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




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


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




Vango, Book Two : A Prince Without Kingdom by Timothée de Fombelle

This is a compelling and gripping story, charting adventures across Russia, Paris, Scotland and Italy. The first book in the series won the English Pen Award 2013, for the Pen Translates programme.

Wed 3 Sep - Wed 3 Dec




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


First World War – Poetry in Translation

The event is organised by Poet In The City in partnership with Modern Poetry in Translation and will feature poets and poetry from many countries which took part in the First World War, including Russia, Serbia, and Turkey.

Mon 13 Oct

Kings Place

14-18, Books


Dance Umbrella – Jérôme Bel, Sébastien Ramirez

Presenting hip hop theatre, contemporary flamenco, iconoclastic ice skating, experimental new work, dance for children and young people, workshops, debates, digital projects and more, in 14 venues and 11 boroughs across the capital.

Tue 14 Oct

Unicorn Theatre, Shaw Theatre, Sadlers Wells...

Performing Arts


MIRRORCITY: London artists on fiction and reality

MIRRORCITY shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in the capital today, The exhibition includes a piece by the winner of last year’s Turner Prize, Laure Prouvost.

Tue 14 Oct - Sun 4 Jan

Hayward Gallery

Visual Arts


Mélanie Matranga, Frieze Artist Award

The winner of the inaugural Frieze Artist Award will create a series of online videos that follow a young artistic couple as they negotiate ‘freedom, success and the proper functioning of a couple.’

Wed 15 - Sat 18 Oct

Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair

Visual Arts


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


The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The 2014 festival will be held on October 17-19, celebrating the very best comic art from across the world. A unique opportunity to meet French artists Boulet, Wilfrid Lupano, Jérémie Moreau, and Romuald Reutimann.

Fri 17 - Sun 19 Oct

Kendal, Cumbria



Concert Adam Laloum and Lise Berthaud

Part of the Lunchtime series, Lise Berthaud, of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artist scheme, joins forces with her regular duo partner Adam Laloum; one of the youngest and most acclaimed French pianists. Programme includes Shostakovich, Hersant and Schumann.

Mon 20 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music


Dub Inc & Balkan Beat Box

Key figures in the French reggae scene, Dub Inc return to the UK with their unique sound that sees rai, ragga and rap jostling with punk, ska, and dub – with lyrics in French, English and Kabyle – all perfectly showcased on their most recent album Paradise.

Wed 22 Oct


Contemporary Music


Etienne Daho

Having inspired Dahomania in the 80s, pop dandy Etienne Daho is now reaping the benefits of the influence he’s had on a new generation of French musicians. He sounds rejuvenated on his new album, Les Chansons de l’Innocence Retrouvée, out in the UK in October.

Thu 23 Oct


Contemporary Music


Book launch : Emmanuel Carrère

Emmanuel Carrère, who is regarded as one of France’s most important living writers, will discuss his latest book, LIMONOV, the French bestseller about the outrageous life of one of Russia’s greatest living enigmas. Tickets £8, including a glass of wine.

Tue 28 Oct

Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop



L’Insomnante, Compagnie L’Insomnante

Using a potent mixture of live music, illusion, puppetry and quirky object manipulation, L’Insomnante takes you on a surreal journey through its night time adventures.

Tue 28 - Wed 29 Oct

The Place (Family Dance Week)

Performing Arts


Paula Rego / Honoré Daumier: Scandals, Gossip and Other Stories

The exhibition explores the way in which the two artists have used printmaking to bring their views, stories and political perspectives to a broad audience.

Sat 1 Nov - Tue 31 Mar

House of Illustration

Visual Arts


Souad Massi

The highly acclaimed and politically outspoken Algerian singer-songwriter, renowned for her spellbinding shows, is playing as part of this year’s Nour Festival showcasing contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.

Sun 2 Nov

Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall

Contemporary Music


Currency Festival

Enjoy the most bonkers and exciting performances from across Europe for a full-on four days, that guarantee to entertain, provoke and stimulate your senses. Do not miss, Clément Dazin, Bruit de couloir and Cridacompnay, Mañana es mañana.

Sun 2 - Sat 15 Nov

The Place

Performing Arts


Illuminations Series: Sebastien Tellier

After a return to the sound of his classic La Ritournelle on last year’s Confection album, the mercurial Tellier has revealed another facet of his musical personality on L’Aventura, beckoning listeners into the lush Brazilian rainforest of his imagination.

Tue 4 Nov

Village Underground

Contemporary Music


Les Inrocks Philips Festival

Inaugural edition of the festival curated by agenda-setting French magazine Les Inrockuptibles. Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains, who have hit a new creative peak with their Piano Ombre album, get strong indie-pop support from Petit Fantôme and Isaac Delusion.

Tue 11 Nov

The Scala

Contemporary Music


Mina Tindle

The Parisian-born folk and new-wave singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist releases a new album, Parades, in October. Look no further for a night of cool, understated pop brilliance that has garnered praise from Pitchfork and The Line of Best Fit.

Thu 13 Nov

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Contemporary Music


EFG London Jazz Festival

The capital’s biggest music festival, and one of the most important jazz events in the world, returns with a thrilling line-up featuring established artists and rising stars: Ibrahim Maalouf, Kassé Mady Diabaté, Chassol, L’Hijâz Car, Papanosh and more.

Fri 14 - Sun 23 Nov

Various venues

Contemporary Music


Tinariwen & Yasmine Hamdan

A double bill of World music heavyweights – electro-folk singer-songwriter Hamdan performs tracks from her breakthrough Ya Nass album while Tinariwen continue to carry all before them with their rolling desert rock grooves.

Sun 16 Nov


Contemporary Music


It took forever getting ready to exist, part II, Graeme Thomson and Si

Un Amour d’UIQ (UIQ), Guattari’s project for a ‘popular’ sci-fi film he thought would revolutionise cinema, is brought to life, through exhibits, sound, performance, discussion and publication.

Sat 22 Nov - Sat 20 Dec

The Showroom

Visual Arts


Chico and the Gypsies

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. To coincide with the London show the band will release a brand new album, Fiesta, in September.

Sun 30 Nov

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Contemporary Music



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