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




Best of Enemies Part 2 by Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B.

The second volume of the acclaimed graphic novel covers Nasser’s Egypt through to the Six-Day War in 1967 and the Iranian Revolution in 1979. An essential read for anyone interested in the history of the region.

Tue 9 Sep - Tue 9 Dec




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


Book of the Month : Parfums by Philippe Claudel

From the sizzling sharpness of freshly cut garlic to the cool tang of a father’s aftershave; the heady intoxication of a fumbled first kiss to the anodyne void of disinfectant and death, this is a decadently original olfactory memoir.

Mon 13 Oct - Tue 13 Jan




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


Rembrandt: The Late Works

Rembrandt’s later years were turbulent and marked by controversy, but they also produced some of his most soulful, deeply moving and strikingly modern works.

Wed 15 Oct - Sun 18 Jan

National Gallery

Visual Arts


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

This is the first exhibition to present Rego and Daumier’s work in dialogue, and although more than a century separates these two artists, their works reveal a wide range of common concerns and approaches.

Fri 14 Nov - Sun 22 Mar

The House of Illustration

Books, Visual Arts


Exit the King – Eugène Ionesco – in a new translation by Jeremy Sams

Ionesco’s hilarious and sparklingly witty comedy makes fun of a tragic fate, that of the once great King Berenger the First, 400 years old, on his last legs and ruling over a decaying kingdom. Now the party is over for him, and the end is nigh.

Thu 20 Nov - Sat 20 Dec

Bath Theatre Royal & Ustinov Studio, Bath

Performing Arts


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


Julio Le Parc

For his first major solo exhibition in the UK, Le Parc will create a kaleidoscopic exhibition that will dramatically change the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, actively involving spectators in labyrinthine playful works and through immersive light-experiences.

Tue 25 Nov - Sun 15 Feb

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Visual Arts


Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande by the Philarmonia Orchestra

This concert is sure to be the highlight of the ‘City of Light: Paris 1900-1950′ series, probably one of the most significant projects undertaken by the Orchestra in recent years. Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Thu 27 Nov

Royal Festival Hall, London

Classical Music


Mosaïques Festival

The 14th edition of the Mosaïques world music festival features a film, conference and cutting-edge music produced in France: Debademba’s deep Malian roots, North African-influenced rock from Temenik Electric and DJs Acid Arab’s Middle-Eastern-techno fusion.

Fri 28 Nov

Rich Mix

Contemporary Music


Women Fashion Power

Designed by the world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, this exhibition offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.

Sat 29 Nov - Sun 26 Apr

Design Museum

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


L’Avare – Molière

A modernised version of L’Avare de Moliere – retaining the original French text – directed by Lingua Franca Theatre and produced by Excuse My French Comedy Show, will be presented in the Courtyard Theatre between 2nd of December to 6th of December 2014.

Tue 2 - Sat 6 Dec

Courtyard Theatre

Performing Arts



Cécile Cassel (actor Vincent Cassel’s half-sister) is an actress and singer who goes by the name of Hollysiz. French hits include the catchy disco pop of ‘Come Back To Me’. Don’t miss the intimate UK date of this hugely energetic live performer.

Thu 4 Dec


Contemporary Music


Le paysage entre art et nature

What is a landscape? Is it the touch of Nature or is it the work of Mankind ? In this conference, Professor Jacques Leenhardt will question the social construction of the so called ‘landscape’ throughout the history of perception and thoughts.

Thu 4 Dec

Institut français d'Ecosse



Schumann and Fauré: Kindred Spirits

Distinguished musicians Philippe Graffin, David Adams, David Waterman and Alasdair Beatson illustrate the musical links between Schumann and Fauré, two elusive artists, performing Schumann’s D minor Trio, and Fauré’s Second Piano Quartet. Concert and talk.

Thu 4 Dec

20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill

Classical Music



The French-signed, Sierra Leonean-German reggae star is a citizen of the world so it’s no surprise his fame is continuing to spread around the globe. Now Londoners can experience the force of Patrice’s charm and songs from his ‘The Rising of the Son’ album.

Sun 7 Dec

The Lexington

Contemporary Music

Lisa Simone

Lisa Simone

It’s taken her a while to step out from under the shadow cast by her mother but recently released debut album ‘All Is Well’ proves that some things really are worth the wait. Simone has emerged fully formed, a mature, highly distinctive new voice in jazz.

Mon 8 Dec

Kings Place

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


Schizo-Culture: Cracks In The Street

Following the introduction of the exhibition at the Institut français last spring, do not miss the closing weekend of performances, screenings, live music and discussion addressing many of socio-political subjects, with the participation of Sylvère Lotringer.

Fri 12 - Sun 14 Dec


Visual Arts


Forever Pavot

Signed to cult Parisian label Born Bad, Forever Pavot are part of an exciting new wave of psychedelic rock acts from France. Gracing the monthly Paris Is Burning club night, their kaleidoscopic sound mixes 60s freakbeat with baroque melodies.

Sat 13 Dec

The Lexington

Contemporary Music


Quatuor Diotima at Spitalfields Winter Festival 2014

The versatile European quartet returns to Spitalfields with four contrasted works, including the world premiere of Transience by Sam Hayden, French composer Gérard Pesson’s Bitume, Jonathan Harvey’s third quartet and Bartók’s String Quartet No 4.

Sun 14 Dec

Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's), Spitalfields, London

Classical Music


Ed Banger Xmas Party

Still one of the coolest labels in the world, Ed Banger are coming to celebrate the festive season in London with label boss Pedro Winter aka Busy P, Gaspard from Justice, Boston Bun and So Me. As parties go, this is the Xmas cracker you’re looking for.

Fri 19 Dec


Contemporary Music


Of Hearts and Minds: The Films of Eric Rohmer

The pursuit of happiness, according to a true original of the modern cinema. Don’t miss the BFI’s reassessment of one of film’s most consistently rewarding artists.

Fri 2 Jan - Tue 31 Mar




London International Mime Festival

Don’t miss the amazing French companies programmed at the internationally renowned London Mime Festival: Compagnie 111 / Aurélien Bory, Oktobre, Lonely Circus, Theatre Re. The best of French touch, the whole world envies!

Thu 8 - Sat 31 Jan

Southbank Centre & Sadler's Wells

Performing Arts


Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Russian-born pianist Polina Leschenko play sonatas by Mozart and Enescu. This concert is part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime concert series.

Mon 12 Jan

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music


Isabelle Cornaro

Isabelle Cornaro presents new work that explores the extent to which representation and vision are historically and culturally biased. This exhibition is presented both in London and in Bristol, with curators Alice Motard and Anna Gritz.

Fri 23 Jan - Mon 23 Mar

Spike Island (Bristol) & South London Gallery (London)

Visual Arts


Alice Russell

A powerful, versatile singer-songwriter, Russell is as comfortable with jazz and funk as she is with more contemporary electronic sounds. She has worked with David Byrne and Fatboy Slim and her own most recent album ‘To Dust’ is a soulful tour de force.

Fri 30 - Sat 31 Jan

Jazz Cafe

Contemporary Music

Philippe Graffin-ViolinPhoto: Marco Borggreve always credit

Philippe Graffin performs Peter Fribbins’ Violin Concerto

World Premiere conducted by J.J Kantorow, with the English Chamber Orchestra. Fribbins’ Violin Concerto is the fruit of almost two years’ labour and sees a further maturation and consolidation of his unique style. Programme includes Mozart, Ravel, Saint Saens.

Tue 17 Feb

Cadogan Hall, London

Classical Music


Roland Barthes at 100

Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Roland Barthes, this two day symposium offers to tackle the work and legacy of the French mythmaker. The conference will be hosted by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University.

Mon 30 - Tue 31 Mar

School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University