Book of the Month: Fortunes of France: The Brethren by Robert Merle

The Brethren is the first volume in the epic historical drama Fortunes of France – a lusty, exhilarating blend of adventure and romance set against the backdrop of a critical period in European history.

Wed 27 Aug - Thu 27 Nov




Vango, Book Two : A Prince Without Kingdom by Timothée de Fombelle

This is a compelling and gripping story, charting adventures across Russia, Paris, Scotland and Italy. The first book in the series won the English Pen Award 2013, for the Pen Translates programme.

Wed 3 Sep - Wed 3 Dec




Best of Enemies Part 2 by Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B.

The second volume of the acclaimed graphic novel covers Nasser’s Egypt through to the Six-Day War in 1967 and the Iranian Revolution in 1979. An essential read for anyone interested in the history of the region.

Tue 9 Sep - Tue 9 Dec




Pierre Huyghe: “IN BORDER DEEP”

A unique chance to explore the border between film and reality with top French artist Pierre Huyghe in London, after his triumphant show at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Sat 13 Sep - Sat 1 Nov

Hauser & Wirth

Visual Arts


Counting on People

This is the first solo show in the UK for Neïl Beloufa, an exciting artist tackling controversial issues from minority communities to terrorism. By upsetting sculptured environments, Beloufa invites audiences to question their legitimacy.

Wed 24 Sep - Sun 16 Nov

Visual Arts


Bêka & Partners Film Residency Project

As part of its season on architecture, the Barbican has invited Louise Lemoine and Ila Bêka to undertake a residency in July, during which they will create a film portrait of the Barbican and work on an architectural photography exhibition.

Thu 25 Sep - Sun 11 Jan

The Barbican Centre

Visual Arts


Book of the Month : Parfums by Philippe Claudel

From the sizzling sharpness of freshly cut garlic to the cool tang of a father’s aftershave; the heady intoxication of a fumbled first kiss to the anodyne void of disinfectant and death, this is a decadently original olfactory memoir.

Mon 13 Oct - Tue 13 Jan




MIRRORCITY: London artists on fiction and reality

MIRRORCITY shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in the capital today, The exhibition includes a piece by the winner of last year’s Turner Prize, Laure Prouvost.

Tue 14 Oct - Sun 4 Jan

Hayward Gallery

Visual Arts


Rembrandt: The Late Works

Rembrandt’s later years were turbulent and marked by controversy, but they also produced some of his most soulful, deeply moving and strikingly modern works.

Wed 15 Oct - Sun 18 Jan

National Gallery

Visual Arts


The Father by Florian Zeller

New translation by Christopher Hampton, commissioned by the Ustinov Studio, starring Kenneth Cranham.

Thu 16 Oct - Sat 15 Nov

Theatre Royal, Bath

Performing Arts


Jacques Tati season at the BFI

From M. Hulot’s best-loved adventures to the newly restored masterpiece Playtime, don’t miss Jacques Tati season at the BFI.

Mon 20 Oct - Thu 20 Nov


Visual Arts



GNARL fest the East Midlands Platform for International Live Art taking place in Lincoln in the end of October will be showcasing the work of 3 French Artists working in the field of experimental music & film: Perrine Bailleux, Céline Trouillet, Paul Verhoeven

Mon 27 Oct - Sat 1 Nov

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Performing Arts, Visual Arts



The french-english theatre festival is back!! Don’t miss the fascinating bilingual adaptations, the terrifying Halloween special, the talented improvisers, the interactive shows for teens, the eclectic concerts and the clash of French and British humour!

Thu 30 Oct - Sat 8 Nov

The Cockpit

Performing Arts


Paula Rego / Honoré Daumier: Scandals, Gossip and Other Stories

The exhibition explores the way in which the two artists have used printmaking to bring their views, stories and political perspectives to a broad audience.

Sat 1 Nov - Tue 31 Mar

House of Illustration

Visual Arts


Souad Massi

The highly acclaimed and politically outspoken Algerian singer-songwriter, renowned for her spellbinding shows, is playing as part of this year’s Nour Festival showcasing contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.

Sun 2 Nov

Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall

Contemporary Music


Currency Festival

Enjoy the most bonkers and exciting performances from across Europe for a full-on four days, that guarantee to entertain, provoke and stimulate your senses. Do not miss, Clément Dazin, Bruit de couloir and Cridacompnay, Mañana es mañana.

Sun 2 - Sat 15 Nov

The Place

Performing Arts


Illuminations Series: Sebastien Tellier

After a return to the sound of his classic La Ritournelle on last year’s Confection album, the mercurial Tellier has revealed another facet of his musical personality on L’Aventura, beckoning listeners into the lush Brazilian rainforest of his imagination.

Tue 4 Nov

Village Underground

Contemporary Music


The Benefits of Brussels: Opportunities and Challenges for European HE

Building on the success of last year’s conference the UK Higher Education Unit is once again partnering with DAAD and Institut Français for this conference focusing on the opportunities and challenges that the European Union provides for Higher Education.

Tue 4 Nov

Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ


Alexandre TharaudPhoto: Marco Borggreve

Alexandre Tharaud at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Following his Prom’s appearance with the BBC Philarmonic in July and earlier this year at the Wigmore Hall, acclaimed French pianist Alexandre Tharaud returns to London with his trademark versatile performances. Programme: Schubert, Mahler, Couperin and Ravel

Tue 4 Nov

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Classical Music


Renaud Capuçon: The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas

Experience the outstanding partnership of French violinist Renaud Capuçon and pianist Frank Braley, who perform Beethoven’s Complete Violin Sonatas across three nights.

Thu 6 - Sun 9 Nov

Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall

Classical Music


Les Inrocks Philips Festival

Inaugural edition of the festival curated by agenda-setting French magazine Les Inrockuptibles. Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains, who have hit a new creative peak with their Piano Ombre album, get strong indie-pop support from Petit Fantôme and Isaac Delusion.

Tue 11 Nov

The Scala

Contemporary Music


Ensemble Intercontemporain and Salomé Haller

The members of Ensemble intercontemporain are joined by soprano Salomé Haller, an expert in early and contemporary music, in Schoenberg’s melodrama Pierrot Lunaire. Programme also includes Dallapiccola and the world premiere of a new score by Bruno Mantovani.

Tue 11 Nov

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music


Mina Tindle

The Parisian-born folk and new-wave singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist releases a new album, Parades, in October. Look no further for a night of cool, understated pop brilliance that has garnered praise from Pitchfork and The Line of Best Fit.

Thu 13 Nov

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Contemporary Music


EFG London Jazz Festival

The capital’s biggest music festival, and one of the most important jazz events in the world, returns with a thrilling line-up featuring established artists and rising stars: Ibrahim Maalouf, Kassé Mady Diabaté, Chassol, L’Hijâz Car, Papanosh and more.

Fri 14 - Sun 23 Nov

Various venues

Contemporary Music


Tinariwen & Yasmine Hamdan

A double bill of World music heavyweights – electro-folk singer-songwriter Hamdan performs tracks from her breakthrough Ya Nass album while Tinariwen continue to carry all before them with their rolling desert rock grooves.

Sun 16 Nov


Contemporary Music


Les Arts Florissants / Rameau, Maître à danser

As part of the events marking the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, the Barbican presents a choreographed staging of two exquisite court ballets : Daphnis et Églé and La Naissance d’Osiris. Performed by Les Arts Florissants, conducted by William Christie.

Tue 18 Nov

Barbican Centre

Classical Music


Exit the King – Eugène Ionesco – in a new translation by Jeremy Sams

Ionesco’s hilarious and sparklingly witty comedy makes fun of a tragic fate, that of the once great King Berenger the First, 400 years old, on his last legs and ruling over a decaying kingdom. Now the party is over for him, and the end is nigh.

Thu 20 Nov - Sat 20 Dec

Bath Theatre Royal & Ustinov Studio, Bath

Performing Arts


It took forever getting ready to exist, part II, Graeme Thomson and Si

Un Amour d’UIQ (UIQ), Guattari’s project for a ‘popular’ sci-fi film he thought would revolutionise cinema, is brought to life, through exhibits, sound, performance, discussion and publication.

Sat 22 Nov - Sat 20 Dec

The Showroom

Visual Arts


Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande by the Philarmonia Orchestra

This concert is sure to be the highlight of the ‘City of Light: Paris 1900-1950′ series, probably one of the most significant projects undertaken by the Orchestra in recent years. Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Thu 27 Nov

Royal Festival Hall, London

Classical Music


Chico and the Gypsies

Chico Bouchikhi was co-founder of the Gipsy Kings and co-writer of the group’s string of 1980s smash hits – ‘Bamboleo’, ‘Djobi Djoba’, ‘Soy‘ and more. To coincide with the London show the band will release a brand new album, Fiesta, in September.

Sun 30 Nov

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Contemporary Music



Belgian sensation Stromae has built a highly individual aesthetic through mixing pop and dance music with poetic texts. Over the last few years he has become one of the major artists of his generation with his undefinable-yet-captivating style.

Tue 9 Dec

London Eventim Apollo

Contemporary Music


Quatuor Diotima at Spitalfields Winter Festival 2014

The versatile European quartet returns to Spitalfields with four contrasted works, including the world premiere of Transience by Sam Hayden, French composer Gérard Pesson’s Bitume, Jonathan Harvey’s third quartet and Bartók’s String Quartet No 4.

Sun 14 Dec

Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's), Spitalfields, London

Classical Music

Philippe Graffin-ViolinPhoto: Marco Borggreve always credit

Philippe Graffin performs Peter Fribbins’ Violin Concerto

World Premiere conducted by J.J Kantorow, with the English Chamber Orchestra. Fribbins’ Violin Concerto is the fruit of almost two years’ labour and sees a further maturation and consolidation of his unique style. Programme includes Mozart, Ravel, Saint Saens.

Tue 17 Feb

Cadogan Hall, London

Classical Music


Roland Barthes at 100

Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Roland Barthes, this two day symposium offers to tackle the work and legacy of the French mythmaker. The conference will be hosted by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University.

Mon 30 - Tue 31 Mar

School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University