We Recommend

Octavio’s Journey by Miguel Bonnefoy

Wed 29 Mar - Mon 29 May

Gallic Books

A compact but kaleidoscopic fable of Venezuela from a stunning new voice in the magical realism tradition. Shortlisted for the Goncourt first novel award, this short but epic parable is both a hymn to Venezuela and the magical story of an extraordinary hero.

Books

agnès b. Styliste

Wed 29 Mar - Mon 29 May

La Martinière

"I want to make clothes that can be kept for a lifetime." agnès b. has since the beginning, been creating timeless pieces for every collection, defining her own vocabulary while mixing classic fashion codes with streetwear style. For the 40th anniversary of her brand, she samples in a book 40 years of creation, inspiration, art, music and encounters, all things that made the agnès b. universe.

Books

At the Existentialist Cafe

Thu 30 Mar - Fri 30 Jun

Vintage

Paris, near the turn of 1932-33. 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…

Books

Noémie Goudal – Station II, 2015

Tue 4 Apr - Tue 6 Jun

Hayward Gallery Billboard

For the fourth Waterloo Billboard Commission, Hayward Gallery present a work by artist Noémie Goudal. Her intervention into a landscape view explores our enduring fascination with the sky.

Visual Arts

Compass by Mathias Enard

Wed 5 Apr - Mon 5 Jun

Fitzcarraldo Editions

As night falls over Vienna, Franz Ritter, a musicologist, takes to his sick bed with an unspecified illness and spends a restless night drifting between dreams and memories, revisiting the important chapters of his life in the Middle East. Goncourt Prize 2015.

Books

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

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

Wed 12 Apr - Mon 12 Jun

Bloomsbury

What would you do if your closest friend tried to steal your life? Based on a True Story is a chilling novel of suspense that will leave you questioning the truth and its significance long after you have turned the final page.

Books

Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou

Wed 19 Apr - Fri 16 Jun

Serpent's Tail

Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses is a larger than life comic tale set in 1970s Congo and showing the struggle of a young man obsessed with helping the helpless in an unjust world. Black Moses has been longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017.

Books

The French Art of War by Alexis Jenni

Wed 26 Apr - Mon 26 Jun

Atlantic Books

Goncourt prize winner Alexis Jenni’s novel spans essential decades of recent French history, from the aftermath of the Second World War in the 1950s, to the decolonisation and Algerian war of the 1970s.

Books

Filipa César & Louis Henderson: Op-Film: An Archaeology of Optics

Thu 27 Apr - Sun 25 Jun

Gasworks

Gasworks presents a collaborative exhibition by artists and filmmakers Filipa César and Louis Henderson. The project highlights how optical technologies of military and colonial design both inform and are informed by Western models of knowledge.

Films & TV, Visual Arts

Diary of a Vampire in Pyjamas by Mathias Malzieu

Wed 3 May - Mon 3 Jul

Quercus

This is a memoir by French bestselling and award-winning author and musician Mathias Malzieu. It focuses on a single year in which he explores his close encounter with death, after been diagnosed with a rare blood cell disease.

Books

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

The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet

Wed 10 May - Mon 10 Jul

Harvill Secker

Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It’s February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with François Mitterrand, a politician locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. But was it really an accident?

Books

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

Hell’s Gate, by Laurent Gaudé

Wed 17 May - Mon 17 Jul

Gallic Books

When his son is killed by gangsters’ crossfire on his way to school, Napolitan taxi driver Matteo is consumed by despair. But he then encounters a man who claims the living can find ways into the afterlife. What if death was not the end?

Books

Graphic Witness

Thu 18 May - Sun 9 Jul

Drawing Room

The exhibition demonstrates the power of drawing to challenge and question, its capacity to record and reflect protest, and to produce images that bear witness to social injustice and even the horrors of war.

Visual Arts

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

Hyphens-s

Wed 31 May - Fri 9 Jun

12 Star Gallery

Through the Hyphens-s exhibition, eight young artists from Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art de Paris Cergy express the spirit of open-mindedness, cross-disciplinarity and variety that animates their painting studio.

Visual Arts

Quatuor Voce at the Hay Festival

Thu 1 Jun

Hay Festival

For this concert recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the Quatuor Voce is going to play Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, K421; Beethoven’s String Quartet in C, Op59 No.3. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

Classical Music

Stradivaria Ensemble: Rebel-Rameau

Thu 1 Jun

St John's Smith Square

The music of two of the towering figures of French musical life in the first half of the eighteenth century is brought to life by the French Baroque Ensemble from Nantes led by their founder and director, violinist Daniel Cuiller.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

Hay Festival – Alexis Jenni talks to Francine Stock

Fri 2 Jun

Hay Festival

The French novelist introduces his masterpiece The French Art of War, which won the Goncourt Prize in 2011 and is published now in English. This event is part of a European Writers’ Tour, an initiative of EUNIC London.

Talks

Marie Nimier: Text and Context: Histoire, Politics, Erotics

Fri 2 Jun

Senate House

Senate House is pleased to welcome Marie Nimier for a day of conferences around her work, organised by Ana de Medeiros (King's College London) and David Gascoigne (St Andrews). The event will end with a discussion with Marie Nimier and a reading of La Plage.

Talks

Momo Kodama and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Sat 3 Jun

Holywell Music Room

During this concert, Momo Kodama is going to perform Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" and Ravel's "Piano Trio in A minor, M. 67", both inspired by their experiences of the war.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

Prévert, Piano & Poetry in Bristol

Sat 3 Jun

Trinity Henleaze United Reformed Church

A concert-show created and interpreted by the young pianist Alexandre Prévert, which combines major works for classical piano with poetry, and focuses on great composers such as Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, Ravel, Debussy, Kurtàg or Stravinsky.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

Jérémie Rhorer & Jean-Sébastien Bou with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Sun 4 Jun

Royal Festival Hall

Jérémie Rhorer, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie's conductor, comes together with the Philharmonia Orchestra, two stellar soloists and full chorus for two monumental Requiems by Duruflé and Fauré.

Classical Music

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

Les Talens Lyriques at St John’s Smith Square

Wed 7 Jun

St John's Smith Square

The rich diversity of the works presented in this programme underlines Monteverdi’s decisive contribution to the history of music: a new aesthetic and rhetoric based on the imitation of passions in music emerged.

Classical Music

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

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet: Stravinsky, Ravel, Prokofiev

Thu 8 Jun

St David's Hall, Cardiff

Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet presents a program including Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring", exploring how the composer has taken musical conventions of the time and turned them on their head in this musical depiction of a controversial Pagan ritual.

Classical Music

Stadium by Mohamed El Khatib

Fri 9 - Sat 17 Jun

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Experience the adrenaline of a live football game in Stadium, a powerful new production in which the drama of theatre meets the thrill of football. Music, songs and rousing choreography unite in an invigorating battle like no other.

Performing Arts

A Date with History: Did You Say Europe?

Fri 9 Jun

Tempest Anderson Hall

Join us for the inaugural event of A Date with History, a new collaboration with York Festival of Ideas. Bringing together eminent historians from France and the UK, this first edition will address historical perspectives on Europe.

Talks

MHD @ M.I.A’s Meltdown

Sun 11 Jun

Royal Festival Hall

After selling out his Village Underground show earlier this year, there's more good news for Mohammed Sylla aka Afro-Trap star MHD as he's been chosen as one of the artists playing this year's Meltdown festival curated by global icon M.I.A.

Contemporary Music

The Man Booker International Prize 2017 – Shortlist Evening

Tue 13 Jun

St James' Church

The authors and translators on the Man Booker International Prize 2017 shortlist come together for a very special panel discussion chaired by Jim Naughtie, with selected readings. This event takes place on the eve of the winner announcement.

Talks

Jean Rondeau: Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Wed 14 Jun

The Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands

Presented by The Cobbe Collection Trust in collaboration with The Keyboard Charitable Trust, French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau breathes new life to Bach's Goldberg variations.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

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

The Van Kuijk String Quartet at St Giles House

Thu 15 Jun

St Giles House

BBC New Generation Artists, the Van Kuijk String Quartet are going to perform Mozart, Webern and Schubert. Their recording of the Mozart String Quartet has received rave reviews in the press.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

6th East London Comics & Art Festival (ELCAF)

Fri 16 - Sun 18 Jun

Round Chapel

Each year, ELCAF invites a selection of artists from across the world for talks, workshops, books, screenings, signings and music. This year's edition features a lof of French artists: Anouck Boisrobert, Louis Rigaud, Antoine Cossé, Icinori... Take your pick!

Talks, Visual Arts

Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Wigmore Hall

Tue 20 Jun

Wigmore Hall

Ensemble intercontemporain’s stellar line-up of contemporary music specialists returns to Wigmore Hall with a programme of great virtuosity and variety, highlighting contrasts and correspondences between the musical cultures of France and Italy.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

Jain

Tue 20 Jun

Village Underground

The UK has been steadily catching on to the phenomenon that is Jain, thanks to the ultra-catchy, exotic pop of tracks like 'Come' and 'Makeba'. Following an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland, the next stop is her biggest UK headline show to date.

Contemporary Music

Translate at City

Mon 26 - Fri 30 Jun

City University

The EU Commission Representation in the UK is pleased once again to be supporting City University's literary translation summer school, Translate at City. The course's aim is to train translators to make literature in other languages accessible to the UK.

Talks

Christophe Rousset: Mitridate, re di Ponto

Mon 26 Jun - Fri 7 Jul

Royal Opera House

Christophe Rousset conducts an excellent cast including Albina Shagimuratova, Bejun Mehta, Lucy Crowe and Michael Spyres in Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s early opera.

Classical Music

Aquaserge & Laetitia Sadier

Tue 27 Jun

Corsica Studios

A night of unexpected time signatures and skewed melodies as Aquaserge - France's leading purveyors of psychedelic, progressive and subtly subversive pop - join forces with former Stereolab member Laetitia Sadier and rising UK exoticists Vanishing Twin.

Contemporary Music

Pop Up Lab 2017

Thu 29 - Fri 30 Jun

Chauffeurs Cottage

A practice-sharing conference for teachers, educators & literature professionals. This year’s Lab focuses on ‘visual storytelling’: the reading, teaching, making & publishing of illustrations. Guests include Marjolaine Leray and her translator Sarah Ardizzone.

Talks, Visual Arts

Jean Rondeau & Maurice Steger in London

Mon 3 Jul

Wigmore Hall

Award-winning young harpsichordist Jean Rondeau will play jewels of the keyboard repertoire with Maurice Steger who leads a whistle-stop tour to landmarks of the recorder repertoire, including Hasse’s joyful Cantata and the Sonata in G by Giuseppe Sammartini.

Classical Music

The Age of Enlightenment & William Christie

Tue 4 Jul

St John's Smith Square

Hear a concert of works by Bach and his contemporaries Rameau, JCF Fischer and Campra, performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and conducted by William Christie: "Bach goes to Paris".

Classical Music

Sacré Printemps! – Cie Chatha

Wed 5 - Sun 9 Jul

Various venues

Inspired by the hopes and pressures of building a new civil society, choreographers Aïcha M’Barek and Hafiz Dhaou create a visceral streetscape of today’s Tunisia. Part of Shubbak 2017.

Performing Arts

Displacement – Mithkal Alzghair

Thu 6 - Fri 7 Jul

Sadler's Wells

Displacement introduces the poignant work of Syrian dancer and choreographer Mithkal Alzghair. Deconstructing Syrian traditional dances, he brings to the surface the paradox of a deeply rooted culture and its current experience of displacement. Part of Shubbak

Performing Arts

Ensemble Court-Circuit at Cheltenham Music Festival

Fri 14 Jul

Parabola Arts Centre

A collaborative project between Court-Circuit Ensemble, Lyon Conservatoire and Birmingham Conservatory, with works by some of the most inventive British and French contemporary composers celebrating micro-tonality and the physicality of sound.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

Corbeaux – UK Premiere

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Jul

Serpentine Galleries & Tate Modern

Drawing from Persian literature from 9th – 11th Century and memories of long trance nights in Marrakech, Bouchra Ouizguen has created an intense performance that interrupts and takes possession of public spaces. Part of Shubbak festival

Performing Arts

Golan Haji at the 2017 Shubbak Festival

Sat 15 Jul

British Library

Celebrated British poet and multi-disciplinary artist Malika Booker returns to Shubbak to welcome 4 mesmerising poets for bilingual performances of their work. The 2017 edition welcomes Golan Haji, Syrian Kurdish poet and translator, author of Scale of Injury.

Talks