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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

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.


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

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.


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.


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?


Don’t Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier

Mon 20 Feb - Thu 20 Apr


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...


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.


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

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

Far From Phoenix, by Laurent Seksik

Wed 15 Mar - Mon 15 May

Salammbo Press

Phoenix, Arizona. 1962. Scott Hatford is a young dreamer who lives with a loving mother and tries to escape the violence of a broken father. One night, the father's fury leads mother and son to flee to New Mexico. Their fates are sealed on Route 66.


The Executioner Weeps, by Frédéric Dard

Wed 22 Mar - Mon 22 May

Pushkin Press

On a quiet mountain road near Barcelona, a woman steps out in front of a car. When the driver, a well-known artist, stops to come to her aid, he finds she is alive, but without any memory of who she is or where she has come from.


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


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 Plague

Wed 5 Apr - Sat 6 May

Arcola Theatre

Now, 70 years later, multi-award-winning director Neil Bartlett retells Camus’ classic for our own dangerous times. His frank and gripping new stage adaptation puts chaos under the microscope, and plants the germ of hope in the power of our common humanity.

Performing Arts

Tigran Hamasyan

Thu 6 Apr

Kings Place

The Armenian piano virtuoso continues to break down the walls between jazz, folk, rock and classical music. Hamasyan's new album An Ancient Observer features ten stunning new compositions that feature subtly blended layers of vocals and synthesizer.

Contemporary Music

Les Talens Lyriques: Bach et la France

Sun 9 Apr

Wigmore Hall

Christophe Rousset’s acclaimed ensemble perform the French dance rhythms of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 and the Orchestral Suite from Rameau’s opera Castor et Pollux, presenting each work with instrumental concertos of terrific virtuosity and spirit.

Classical 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

Mélanie Pain

Thu 13 Apr

100 Club

As well as being a member of the extended Nouvelle Vague family, Pain has been releasing her own albums of classy pop for some time. Last year's Parachute was still something of surprise though, lushly arranged and underpinned by sophisticated beats.

Contemporary Music

Parlour Sounds

Thu 13 Apr

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Red Note Ensemble presents a live multimedia event using innovative electronics to transform and invent instruments in an imaginative exploration of women's relationship to technology - from the advent of home hi-fi to the smartphone.

Classical Music

Philomène Hoël: Keep It Longer

Sat 22 - Sun 30 Apr

Gallery S O

Philomène Hoël’s Keep It Longer is a site-specific project, occupying two spaces in Gallery S O for two weeks. It includes two screens, two curators and two texts in an immersive installation, featuring contemporary jewellery and object display.

Visual Arts


Wed 26 Apr

The Borderline

Her have been making waves outside their base in Rennes since the release of their first EP and the instant anthem Five Minutes. Their subtly funky, modern take on blue-eyed soul will be showcased on their first full-length release in May in Island Records.

Contemporary Music

The Pulverised

Tue 2 - Sat 27 May

Arcola Theatre

When work has no borders, what’s the cost? Alexandra Badea‘s captivating drama is a powerful and disturbing portrait of globalisation and its far-reaching effects on our lives.

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

Gilded Interiors: French Masterpieces of Gilt Bronze

Thu 4 May - Sun 30 Jul

The Wallace Collection

This exhibition brings together outstanding gilt-bronze objects from the time of Marie-Antoinette. Comprising of beautiful yet functional objects including clocks, candelabras and firedogs, it introduces a significant art form that is frequently overlooked.

Visual Arts

UK Premiere: La Messe de Liverpool by Pierre Henry

Sat 13 May

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

La Messe de Liverpool had been commissioned to Pierre Henry in 1967 for the opening of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, but was never played. The work will be premiered on the occasion of the 300th birthday of the Bluecoat building.

Classical Music

Jean Rondeau: Harpsichord at London Festival of Baroque Music

Sat 13 May

St Peter's Eaton Square

Rising virtuoso Jean Rondeau explores the flamboyant, poetic and compelling fantasy world of the late-flowering French harpsichord repertoire, with character pieces, preludes and dance music by its exponents Jean-Philippe Rameau and Pancrace Royer.

Classical Music

Jean Rondeau: Jasmin Toccata at London Festival of Baroque Music

Sat 13 May

St John's Smith Square

An inspirational meeting of European Baroque and traditional Persian musical worlds, as three talented improvising musicians juxtapose 16th and 17th-century masters such as Scarlatti, Purcell and Dowland with Persian compositions of sublime rhytmic richness.

Classical Music

Agar Agar

Tue 16 May

Moth Club

Hailing from the outskirts of Paris and signed to hip French label Cracki, techno pop duo Agar Agar combine exquisite melancholy, sensuality and aggression, both in Armand Bultheel's production and the captivating voice and lyrics of singer Clara Cappagli.

Contemporary Music

Adam Naas

Wed 17 May

Rich Mix

Joining the line-up of the Serious Space festival, bright young soul star Naas has a modern, soulful sound with touches of James Blake and The XX but also with classic soul and R&B influences (from Nina Simone to Lauryn Hill) coming through strongly.

Contemporary Music

Oui Love

Wed 17 May


Oui Love is a club night shedding light on the most exciting new music and cult acts coming out of France. The French music scene has never been as exciting or diverse, and the evening's entertainment will feature a dazzling array of styles and performers.

Contemporary Music

Maître Gims

Thu 18 May

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

A rap superstar in France (and beyond), the erstwhile member of Sexion d'Assaut has - like cohorts Maska and Black M - had a glittering solo career so far. Now he's bringing anthems like Sapés comme jamais and Bella to a London audience.

Contemporary Music

Les Talens Lyriques: Monteverdi

Sun 21 May

Brighton Festival

The master of Baroque music performance, Christophe Rousset, and his extraordinary ensemble Les Talens Lyrique bring their rare powers of interpretation and insight to Monteverdi’s riveting masterpieces.

Classical Music

Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal

Thu 25 May

Cadogan Hall

The Franco-Malian kora-and-cello duo's second album, 2015's Musique de Nuit, draws on the well of West African troubadour songs and the heritage of baroque music but has a clearly modern sensibility. Support comes from contemporary pianist Koki Nakano.

Contemporary Music

Festival Imaginate

Sat 27 May - Sun 4 Jun

The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival showcases 2 wonderful performances by French companies. Bounce, a dance piece exploring how we react to the unexpected and Nosferatu, the story of Dracula, humorously told through light bulb puppets.

Performing Arts


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