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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

Lucy Dixon

Tue 16 May - Thu 24 Aug

Brasserie Zédel

Dixon has carved out an eclectic career in theatre, music, performance art and dance. Her latest project Lulu's Back In Town pays homage to the 30s and 40s, bringing her vocal and tap skills to the fore with the support of a Parisian Manouche trio.

Contemporary Music

At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell

Wed 31 May - Mon 31 Jul


Paris, near the turn of 1932-3. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking…


Into the Unknown – A Journey Through Science Fiction

Tue 6 Jun - Fri 1 Sep

Barbican Centre

Into the Unknown is a festival-style exhibition bringing together artists, designers, filmmakers, SFX specialists, musicians and writers, all testing the boundaries of reality through some of the most experimental works of all time.

Films & TV, Talks, Visual Arts

A Handful of Dust

Wed 7 Jun - Sun 3 Sep

Whitechapel Gallery

A Handful of Dust is a speculative history of the 20th century, tracing a visual journey through the imagery of dust from aerial reconnaissance, wartime destruction and natural disasters to urban decay, domestic dirt and forensics.

Visual Arts

The Némirovski Question by Susan Suleiman

Wed 7 Jun - Mon 7 Aug

Yale University Press

In 2004, Suite française, Némirovsky’s posthumous novel, became an international best seller. Informed by personal interviews with Némirovsky’s descendants as well as by extensive archival research, this biography is a tribute to the author and her daughters.


Blue Self-Portrait, by Noémi Lefebvre

Wed 14 Jun - Mon 14 Aug

Les Fugitives

The inner monologue of a woman haunted by German composer Arnold Schoenberg’s portrait, following a complex romantic encounter with an American-German pianist-composer in Berlin. A contemporary novel of angst and high farce.


How to Get Rid of a Vampire by J.M. Erre

Wed 21 Jun - Mon 21 Aug

Alma Books

Zazie has just received a beautiful new notebook, and decides to keep a diary. She writes down her impressions of her new teacher, Mr Labat – who in her opinion looks like a vampire! She sets to save herself and her classmates by getting rid of Mr. Labat.


European Portraits by Jimmy Robert

Thu 22 Jun - Sat 26 Aug


For PEER, Jimmy Robert presents a new performance work and gallery installation in response to issues that have emerged from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

Visual Arts

Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes

Wed 28 Jun - Mon 28 Aug

MacLehose Press

Vernon Subutex is left to beg in the street after his music shop in Bastille bankrupted. But he has in his possession the last filmed recordings of Alex Bleach, the famous musician who just died. A crowd of people are now on Vernon's trail.


The Awkward Squad by Sophie Hénaff

Wed 5 Jul - Tue 5 Sep

MacLehose Press

Suspended from her job as a police officer for firing "one bullet too many", Anne Capestan is expecting the worst when she is summoned to H.Q. to learn her fate. She is surprised to be told that she is to head up a new police squad, working on cold cases.


Josephine Baker by Catel and Bocquet

Wed 5 Jul - Tue 5 Sep

Self Made Hero

In Josephine Baker, José-Luis Bocquet and Catel Muller capture the remarkable life and glorious times of a spirited, principled and thoroughly modern woman – a star, an ally for the French Résistance and the adoptive mother of a 'rainbow family' of 12.


Fibrils by Michel Leiris

Wed 12 Jul - Tue 12 Sep

Yale University Press

A major publishing event: the third volume of Michel Leiris’s renowned autobiography, The Rules of the Game, now available in English for the first time in a brilliant translation by Lydia Davis.


Kihnu – The Isle of Women by Jeremie Jung

Tue 18 Jul - Fri 15 Sep

12 Star Gallery

French photographer Jeremie Jung shows the isle of Kihnu which has kept its own culture, thanks to women and despite globalisation. Preview on 18 July 6:30-8:30pm with live music performance from Kihnu musician Egert Pull. RSVP: comm-lon-exhibitions@ec.europa.eu

Visual Arts

Jihad and Death: The Global Appeal of Islamic State

Wed 19 Jul - Tue 19 Sep


Into the debate about ISIS’ origins and future prospects, the renowned French sociologist, Olivier Roy, argues that while terrorism and jihadism are familiar phenomena, the deliberate pursuit of death has produced a new kind of radical violence.


Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie – A Performance Exhibition

Thu 20 Jul - Sun 13 Aug

Barbican Centre

Trajal Harrell will present an overview of his entire body of work in the Barbican Art Gallery. The exhibition showcases the works of French artists who will be performing a range of Trajal’s works over a period of 16 days.

Performing Arts

Vive le Fringe! – Lost in Translation: A Bilingual Journey

Fri 4 - Mon 28 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

What happens in the mind of a bilingual person? Lose yourself in a joyful and intimate journey celebrating languages, cliches and pop culture. Interactive and thought-provoking: pushing and questioning both theatrical and European frontiers.

Performing Arts

Vive le Fringe! – La Maladie de la Mort

Fri 4 - Mon 28 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

Every day the same ceremony is held: a hotel room, a man, a woman. A sea between them. He pays her, she gives in. Multimedia show between electro-theatrical performance and choreography under video surveillance. As part of Vive le Fringe!

Performing Arts

Meet Wioletta Greg & Edouard Louis

Mon 14 Aug

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Meet two novelists who explore the world at the margins: French writer Edouard Louis presents The End of Eddy, an autobiographical novel located in the North of France, and Wioletta Greg introduces us to her novel Swallowing Mercury, set in Comunist Poland.


François Leleux & Eric Le Sage at Edinburgh Festival

Wed 16 Aug

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Oboist François Leleux and pianist Eric Le Sage present a programme including Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Dutilleux and Dorati. This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Classical Music

The World of Quantum Physics as a Graphic Novel

Sat 19 Aug

Garden Theatre

Mathieu Burniat & Thibault Damour's Mysteries of the Quantum Universe gets its head round the world of quantum physics in a graphic novel which took France by storm. The authors discuss the book’s phenomenal success.


Oliver Emanuel on L’Assommoir – Reading Workshop

Tue 22 Aug

Edinburg International Book Festival

The playwright Oliver Emanuel explores L'Assommoir by French writer Emile Zola, part of its 20 volume series Les Rougon-Macquart, published in the 19th century. Come and talk about this masterpiece studying the effects of alcoholism and poverty.


The Jungle Trip by Compagnie Primitif

Sat 26 Aug

Southbank Centre

Compagnie Primitif come to Southbank Centre from Rennes, France, for Urban festival. Through the movement arts of dance and parkour, they seek to reclaim spaces and take back control of life’s direction.

Performing Arts

Michel Bussi & Arne Dahl at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Sat 26 Aug

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Join French author Michel Bussi and Swedish author Arne Dahl for a feast of the finest European fiction at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Chaired by Jenny Brown.


Welcome to Barroux

Sat 26 Aug

Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab

The Edinburgh International Book Fest welcomes you to join author-illustrator Barroux in a workshop for ages 4-7 around his beautiful story of a polar bear and friends who are forced to search for a new home after their icy habitat disappears.


Welcome to Barroux – Second Workshop

Sun 27 Aug

Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab

Join author-illustrator Barroux at the Edinburgh International Book Fest. In this delightfully charming event, discover where Barroux gets the inspiration for the illustrations in his graphic novel Welcome and learn about climate and migration. For ages 4-7.


Isabelle Faust & Pablo Heras Casado at BBC Proms

Sun 3 Sep

Royal Albert Hall

French violinist Isabelle Faust with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra brings authentic period-instrument colour to three of Mendelssohn’s best-loved orchestral works in a Proms matinee directed by rising young conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.

Classical Music

Artificial Sensibility

Sat 9 Sep - Fri 27 Oct

Bonington Gallery

The first UK show of the French collective of artists It's Our Playground offers a reflection around Artificial Intelligence, when machines mimic human cognitive functions.

Visual Arts

French Design Trail

Sun 17 - Mon 25 Sep

Various venues in London

French designers are known around the world for their talent, their sophistication and above all for their creativity. This year, 15 French showrooms are offering an exclusive opportunity to explore the inspiration and creative genius brought to London.

Visual Arts

Jim Jarmusch Revisited

Wed 20 Sep

Barbican Centre

Artists including father of Ethio jazz Mulatu Astatke, Camille O'Sullivan, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and a French string section of cellist Gaspar Claus and violinist Carla Pallone (Mansfield TYA) pay tribute to Jarmusch's films and their soundtracks.

Contemporary Music

Solo Exhibition: Mimosa Echard

Thu 21 Sep - Sun 5 Nov

Cell Project Space

Cell Project Space presents the first UK solo exhibition by Paris-based artist Mimosa Echard, which stems across the artist’s personal history to the experiences and contradictory sensations of modern life.

Visual Arts


Mon 25 Sep

Moth Club

Based around the duo of Ulysse Cottin and Armand Penicaut, Papooz pair jangly guitars with brisk, danceable rhythms and an uncanny knack for memorable hooks. This year UK audiences have been catching on to the catchy likes of 'Anne Wants To Dance'.

Contemporary Music

Jane Birkin

Tue 26 Sep

Barbican Centre

Birkin is still finding ways of bringing new life to Serge Gainsbourg's classic songs. Latest album Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le Symphonique, features lush symphonic interpretations, which for this London date she'll be performing with the Heritage Orchestra.

Contemporary Music

Van Kuijk Quartet

Fri 29 Sep

Stratford on Avon Music Festival

Winners of the Wigmore Hall’s prestigious string quartet competition in 2015, the young French ensemble Quatuor Van Kuijk are currently BBC New Generation Artists. They will perform Mendelssohn's String Quartet Op.44 n°2 and Ravel's String Quartet in F major.

Classical Music

Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Fri 29 Sep - Sat 3 Mar

New Contemporaries

French artist Maïa Régis will showcase five pieces at Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the annual touring exhibition offering a compelling snapshot of new work being made by some of the most interesting artists emerging from UK fine art courses.

Visual Arts

Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov play Mozart

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Violinist Isabelle Faust launches her Wigmore Hall residency in company with her close artistic collaborator, Alexander Melnikov, offering a weekend of 3 concerts devoted to Mozart’s violin sonatas.

Classical Music

Origami by Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl

Wed 11 - Sun 15 Oct

Various venues in London

Origami sees the unlikely pairing of a monumental shipping container and a gravity-defying dancer. The performance is a breath-holding spectacle where the container gently unfurls, creating a geometric performance space.

Performing Arts

Tordre by Rachid Ouramdane

Tue 17 Oct


After an epic opening of determinedly false starts a series of impassioned solos follows, but nothing is quite what it seems. Solid sculptures start to move, gentle spinning becomes a dangerous compulsion, and calm is interrupted.

Performing Arts

Trois Grandes Fugues by Lyon Opera Ballet

Thu 19 - Fri 20 Oct

Sadler's Wells

Three acclaimed choreographers create three inimitable dance works to the same piece of music, Beethoven’s Grande Fugue op. 133. Trois Grandes Fugues is a chance to see three personal and sophisticated responses to Beethoven’s impassioned score.

Performing Arts

Van Kuijk Quartet in Loughborough

Sat 21 Oct

Loughborough Town Hall

BBC New Generation artists Van Kuijk Quartet is one of today’s most promising quartets. The quatuor released its debut album Mozart (Alpha Classics) to critical acclaim last year and has since been regularly touring the UK.

Classical Music

Suzy Storck

Thu 26 Oct - Sat 18 Nov

Gate Theatre

The Gate Theatre presents the UK debut of stage director Jean-Pierre Baro, one of the most exciting new voices in French theatre, and the UK première of Magali Mougel's haunting play, Suzy Storck .

Performing Arts

La Fabrique des Humanités – A Translation Programme

Mon 4 Dec - Sat 20 Jan

Association pour la promotion de la Traduction Littéraire

ATLAS is launching a new programme of one-week workshops, specifically dedicated to fostering the flow of translations between English and French in Philosophy, the Humanities and Social Sciences. Apply now! Deadline for first workshop is October 15th, 2017.