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The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay

Wed 15 Apr - Sun 9 Aug

Tate Modern, London

This first UK retrospective devoted to Sonia Delaunay will show how she dedicated her life to experimenting with colour and abstraction, bringing her ideas off the canvas and into the world through tapestry, textiles, mosaic and fashion.

Tandem, Visual Arts

The African Equation by Yasmina Khadra

Wed 6 May - Mon 6 Jul

Recommended by European Literature Night

Kurt Krausmann, a recently bereaved Frankfurt doctor, is persuaded to join his friend on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros. The journey helps him begin to confront his loss, but soon misfortune strikes again: the boat they are travelling on is hijacked.

Books

Communal Luxury by Kristin Ross

Fri 15 May - Wed 15 Jul

The Commune is back on the agenda. This original analysis of the event brings to life the Parisian workers who became revolutionaries, the significance they attributed to their struggle, and the elaboration and continuation of their - still vivid - thought.

Books

Images Moving Out Onto Space

Sat 23 May - Sun 27 Sep

Tate St Ives

The first major show by French artist Nicolas Deshayes, culmination of a 3-month residency, will feature works drawn from Tate St Yve’s classical sculpture collection, displaying them like contemporary objects on custom-made anodized tables, plinths, etc.

Visual Arts

The Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou

Thu 28 May - Tue 28 Jul

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2015

Alain Mabanckou left Congo in 1989, at the age of twenty-two, not to return until a quarter of a century later. When at last he returns home to Pointe-Noire, he finds a country that in some ways has changed beyond recognition.

Books

What Became of the White Savage by François Garde

Thu 28 May - Tue 28 Jul

In the 1840s, Narcisse, a young French sailor is abandoned on the coast of Australia and given up for dead by his shipmates. Seventeen years later he is found living among aboriginal people, having apparently forgotten everything of his original identity.

Books

Himmler’s Cook by Frank-Olivier Giesbert

Wed 17 Jun - Mon 17 Aug

UK

A gloriously rich and blackly funny French bestseller about Rose, a 105-year-old chef who has experienced life at its fullest... and at its most deadly.

Books

Theory of the Great Game by René Daumal & Roger Gilbert-Lecomte

Wed 17 Jun - Mon 17 Aug

UK

This is the story of the journal which was the public face of a tightly-bound group of very young artists and writers who since adolescence had systematically attacked their perceptions of reality by means such as drugs, anaesthesia and near-death experiences.

Books

Dirty War by Dominique Sylvain

Wed 17 Jun - Mon 17 Aug

UK

Weaving in our favourite larger-than-life characters from The Dark Angel, this is a far darker story, as Lola and Ingrid become embroiled in a case that draws attention from all the wrong quarters.

Books

Reader For Hire by Raymond Jean

Wed 17 Jun - Wed 26 Aug

UK

Marie-Constance loves reading and possesses a beautiful voice. So one day, she decides to put an ad in the local paper, offering her services as a paid reader.

Books

The Montagus and the Huguenots

Wed 1 Jul - Wed 30 Sep

Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire

As part of a ‘Huguenot Summer’, from July to September 2015 Boughton House is hosting a special exhibition to celebrate the extraordinary French legacy of the Huguenot artwork preserved there.

Visual Arts

Arcanto Quartet

Wed 1 Jul

Cheltenham Music Festival

When the diaries of 4 hugely distinguished and busy soloists align, the Arcanto Quartet is the happy result. United by friendship and their love of chamber music, these top-flight musicians have given startling performances in the major venues since 2004.

Classical Music

Erik Satie: Memoirs of a Pear-shaped Life

Thu 2 Jul

Cheltenham Music Festival

Directed by rising star Max Hoehn, The Velvet Gentleman brings together the autobiographical musings of an ageing Satie with a broad selection of his piano music played by Anne Lovett, from the Gnossiennes and Gymnopedies to the Miniatures.

Classical Music

Mediterranean Voyage

Fri 3 Jul

Cheltenham Music Festival

Featured Festival artist Jean-Guihen Queyras explores the hypnotic and spellbinding music of Algeria and the Mediterranean. Two masters of the zarb - the most important Persian percussion instrument - and a lyra player join Queyras in an eclectic programme.

Classical Music

Schubert and Dvořák by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists

Wed 8 Jul

Cheltenham Music Festival

Featuring viola player Lise Berthaud and the Armida Quartet. After Schubert’s final string quartet and a solo work by French composer Florentine Mulsant, the performers join for Dvořák’s sprightly quintet.

Classical Music

Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema & Medieval Music

Wed 8 Jul

Cheltenham Music Festival

Inspired by Dreyer’s La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, the Orlando Consort present an entirely new, carefully crafted soundtrack of music from the era in which the film is set. The beauty of motets and plainsong amplify the poignant depiction of medieval France.

Classical Music

Nacera Belaza & Radhouane El Meddeb at Shubbak Festival

Sat 11 - Sun 26 Jul

Sadler's Wells & The Place, London

London’s biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture invites French choreographers Nacera Belaza ("Into the Night") and Radhouane El Meddeb ("When The Arabs Used to Dance"/) to present their work, at Sadler's Wells and The Place.

Performing Arts

Larmer Tree Festival

Tue 14 - Sun 19 Jul

Salisbury

The bucolic setting of the Larmer Tree festival is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the Afrobeat sounds of Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, reggae masters Dub Inc and L’Orchestre National de Barbès.

Contemporary Music

Womad

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Jul

Malmesbury

The UK’s iconic world music festival once again features a rich line-up of top-tier talent, including desert rock titans Tinariwen, Franco-Cuban twins Ibeyi, Souad Massi, Ester Rada, L’Hijaz’Car, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Tigran.

Contemporary Music

Quatuor Voce: Beethoven and Schubert

Sun 26 Jul

Wigmore Hall

Quatuor Voce makes its Wigmore Series debut with two works of great substance by Beethoven and Schubert.

Classical Music

Prom 36: Pierre Boulez, Ravel and Stravinsky

Wed 12 Aug

Royal Albert Hall

Textures and colours are to the fore in this concert with a French twist. After Stravinsky's Firebird and the first work by Boulez for full orchestra, Marc-André Hamelin joins the BBC SO for Ravel's jazz-influenced Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Classical Music

An Evening of French Music: Dame Felicity Lott and Angela Hewitt

Sun 23 Aug

Shakespeare's Globe

Angela Hewitt will be joined by one of the world’s most admired sopranos, Dame Felicity Lott, renowned for her interpretations of French songs. Alongside keyboard works by Couperin and Rameau, they will delight us with melodies by Hahn, Messager and Chabrier.

Classical Music

Proms Saturday Matinee 4: Pierre Boulez at 90

Sat 29 Aug

Cadogan Hall

Celebrations for Pierre Boulez's 90th-birthday year reach a climax in this matinee performance, in which contemporary music specialists the London Sinfonietta pair Boulez's own music with that of young British composers Helen Grime and Christian Mason.

Classical Music

Insula Orchestra: Mozart Solemn Vespers

Mon 21 Sep

Barbican Hall

Founded in 2012, Insula Orchestra takes an invigoratingly new approach to both performance and repertoire. Mozart’s Vespers form the centre of its London debut: but Laurence Equilbey makes an impassioned case for rediscoveries by CPE Bach and Zelenka.

Classical Music