, Francoise-Green duo will curate a residency dedicated to Vienna’s musical landscape, from the intimate salons of the late 18th century to the private society concerts of the 1900’s.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

The Mother

Thu 21 Jan - Sat 5 Mar

Tricycle Theatre

Molière Award-winning playwright Florian Zeller returns to the Tricycle following 2015’s critically-acclaimed sell-out run of The Father with this compelling show starring the BAFTA Award-winning and Olivier nominated actress Gina McKee.

Performing Arts

Fidelio Trio – French Piano Trios series (part 1)

Sun 24 Jan

St John's Smith Square

Framed by Ravel’s delectable suite Ma mere l’oye (Mother Goose) and his monumental Piano Trio, this programme features arrangements for Piano Trio by Satie enthusiast, John White, and the world première of Michael Zev Gordon’s new commission.

Classical Music

Dark Circus

Tue 26 - Sat 30 Jan

Barbican Centre

Born from the imagination of French illustrator Pef, the fantastical story of Dark Circus is animated on stage by Stereoptik duo, Romain Bermond and Jean-Baptiste Maillet, who draw and play music live to build a big top universe.

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

A Beautiful Ending

Tue 26 - Wed 27 Jan

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Mohamed El Khatib was the hit of last year’s Avignon Festival and is now acclaimed as one of the leading voices in French contemporary theatre. A Beautiful Ending is a haunting account of a monumental moment in his life.

Performing Arts

Cheikh Lô

Fri 29 Jan

Under The Bridge

The returning Senegalese star has been one of the world artists of the year, with UK TV appearances and a cover feature in Songlines magazine. His Balbalou album features sleek, seductive grooves and collaborations with Ibrahim Maalouf and Flavia Coelho.

Contemporary Music

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Sat 30 Jan - Wed 20 Apr

Royal Academy of Arts

Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.

Visual Arts

He who falls / Celui qui tombe

Wed 3 - Sat 6 Feb

Barbican Centre

A French artist equally dedicated to the circus arts and contemporary dance, Yoann Bourgeois, has long been fascinated by ideas of weightlessness and the physics of suspension. In this show, six performers appear to defy the laws of gravity.

Performing Arts

Fidelio Trio – French Piano Trios Series (part 2)

Sun 24 Apr

St John's Smith Square

Fauré’s eloquent late masterwork was composed at the age of 78 whereas Chausson’s Piano Trio reveals the vitality and love of sonority of the 26-year-old. Furthermore, the Fidelio Trio will present a world premiere of Peter Wiegold’s Piano Trio.

Classical Music