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Annual Commission: Kader Attia

French Algerian artist Kader Attia’s, immersive, multi-media installations engage viewers in a reflection about anthropology, politics and science through the prism of art. A rich programme of talks, discussions and symposia will take place over the course of the year, to animate the Commission.

Tue 26 Nov - Sun 31 Aug

Whitechapel Gallery

Talks, Visual Arts

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Sunflowers: symbols of happiness

Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers paintings are some of the most recognisable in the world, and from January visitors will be able to play spot the difference as two of them, symbols of happiness, will be hung side by side in London’s National Gallery.

Sat 25 Jan - Sun 27 Apr

National Gallery

Visual Arts

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Plague and Cholera by Patrick Deville

Patrick Deville’s captivating novel about the brilliant scientist and polymath Alexandre Yersin; a French publishing sensation, shortlisted for every major literary award and a notable bestseller.

Thu 27 Feb - Tue 27 May

UK

Books

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Jean Paul Gaultier

The first major exhibition devoted to celebrated French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier features more than 180 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments including iconic costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day.

Wed 9 Apr - Mon 25 Aug

Barbican

Visual Arts

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A Meal in Winter – Hubert Mingarelli

One morning, three German soldiers are dispatched into the frozen Polish countryside to track down and bring back for execution ‘one of them’ – a Jew. Before long, the group’s sympathies begin to splinter as each man is forced to confront his own conscience.

Wed 9 Apr - Wed 9 Jul

UK

Books

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Lacan: In Spite of Everything – Élisabeth Roudinesco

To recall Lacan’s career is to remember an intellectual and literary adventure that occupies a founding place in our modernity. Widely recognized as the leading authority on Lacan, Roudinesco revisits his life and work: what it was – and what it remains.

Wed 9 Apr - Wed 9 Jul

UK

Books

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Zenith Hotel – Oscar Coop-Phane

‘I’m a street prostitute. Not a call girl or anything. No, a real street whore, with stiletto heels and menthol cigarettes.’ Original and moving, this book paints a world of solitude and sadness, illuminated by precious moments of tenderness and kindness.

Wed 9 Apr - Wed 9 Jul

UK

Books

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Terra Australis – LF Bollée & Philippe Nicloux

Five years in the making, LF Bollée and Philippe Nicloux present their new graphic novel Terra Australis, the vivid and sweeping tale of an epic journey and an unflinching account of the founding of modern Australia.

Wed 9 Apr - Wed 9 Jul

UK

Books

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The Castle of Whispers – Carole Martinez

In 1187, on the day of her wedding, the beautiful 15-year-old Esclarmonde scandalizes the court when she refuses to accept the knight chosen by her father. A lush work of historical magical realism from one of France’s most successful new authors.

Wed 9 Apr - Wed 9 Jul

UK

Books

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Laure Hatchuel-Becker – Form and Colour

French artist Laure Hatchuel-Becker’s first UK solo exhibition, inspired by dot paintings of Australian Aboriginal artists. Her three-dimensional oil paintings focus on symmetry and colour and include humble elements reminiscent of Arte Povera. A must-see!

Mon 14 Apr - Sat 21 Jun

Gallery Elena Shchukina

Visual Arts

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Irène by Pierre Lemaitre

Commandant Verhoeven’s blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. When he discovers that the killer has killed before – that each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel – the media are quick to coin a nickname: the Novelist.

Wed 16 Apr - Wed 16 Jul

UK

Books

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Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

The exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist’s works in one place and discover Matisse’s artistic triumph.Bold, exuberant and large in scale,the cut-outs have an engaging simplicity coupled with incredible creative sophistication.

Thu 17 Apr - Sun 7 Sep

Tate Modern

Visual Arts

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Lacan and the feminine

In this event chaired by Lisa Appignanesi, Roudinesco presents her latest book and discusses this Lacan of the margins who heralds times that have become ours, foreseeing the rise of racism and segregation in a depressive society.

Thu 24 Apr

Tate Modern

Talks

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Les Talens Lyriques

Vocal display and dazzling melodic invention mattered to the composers enlisted for Christophe Rousset’s latest adventure with Les Talens Lyriques, Paris-based musicians steeped in the historically informed performance of Baroque music.

Mon 28 Apr

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival

One of the country’s most popular jazz festivals returns with another star-studded line-up including Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Frank Sinatra Jr as well as inspirational Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and Saharan desert blues from Tinariwen.

Wed 30 Apr - Mon 5 May

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Contemporary Music

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BRNS & Erotic Market

A double bill of cutting edge music from the continent: powerful, melodic Belgian post-rockers BRNS (pronounced brains) are joined by the feisty Erotic Market, who deal in spiky electronic pop and futuristic R’n'B.

Wed 7 May

Old Blue Last

Contemporary Music

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The Great Escape

Europe’s leading festival has hosts of new French artists to watch including Cats On Trees, As Animals, Orval Carlos Sibelius, Le Vasco, Moodoïd, Thomas Azier, Erotic Market, We Were Evergreen, Tristesse Contemporaine and Cleo T.

Thu 8 - Sat 10 May

Brighton

Contemporary Music

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Tragédie – Olivier Dubois Company

Focusing on the anatomy of the human body, Tragédie sees men and women stripped bare both literally and figuratively to explore the human condition.In their exposed nudity, the dancers combine concise repetitious phrases of movement creating a hypnotic chorus.

Thu 8 - Sat 10 May

Sadler's Wells

Performing Arts

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European Literature Night

Presented in partnership with EUNIC, the ELN will celebrate six of the best writers from around Europe. Superb reportage, humorous explorations of the nature of power, and haunting portrayals of broken familial relationships all meet for this must-see event.

Wed 14 May

British Library

Talks

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We Were Evergreen

Sweet, harmony drenched folk-pop from the French trio who are releasing their debut album, Towards, on Island Records on 28th April and embarking on an extensive UK tour.

Thu 15 May

Scala

Contemporary Music

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The Art of Walking and Slowing Down

In this event, Frédéric Gros will present his latest book and invite us to reconsider the everyday activity of walking as a philosphical, spiritual and creative activity, which has played a central role in the work of thinkers, artists and writers alike.

Thu 15 May

Tate Modern

Talks

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La Femme

Take the best of new wave, add a little surf rock and mix it with electro-pop and you get the phenomenon that is La Femme, supporting their Psycho Tropical Berlin album.

Wed 21 May

Scala

Contemporary Music

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HUSAÏS / SOLSTICE (REMIX) – HÉLA FATTOUMI/ERIC LAMOUREUX

As part of the DanSCe Dialogues 2 programme, a cross-Channel cultural exchange project, the Centre Chorégraphique National in Caen will be performing the award-winning works Husaïs / Solstice (REMIX), a study of the complexity of relationships.

Sat 24 May

South East Dance Studios

Performing Arts

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Thomas Dutronc

Dutronc has inherited his effortless style from his parents, Jacques Dutronc and Françoise Hardy, but has also forged a swinging, gypsy jazz approach all of his own. His live shows are playful and energetic and this is a rare chance to catch him in the UK.

Mon 26 May

The Scala

Contemporary Music

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Translate Summer

Translate Summer is held at City University London and offers the opportunity to translate texts across the literary genres into English, working with leading professional translators.

Mon 23 - Fri 27 Jun

City University

Talks