Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

The exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist’s works in one place and discover Matisse’s artistic triumph.Bold, exuberant and large in scale,the cut-outs have an engaging simplicity coupled with incredible creative sophistication.

Thu 17 Apr - Sun 7 Sep

Tate Modern

Visual Arts


Literature of the Liberation:the French experience in print,1944-1946

This exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris and shows the Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection of books that were published after August 1944 and before the end of 1946 on the subject of the Second World War.

Tue 6 May - Sat 11 Oct

Cambridge University Library

Talks, Visual Arts


Escape by Dominique Manotti

It’s 1987. Two prisoners, one a left-wing militant, the other a petty crook, both Italian, break out of jail in a rubbish lorry. ‘Another excellent French crime writer to set alongside Fred Vargas’ – Publishing News

Wed 25 Jun - Thu 25 Sep




The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sis

A journey for young and old through the fascinating life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of the beloved children’s classic, The Little Prince.

Wed 2 Jul - Tue 2 Sep




Mood Indigo by Boris Vian

Published initially in French as L’Écume des jours, originally translated as Froth on the Daydream, Mood Indigo is a surreal cult classic that is now a a major movie directed by Michel Gondry starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris.

Thu 3 Jul - Wed 3 Sep




The Poisoning Angel by Jean Teulé

A shocking yet entertaining novel based on the story of real-life poisoner Hélène Jégado, one of the most notorious serial killers of all time.

Thu 3 Jul - Wed 3 Sep




The Incorrigible Optimists Club by Jean-Michel Guenassia

Paris, 1959. 12-year-old Michel Marini is introduced to a world beyond the boundaries of his childhood experience, a world of men made formidable in the face of history, ideas and politics: the world of the Incorrigible Optimists Club.

Thu 3 Jul - Wed 3 Sep




The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir by R. Puertolas

One day a fakir leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris. A professional con artist, the fakir is on a pilgrimage to IKEA, where he intends to obtain an object he covets above all others: a brand new bed of nails.

Thu 3 Jul - Wed 3 Sep




Liverpool Biennial

The biennale’s rich programme includes an installation by the architect Claude Parent at the Tate and will premiere Louise Hervé &Chloé Maillet’s new film, the culmination of a 3 year project, looking at specific histories through the lens of science fiction.

Sat 5 Jul - Sun 26 Oct


Performing Arts, Visual Arts


Daniel Buren

Buren will create an entirely new commission, transforming the BALTIC with his signature motif, creating a very dramatic and visually encapsulating environment in which visitors will re-connect with the gallery space.

Fri 11 Jul - Sun 12 Oct

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Visual Arts


Fröbel Fröbeled

Check out the result of Froment’s extensive research into German educationalist Friedrich Fröbel, founder of the first Kindergarten and follower of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Swiss pedagogue Johan Pestalozzi.

Sat 12 Jul - Sun 14 Sep

Spike Island, Bristol

Visual Arts


Book of the Month: Fortunes of France: The Brethren by Robert Merle

The Brethren is the first volume in the epic historical drama Fortunes of France – a lusty, exhilarating blend of adventure and romance set against the backdrop of a critical period in European history.

Wed 27 Aug - Thu 27 Nov




The Battersea Literature Festival

The Battersea Literature Festival will take place in various venues around SW11 from 1st – 15th September 2014, and feature French debut writer Oscar Coop-Phane, the author of ‘Zenith Hotel’ published by Arcadia Books.

Mon 1 - Mon 15 Sep


Books, Talks


The Winchester Poetry Festival

The inaugural Winchester Poetry Festival will bring together twenty contemporary poets, writers and editors, including French poet Jacques Reda, for readings and discussions about, among other matters, the impact of conflict on poetry today.

Fri 12 - Sun 14 Sep


Books, Talks



A dozen crazy aristocratic aerial acrobats deconstruct the traditional approach of aerial skills, raising the risk with a stunning musical accompaniment rich in emotions.

Fri 12 - Sat 13 Sep

Inside Out Dorset Festival, Poole

Performing Arts


Quatuor Diotima

Quatuor Diotima will perform three masterpieces from three generations of Viennese-based composers, Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12, Op. 127, Schönberg’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 and Brahms’ otherworldly String Quartet No. 2, Op. 51 No. 2.

Fri 19 Sep

Kings Place

Classical Music


Solo exhibition Olivier Castel

A new commission by Olivier Castel, this exhibition brillantly mixes image and surface, , employing the imaginary and exploring the process by which something is made visible.

Fri 19 Sep - Sat 25 Oct

ANDOR Gallery

Visual Arts


Pierre-Laurent Aimard Plays Bach

French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will perform the first book of The Well-tempered Clavier (Nos. 1–24, BWV 846 – 869), one of the great monuments of Western classical music, a supreme combination of tradition and innovation.

Sat 20 Sep

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music


Patrick Bruel

One of the most popular singers in France, Patrick Bruel has delivered countless memorable songs over the years. The ‘Bruel Mania’ phenomenon in the 90s made him an unavoidable figure in francophone countries, and now the UK can see what the fuss is about.

Mon 22 Sep

Royal Albert Hall

Contemporary Music


From Cowardice to Shellshock: A History of Medical Care and Psychiatry

It is common knowledge that World War I drove great scientific and technological advances: in chemistry, in aeronautics, in air traffic control, in X-Ray machines… less known is how the Great War influenced medical care and diagnostics.

Tue 23 Sep

The Royal Institution

14-18, Talks


Counting on People

This is the first solo show in the UK for Neïl Beloufa, an exciting artist tackling controversial issues from minority communities to terrorism. By upsetting sculptured environments, Beloufa invites audiences to question their legitimacy.

Wed 24 Sep - Sun 16 Nov

Visual Arts


A journey to Avebury

Karst, the new dynamic arts venue, is inviting the French curator Louise Chignac to collaborate on a group show unravelling the notions of ruin and redemption, history and utopia, failure and expectation.

Thu 25 Sep - Sun 26 Oct

Karst, Plymouth

Visual Arts


Bêka & Partners Film Residency Project

As part of its season on architecture, the Barbican has invited Louise Lemoine and Ila Bêka to undertake a residency in July, during which they will create a film portrait of the Barbican and work on an architectural photography exhibition.

Thu 25 Sep - Sun 11 Jan

The Barbican Centre

Visual Arts

Yann Tiersen 22/01/2014

Yann Tiersen

The César award-winning singer, renowned for the Amélie soundtrack and his unique musical arrangements, returns to London to perform a special show to celebrate the release of his 8th studio album Infinity.

Fri 26 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

Contemporary Music


Cédric Tiberghien and Alina Ibragimova

Mozart composed a remarkable group of sonatas in which the violin and piano form an equal alliance. Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien explore the creative brilliance of his violin sonatas as part of Wigmore Hall’s The Mozart Odyssey.

Sat 27 Sep

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music


Oui Love Tour

The Oui Love tour – which brings the finest new French acts to the UK – returns with the exquisite dubstep-R’n'B-pop hybrid of Andrea Balency and NLF3′s experimental grooves, hitting five cities across the UK including London on 1st October.

Tue 30 Sep - Sat 4 Oct

Across the UK

Contemporary Music


France in an Era of Global War, 1914-1945 / Book Launch (3 to 6.30pm)

This new collection of academic papers, edited by Ludivine Broch & Alison Carrol and published by Palgrave Macmillan (2014), revisits the period between 1914 & 1945, when France found itself at the centre of earth-shattering events. Free, booking required

Fri 17 Oct

University of Westminster

14-18, Books, Talks



Belgian sensation Stromae has built a highly individual aesthetic through mixing pop and dance music with poetic texts. Over the last few years he has become one of the major artists of his generation with his undefinable-yet-captivating style.

Tue 9 Dec

London Eventim Apollo

Contemporary Music