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Images Moving Out Onto Space

Sat 23 May - Sun 27 Sep

Tate St Ives

The first major show by French artist Nicolas Deshayes, culmination of a 3-month residency, will feature works drawn from Tate St Yve’s classical sculpture collection, displaying them like contemporary objects on custom-made anodized tables, plinths, etc.

Visual Arts

The Montagus and the Huguenots

Wed 1 Jul - Wed 30 Sep

Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire

As part of a Huguenot Summer, from July to September 2015 Boughton House is hosting a special exhibition to celebrate the extraordinary French legacy of the Huguenot artwork preserved there.

Visual Arts

Symbolic Misery, Volume 2: The Catastrophe of the Sensible by Bernard Stiegler

Wed 26 Aug - Thu 26 Nov


'Stiegler does not simply diagnose a collective malaise... his writing is a call to arms and a programme for a total rethinking of our relationship to technical objects' – Ian James, Downing College, Cambridge


The Dying Season by Martin Walker

Wed 26 Aug - Thu 26 Nov


"Walker does a wonderful job of bringing 'la France profonde' to life" – Mail on Sunday


The Red Collar by Jean-Christophe Rufin

Wed 26 Aug - Thu 26 Nov


Full of poetry and life, The Red Collar is at once a pleasingly straightforward narrative about the human spirit and a profound work about loyalty and love.


Birth of a Bridge by Maylis de Kerangal

Wed 26 Aug - Mon 26 Oct


‘De Kerangal’s writing is always exuberant … This delightful book’s unabashed idealism... marks it as a kind of aspirational fairy tale’ – Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal.


So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood by Patrick Modiano

Wed 2 Sep - Mon 2 Nov


This master novel penetrates the deepest enigmas of identity and compels us to question whether we ever know who we truly are. 'Modiano is a pure original' Adam Thirwell


Les Temps Fantômes

Thu 3 Sep - Thu 5 Nov

MK II Gallery

Combining a sensitive and conceptual experience, the exhibition questions our cosmological surroundings by proposing a multidimensional and desynchronized vision of time. With French Musician Ludwig, artist Carole Nosella and botanist Olivier Argagnon.

Contemporary Music, Visual Arts

The Ingrid Bergman Tribute

Sun 6 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

Isabella Rossellini and Jeremy Irons pay tribute to one of the 20th century's greatest actresses. Their theatrical performance interweaves memories, interviews and letters with home-made movies and footage from Ingrid Bergman's life and career.

Performing Arts

The Occupation Trilogy by Patrick Modiano

Wed 9 Sep - Mon 9 Nov


'Modiano is the poet of the Occupation and a spokesman for the disappeared, and I am thrilled that the Swedish Academy recognised him' Rupert Thompson


Orchestra Baobab & Blick Bassy

Fri 11 Sep

Royal Festival Hall

The great, near-mythic Senegalese band, which has existed on and off since the 1970s, gets support from Blick Bassy, whose recent album Akö sees him maintaining a connection with his Cameroonian roots and delivering the most intimate music of his career.

Contemporary Music

Music for Museums

Mon 14 Sep - Sun 29 Nov

Whitechapel Gallery

Tarek Atoui, Paris-based contemporary composer and conceptual artist will perform a special one-off event, in the framework of Music for Museums, a major season presenting works at the intersection of visual arts and experimental music.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Ariane Mnouchkine’s Théâtre du Soleil brings Ecole Nomade to Oxford

Mon 14 - Fri 25 Sep


At the invitation of the University of Oxford and the Maison Francaise d’Oxford, Ariane Mnouchkine, Europe’s foremost experimental theatre director, and the radical collective Théâtre du Soleil bring their École Nomade to Oxford.

Performing Arts


Wed 16 Sep

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Cécile Cassel is the half-sister of actor Vincent Cassel and an actress and model in her own right. After unleashing debut album My Name Is on the UK she's coming over to play a show that has been rescheduled from June.

Contemporary Music

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Fri 18 Sep

Union Chapel

Continuing to spread the Afrobeat word along with Fela Kuti’s other heir, Femi, Seun’s is a strident, combative take on the classic sound. His most recent album, 2014’s  A Long Way to the Beginning, is defiantly modern and his band’s live energy is undeniable.

Contemporary Music

Insula Orchestra: Mozart Solemn Vespers

Mon 21 Sep

Barbican Hall

Founded in 2012, Insula Orchestra takes an invigoratingly new approach to both performance and repertoire. Mozart’s Vespers form the centre of its London debut: but Laurence Equilbey makes an impassioned case for rediscoveries by CPE Bach and Zelenka.

Classical Music

JC Satan

Wed 23 Sep

Shacklewell Arms

JC Satan's blistering fusion of garage rock, psychedelia and pop hooks has previously won over crowds at The Great Escape festival and their next stop will be Liverpool Psych Fest, but first they play this London headline show in support of their latest album.

Contemporary Music

The Search Warrant by Patrick Modiano

Wed 23 Sep - Mon 23 Nov


Missing: a young girl, Dora Bruder, 15, height 1.55, oval-shaped face, grey-brown eyes, grey sports jacket, maroon pullover, navy blue skirt and hat, brown gym shoes."This book is both harrowing and admirable..quite simply shattering" Figaro


La Mélancolie des Dragons

Thu 1 - Sat 3 Oct

HOME, Manchester

A breathtaking blend of theatre and visual art from Philippe Quesne (Artistic Director of Nanterre-Amandiers), La Mélancolie des Dragons is a unique masterpiece, combining performance and visual art in a truly enchanting mix.

Performing Arts

How the French Face their Past – Myths and Realities

Sun 4 Oct

Kings Place

From Napoleon to De Gaulle, the Revolution to the Resistance, the panel looks at some of France’s most important historical figures and periods and discusses the reality behind the myths.With Sudhir Hazareesingh, Jonathan Fenby, Robert Gildea,Cecile Laborde.

Books, Talks

Charles Aznavour

Tue 3 Nov

Royal Albert Hall

Last year the French legend played at the Royal Albert Hall in celebration of his 90th birthday. It was supposed to be a farewell too but clearly Aznavour can't get enough of playing here so he's back again in support of the appropriately titled album Encores.

Contemporary Music

St Germain

Tue 17 Nov


St Germain was the sound of 90s French chic with his deep and dubby jazz house. Then he disappeared. Now, after a long absence, he's back in the game with a new eponymous album, African-influenced beats and a comeback tour that reaches the UK this autumn.

Contemporary Music