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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 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.

Books

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

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.

Books

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.

Books

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

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

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

Compagnie XY: It’s Not Yet Midnight…

Mon 10 - Sun 23 Apr

Roundhouse

Featuring dangerous flying, fighting and dancing, this gripping show sees French acrobatic troupe Compagnie XY effortlessly catapulting each other through the air, performing jaw-dropping circus stunts including the rarely-seen four-high human tower.

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

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

Eurohouse by Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas

Tue 25 - Sat 29 Apr

Ovalhouse

Two performers – one Greek, one French – dance and shout, cry and sing, agree and disagree, about life in the Eurohouse. A darkly comic look at the EU’s founding ideals and what got lost along the way.

Performing Arts

This Beautiful Future

Tue 25 Apr - Sat 20 May

The Yard Theatre

A play set in WW II about the moment when love confronts extremism. Elodie is 17. She’s French. Otto is 15. He’s a German soldier. Fusing youth with old age, the past with the present, pop tunes with Stalingrad, This Beautiful Future is mainly about love.

Performing Arts

Youssoupha

Tue 25 Apr

The Garage

The French star drops into London for a one-off show. The Kinshasa born rapper first came to attention with the group Les Frères Lumière, but stepped up another level with his solo career. Four hit albums later and he's in French hip-hop's premier league.

Contemporary Music

Her

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

Conversation with Delphine de Vigan

Wed 26 Apr

Jesus College (Oxford)

Conversation with French bestselling author Delphine de Vigan, whose novel Based on a True Story was recently published by Bloomsbury. The event will be moderated by Henriette Korthals Altes (Maison Française d'Oxford) and Catriona Seth (All Souls College).

Talks

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

Laurent Binet at the London Review Bookshop

Thu 4 May

London Review Bookshop

Laurent Binet, who won the Prix Goncourt du premier roman for his first novel HHhH, will be at the shop to discuss and read from his second, The 7th Function of Language. This new book is a global conspiracy thriller encompassing the death of Roland Barthes.

Talks

European Poetry Night: London 2017

Sat 6 May

Rich Mix

The Enemies Project presents European Poetry Night: a collaborative celebration of contemporary European experimental and literary poetry. This event is a unique coming together of some of this generation's brightest talents.

Talks

2017 Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture by Antoine Compagnon

Tue 9 May

Senate House

This year's Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture 'Rereading Proust in 2017', has partnered with the School of Advanced Study’s Living Literature series to present a lecture given by Professor Antoine Compagnon (Columbia/Collège de France) on Proust's writings.

Talks

European Literature Night with A. L. Kennedy

Wed 10 May

British Library

Join us for the launch of the Tour at the British Library in a special evening with Scottish Author A. L. Kennedy and guests. She will be joined on stage by Clemens Meyer from Germany and Francesca Melandri from Italy. Conversation chaired by Arifa Akbar.

Talks

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

Last Train

Sat 13 May

Sebright Arms

A young group from the Alsace region, Last Train have been staking their claim as one of the most exciting rock groups in France and earning comparisons with Queens of the Stone Age and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Contemporary Music

Le Grand Tour: The Best of Contemporary French Fiction

Mon 15 May

The British Library

Leading lights of French fiction come to the British Library to showcase their newly translated works and show us why they are so loved in France. Join the crème de la crème of French fiction for an evening of author readings and short performances.

Talks

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

Birthdays

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

Las Aves

Fri 19 May

The Waiting Room

Livewire gang from Paris who play with infectious energy, serving up electronic pop that flirts with hip hop and punk-ish R&B. This London date is timed as a warm up for their trip to this year's Great Escape festival in Brighton.

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

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

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

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

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