We Recommend

April, the Red Goldfish by Marjolaine Leray

Wed 18 Nov - Thu 18 Feb

UK

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

Books

The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil

Wed 25 Nov - Thu 25 Feb

UK

Top Manhattan criminal defence attorney Sam Tahar seems to have it all: fame, fortune, an enviable marriage to a prominent socialite, and two wonderful children. But his success is built on a lie - he isn't the person he pretends to be.

Books

The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre

Tue 1 Dec - Tue 1 Mar

UK

Who really profits from war? "The Great Swindle is political as much as it is picaresque" Christine Ferniot, Télérama

Books

A History of the Barricade by Eric Hazan

Wed 6 Jan - Sun 6 Mar

UK

Hazan traces the many stages in the barricade’s evolution, from the Wars of Religion through to the Paris Commune, drawing on the work of thinkers to illustrate and bring to life the violent practicalities of revolutionary uprising.

Books

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

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

Battlefield

Wed 3 - Sat 27 Feb

Young Vic

The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière revisit the great Indian epic The Mahabharata 30 years after Brook’s legendary production took the theatre world by storm.

Performing Arts

Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics

Fri 5 Feb - Sun 15 May

House of Illustration

Explore the world of comics through original artwork by 100 women comic creators working across genres and generations - from the 1800s to the present day; from observational comedy to surreal fantasy, challenging biography to subversive dissent.

Visual Arts

Tenebrae Performs French Choral Music

Thu 11 Feb

Cadogan Hall

The wide appeal of the a cappella choral writing of French composers such as Poulenc, de Séverac and Messiaen owes as much to their use of austere textures and disciplined technique as to the refined, Gallic sensuousness which appeals so directly to the heart.

Classical Music

Barthes/Burgin

Sat 13 Feb - Sat 16 Apr

John Hansard Gallery

This exhibition places side by side the little known drawings of Roland Barthes, with new projection works by Victor Burgin.

Visual Arts

Tarek Abdallah & Adel Shams El Din

Mon 15 Feb

Royal Albert Hall, Edgar Room

Oud player Abdallah and percussionist Shams El-Din are from Alexandria and are fluent in the language of Egyptian classical music. On the stunning Wasla album, they evoke its rich history while extending it through improvisation and contemporary composition.

Contemporary Music

Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art

Wed 17 Feb - Sun 22 May

National Gallery

An homage to France’s leading exponent of Romanticism, who was the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century.

Visual Arts

Isabelle Durin & Anne-Laure Lasseaux Perform at St Bride’s Church

Tue 23 Feb

St Bride's Church

Enhance your lunch time with a colourful piano-violin recital featuring pieces by Saint-Saëns, Mussorgsky, Bock, Albeniz and more! Entrance is free.

Classical Music

Opus 7 by Circa Tsuica

Sat 27 Feb - Thu 10 Mar

Various venues in the UK

Circa Tsuica is the musical offspring of Cheptel Aleïkoum, a collective of unique French entertainers who tour the world performing their feel-good shows. Opus 7 is the company’s first UK visit: expect a cocktail of physical feats and brass beats.

Performing Arts

Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal

Thu 3 Mar

Union Chapel

The Franco-Malian kora-and-cello duo's second album, 2015's Musique de Nuit, draws on the well of West African troubadour songs and the heritage of baroque music but has a clearly modern sensibility, with the sounds of Bamako permeating intimate recordings.

Contemporary Music

Golgota – Bartabas & Andrés Marín

Mon 14 - Mon 21 Mar

Sadler's Wells

Uniting equestrian theatre with art, music and dance, the acclaimed French artist Bartabas returns to Sadler’s Wells, accompanied by contemporary flamenco dancer Andrés Marín.

Performing Arts

Christine and the Queens

Tue 15 Mar

Koko

A genuine pop phenomenon in France, Héloïse Letissier is now breaking out in the US and UK with her gender-bending pop. This is her first UK headline show, in support of the release of the English-language version of her debut album. A star is born, again.

Contemporary Music

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

In Conversation: Raymond Depardon and Gerry Badger

Wed 16 Mar

Barbican Centre

Join the acclaimed French photographer and director Raymond Depardon as he discusses his evocative photographs of Glasgow with writer, curator and photographer Gerry Badger.

Talks, Visual Arts

Shutter Speed

Thu 17 Mar - Sun 17 Apr

French Riviera

Following on from the success of ‘Côtes d’Azurs’, Thomas Dozol’s critically acclaimed London gallery debut exhibition in 2012, it will be accompanied by an artist talk during the opening week, and a panel discussion at Shoreditch House on 21 March.

Visual Arts

Paul Maheke: Solo Exhibition

Fri 18 Mar - Mon 16 May

The South London Gallery

French artist Paul Maheke presents a solo exhibition as the culmination of his six month residency at the South London Gallery. He explores issues around decolonisation and emancipation in the context of the environments we inhabit.

Visual Arts

These Books Are Made For Walking

Sat 19 Mar - Sat 2 Apr

Various venues in the UK

These Books Are Made For Walking is a delightfully inventive piece of physical theatre created by Bikes and Rabbits, who mix circus and theatre to create daring and highly original work.

Performing Arts

Erik Truffaz Quartet

Mon 21 - Tue 22 Mar

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

The line-up may have changed since Truffaz was last in the UK, with drummer Marc Erbetta replaced by Arthur Hnatek, but the quartet has always been eminently adaptable. New album Doni Doni sees them drawn, like St Germain last year, to the music of Mali.

Contemporary Music

Le Poème Harmonique: ‘Esperar, Sentir, Morir’

Sat 26 Mar

Wigmore Hall

Le Poème Harmonique, experts in the rethoric of Baroque music, show why dances such as the Spanish canario and jacara and the Italian ciaccona and passacaglia proved equally irresistible to refined audiences at court and jostling crowds in the street.

Classical Music

Menuhin Competition Returns to London for its 2016 Edition

Thu 7 - Sun 17 Apr

Diverse: Royal Festivall Hall, Southbank Center, Temple Church

To celebrate the Centenary of Menuhin’s birth, the Menuhin Competition London presents an 11-day festival of competition rounds, concerts and events for music lovers of all ages in venues across London. France will be represented by young violonist Eva Zavaro.

Classical Music

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