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The Viennese Salon Series by Francoise-Green Duo

Thu 21 Jan - Thu 12 May

St John's Smith Square

Throughtout 5 concerts from January 2016, Francoise-Green duo will curate a residency dedicated to Vienna’s musical landscape, from the intimate salons of the late 18th century to the private society concerts of the 1900’s.

Classical Music

Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics

Fri 5 Feb - Sun 15 May

House of Illustration

Explore the world of comics through original artwork by 100 women comic creators working across genres and generations - from the 1800s to the present day; from observational comedy to surreal fantasy, challenging biography to subversive dissent.

Visual Arts

Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art

Wed 17 Feb - Sun 22 May

National Gallery

An homage to France’s leading exponent of Romanticism, who was the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century.

Visual Arts

To Live and Think Like Pigs by Gilles Châtelet

Wed 9 Mar - Thu 9 Jun

Sequence / Urbanomic

In this ferocious pamphlet, Gilles Châtelet gets to grips with the evils of the market-driven democracies we live in. Arguing that Marx’s “free peasant” evolved into a satirical postmodern "average man", he calls for a more pugnacious political philosophy.

Books

Dog Will Have His Day by Fred Vargas

Wed 9 Mar - Thu 9 Jun

Random House

Once again, Fred Vargas masters the art of crime fiction. In Paris, ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler discovers a fragment of human bone... in dog stool. Convinced there has been a murder but laughed at by the police, he investigates nevertheless.

Books

The Truth by Florian Zeller

Thu 10 Mar - Sat 7 May

Menier Chocolate Factory

Two couples. Friendship, suspicion, deceit, and the truth. Following last year’s phenomenal success of The Father by Molière award-winning Florian Zeller, the Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Bath presents the UK premiere of Zeller’s biting new play.

Performing Arts

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

Wed 16 Mar - Sun 19 Jun

Barbican Centre Art Gallery

Curated by the iconic British photographer Martin Parr, Strange and Familiar considers how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK.

Visual Arts

Paul Maheke: Solo Exhibition

Fri 18 Mar - Mon 16 May

The South London Gallery

French artist Paul Maheke presents a solo exhibition as the culmination of his six month residency at the South London Gallery. He explores issues around decolonisation and emancipation in the context of the environments we inhabit.

Visual Arts

Ladivine by Marie NDiaye

Wed 23 Mar - Thu 23 Jun

Quercus

Centred around three generations of women whose lineage is defined by the weight of origins, the pain of alienation and the legacy of shame, Ladivine is a powerful story of secrets, guilt and forgiveness. Long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize!

Books

A Song for Drowned Souls by Bernard Minier

Wed 30 Mar - Thu 30 Jun

Mulholland Books | Hodder

In a quiet town in the Pyrenees, a professor has been murdered. When the chief suspect turns out to be the son of Commandant Servaz's university sweatheart, she begs for his help. Servaz accepts, leading his most dangerous and personal investigation yet.

Books

From Transhuman to South Perspectives

Fri 1 Apr - Sat 7 May

Rowing

Even if a “permanent-present” seems to be the current state of mind, more and more artists such as Estrid Lutz & Emile Mold- Octave Rimbert Riviere - Gabriel Meo are meditating on what our world could become in the near future.

Visual Arts

Dora Project

Sun 3 Apr - Sun 15 May

Peckham Platform

This cross-generational archiving and participatory project addresses through art the contemporary relevance of the history of WWII. It is led by artist Françoise Dupré, whose uncle was a French Resistant and survivor of the Dora concentration camp.

Talks

21 Days of a Neurasthenic by Octave Mirbeau

Wed 6 Apr - Wed 6 Jul

Dalkey Archive Press

Driven mad by modern life, Georges Vasseur leaves for a rest cure where he encounters corrupt politicians, amnesiac coquettes, cheerfully sadistic killers, imperialist generals and quack psychiatrists. An acid yet fascinating portrait of the late 19th century.

Books

Death Watch

Mon 11 Apr - Sat 7 May

The Print Room

Three young convicts share a cell. Locked into a world of dangerous rivalries, two petty criminals compete for the attention of the charismatic condemned man, Green eyes. The production marks the first major revival of Jean Genet's play in almost thirty years.

Performing Arts

Double-take : Drawing and Photography

Wed 13 Apr - Sun 26 Jun

Drawing Room

Dove Allouche's exhibition explores the multifarious ways photography and drawing have been combined and mirrored to extend both practices into new arenas.

Visual Arts

The Santiago Pilgrimage by Jean-Christophe Rufin

Wed 13 Apr - Wed 13 Jul

Quercus

A beguiling account of the author's pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela through the "Northern Way". This escapade of over eight hundred kilometers, marked by all sorts of encounters, takes in all the delights, disasters and eccentricities of this famous path.

Books

L’art de la Simplicité: How to Live More With Less by Dominique Loreau

Wed 20 Apr - Wed 20 Jul

Orion Books

Having lived in Japan for many years and inspired by oriental philosophy, Dominique Loreau discovered the beauty of a life well lived through the art of simplicity. This book gathers her advice on how to live a sane and happy life.

Books

The Crew by Joseph Kessel

Wed 27 Apr - Wed 27 Jul

Pushkin Press

The crew of a French reconnaissance plane during WWI consisted of just two men: a pilot and an observer. Joseph Kessel's first literary success, originally published in 1923 and based on his experience, is a staggering tale of courage, brotherhood and loss.

Books

Poetry Periscope Project

Wed 27 Apr - Thu 19 May

Piazza of the British Library

The British Library Piazza plays home to the Poetry Periscope, a new public sound installation with poems representing 30 European cultures, both in their original language and in an English translation. French poet Valérie Rouzeau has been selected!

Talks

Alberto Giacometti and Yves Klein, In Search of the Absolute

Wed 27 Apr - Sat 11 Jun

Gagosian Gallery

At first glance, these artists could not be more different : Giacometti was a master of material form ; Klein was an influential theorist. Nevertheless, this first-ever exhibition pairs both their key works. Panel talk to be confirmed.

Visual Arts

Modern Forms – A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture

Sat 30 Apr - Sat 28 May

Architectural Association School of Architecture

Both a reference work and a personal exploration of modernist architecture, this collection of award-winning photographer Nicolas Grospierre covers structures built between 1920 & 1989 all over the world. A publication by Prestel accompanies the exhibition.

Visual Arts

Confessions of a Madman by Leila Sebbar

Wed 4 May - Thu 4 Aug

Dalkey Archive Press

This book displays the struggle of a civil war by following the fragmentation and irreversible separation of a single family. Alternating flashbacks and descriptions of a man’s present, Sebbar delivers what French critics call a modern fable for adults.

Books

The Great Gatsby Living Literature

Thu 5 May

Senate House

This unique experience, in the sumptuous surroundings of Senate House, is an immersive and theatrical reimagining of Jay Gatbsy's extravagant world - created by Fitzgerald one summer he spent in Valescure, a picturesque little town on the French Riviera.

Talks

Brighton Fringe

Fri 6 May - Sun 5 Jun

Various venues in Brighton

England's largest arts festival brings local, national and international creativity to the nation's most popular seaside city. French productions not to be missed: Cabaret Burlesque, Hella Granger: Superstar, Twisted & Tongue Tied, Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Ensemble Diderot – Il giardino del piacere

Fri 6 May

St John's Smith Square

The ensemble presents three sonatas by Meister alongside flamboyant works by other German composers who ultimately were of important influence to J.S. Bach. The use of piccolo violins and violins in scordatura guarantee an exhilarating journey of discovery.

Classical Music

Quentin Blake and France

Mon 9 May

Kings Place

Quentin Blake, UK's favourite children’s illustrator, will be joined by special guests on stage for a unique celebration of French culture through poetry, illustration and music. One thing is sure, we will be there!

Talks

Wanderlust: Featuring Fariba Hachtroudi

Mon 9 May

Free Word Centre

Winner of the 2001 French Human Rights Prize, French-Iranian author Fariba Hachtroudi comes to London to present her novel The Man Who Snapped His Fingers, exploring themes as old as time: the crushing effects of totalitarianism and the infinite power of love.

Talks

Translating Anzieu: Professor Naomi Segal

Tue 10 May

London Freud Museum

In this very promising lecture Professor Naomi Segal will explore the pleasures and pitfalls of translation, particularly translating psychoanalysis, and introduce the life and work of French psychoanalyst and theorist Didier Anzieu.

Talks

European Literature Night

Wed 11 May

British Library

Held in May each year, the European Literature Night in London is part of a number of simultaneous events across European capitals and major cities in celebration of European literature.

Talks

Andreas Borregaard & Quatuor Tana at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival

Fri 13 May

BayArt Gallery, Cardiff Bay

The enthusiasm and commitment to contemporary repertoire of Quatuor Tana and Andreas Borregaard - as brilliant representatives of an exciting new generation of classical musicians - is reflected in this lunchtime concert that features two world premières.

Classical Music

Fierce Light

Fri 13 May

Norwich Playhouse

As we approach 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, Fierce Light world premiere brings together outstanding international poets with filmmakers and visual artists to explore WW1 and its legacy in the 21st century.

14-18, Talks

European Literature Night in Edinburgh

Fri 13 May

Summerhall – Red Lecture Theatre

For the second year running The Enemies Project presents European Literature Night 2016 on behalf of UNESCO Edinburgh City of Literature. Poets from more than six European countries will perform their work across the city, Martin Bakero representing France.

Talks

The Enemies Project: European Poetry Night

Sat 14 May

Rich Mix Arts Centre

More than 20 poets travel to London to share brand new collaborative poems, premiered on the night and written for the occasion in pairs, across languages, styles & nations. France will shine through poets Martin Bakero, Iris Colomb, Rufo Quintavalle, Ian Mon.

Talks

Quatuor Cambini Paris Performs at Newbury Spring Festival

Sun 15 May

St Mary’s Church - Newbury Spring Festival

Applauded for rediscovering unjustly forgotten compositions, these musicians demonstrate incredible passion for researching beautiful scores and playing them with great skill and care.

Classical Music

Book Lovers Unite: The Life of Elves with Muriel Barbery

Tue 17 May

Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights

Meet wonderful French novelist Muriel Barbery for an adventure into a world where things are not quite as they seem… She will present her lyrical new novel “The Life of Elves” in Bath's most precious independent bookshop.

Talks

The Great Escape

Thu 19 - Sat 21 May

Various venues, Brighton

The crucial seaside showcase always features a plethora of international artists. The hip French acts already announced include purveyor of exotic pop Jain, Saïan Supa Crew star Sly Johnson, blue-eyed soul boys Her and electronic explorers DBFC and M.A Beat!

Contemporary Music

Moh! Kouyaté

Thu 19 May

Rich Mix

Guinean Moh! Kouyaté released his debut album, Loundo, in the UK earlier this year. Adept at the guitar and the balafon, Kouyaté draws on traditional Mandinka sources as well as blues, jazz and pop. He appears as part of the Serious Space Shoreditch festival.

Contemporary Music

Le mystère de la tonalité locale

Thu 19 May

Institut français d'Ecosse

What comprises a country’s identity? Seeing a country as an opening, but not as a fortress – such was the momentum of Dépaysement (2011). It recounts Jean-Christophe Bailly’s travels through France, some aspects of which he will present in Edimburgh.

Talks

Alain Souchon & Laurent Voulzy

Thu 26 May

Eventim Apollo

After years of successful solo careers singing songs they co-wrote for each other, Alain Souchon and Laurent Voulzy finally wrote an album for two, which earned them a Victoires de la Musique award. This is their first concert together in London.

Contemporary Music

A Celebration of Anthea Bell’s 80th Birthday: Translators Association

Thu 26 May

Cripps Court Auditorium

Anthea Bell has a long and admirable career of translating from German and French into English. For her 80th birthday, authors and editors will talk about their experience of working with Anthea before she tells her own story.

Talks

Chinese Man

Fri 27 May

O2 Forum Kentish Town

A funky French collective formed in 2004, they quickly made their name thanks to jazzy hit I’ve Got That Tune and there’s plenty more where that came from. They always pull a crowd in London, appealing to serious hip-hop heads and those who just want a party.

Contemporary Music

An Evening with Kamel Daoud in Conversation with Patrick McGuinness

Fri 27 May

Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road, London

Kamel Daoud dicusses his stunning work 'The Mersault Investigation' with Patrick McGuinness (Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Oxford University) in French with translation into English by Lucie Campos, Head of Books at the Institut français.

Talks

Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash

Sat 28 May

Kendal Town Hall

As part of UK’s official arts programme for the WWI centenary, comic artist, filmmaker and musician Dave McKean will launch his graphic novel on the work of Paul Nash with international musical collaborators to deliver an unprecedented performance.

Talks

Kamel Daoud Talks to Francine Stock

Sat 28 May

Hay Festival

A conversation with the author of "The Mersault Investigation" (Prix Goncourt for a First Novel). This retelling of Albert Camus's 1942 novel "The Stranger" offers profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria.

Talks

Liverpool Biennial

Thu 9 Jun - Sun 16 Oct

Various venues in Liverpool

Liverpool Biennial is a UK Biennial of Contemporary Art that includes new and existing work from artists at various stages of their career. Not to be missed: works of art by Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Audrey Cottin and Céline Condorelli.

Visual Arts

Phaedra(s)

Thu 9 - Sat 18 Jun

Barbican Centre

Embodying one of Greek mythology’s most enigmatic characters, French screen and stage actress Isabelle Huppert makes a rare London appearance to play Phaedra, her story relocated to a modern world.

Performing Arts

Breakbot

Fri 10 Jun

Jazz Café

Upbeat funk and laid-back R&B are the order of the day for the Ed Banger label’s most disco-friendly signing. Released earlier this year, second album 'Still Waters' sees him continue to pursue his obsession with Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Michael Jackson.

Contemporary Music

Euro 2016 Concerts at Rich Mix

Fri 10 Jun - Sun 10 Jul

Rich Mix

Throughout the European Championships in France, Rich Mix will present free live music, DJs, culture, food and matches shown on a giant screen. Festive French acts Deluxe and Fanfaraï play the opening and closing nights respectively, with more to be announced

Contemporary Music

Flâneurs in London & Paris, by Day and by Night

Sat 11 Jun

The Bedford Pub, Balham Literary Festival

Can we all wander through London and Paris? How different is the experience for men and women? And how does our landscape alter throughout the day? Ambulatory experts Lauren Elkin, Matthew Beaumont and Anna-Louise Milne illuminate. Chaired by Lucie Campos.

Talks

Haïm – In the Light of a Violin

Sat 11 - Tue 21 Jun

The Print Room

This musical play retraces the true story of Haïm Lipsky, a Polish Jew born in 1922 into a poor working-class family, who became a passionate violinist, and survived the hell of the death camps thanks to music. A testimony of survival through art.

Performing Arts