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The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay

Wed 15 Apr - Sun 9 Aug

Tate Modern, London

This first UK retrospective devoted to Sonia Delaunay will show how she dedicated her life to experimenting with colour and abstraction, bringing her ideas off the canvas and into the world through tapestry, textiles, mosaic and fashion.

Tandem, Visual Arts

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 Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou

Thu 28 May - Tue 28 Jul

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2015

Alain Mabanckou left Congo in 1989, at the age of twenty-two, not to return until a quarter of a century later. When at last he returns home to Pointe-Noire, he finds a country that in some ways has changed beyond recognition.

Books

What Became of the White Savage by François Garde

Thu 28 May - Tue 28 Jul

In the 1840s, Narcisse, a young French sailor is abandoned on the coast of Australia and given up for dead by his shipmates. Seventeen years later he is found living among aboriginal people, having apparently forgotten everything of his original identity.

Books

Himmler’s Cook by Frank-Olivier Giesbert

Wed 17 Jun - Mon 17 Aug

UK

A gloriously rich and blackly funny French bestseller about Rose, a 105-year-old chef who has experienced life at its fullest... and at its most deadly.

Books

Theory of the Great Game by René Daumal & Roger Gilbert-Lecomte

Wed 17 Jun - Mon 17 Aug

UK

This is the story of the journal which was the public face of a tightly-bound group of very young artists and writers who since adolescence had systematically attacked their perceptions of reality by means such as drugs, anaesthesia and near-death experiences.

Books

Dirty War by Dominique Sylvain

Wed 17 Jun - Mon 17 Aug

UK

Weaving in our favourite larger-than-life characters from The Dark Angel, this is a far darker story, as Lola and Ingrid become embroiled in a case that draws attention from all the wrong quarters.

Books

Reader For Hire by Raymond Jean

Wed 17 Jun - Wed 26 Aug

UK

Marie-Constance loves reading and possesses a beautiful voice. So one day, she decides to put an ad in the local paper, offering her services as a paid reader.

Books

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

Sagan, Paris 1954 by Anne Berest

Tue 7 Jul - Wed 2 Sep

UK

Before the literary icon Françoise Sagan, there was Françoise Quoirez, an 18 year-old Parisian girl, in need of a publisher for her novel. This intimate narrative charts the months in 1954 leading up to the publication of Bonjour Tristesse.

Books

Prom 36: Pierre Boulez, Ravel and Stravinsky

Wed 12 Aug

Royal Albert Hall

Textures and colours are to the fore in this concert with a French twist. After Stravinsky's Firebird and the first work by Boulez for full orchestra, Marc-André Hamelin joins the BBC SO for Ravel's jazz-influenced Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Classical Music

An Evening of French Music: Dame Felicity Lott and Angela Hewitt

Sun 23 Aug

Shakespeare's Globe

Angela Hewitt will be joined by one of the world’s most admired sopranos, Dame Felicity Lott, renowned for her interpretations of French songs. Alongside keyboard works by Couperin and Rameau, they will delight us with melodies by Hahn, Messager and Chabrier.

Classical Music

Proms Saturday Matinee 4: Pierre Boulez at 90

Sat 29 Aug

Cadogan Hall

Celebrations for Pierre Boulez's 90th-birthday year reach a climax in this matinee performance, in which contemporary music specialists the London Sinfonietta pair Boulez's own music with that of young British composers Helen Grime and Christian Mason.

Classical Music

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

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

Oxford

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

Hollysiz

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