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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

Fabienne Verdier’s Rhythms and Reflections

Fri 25 Nov - Sat 4 Feb

Waddington Custot Gallery

Fabienne Verdier’s first solo exhibition in London will feature large-scale abstract paintings produced over the last year. Verdier uses painting tools of her own invention, which allows her mark making to be a product of the body moving freely.

Visual Arts

Dali by Baudoin

Mon 28 Nov - Sat 28 Jan

Self Made Hero

The remarkable life of Salvador Dalí - in graphic novel form. Edmond Baudoin, one of the most original talents in contemporary French comics, offers his depiction of the man behind the artist.

Books

The Great and the Good by Michel Déon

Mon 5 Dec - Sun 5 Feb

Gallic

Arthur is aboard a boat bound for the United States, where a scholarship awaits him, along with the promise of a glittering future. But the few days spent on the ship will have a defining effect on the young Frenchman when he encounters the love of his life.

Books

Art by Yasmina Reza

Sat 10 Dec - Sat 18 Feb

The Old Vic

One of the most acclaimed plays of recent times, Art premiered in London twenty years ago and went on to become a phenomenon. Director Matthew Warchus reunites the original creative team to revisit Yasmina Reza’s study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance.

Performing Arts

Barthes, a Biography by Tiphaine Samoyault

Wed 14 Dec - Tue 14 Feb

Polity

This major new biography of Barthes, based on unpublished material never before explored (archives, journals and notebooks), sheds new light on his intellectual positions, his political commitments and his ideas, beliefs and desires.

Books

Mad Enchantment by Ross King

Wed 21 Dec - Tue 21 Feb

Bloomsbury

Drawing on letters and memoirs, Mad Enchantment gives an intimate portrayal of Claude Monet in all his tumultuous complexity, and firmly places his water lily paintings among the greatest achievements in the history of art.

Books

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

My French Film Festival

Fri 13 Jan - Mon 13 Feb

Worldwide

After a record turnout for the UniFrance online festival in 2016, with 6.5 million films viewed, the best of new-generation French cinema will be available once again from January 13 to February 13, 2017, worldwide!

Films & TV

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

Ashes by Plexus Polaire

Fri 27 - Sun 29 Jan

Jacksons Lane

Actors, life-size puppets and video projection come together in this gripping piece of visual theatre that crackles and burns fiercely. Produced by Franco-Norwegian company Plexus Polaire, this show is part of the London International Mime Festival.

Performing Arts

The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV

Fri 27 Jan

The Wallace Collection Manchester Square London W1U 3BN

Special evening lecture and book signing on Charles Le Brun, Louis XIV’s principal painter. This lecture will explore Le Brun’s different fields of activities and his relationship to Louis XIV.

Talks

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

Collecting Europe

Wed 1 - Tue 7 Feb

Victoria and Albert Museum

As the debate about the future of Europe goes on, the Goethe-Institut London and the V&A have commissioned 12 international artists to imagine what Europe might look like 2,000 years from now. How might our present be viewed from the future?

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

Thomas Azier

Sun 5 Feb

Notting Hill Arts Club

When Thomas Azier bought a 1920s upright piano, songs started hitting him like waves. His new release 'Talk To Me' bounced from just piano and voice to his laptop, and back. He started working on his sophomore album, which will be out in 2017. ‘Talk To Me’.

Contemporary Music

The End of Eddy: Édouard Louis and Tash Aw

Tue 7 Feb

London Review Bookshop

Edouard Louis will be in discussion with the novelist Tash Aw about his autobiographical novel "En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule", newly translated into English as "The End of Eddy" (Harvill Secker).

Talks

César Vayssié: UFE(UnFilmÉvènement)

Wed 8 Feb

Tate Modern

César Vayssié presents the UK premiere of UFE(UNFILMÉVÈNEMENT), a film carving out a distinct space between dance, visual art, live performance and media production.

Films & TV, Performing Arts, 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

Salif Keita

Fri 10 Feb

Barbican

Salif Keita's music blends together the traditional griot music of his Malian childhood with other West African influences, along with influences from Cuba, Spain, and Portugal, and an unmistakably overall Islamic sound.

Contemporary Music

Shakespeare, As We Like It

Fri 10 - Sat 11 Feb

St Bride Foundation, Bridewell Theatre

Zany and quirky, this comedy which uses Shakespeare's favourite literary device of a play within a play is a declaration of love to his works…with a plastic duck. Written and directed by Celine Devalan, performed by La Petite Vadrouille theatre company.

Performing 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

T.S. Eliot and Decadence

Tue 21 Feb

Kings Place

A live event featuring a glittering line-up of speakers, poetry readings and live music, which will transport you back to Paris in 1910 and to the amazing cultural scene which so decisively influenced the work of T.S. Eliot.

Books, Talks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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