We Recommend


Thu 19 May - Sat 1 Oct

Bold Tendencies

Bold Tendencies is hosting the work of French-Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed on its rooftop space, for a tenth summer season in the multi-storey car park in Peckham. The new commission will be accompanied by a programme of public conversations.

Visual Arts

Liverpool Biennial

Sat 9 Jul - Sun 16 Oct

Various venues in Liverpool

Liverpool Biennial includes new and existing works from artists at various stages of their career. Not to be missed: works of art by Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Audrey Cottin and Céline Condorelli.

Visual Arts

Spectacles Without an Object : Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

Thu 1 Sep - Wed 30 Nov

Pavilion, Leeds

This exhibition explores -through film, images, objects and performances- specific occurrences of utopian performances in the past, way before the 20th century, and before the point Modern Art History usually assigns the beginning of performance art.

Visual Arts

Blood Wedding

Mon 5 Sep - Sat 5 Nov

Maclehose Press

Sophie is a young woman who seems to be leaving a trail of murders behind her - yet she has no recollection of actually killing anyone... A gripping psychological thriller about marriage, manipulation and murder by the Goncourt laureate Pierre Lemaitre.


The Infinite Mix: Sound and Image in Contemporary Video

Fri 9 Sep - Sun 4 Dec

The Store, 180 The Strand

Hayward Gallery's major off-site show features recent audio-visual artworks and large scale installations by Cyprien Gaillard, Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Cécilia Bengolea and Jeremy Deller.

Visual Arts

France. Story of a Childhood by Zahia Rahmani

Mon 12 Sep - Sat 12 Nov

Yale University Press

An intimate autobiographical novel of an Algerian Muslim family’s exile from home and unwelcoming reception in France. While the author delves deeply into the past, she also indicts present-day France and Algeria, examining France’s troubled colonial past.


What Language Do You Speak Stranger?

Fri 16 Sep - Sat 3 Dec

The Mosaic Rooms

The Mosaic Rooms present the first London solo exhibition of French-Algerian artist Katia Kameli. It will include new displays and presentations of existing works expanded by new pieces.

Visual Arts

Streams of Warm Impermanence

Fri 16 Sep - Sat 10 Dec

David Roberts Art Foundation

French artists Renaud Jerez and Jean-Marie Appriou present new and recent works - including two exclusive large-scale sculptures each - as part of DRAF’s major Autumn exhibition.

Visual Arts

The French in London by Isabelle Janvrin and Catherine Rawlinson

Mon 19 Sep - Sat 19 Nov

Bitter Lemon Press

Almost a millennia after Hastings, London is now said to be the sixth most populous French city. Full of individual stories, this book explains how this came about over centuries, highlighting how interconnected France and England have been and still are today.


Raindance Film Festival

Wed 21 Sep - Sun 2 Oct

Throughout London

Enjoy a strand of French films at the annual celebration of independent cinema in London. If you're feeling especially glamorous, why not get your best clothes on for the Closing Night Gala film Des Nouvelles de la Planete Mars?

Films & TV

after it…T_T for the next generation

Thu 22 Sep - Sun 6 Nov

Cell Project Space

Aude Pariset’s new body of works questions the motivational decisions about what should be preserved and what can be wasted in a world where the preservation of data and matter has become a generational concern.

Visual Arts

Magmanus – Attached

Thu 22 Sep - Sat 15 Oct

Various locations in the UK

Flying, flipping, sliding – and sticking! In this daring and critically acclaimed circus show, everything and everyone – including the audience – is attached. With precise skill and buckets of humour, Magmanus have produced a highly entertaining night out.

Performing Arts

For The Man Who Wouldn’t Get Up – Homage to David Lodge

Fri 23 Sep - Sun 27 Nov

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Designer Philippine Hamen’s lounge chair is inspired by the story of a man who is tired of getting up every morning to live the same day indefinitely in The Man Who Wouldn’t Get Up (1966) by renowned Birmingham author David Lodge.

Visual Arts

Sorrow of the Earth: A Story of Buffalo Bill Cody by Eric Vuillard

Wed 28 Sep - Mon 28 Nov

Pushkin Press

This astonishing work of historical re-imagining tells the little-known story of the Native Americans swallowed up by Buffalo Bill's great entertainment machine. Here one of France's up-and-coming writers tells a harrowing story of tragedy turned into circus.


Marc Camille Chaimowicz at the Serpentine Gallery

Thu 29 Sep - Sun 20 Nov

Serpentine Gallery

Exploring the space between public and private, Chaimowicz looks into domestic interiors heavily invested by cultural references. As well as presenting past seminal works, the exhibition will feature new commissions throughout the space.

Visual Arts

International Translation Day 2016

Fri 30 Sep

British Library

This year’s vibrant day-long programme includes seminars on women writers in translation, multilingualism, the state of translation in higher education, alternative routes to publication and translating for the stage.


ArteKino Festival

Fri 30 Sep - Sun 9 Oct

ArteKino Festival offers the online community of 44 European countries an opportunity to discover a selection of movies among the most original and stimulating European films of the year.

Films & TV

PAD London

Mon 3 - Sun 9 Oct

Berkeley Square

Set in the vibrant heart of Mayfair, the French fair PAD epitomises how modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts interact to reveal astonishing combinations and create the most individual and staggering interiors.

Visual Arts

Eve out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi

Mon 3 Oct - Sat 3 Dec

Les Fugitives

Eve out of Her Ruins delves into the dark corners of Mauritius which tourists never see, and poignantly explores lives at the margins of society. Written by one of the leading Indian Ocean writers, it won the 2006 Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie.


Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno at the Tate Modern

Tue 4 Oct - Sun 2 Apr

Tate Modern

This year, Tate’s Turbine Hall Hyundai Commission will be undertaken by Philippe Parreno, French renowned artist who works across film, video, sound, sculpture, performance and information technology to create dramatic sensory journeys.

Visual Arts

La fille du Saumon by Teatr Piba and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Wed 5 - Sat 29 Oct

Various locations in the UK

The inner journey of Mair, a Welsh girl living in Brittany, who has to go to a funeral in Wales. This play has been produced following a residence between Breton Teatr Piba and Welsh Theatr Cymru.

Performing Arts

Frieze London & Frieze Masters

Wed 5 - Sun 9 Oct

Regent's Park

Frieze London and Frieze Masters have reigned over the London art calendar for years. Do not miss the 12 French exhibitors and the rich programme of performances, talks and artists' films.

Visual Arts

On Modiano

Thu 6 Oct

Daunt Books Marylbone

Daunt Books celebrate their publication of Villa Triste with an introduction to Nobel prize-winning French author Patrick Modiano by the political commentator, film critic and Guardian journalist Agnès Poirier, and publisher and editor Bill Swainson.


CCN Ballet de Lorraine – Unknown Pleasures

Fri 7 - Sat 8 Oct

Sadler's Wells

Unknown Pleasures is an intentionally provocative proposition. A completely anonymous programme – no names, no fame and no glory - just the chance to experience an evening of dance unencumbered by preconceptions. Part of Dance Umbrella.

Performing Arts

Beyond the Barbed Wire by Abdellatif Laabi

Mon 10 Oct - Sat 10 Dec

Carcanet Press

This volume gives a career-spanning overview of Morocco’s greatest living poet, who inspired a generation of writers and activists. It includes much of the prison-writings of the 1970s, poems that speak from ‘beyond the borders of what is human'.


Comédie-Française: Romeo & Juliet

Thu 13 Oct

PictureHouse Central

Without a doubt, Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s most famous play. See how the famous Comédie Française director and actor Eric Ruff has staged this eternal play à la française broadcast on the big screen!

Films & TV, Performing Arts

Mosaiques Festival Of World Culture

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Oct

Rich Mix

The cutting-edge festival combines evening gigs at Rich Mix and free daytime events at Sonos Studio. Acts include Acid Arab debuting a new live show, Vaudou Game, Sofiane Saidi & Tim Whelan, El Jehaz, Kefaya & Dila V, while Blick Bassy presents his new book.

Contemporary Music

Lakes International Comic Arts Festival

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Oct


The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival returns this year, featuring live drawing, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performance, and master classes. Don't miss out on the French guests: Baudouin, Riff Reb, and Pascal Meriaux!


Marguerite Humeau: FOX2P

Sat 15 Oct - Sun 8 Jan

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary in partnership with the Palais de Tokyo presents French artist Marguerite Humeau’s first major solo exhibition in the UK exploring travels through different worlds and times.

Visual Arts

Blick Bassy – Book Reading and Q&A

Sat 15 Oct

Rich Mix

The Cameroonian maverick and rising star will be reading extracts from his debut novel Le Moabi Cinema, as part of the free Saturday daytime programme of the MOSAIQUES festival.

Books, Contemporary Music, Talks

Hatred of Music by Pascal Quignard

Mon 17 Oct - Sat 17 Dec

Yale University Press

The Hatred of Music is Quignard’s masterful exploration of the power of music and what history reveals about the dangers it poses. A provocative book, it takes on particular relevance today, as we find ourselves surrounded by music as never before in history.


Jérôme Bel – Gala

Tue 18 - Wed 19 Oct

Sadler's Wells

Gala is a captivating showcase for all admirers of dance. Featuring amateurs, professionals and everything in between, the 20 dancers in this work are Londoners from all walks of life. Part of Dance Umbrella.

Performing Arts


Tue 18 Oct

Eventim Apollo

After 10 long years, Renaud is making his comeback! With the release of a very personal and touching album influenced by current events and a need to speak up, Renaud presents his Phoenix Tour!

Contemporary Music

Artes Mundi 7 – Neïl Beloufa

Fri 21 Oct - Sun 26 Feb

Artes Mundi (Cardiff)

As part of this exhibition, Neil Beloufa will present, for the first time in Wales, the critically acclaimed video and installation piece World Domination, first shown at the Palais de Tokyo in 2012.

Visual Arts

A Woman Loved

Mon 24 Oct - Sat 24 Dec

Maclehose Press

Catherine the Great's name is shrouded in clichés and rumours. Oleg Erdmann, a Russian filmmaker, wants to portray the "real" empress. But through the USSR's censorship or post-Soviet Russian comericalism, each era creates its own distorted image of Catherine.


An Evening with Tahar Ben Jelloun

Wed 26 Oct

Mosaic Rooms

Distinguished French-Moroccan and regular Nobel prize candidate Tahar Ben Jelloun will be in conversation with Lulu Norman and Rosie Goldsmith for an event marking the publication of his novel About My Mother, an evocative portrait of a mother and her son.


Voila! Festival

Wed 2 - Sun 13 Nov

The Cockpit

Voila! is a unique annual rendez-vous where francophone and anglophone cultures meet through performance. For the fourth year in a row, Voila! proposes an eclectic programme showcasing theatre in French, in English, or both, that is sure to pique your interest!

Performing Arts

Les Siècles perform Debussy and Ravel with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Wed 2 Nov

Southbank Centre - Royal Festival Hall

Les Siècles present playful French music of the early 20th century, featuring live animation. Two influential composers: hide and seek in a garden, a piano concerto for the left hand only, a selection of fairy tales and a masterful evocation of the sea.

Classical Music

Gasp! by Cie Circoncentrique

Wed 9 - Tue 22 Nov

Various locations in the UK

Two fearless young men compete in a thrilling game of physical endurance in this beautiful and original circus show. With unbelievable displays of agility, this dynamic duo will take you on an acrobatic journey full of endless surprises.

Performing Arts

Les Innocents

Thu 10 Nov

Under The Bridge

The duo of JP Nataf and Jean-Christophe Urbain, who had huge French hits in the 90s with songs like ‘L’Autre Finistère‘ and ‘Un Homme Extraordinaire’, reformed in 2015 and released new album 'Mandarine' to great acclaim. This is their first ever UK date.

Contemporary Music

London Jazz Festival

Fri 11 - Sun 20 Nov


The capital's biggest music festival, and one of the most important jazz festivals in the world, returns with leading lights and rising stars including fusionist St Germain, Emile Parisien & Vincent Peirani, trumpeter Itamar Brochov and Eve Risser.

Contemporary Music

Caravan Palace

Thu 17 Nov

O2 Academy Brixton

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

Patrick Timsit – On ne peut pas rire de tout

Sat 19 Nov

Shaw Theatre

Can one really laugh about everything ? This question has been on everyone's lips for the last year. French actor and comedian Patrick Timsit takes it to the stage for a thoroughly brilliant and witty show.

Performing Arts

Islamic Archaeology and World Heritage in Cairo

Wed 23 Nov

The Ismaili Centre

A lecture by Stéphane Pradines on the medieval walls of Cairo highlighting the collaboration between the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology, the Ministry of Egyptian Antiquities and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.