Wed 9 Mar - Thu 9 Jun
Sequence / Urbanomic
In this ferocious pamphlet, Gilles Châtelet gets to grips with the evils of the market-driven democracies we live in. Arguing that Marx’s “free peasant” evolved into a satirical postmodern "average man", he calls for a more pugnacious political philosophy.
Wed 9 Mar - Thu 9 Jun
Once again, Fred Vargas masters the art of crime fiction. In Paris, ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler discovers a fragment of human bone... in dog stool. Convinced there has been a murder but laughed at by the police, he investigates nevertheless.
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.
Wed 23 Mar - Thu 23 Jun
Centred around three generations of women whose lineage is defined by the weight of origins, the pain of alienation and the legacy of shame, Ladivine is a powerful story of secrets, guilt and forgiveness. Long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize!
Wed 30 Mar - Thu 30 Jun
Mulholland Books | Hodder
In a quiet town in the Pyrenees, a professor has been murdered. When the chief suspect turns out to be the son of Commandant Servaz's university sweatheart, she begs for his help. Servaz accepts, leading his most dangerous and personal investigation yet.
Wed 6 Apr - Wed 6 Jul
Dalkey Archive Press
Driven mad by modern life, Georges Vasseur leaves for a rest cure where he encounters corrupt politicians, amnesiac coquettes, cheerfully sadistic killers, imperialist generals and quack psychiatrists. An acid yet fascinating portrait of the late 19th century.
Wed 13 Apr - Sun 26 Jun
Dove Allouche's exhibition explores the multifarious ways photography and drawing have been combined and mirrored to extend both practices into new arenas.
Wed 13 Apr - Wed 13 Jul
A beguiling account of the author's pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela through the "Northern Way". This escapade of over eight hundred kilometers, marked by all sorts of encounters, takes in all the delights, disasters and eccentricities of this famous path.
Wed 20 Apr - Wed 20 Jul
Having lived in Japan for many years and inspired by oriental philosophy, Dominique Loreau discovered the beauty of a life well lived through the art of simplicity. This book gathers her advice on how to live a sane and happy life.
Wed 27 Apr - Wed 27 Jul
The crew of a French reconnaissance plane during WWI consisted of just two men: a pilot and an observer. Joseph Kessel's first literary success, originally published in 1923 and based on his experience, is a staggering tale of courage, brotherhood and loss.
Wed 27 Apr - Sat 11 Jun
At first glance, these artists could not be more different : Giacometti was a master of material form ; Klein was an influential theorist. Nevertheless, this first-ever exhibition pairs both their key works. Panel talk to be confirmed.
Wed 4 May - Thu 4 Aug
Dalkey Archive Press
This book displays the struggle of a civil war by following the fragmentation and irreversible separation of a single family. Alternating flashbacks and descriptions of a man’s present, Sebbar delivers what French critics call a modern fable for adults.
Fri 6 May - Sun 5 Jun
Various venues in Brighton
England's largest arts festival brings local, national and international creativity to the nation's most popular seaside city. French productions not to be missed: Cabaret Burlesque, Hella Granger: Superstar, Twisted & Tongue Tied, Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop.
Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
Wed 11 May - Thu 11 Aug
An inspiring literary fantasy about two gifted girls from the French bestselling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Life of Elves sings of the human spirit and conveys a message of hope and faith.
Wed 18 May - Thu 18 Aug
Soaring Penguin Press
The 'Notes' series is the print collections of French cartoonist Boulet’s hugely popular and acclaimed webcomics, which have deservedly bought him international fame. Discover his irresistible humour and insight into every-day life.
Thu 19 May - Sat 1 Oct
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.
Wed 25 May - Sun 25 Sep
New York Review Books
The man known as Blutch is one of the giants of contemporary comics, and 'Peplum' may be his masterpiece: a grand, strange dream of ancient Rome. The hypnotic storytelling and gorgeous art pull us into one of the great works of graphic literature!
Thu 2 Jun
Free Word Lecture Theatre, London
How can we translate scent into words and vice versa? Euan Cameron, translator of Philippe Claudel's 'Parfums' (an autobiography told in smells), Ricarda Vidal and Pia Long will discuss the alchemy of language and sensory experiences.
Wed 8 - Sat 11 Jun
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Through investigation, first-hand experience and with the involvement of people working on zero-hours contracts, Alexander Zeldin’s brutally honest and darkly humorous play, written through devising with the company, exposes stories of an invisible class.
Thu 9 - Sat 18 Jun
Embodying one of Greek mythology’s most enigmatic characters, French screen and stage actress Isabelle Huppert makes a rare London appearance to play Phaedra, her story relocated to a modern world.
Thu 9 Jun
Free Word Centre, London
Six enthralling books by contemporary European writers which have not yet been translated into English will be pitched live! This whirlwind tour of European writing will uncover brilliant books from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Turkey and France.
Fri 10 Jun
Upbeat funk and laid-back R&B are the order of the day for the Ed Banger label’s most disco-friendly signing. Released earlier this year, second album Still Waters sees him continue to pursue his obsession with Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Michael Jackson.
Fri 10 Jun - Sun 10 Jul
Throughout the European Championships in France, Rich Mix will present free live music, DJs, culture, food and matches shown on a giant screen.French acts include Deluxe, Fanfaraï, Baron Rétif & Concepcion Perez, Scarecrow and Talisco.
Fri 10 - Sun 12 Jun
Round Chapel, London
This new edition of ELCAF will present an extended programme of talks, workshops, springboard meetings and screenings, plus food, drinks, music and lots of fun. French artists Jean Jullien (as artist-in-residence!) and Joelle Jolivet will be there!
Fri 10 - Wed 15 Jun
Various venues in Sheffield
The world leading and UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art of documentary in all forms, from feature to shorts, including interactive and virtual reality projects that inspire, inform and create debate with talks and special events.
Films & TV
Sat 11 Jun
The Bedford Pub, Balham Literary Festival
Can we all wander through London and Paris? How different is the experience for men and women? And how does our landscape alter throughout the day? Ambulatory experts Lauren Elkin, Matthew Beaumont and Anna-Louise Milne illuminate. Chaired by Lucie Campos.
Sat 11 - Tue 21 Jun
The Print Room
This musical play retraces the true story of Haïm Lipsky, a Polish Jew born in 1922 into a poor working-class family, who became a passionate violinist, and survived the hell of the death camps thanks to music. A testimony of survival through art.
Sat 11 - Wed 15 Jun
Throughout 4 concerts, François-Xavier Roth and his orchestra will perform programmes that straddle the centuries and reveal unexpected kinships between pieces and composers. A spring clean for the ears and the mind, with fascinating and revelatory results!
Tue 14 Jun
Piaf! The Show has toured the world collecting ecstatic reviews for Anne Carrere's stunning performance of Edith Piaf's songs with a superb four-piece band. The classic songs are set to a backdrop of film from post-war Paris and unseen photos from Piaf's life.
Wed 15 Jun
Previously a backing singer for the likes of Blur and Mary J. Blige, ALA.NI has the voice of a perfectly trained soprano but with the smoky touch of a jazz diva, and the timeless songs on her first album You & I have already made her a rising star in France.
Wed 15 - Sun 26 Jun
Various venues in Edinburgh
World renowned for discovering and promoting the best of international cinema (including French cinema), the 70th edition of the festival will, this year again, host over 1,400 delegates, filmmakers and members of the press.
Films & TV
Fri 17 - Sat 18 Jun
Following the success of their last production Trois Ruptures/Three Splits, Marianne Badrichani and the company present Ionesco Unveiled, a new site specific play inspired by The Bald Soprano, in a secret location, as part of InTRANSIT.
Sat 18 Jun
The final lunchtime concert in the Avex Recital Series sees violinist Sayaka Shoji give the European première of Toshio Hosokawa’s new work for solo violin. Pianist Jonathan Gilad joins Sayaka in a programme featuring works by Mozart, Schumann and Brahms.
Sun 19 Jun
Ink84 Bookshop, Highbury
Ros Schwartz is an award-winning literary translator who has translated some 70 works from French. This is a ‘translation taster’ offering an insight into the craft for anyone who has a working knowledge of French and is interested in the translation process!
Tue 21 - Sat 25 Jun
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
BE FESTIVAL is a cross-pollinating and boundary smashing explosion of theatre, dance, circus, comedy, music, visual and performing arts. Every night includes an interval dinner and concerts. Highlights include: Merci, Pardon by Cie HappyFace.
Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
Tue 21 Jun
The brilliant new French early music ensemble plays 18th-century arrangements of Irish tunes: perfect for a summer’s afternoon.
Thu 23 Jun
Popular French cartoonist Boulet is coming to London to celebrate the English translation of his brilliant Notes series from Soaring Penguin Press. There will be book signings at Orbital Comics store, followed by a ticketed live-draw event!
Fri 1 Jul
The Gate Theatre
In this deceptively simple play written by award-winning Marie NDiaye, relationships are played out and transformed, narratives woven, emotions manipulated, roles exchanged. Staged reading as part of the "Translating Theatre: Foreignisation on Stage" project.
Sat 2 - Sun 3 Jul
Various venues in London
Originally inspired by Nuit Blanche, an all-night arts festival created in Paris, Art Night is a new annual contemporary arts festival that will take place across Westminster. French artists not to be missed : Laure Prouvost and Cecilia Bengolea.
Performing Arts, Visual Arts
Thu 7 - Sun 17 Jul
The intimate series of live music shows includes performances from Caravan Palace (14 July), who fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz to glorious effect, and French Touch pioneer St Germain (16 July) who returned in 2015 after a 15-year hiatus
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.
Fri 22 Jul
Royal Albert Hall
Jérémie Rhorer’s energetic period-instrument ensemble makes its Proms debut along with fast-rising soprano Rosa Feola. The orchestra opens with Mozart’s vigorous Symphony No. 39 and then performs Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony, the ‘Italian’.