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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

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

2084: The End of the World by Boualem Sansal

Mon 2 Jan - Sun 2 Apr

Europa Editions

A tribute to George Orwell's 1984 and a cry of protest against totalitarianism of all kinds, Sansal's 2084 tells the story of a near future in which religious extremists have established an oppressive caliphate where autonomous thought is forbidden.

Books

Poems by Henri-Alain Fournier

Wed 4 Jan - Sat 4 Mar

Carcanet Press

Alain-Fournier’s poems, while relatively few, are one of the small pearls washed up in the maelstrom of early twentieth-century France. Anthony Howell, Anthony Costello and Anita Marsh provide here a comprehensive English translation for the first time.

Books

Notes on a Thesis

Wed 11 Jan - Sat 11 Mar

Jonathan Cape

Is the world ready for Jeanne's masterful analysis of labyrinth motifs in Kafka’s The Trial? Notes on a Thesis is a reminder of the strangeness of academia, of every awful essay, every disastrous exam, and every insanity-inducing dissertation.

Books

Eve Chabanon Residency at The White House

Mon 16 Jan - Sun 16 Apr

The White House

Eve Chabanon aims to explore identity for young women, the choices available to them as they grow up and their access to different options, examples and role models.

Visual Arts

What Flows Through and Across

Tue 17 Jan - Sat 25 Feb

Assembly Point

Choreographing our relations to each other, the shows will explore notions such as fluidity and formlessness through the use of dance - as both a strategy of resistance and a thinking process that is in flux and allows indetermination.

Visual Arts

The Arab of the Future 2 by Riad Sattouf

Wed 18 Jan - Sat 18 Mar

Two Roads

Immediate and gripping, The Arab of the Future 2 once again reveals the inner workings of a tormented country and a tormented family, delivered through Riad Sattouf ‘s dazzlingly original graphic style.

Books

The Prospector by J.M.G. Le Clézio

Sat 21 Jan - Tue 21 Mar

Atlantic Books

By turns harsh and lyrical, pointed and nostalgic, The Prospector is a ‘parable of the human condition’ (Le Monde) by one of the most significant literary figures in Europe today.

Books

Forms of Action

Fri 27 Jan - Sun 12 Mar

CCA (Glasgow)

Artist Katia Kameli is presenting Stream of Stories as part of the exhibition Forms of Action, which brings together existing works and new commissions by artists whose actions in society are at the core of their practice.

Visual Arts

Emmanuelle Pireyre at the University of St Andrews

Wed 1 - Tue 28 Feb

University of St Andrews

Emmanuelle Pireyre will be Writer in Residence in February 2017 at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She will notably give talks on Twenty-First-Century French Fiction.

Talks

Hand and Mind

Fri 3 Feb - Sun 26 Mar

Grand Union, Birmingham

Dance Room’ will be the largest body of work by Alex Cecchetti to be presented in the UK outside of London. It is part of the exhibition 'Hand and Mind' at Grand Union gallery, a series of performances linking the development of language and gesture.

Visual Arts

French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain

Mon 6 Feb - Thu 6 Apr

Gallic Books

The arrival of a letter delayed by 33 years sparks off a quest that leads both on a nostalgic journey back to the 1980s and right to the heart of France today.

Books

The Bloody Chamber – Lucia Quevedo, Nils Alix-Tabeling, Justin Fitzpa

Wed 8 Feb - Sat 18 Mar

The Koppel Project

‘The Bloody Chamber’ is a collection of re-imagined fairy tales by Angela Carter. The exhibition interrogates the fluidity of sexuality, the zones of influence between humanity and animality, and the constant metaphorical potential in living bodies.

Visual Arts

Retribution Road by Antonin Varenne

Thu 9 Feb - Sun 9 Apr

MacLehose Press

From the Burmese jungle to the slums of London or the conquest of the Wild West, Antonin Varenne takes us on a thrilling journey full of sound and unabated fury, reviving the lapsed tradition of the great writers of boundless adventure.

Books

No To Crucifixions – Fabienne Audeoud

Fri 10 Feb - Sat 11 Mar

KARST (Plymouth)

Fabienne Audeoud solo exhibition in Plymouth, explores the difficulties of being in opposition to other people's beliefs. In today's climate of deep global divisions how can we constructively discuss the rejection or re-imagining of religious faith?

Visual Arts

Degas to Picasso Creating Modernism in France

Fri 10 Feb - Sun 7 May

Ashmolean Museum (Oxford)

In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism.

Visual Arts

The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis

Wed 15 Feb - Sat 15 Apr

Harvill Secker

It is an extraordinary portrait of escaping from an unbearable childhood, inspired by the author’s own. Written with an openness and compassionate intelligence, ultimately, it asks, how can we create our own freedom?

Books

Don’t Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier

Mon 20 Feb - Thu 20 Apr

Hodder

When a woman finds a suicide note in her mailbox, she can't imagine that it has anything to do with her. And yet it signals the end of her own life... but who is her enemy? Only Commandant Martin Servaz can find out...

Books

Robot by Blanca Li Dance Company

Wed 22 - Sat 25 Feb

Barbican Centre

Full of invention, wit and mischievous humour, this multimedia spectacle by Blanca Li Company sees eight agile dancers share the stage with seven personality-infused robot humanoids, all dancing to the percussive beat of a ten-piece mechanical orchestra.

Performing Arts

Thierry Pécou & Ensemble Variances

Wed 22 Feb

St John’s Smith Square

Ensemble Variances performs ‘Outre-mémoire’ by Thierry Pécou. In this great work often compared to Messiaen’s 'Quatuor pour la fin du temps', Pécou leads us once again into an overwhelming musical experience that invokes a state of meditative contemplation.

Classical Music

Nova Materia

Wed 22 Feb

The Waiting Room

Based between Santiago, Chile and Paris, France, the duo of Caroline Chaspoul and Eduardo Henriquez were members of cult disco-punk band Panico. Nova Materia is both more danceable and more abstract, turning scrap metal (and more) into percussion.

Contemporary Music

Patricia Kopatchinskaja with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Wed 22 Feb

Southbank Centre

Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. She unlocks the secrets of Berg's Violin Concerto, also featuring symphonies by Denisov and Shostakovich.

Classical Music

Goran Bregovic & Bijelo Dugme

Thu 23 Feb

Eventim Apollo

The hugely successful musician presents an evening with his legendary rock band Bijelo Dugme. Bregovic rose to fame in his native Bosnia Herzegovina playing guitar with Bijelo Dugme, which became the most popular band ever in the former Yugoslavia.

Contemporary Music

The Law According to Star Trek

Thu 23 Feb

The Signet Library

Professor Fabrice Defferrard will talk about his book The law According to Star Trek, addressing, with lots of examples from both Star Trek TV series and feature films, all science fiction fans but also students willing to discover the law creatively.

Talks

Eduardo Williams: The Human Surge

Fri 24 Feb

Tate Modern

Using amateur tracking shots and outlandish transitions between storylines, it connects disaffected youth in Argentina, Mozambique and the Philippines through a shared search for fulfilment beyond the mundanity, and often precarity, of routine jobs.

Films & TV, Visual Arts

The Craft of Film: A Prophet + ScreenTalk

Sun 26 Feb

Barbican Centre

Screen writer Thomas Bidegain will talk about A Prophet in this special screening of Jacques Audiard's acclaimed masterpiece, part of The Craft of Film. Don't miss it!

Films & TV

The Women of Paris: Anne Sebba & Ariane Bois

Sun 26 Feb

Kings Place

Anne Sebba and award-winning French journalist Ariane Bois talk about their compelling new books Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s and The Keeper of our Brothers. Part of the Jewish Book Week 2017.

Talks

The Principle by Jerôme Ferrari

Tue 28 Feb - Fri 28 Apr

Europa Editions

Beguiled by the figure of German physicist Werner Heisenberg, who disrupted the assumptions of quantum mechanics with his notorious Uncertainty Principle, a young philosopher attempts to take the measure of the evil at work in the contemporary world.

Books

La Nouvelle Alliance at StAnza poetry Festival

Wed 1 - Tue 7 Mar

St Andrews

La Nouvelle Alliance is a translated language focus on French poetry for StAnza 2017. French-language poets will push the boundaries of poetry in a range of readings, workshops and performances not-to-be-missed.

Talks

HeHe – Fracking Futures

Thu 2 Mar - Sun 21 May

FACT, Liverpool

Artistic engineers HeHe have turned the gallery space into an experimental drilling site, and the environment of the gallery is transformed into an industrial landscape where boreholes are drilled and waste chemicals are treated.

Visual Arts

Speak: Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost and Cally Spoone

Thu 2 Mar - Sun 21 May

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Speak at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery brings together contemporary artists – Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost and Cally Spooner – whose diverse practices expand John Latham’s ‘open toolbox’ for artists.

Visual Arts

Wax Tailor

Fri 3 Mar

Koko

One of France's finest beatmakers, Jean-Christophe Le Saoût's recent release By Any Beats Necessary sees him team up with guests including Wu Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah. Get ready for an almighty collision of blues, psychedelic rock, soul, funk and hip-hop.

Contemporary Music

Ionesco Dinner at the Smiths’

Fri 3 Mar - Sat 1 Apr

Latvian House

This pop-up immersive bilingual play, created by Marianne Badrichani and the Company, will make you dive into the absurdist world of Ionesco, in a fanciful venue, with a glass of wine in hand. With this funny and original theatrical event, your night out (with the Smiths) is sure to be unique and memorable!

Performing Arts

Acid Arab

Fri 3 Mar

The Camden Assembly

The French duo, augmented by other musicians on stage, took their dialogue between house and techno and Eastern musical traditions to a new level on last year's debut album Musique de France, which saw them championed by tastemakers including Gilles Peterson.

Contemporary Music

Tree of Codes by Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet

Sat 4 - Sat 11 Mar

Sadler's Wells

15 dancers, drawn from the Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor explore Olafur Eliasson’s visual concept, reflecting the audience’s gaze back at them as he immerses them into his strange world. In collaboration with award-winning musician Jamie xx.

Performing Arts

Les Siestes Acoustiques de Bastien Lallemant

Sun 5 Mar

Brasserie Zédel

Launched in 2010, Bastien Lallemant's Les siestes acoustiques is a relaxing show mixing acoustic vibes and French spoken word. The audience is invited to lie down and unwind while musicians play music and narrate stories. You can even bring a pillow!

Contemporary Music

Edgar Moreau with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Sun 5 Mar

Southbank Centre

Cellist Edgar Moreau performs Tchaikovsky's moving Sixth Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Tugan Sokhiev.

Classical Music

Tinariwen

Thu 9 Mar

Electric Brixton

The Touareg pioneers of the desert blues sound, who won a Grammy Award for best World Music Album in 2011, are back on the road to support the release of their eagerly awaited new album, Elwan, which features guests including Kurt Vile and Mark Lanegan.

Contemporary Music

Oui Love

Thu 9 Mar

Birthdays

The Oui Love club nights are a new platform for the most exciting music made in France. On the bill: Parisian psych-tronica explorers DBFC, the new wave R&B sounds of Sônge, euphoric pop from Juveniles and the gut-wrenching indie rock of Bantam Lyons.

Contemporary Music

Le Gang des Antillais

Sat 11 Mar

Odeon Cinema Greenwich

Following on its release in Paris last November, and its presentation in New York, Le Gang des Antillais announces its UK Premiere. A movie inspired by a true story in the 70s. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and an After Party.

Films & TV

Lara Fabian

Wed 15 Mar

Eventim Apollo

Belgium’s biggest ever pop star makes her long-awaited UK concert debut. Fabian, who has sold over 32 million records worldwide, will be performing in English and French, delivering classic hits including 'Je T'aime' and 'I Will Love Again'.

Contemporary Music

Vianney

Wed 15 Mar

The Hippodrome Casino

The French star, who has already released two albums to date including last year's eponymous effort, saw his rapid rise capped with a Victoires de la Musique award for 'Best Artist' in 2016. This will be his first time playing hits like Pas là in the UK.

Contemporary Music

Gautier Capuçon & Frank Braley: Colours of a New Century

Wed 15 Mar

Kings Place

Gifted young cellist Gautier Capuçon and acclaimed pianist Frank Braley perform masterpieces by Debussy, Fauré, Rostropovich, Britten and more. Part of the year-long Cello Unwrapped series at Kings Place.

Classical Music

Improv Theatre Battle for the ‘Francophonie’

Wed 22 Mar

Clapham Grand Theatre

This theatrical genre (in French) is a cross between improvisational theatre and ice hockey with actors from several francophone countries engaging in a battle of wits and creativity, mixing humour and ingenuity to win the favour of the public!

Performing Arts

Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains

Mon 27 Mar

Moth Club

Signing to Domino in the UK, Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains endeared themselves to discerning UK audiences with their infectious, African-tinged indie-pop. This London date is part of a tour to support the follow-up to their 2014 album Piano Ombre.

Contemporary Music

MHD

Thu 30 Mar

Village Underground

The young pioneer of the Afro-Trap sound, which has proved wildly popular in France and beyond, comes to London for his first UK show. Initially building up a huge following online, the rising star is set to become a cultural phenomenon.

Contemporary Music

The Braille Legacy

Mon 10 Apr - Sat 24 Jun

Charing Cross Theatre

“The Braille Legacy” tells the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world.

Performing Arts

The Toad Knew – Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierrée

Wed 3 - Sun 7 May

Sadler’s Wells

Six characters emerge in a strange fairy-tale lair. A woman transforms into a lizard, a piano plays itself, and plates magically appear and disappear. In the middle of it all James Thierrée works his magic with the aid of a squat servant.

Performing Arts

Cortex

Thu 15 Jun

Jazz Café

The pioneering jazz-funk group formed in France in the 1970s and their Troupeau Bleu LP went on to become the holy grail of French groove, sampled by the likes MF Doom, Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross. This rare show features the original 1970s lineup.

Contemporary Music