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French Politics: A Neighbour’s History of the Present

Thu 26 Sept - Tue 30 Jun

University of Westminster

This series of seminars is designed with the Foucauldian notion of “history of the present” in mind and will tackle some of the most pressing challenges of French politics and political theory today.

Talks

TV5MONDE

Mon 30 - Wed 30 Sept

For the love of culture, in French

Anyone in the UK can now enjoy TV5MONDE streamed live 24/7 in HD. From prime time films, hit drama series premieres, documentaries, travel, cuisine and kids programmes and news throughout the day, just click and watch for free.

Films & TV

Céline Condorelli – Spinning

Tue 1 Oct - Thu 31 Dec

Elmington Estate

Céline Condorelli has designed a playground for Elmington Estate, featuring carousels, climbing structures and coloured surfaces. This energising space to play is part of the SLG’s ongoing Open Plan of collaborations with neighbouring estates.

Visual Arts

L’Histoire des relations de l’Angleterre avec l’Europe

Wed 16 Oct - Mon 20 Apr

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle

En menant l’inventaire des relations des Britanniques avec le continent Européen de l’Antiquité à nos jours, ce cycle de conférences assurées par d'éminents universitaires vous invite à mieux comprendre la période actuelle !

Talks

Artificialis

Sat 2 Nov - Sat 2 May

Saatchi Gallery

French artist Cyril de Commarque presents a multi-media installation drawing from the Anthropocene era – the period when man first had an impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems – then meditating on the effect technology and scientific advancement will have on humankind and the environment.

Visual Arts

Cars Accelerating the Modern World

Sat 23 Nov - Sun 19 Apr

Victoria and Albert Museum

Over its short 130-year history, the car has become one of the most loved, contested and influential innovations in the world. It has revolutionised manufacturing, transformed how we move, forever changing our cities, environment and economies.

Visual Arts

Christine Rebet Solo Exhibition

Tue 21 Jan - Sat 4 Apr

Parasol Unit, London

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art presents a solo exhibition of the work of French artist Christine Rebet, exploring trauma, illusion, revolt and the destruction of our shared history and environment through six diverse, hand-drawn animated films.

Films & TV, Visual Arts

Picasso and Paper

Sat 25 Jan - Mon 13 Apr

Royal Academy of Arts

Pablo Picasso rewrote the rules of painting, but he also tore up the rulebook for paper. Bringing together 300 of the artist’s works, both on and with paper, this exhibition spans his entire prolific career and represents a significant chapter in modern art.

Visual Arts

Christian Louboutin

Tue 25 Feb - Tue 28 Jul

Palais de la Porte Dorée

Thought as an invitation to dive into the prolific universe of Christian Louboutin, the exhibition explores all the aspects of his multiple referenced inspirations, in a place dear to the creator and which has seen his vocation grow.

Visual Arts

Jean Féline and Joshua J. Leon: Habitat

Sun 1 Mar - Thu 30 Apr

Platform Southwark, London

Artists Joshua Leon and Jean Feline, tackle the subject and concept of Habitat, intending to investigate the social issues relating to the home in contemporary culture, treating the domestic as an unsafe ground and navigating the meaning of “making a home".

Visual Arts

Camille Yvert: How I Naturally Improve

Sun 1 Mar - Thu 30 Apr

Gibberd Gallery

New and developing work by Camille Yvert taking its starting point from the relationship between bronzage culture & bronze sculpture and examining the quest for body optimisation and the motorcycle industry will be presented at the Harlow Art Trust.

Visual Arts

Anne Gillis & XT Duo: a new collaborative work

Sun 1 Mar - Sun 31 May

Café Oto, London

Bringing together three explicitly ‘radical’ artists of different generations in a unique Anglo-French collaboration featuring Anne Gillis and composers XT, the show operates at the boundaries of sound-making/music, visual arts and performance.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Eva Jospin: Among the Trees

Wed 4 Mar - Sun 17 May

Hayward Gallery - Southbank Centre

Among the Trees brings together artworks, including Eva Jospin’s Forests, that explore our relationship to trees. The exhibition focuses on artworks that re-imagine traditional genres and develop trees representations to shift our conventional perceptions.

Visual Arts

Anna Zoria’s Residency at Maison Touchard

Sat 21 Mar - Sat 25 Apr

Maison Touchard, London

Maison Touchard presents Anna Zoria’s first exhibition in the United Kingdom. Building on themes of interiority and infra-ordinary, it collapses the site of production & exhibition into one porous setting responding to the domestic context of Maison Touchard.

Visual Arts

The Swap Project : Elodie Merland and Bachir Boussandel

Wed 1 Apr - Tue 30 Jun

River Garage, Kent

River Garage invites in a three-week residency French artists Elodie Merland and Bachir Boussandel, living in Northern France and whose work is linked to notions of borders, languages and spaces through sculpture, performance, installation and photography.

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

European Poetry Festival 2020

Fri 3 - Mon 13 Apr

European Poetry Festival

The European Poetry Festival celebrates the grand resurgence in avant-garde and literary poetry that has marked the 21st century in Europe. With 11 events in 5 cities and towns across the UK and Ireland, this third edition will be the most ambitious yet.

Books, Talks

Cédric Hanriot – CH3 Trio

Wed 8 Apr

Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho

Cédric Hanriot's music is open to the cross-currents of jazz, hip hop and electronica. The group playfully explores themes taken from the pop of Katy Perry, the rock of Nirvana, and the electronic music of Massive Attack as well as Hanriot's own compositions.

Contemporary Music

Le Concert d’Astrée

Tue 14 Apr

Wigmore Hall

Under Emmanuelle Haïm’s direction, Baroque specialist group Le Concert d'Astrée brings a rich selection of pieces from the 16th and 17th Centuries to the Wigmore Hall.

Classical Music

Fakear

Fri 17 Apr

Canvas

Fakear has carved out a special place for himself on the French and international electro scene with a strong sound identity, combining British post dubstep elegance with oriental nuances. A subtle blend of textures that makes sense on stage.

Contemporary Music

Romeo Elvis

Fri 17 Apr

Electric Brixton

Roméo Elvis has become a key figure on the French hip-hop scene and one of the most streamed Belgian artists. Going Platinum in France and Belgium, his Morale and Morale 2 projects have catapulted the young rapper on to the biggest stages and festivals.

Contemporary Music

1920s Paris, The Crazy Years: Pulcinella & Paris

Tue 28 Apr

Southbank Centre

In their Worlds Colliding series, City of London Sinfonia explore the blurred lines between classical and popular culture. With conductor and pianist David Greilsammer, they will give voice to 20th Century French composers.

Classical Music

-M-

Tue 28 Apr

O2 Academy Brixton

Matthieu Chedid, also known as -M-, is one of the most successful and influential artists in French music today, a pop wizard who straddles genres - funk, chanson, world - and has collaborated with everyone from Vanessa Paradis and Jain to Youssou N'Dour.

Contemporary Music

Juniore

Wed 29 Apr

Bush Hall

Juniore are back supporting the release of a brand new album Un Deux Trois, featuring the hyper-catchy, BBC 6 Music-playlisted single Ah bah d'accord. This is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with their delicious nuggets of 60s-styled psych pop.

Contemporary Music

Asa

Wed 29 Apr

Electric Brixton

After a four-year break, Asa returns with her fourth studio album, Lucid, which chronicles the 12-year journey from her critically acclaimed debut album, to the present. The Paris-born singer-songwriter fuses pop, jazz and soft soul with her singular voice.

Contemporary Music

Les Talens Lyriques

Fri 8 May

Wigmore Hall

Harpsichordist Christophe Rousset’s Baroque ensemble welcomes German tenor Julian Prégardien for a programme of love songs by some of the leading lights of the French Baroque period.

Classical Music

Varèse & Debussy: Dreamscapes

Sat 9 May

Southbank Centre

Young conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra dedicate their programme to Varèse and Debussy, who share a preoccupation with the texture, physicality and sensuality of sound itself.

Classical Music

Varèse and Debussy: Microcosms

Sun 10 May

Southbank Centre

This time with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla combines 4 works by Varèse with pieces by Debussy and contemporary composers Rebecca Saunders and Gérard Grisey.

Classical Music

La Serenissima

Tue 12 May

Wigmore Hall

The UK’s leading Venetian-specialist ensemble La Serenissima celebrate Vivaldi's women student-performers in the company of soprano Julia Doyle, mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić and contralto Hilary Summers.

Classical Music

Thomas Piketty on History, Ideology and a Manifesto for Social Justice

Thu 14 May

Emmanuel Centre

Thomas Piketty argues that our market economy is an historical construct that arose out of countless choices and decisions people have made over time. He urges us to radically reappraise everything we think we know about politics, ideology, and history.

Talks

Yseult

Wed 20 May

The Curtain Hotel

The rising French star plays her first London show. A young Parisian who participated in French talent show Nouvelle Star, she has found her own identity and trap-pop sound on tracks like 'Noir' and 'Corps', which showcase her delightfully husky vocals.

Contemporary Music

Jimmy Robert : A Review

Fri 22 May - Mon 31 Aug

Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

Nottingham Contemporary presents a major survey exhibition by the French artist Jimmy Robert, spanning two decades of practice, as well as the UK premiere and tour of his most ambitious performance to date, Joie Noire (2019).

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Nekfeu

Sun 31 May

O2 Forum Kentish Town

One of France's biggest stars comes to London to perform tracks from his third album Les Etoiles Vagabondes. The biggest selling rap album of 2019 in France - beating even PNL - it was accompanied by the release of a box office-topping documentary.

Contemporary Music

Memory / Hélène Grimaud

Sun 7 Jun

Barbican Centre

Hélène Grimaud matches Schumann's virtuosity with pieces by Satie, Silvestrov, Debussy and Chopin to ‘conjure atmospheres of fragile reflection, a mirage of what was – or what could have been’, as she says.

Classical Music

LSO Artist Portrait: Antoine Tamestit

Thu 11 Jun

Barbican Centre

For his LSO Artist Portrait's second concert, violist Antoine Tamestit will present works by Berio and Stravinsky. He will complement the three orchestral concerts with thematically-related chamber concerts at LSO St Luke’s.

Classical Music

Philippe Cassard & Cédric Pescia

Wed 17 Jun

Wigmore Hall

French pianists Philippe Cassard and Cédric Pescia will perform Schubert's Fantasie in F minor that they recorded on La Dolce Vita label and the Liszt's two-piano transcription of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Classical Music

Vanessa Paradis

Sun 21 Jun

O2 Forum Kentish Town

The French singer, model and actress comes to London off the back of her new two-part album, Best Of & Variations, featuring classics like Joe Le Taxi and Be My Baby, plus some fresh new interpretations of songs from her catalogue.

Contemporary Music

Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations

Tue 23 Jun

Wigmore Hall

Early Music and Baroque series includes some of the finest ensembles and soloists performing today. Jordi Savall and his ensemble Le Concert des Nations will perform François Couperin's Les Nations.

Classical Music

Cédric Tiberghien

Thu 2 Jul

Wigmore Hall

Among pieces by Schumann, Webern and Schoenberg, Cédric Tiberghien includes in his programme a selection from Beethoven’s catalogue of Variations written during the final decade of the 18th century.

Classical Music

Jean Rondeau

Sun 26 Jul

Wigmore Hall

Pianist and harpsichordist, Jean Rondeau always impresses audiences with his distinctive musicianship. This time he will give the audience the chance to hear one of the masterworks of the entire keyboard repertoire on the harpsichord.

Classical Music

L’Impératrice

Thu 12 Nov

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

The Parisians' debut album Matahari arrived last year with all the pomp and circumstance of a coronation. They draw on genres from 70s space disco to downtempo 90s synth pop, taking in French film composers, and they can undoubtedly deliver it live.

Contemporary Music