We Recommend

Symbolic Misery, Volume 2: The Catastrophe of the Sensible by Bernard Stiegler

Wed 26 Aug - Thu 26 Nov


'Stiegler does not simply diagnose a collective malaise... his writing is a call to arms and a programme for a total rethinking of our relationship to technical objects' – Ian James, Downing College, Cambridge


The Dying Season by Martin Walker

Wed 26 Aug - Thu 26 Nov


"Walker does a wonderful job of bringing 'la France profonde' to life" – Mail on Sunday


The Red Collar by Jean-Christophe Rufin

Wed 26 Aug - Thu 26 Nov


Full of poetry and life, The Red Collar is at once a pleasingly straightforward narrative about the human spirit and a profound work about loyalty and love.


Birth of a Bridge by Maylis de Kerangal

Wed 26 Aug - Mon 26 Oct


‘De Kerangal’s writing is always exuberant … This delightful book’s unabashed idealism... marks it as a kind of aspirational fairy tale’ – Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal.


So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood by Patrick Modiano

Wed 2 Sep - Mon 2 Nov


This master novel penetrates the deepest enigmas of identity and compels us to question whether we ever know who we truly are. 'Modiano is a pure original' Adam Thirwell


Les Temps Fantômes

Thu 3 Sep - Thu 5 Nov

MK II Gallery

Combining a sensitive and conceptual experience, the exhibition questions our cosmological surroundings by proposing a multidimensional and desynchronized vision of time. With French Musician Ludwig, artist Carole Nosella and botanist Olivier Argagnon.

Contemporary Music, Visual Arts

The Occupation Trilogy by Patrick Modiano

Wed 9 Sep - Mon 9 Nov


'Modiano is the poet of the Occupation and a spokesman for the disappeared, and I am thrilled that the Swedish Academy recognised him' Rupert Thompson


Music for Museums

Thu 17 Sep - Sun 29 Nov

Whitechapel Gallery

Tarek Atoui, Paris-based contemporary composer and conceptual artist will perform a special one-off event, in the framework of Music for Museums, a major season presenting works at the intersection of visual arts and experimental music.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

The Search Warrant by Patrick Modiano

Wed 23 Sep - Mon 23 Nov


Missing: a young girl, Dora Bruder, 15, height 1.55, oval-shaped face, grey-brown eyes, grey sports jacket, maroon pullover, navy blue skirt and hat, brown gym shoes."This book is both harrowing and admirable..quite simply shattering" Figaro


The Father

Wed 30 Sep - Sat 21 Nov

Wyndham's Theatre

The Father (Le Père) by Florian Zeller encountered a tremendous success last year, in Christopher Hampton's brilliant translation. This Autumn, Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner will reprise their indelible performances at the Wyndham's Theatre.

Performing Arts

L’Entrevue de Saint-Cloud, Marie-Antoinette’s Secret Meeting

Thu 1 - Fri 9 Oct

Chelsea Theatre

One of the greatest mystery of French History, this secret meeting between Marie-Antoinette and the notorious libertin and politician Mirabeau is the subject of much discord. A fascinating play by Harold Cobert about Politics, History and Power.

Books, Performing 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


Thu 8 Oct - Sat 21 Nov

The Showroom

The Showroom invites the Cape Town-based collective Chimurenga to present the Chimurenga Library in an installation and series of events with the participation of Dominique Malaquais, associate Editor of 'Chimurenga’s The Chronic and Chimurenganyana'.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Talks, Visual Arts

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

Jeux d’enfants: An Hour of French Music

Sat 10 Oct

Abbey Road Baptist Church 16 Abbey Road London NW8 9BD

Wonderful acclaimed artists Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen return for their second performance at the Abbey Road Church presented by Crescendo Foundation. The programme of French piano music will include works by Poulenc, Debussy Bizet and Ravel.

Classical Music

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 Social Life of The Book at Frieze

Tue 13 - Sat 17 Oct

Frieze Projects

French collective Castillo/Corrales was commissioned an expansion of The Social Life of The Book project. Visitors will enter the book 'space', redefining our relationship between art and print as an act of translation and an extension of artistic thinking.

Visual Arts

Gender, Climate Change and Urbanisation: Revisiting the Links

Wed 21 Oct


The ‘gendered’ nature of climate change in urban areas remains little explored. Ahead of the COP21 Summit in Paris, the event will broach this increasingly urgent matter through the projection of a short film, followed by an expert panel debate.


Chico and the Gypsies

Fri 23 Oct

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

Chico Bouchikhi was co-founder of the Gipsy Kings and co-writer of the group’s string of 1980s smash hits – Bamboleo, Djobi Djoba, Soy and more. After a sold-out London show last year, the group are returning to the capital as part of a UK tour.

Contemporary Music

Oui Love Tour

Tue 27 Oct

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

The Oui Love tour has been bringing the finest new French acts to the UK since 2009. This autumn sees electrifying hip-hop/electronic troupe St Lô paired with Saycet's ambient electronic pop for a tour also featuring rising UK electronic duo Acre Tarn.

Contemporary Music

Onion Skin / Sonica

Thu 29 Oct - Sat 7 Nov


As part of Sonica, today’s most innovative performances fusing music, sonic art and multi-media produced by Cryptic, 'Onion Skin‬' is an immersive work, by Olivier Ratsi, that creates a fictional 3D space on a score by Thomas Vaquié.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Wilhem Latchoumia’s London Debuts

Sat 31 Oct - Sun 1 Nov

Barbican Centre

Sound Unbound is a weekend festival that releases classical music from its traditional confines. French pianist Wilhem Latchoumia is one of the special guests.

Classical Music

Charles Aznavour

Tue 3 Nov

Royal Albert Hall

Last year the French legend played at the Royal Albert Hall in celebration of his 90th birthday. It was supposed to be a farewell too but clearly Aznavour can't get enough of playing here so he's back again in support of the appropriately titled album Encores.

Contemporary Music

Flaque by Defracto at the Currency Festival

Wed 4 Nov

The Place

In Flaque, the French young jugglers from Defracto wittily illustrate their passion for juggling, treating it as a rhythmic discipline that flirts with dance and absurd humour.

Performing Arts

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


Mon 9 Nov


Calogero is one of the most recognised musicians in France and his last album, 2014's Les Feux d'artifice, went straight to the top of the charts there. His percussive rock is fused with engaging melodies and lyrics inspired by current social realities.

Contemporary Music

Alexandre Tharaud plays Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Tue 10 Nov

Saint John Smith Square

The versatile acclaimed French pianist Alexandre Tharaud performs his own Bach's Goldberg Variations and releases his latest CD. The concert pre-launches the festival It's All About Piano! and will be followed by a fundraising reception.

Classical Music

London Jazz Festival

Fri 13 - Sun 22 Nov

Various venues

The capital’s biggest music festival, and one of the most important jazz events in the world, returns with leading lights including Manu Katché with Ibrahim Maalouf, multi-instrumentalist Bachar Mar-Khalifé, singer Sandra Nkake and bassist Stéphane Kerecki.

Contemporary Music

D’après une histoire vraie

Mon 16 - Tue 17 Nov

Sadler's Wells Theatre - Lilian Baylis Studio

Christian Rizzo is a French choreographer, set designer, director and visual artist. This Autumn he presents the UK premiere of D'après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story), in the form of an explosive, expressive choreography for eight male dancers.

Performing Arts

St Germain

Tue 17 Nov


St Germain was the sound of 90s French chic with his deep and dubby jazz house. Then he disappeared. Now, after a long absence, he's back in the game with a new eponymous album, African-influenced beats and a comeback tour that reaches the UK this autumn.

Contemporary Music

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

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