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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.


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

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

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

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'.


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

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.


The Big Adventure of a Little Line by Serge Bloch

Wed 19 Oct - Mon 19 Dec


One day a small boy found a little line lying on the ground. He picked it up, put it in his pocket and forgot about it. But the little line came to life! Enter the magical, creative world of the renowned artist Serge Bloch, where anything can happen.


Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement

Thu 20 Oct - Sun 22 Jan

The Courtauld Gallery

The first major exhibition to explore Rodin’s fascination with dance and bodies in extreme acrobatic poses. It will explore a series of experimental sculptures known as the Dance Movements made in 1911, offering a rare glimpse into Rodin’s unique working practices.

Visual Arts

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.


The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle

Wed 26 Oct - Mon 26 Dec


A compelling story of a first love that defines a lifetime. Joshua Pearl is from a world that we no longer believe in. His great love is waiting for him in that distant place. Can Joshua remember the past before his love is lost for ever?


François Bon in Lancaster

Fri 28 Oct

Lancaster University

François Bon, pioneer of the French literary web, will speak about his trajectory from print to web and further to becoming his own publisher with print on demand. He will discuss how the web has impacted creative practices and opened new spaces for literature


Match & Fuse Festival

Fri 28 - Sat 29 Oct


Match & Fuse brings together forward-thinking musicians from 14 different countries who loosely orbit the worlds of jazz and improv. This year's London leg of the festival includes the duo of innovative singer Leila Martial and cellist Valentin Ceccaldi.

Contemporary Music

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

Such a Lovely Little War by Marcelino Truong

Wed 2 Nov - Mon 2 Jan

South Ken Kids Festival

Visually powerful and emotionally potent, Such a Lovely Little War is both a large-scale and intimate study of the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese: a turbulent national history interwined with an equally traumatic familial one.


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

Calypso Rose

Mon 14 Nov

Jazz Café

Born in Tobago which, with Trinidad, is the birthplace of calypso, Calypso Rose began her eventful career in 1964 but she retains the same enviable energy on recent album Far From Home, which features classic calypsos, ska, soca and guest star Manu Chao.

Contemporary Music

Eric Smadja at the Freud Museum

Wed 16 Nov

The Freud Museum

Eric Smadja a French author, psychiatrist, couples psychoanalyst and anthropologist, will talk about his book 'Freud and Culture' and explore the representations of society and culture that Freud developed in the course of his work.



Wed 16 Nov

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Odezenne's fresh combination of rap and indie rock speaks to a new generation of French music fans. Their followers know the words and share videos like the startling Bouche à lèvres, but their live energy easily crosses the language barrier.

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

Alain de Libera in Oxford

Tue 22 Nov

Maison française d'Oxford

Alain de Libera from the Collège de France will speak about Augustin, Abélard, Buridan and their reflexion about the notions of 'vouloir' (will) and 'nouloir' (nill) in Medieval philosophy.


Je suis un merle blanc

Tue 22 Nov - Sat 3 Dec

Drayton Arms

From the story of a rare white blackbird, Alfred de Musset offers a universal and topical fable on difference embodied by Edith Vernes, who, alone on stage, shifts from one character to the next. We laugh, we dream, we tremble and wonder… is there not a white blackbird within each of us?

Performing Arts


Tue 22 Nov

Moth Club

Undoubtedly one of the French bands of the moment, Her's London shows so far have been packed. Now that they've been snapped up by Island Records for the UK, their refreshing, subtly funky blue-eyed soul is set to reach a wider audience.

Contemporary Music

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.


Dub Inc

Thu 24 Nov

02 Academy Islington

Key figures in the French reggae scene, Dub Inc are back in the UK in support of their latest album So What. While rooted in reggae tradition, Dub Inc's unique hybrid mixes dancehall, hip-hop, and electronica influences and feels more urgent than ever.

Contemporary Music

Fabienne Verdier’s Rhythms and Reflections

Fri 25 Nov - Sat 4 Feb

Waddington Custot Gallery

Fabienne Verdier’s first solo exhibition in London will feature large-scale abstract paintings produced over the last year. Verdier uses painting tools of her own invention, which allows her mark making to be a product of the body moving freely.

Visual Arts

Oui Love: Agar Agar & Ménage à Trois

Fri 9 Dec

The Waiting Room

Oui Love presents a night of two up-and-coming acts, both signed to hip French label Cracki. French duo Agar Agar's synth pop combines exquisite melancholy and aggression, while Manchester-based Ménage à Trois head in a sultrier, R&B-influenced direction.

Contemporary Music