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Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burell

Wed 20 Sep - Mon 7 May

The National Gallery

The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see stunning paintings, pastels, and drawings by leading French Impressionist Edgar Degas: a unique insight into the practices and preoccupations of a complex and intensely private artist.

Visual Arts

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London

Thu 2 Nov - Mon 7 May

Tate Britain

Impressionists in London, French artists in exile (1870–1904) is the first exhibition to map the connections between French and British artists, patrons and art dealers during a traumatic period in French history.

Visual Arts

Fantômas by Caroline Achaintre

Sat 20 Jan - Sun 29 Apr

De La Warr Pavilion

Fantômas is an exhibition of the new works of French artist Caroline Achaintre displaying ceramic sculptures and hand-tufted wool wall hangings incorporating various references such as catwalk fashion, carnival, death-metal iconography, and Primitivism.

Visual Arts

Yto Barrada: Agadir

Wed 7 Feb - Sun 20 May

Barbican Centre

French multimedia artist Yto Barrada will develop a site specific exhibition in the Barbican Curve gallery. The installation will include a mural, a new film commission, several sculptures, and a series of performances to explore the rebuilding of Agadir.

Visual Arts

A Walk Through Paris by Eric Hazan

Tue 27 Feb - Fri 27 Apr

Verso Books

A walker’s guide to Paris, taking us through its past, present and possible futures. Filled with historical anecdotes, geographical observations and literary references, Hazan’s walk guides us through an unknown Paris.

Books

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins – Philippe Chancel

Wed 28 Feb - Sun 27 May

Barbican Centre

Addressing gender and sexuality, drugs and addiction, youth culture and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day, including the work of French photographer Philippe Chancel.

Visual Arts

No Place to Lay One’s Head by Françoise Frenkel

Wed 7 Mar - Mon 7 May

Pushkin Press

During WWII, Françoise Frenkel, a Jewish bookseller from Poland, comes to Paris. Horrified by what she sees, she goes into hiding. Discover the tale of a woman whose lust for life refuses to leave her, even in her darkest hour. Prefaced by Patrick Modiano.

Books

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

Thu 8 Mar - Sun 9 Sep

Tate Modern

Previously shown in Paris under the name Picasso 1932, année érotique, this acclaimed exhibition is celebrating one of Picasso's most intensely creative year, gathering more than 100 paintings,sculptures and drawings, inspired by his lover Marie-Thérèse Walte

Visual Arts

Your Father’s Room by Michel Déon

Sun 11 Mar - Mon 14 May

Gallic Books

Édouard (Michel Déon’s real name) looks back on his 1920s childhood spent in Paris and Monte Carlo. Within a bourgeois yet unconventional upbringing, ‘Teddy’, must deal with not just the universal trials of growing up, but also a sudden tragedy in his family.

Books

Storm Under the Skin by Henri Michaux

Wed 21 Mar - Mon 21 May

Two Rivers Press

In his vividly strange narratives poet and artist Henri Michaux creates a dream-like, mercurial world of wry invention unlike any other, idiosyncratic, resistant and philosophical. Jane Draycott translates poems and prose-poems from his volumes 1927-54.

Books

Black Sugar by Miguel Bonnefoy

Tue 27 Mar - Sun 27 May

Gallic Books

Set on the edge of the Latin American rainforest, between a sugar cane farm and a lost pirates' treasure, Bonnefoy’s colourful tale of a family’s changing fortunes is also the fascinating story of Venezuela’s development over the course of the 20th century.

Books

The Power of Images by Patrick Boucheron

Tue 3 Apr - Sun 3 Jun

65 Bridge Street Cambridge CB2 1UR UK

From 14th-century Siena to the present, distinguished historian Patrick Boucheron's The Power of Images shows the latent dangers to democracy when our perceptions of the common good are distorted and undermined.

Books

Pericles (Périclès, Prince de Tyr) – Cheek by Jowl

Fri 6 - Sat 21 Apr

Barbican Centre

Featuring Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek by Jowl’s French ensemble, Pericles is directed by Declan Donnellan, awarded the Golden Lion of Venice for his lifetime achievement in theatre. They produce their first Shakespeare in French with English Surtitles

Performing Arts

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture

Mon 9 Apr - Sun 29 Jul

National Gallery

There’s never been a single exhibition looking at Monet’s career through the buildings he painted: in Normandy, in Rouen, in Paris, London, and Venice. Monet painted the architecture of his time : modern, historic, simple and grand.

Visual Arts

Paul Maheke

Fri 13 Apr - Sun 10 Jun

Chisenhale Gallery

Paul Maheke considers in his works the potential of the body as an archive to address how memory and identity are formed and constituted. He presents here a varied body of work including performance, sculpture, sound and video.

Visual Arts

The Women Poets Who Changed 1968: Maya Angelou and Adrienne Rich

Mon 16 - Mon 23 Apr

Wilton's Music Hall

Poet in the City presents two evenings celebrating the lives and literary activism of two of history’s most inspirational female poets: Maya Angelou and Adrienne Rich. Join speakers who knew them in life, and speakers whose lives they changed.

Talks

What is the Sharia? by Baudoin Dupret

Wed 18 Apr - Mon 18 Jun

Hurst in association with the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

Moving through history, society and Islamic thought to explore the sources of sharia law, Baudouin Dupret gets to the heart of its uses and abuses in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Books

Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses by Georges Simenon

Wed 18 Apr - Mon 18 Jun

Penguin

A once-wealthy family closes ranks when one of their own is shot, leaving Maigret - along with a troublesome new magistrate - to pick his way through their secrets. Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations.

Books

Being Here by Marie Darrieussecq

Wed 18 Apr - Mon 18 Jun

Text Publishing

Born in Germany in 1876, Paula Modersohn-Becker was the first female artist to paint herself not only naked but pregnant. Being Here is a moving account of the life of this ground-breaking Expressionist painter by award-winning author Marie Darrieussecq.

Books

The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi

Wed 18 Apr - Mon 18 Jun

Vintage

A young woman prays at her husband's bedside as he lies in a coma with a bullet in his neck. As she tries to keep him alive, she rages against men, war, culture, God. Now is her chance - her first ever - to speak without being censored.

Books

The Major Refutation by Pierre Senges

Wed 18 Apr - Mon 18 Jun

Contra Mundum Press

Here is a book that unites all books: adventure book, historical panorama, satirical tale, philosophical summa, polemical mockery, geographical treatise, political analysis. This edition is followed by a scholarly afterword discussing the genesis of the text.

Books

Blue Self Portrait by Noémi Lefebvre

Wed 18 Apr - Mon 18 Jun

Les Fugitives

A novel of angst and high farce, Blue Self-Portrait unfolds among Berlin's cultural institutions but is more truly located in the mid-air flux between contrary impulses to remember and to ignore.

Books

Effet Bekkerell – Groupe Bekkerell

Thu 19 - Sun 22 Apr

Roundhouse

Part riot-girl pop song, part circus spectacle, The Bekkrell Effect is both comic and revealing. The show swings between acrobatics and poetry, falling and flying, in a performance as energetic as a nuclear reaction.

Performing Arts

Kapwani Kiwanga

Fri 20 Apr - Sun 17 Jun

Tramway - Glasgow

Kapwani Kiwanga takes the fact that the continent of Europe is moving towards Africa as a starting point for a new multi-faceted installation. Through these works Kawanga suggests speculative fictions that stretch through a perspective of deep geological time.

Visual Arts

Thierry Escaich

Fri 20 Apr

Sage Gateshead

Thierry Escaich’s piece, Baroque Song, will be played by the Royal Northern Sinfonia under the direction of French conductor Alexandre Bloch. Ravel and Brahms will also be performed, showing the shared interest of the composers for gypsy music.

Classical Music

Ensemble Variances & Thierry Pécou

Sun 22 Apr

Victoria Rooms

The French Ensemble Variances, Diapason d’Or winner in 2012, will perform the seminal work Outre-Mémoire from its conductor and founder Thierry Pécou. This piece is an exploration of the slave trade through music from a contemporary perspective.

Classical Music

DFS by Cécilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Apr

Sadler's Wells

From vibrant dancehall rhythms to melodic vocal harmonies, with some rap thrown in for good measure, DFS plays with the combinations of these music styles and their dance counterparts to create something new and unusual.

Performing Arts

Matthias Goerne

Tue 24 - Thu 26 Apr

Wigmore Hall

Matthias Goerne returns to the Wigmore Hall, offering two concerts from his personal repertory: Wagner, Strauss, Wolf, Pfitzner and Schubert. The German baritone known for his delicacy of song interpretation, will invite the spectator through a lyrical trip.

Classical Music

Fakear

Wed 25 Apr

Koko

Along with Petit Biscuit, Théo Le Vigoureux aka Fakear is one of the figureheads of a richly melodic new French electronic sound. He's back in London with new tracks to air from an album set for release in April, including single Lost In Time.

Contemporary Music

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

Thu 26 Apr - Sun 29 Jul

British Museum

One hundred years after his death, see a selection of Rodin's works in a new light. For the first time, Rodin's sculptures are shown alongside some of the Parthenon sculptures that the artist so admired, as well as selected objects from his own collection.

Visual Arts

Nikolai Lugansky

Sat 28 Apr

Wigmore Hall

Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky has released in February a recording of Rachmaninov’s Preludes. He comes to the Wigmore Hall proposing a programme with a vast emotional landscape with pieces of Rachmaninov, Schumann and Debussy.

Classical Music

1968 Reconsidered: New Transnational Perspectives

Tue 1 May

Maison Française d’Oxford

Ludivine Bantigny (De grands soirs en petits matins, 2018) and Boris Gobille (Le Mai 68 des écrivains – Crise politique et avant-gardes litteraires, 2018) give a new insight on the May '68 events.

Talks

Mai ’68 at 50: Appropriations, Translations, Legacies

Wed 2 - Sat 5 May

King’s College London

Artists, scholars, and witnesses from the UK and France interrogate and evaluate May 1968 in 2018. What frameworks do we need to think through its ongoing appropriations? Or is it time to forget it and move on?

Talks

Balham Lit Fest: Beach Beneath The Street: 50 years since May ’68

Fri 4 May

Balham Bowls Club

2018 marks 50 years since the unrest of May '68. At this event, part of the brilliant Wandsworth Fringe Festival, Balham Lit Fest brings together contemporary activists to reflect on half a century of student protest.

Talks

The Limiñanas

Sat 5 May

The Garage

One of the coolest rock bands in France, The Limiñanas recorded their most recent album of beguiling psychedelic guitar pop, Shadow People, with Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe and collaborated with former New Order bassist Peter Hook.

Contemporary Music

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

Thu 10 May - Sun 7 Oct

Design Museum

Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body.

Visual Arts

Qigang Chen

Thu 10 May

Wales Millenium Centre

Chinese composer based in France, Qigang Chen aesthetics' merge European and Chinese musical concepts. His piece L'Eloignement will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Wales Millennium Center.

Classical Music

Lomboy

Thu 10 May

Archspace

Austrian-born but a citizen of the world, Tanja Frinta is the brains and voice behind Lomboy, a group featuring some of the finest musicians from Tokyo and Paris. Their playful, lounge-inspired tunes update the 90s sounds of Hooverphonic and Portishead.

Contemporary Music

European Literature Night

Thu 10 May

British Library

The annual European Literature Night is a chance to discover the best new voices in translation. It brings together a panel of inspiring writers from across the channel to read from their work, and discuss key artistic themes and the countries that shape them.

Talks

Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny

Thu 10 May - Sun 30 Sep

Jewish Museum

This immersive and playful exhibition explores the unique imagination of the co-creator of the Astérix and Lucky Luke comics. Goscinny’s story is brought to life through rare scripts, storyboards, tools, photographs, films, sketches and a little wild boar.

Books

Van Kuijk Quartet

Thu 10 May

All Saints Church

Van Kuijk Quartet has established itself as one of the best quartets of its generation with many prestigious prizes and concerts in major venues all around the world. For the Brighton Festival, they perform a programme including works of Schubert and Poulenc.

Classical Music

Stephane Degout & George Benjamin

Thu 10 - Sat 26 May

Royal Opera House

Stephane Degout who has just released the album Enfers, will sing in the opera Lessons in Love and Violence created by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp. George Benjamin is a member of the honorary committee of the Diaphonique Franco-British fund.

Classical Music

Book Launch: What is the sharia? by Baudoin Dupret

Thu 10 May

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

Come to the Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC London) to discover Baudoin Dupre's book, an indispensable introduction to the evolution and implementation of Sharia law within the Muslim world.

Talks

London Festival of Baroque Music

Fri 11 - Sat 19 May

St John's Smith Square

London Festival of Baroque Music welcomes its first Guest Artistic Director, Sébastien Daucé, who presents, among others, several French baroque ensembles, including Le Poème Harmonique, Les Concerts de l'Hostel Dieu and Doulce Mémoire.

Classical Music

Le Poème Harmonique

Fri 11 May

St John's Smith Square

For the London Festival of Baroque Music, French ensemble le Poème Harmonique invites us to the court of Louis XIV, performing French and European works from the 18th century. The programme includes pieces from Lully, Tessier, Cavalli and Moulinié.

Classical Music

European Writers’ Tour

Sat 12 May

Masonic Hall

Fresh from the annual European Literature Night at the British Library, a panel of inspiring European writers from across the Channel share their work and discuss what it means to be a writer in Europe today.

Talks

Les Concerts de l’Hostel Dieu

Sat 12 May

St John's Smith Square

French and British musicians from the ensemble Les Concerts de l’Hostel Dieu present a poetic bi-cultural programme marrying râgas from the traditional Indian repertoire and François Couperin’s Leçon de Ténèbres.

Classical Music

Fuoco E Cenere

Sat 12 May

St John's Smith Square

The ensemble Fuoco E Cenere has released a critical acclaimed album of works from Marin Marais in 2017. The spectator is invited to a journey in Versailles, with works from Lully, Forqueray, Lambert, Clérambault, Marais and Charpentier.

Classical Music

La Nuova Musica

Sun 13 May

St John's Smith Square

Early music ensemble La Nuova Musica is considered by BBC Radio 3 as “one of the most exciting consorts in the early music field”. They will perform Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, a monument of the baroque opera repertoire.

Classical Music

Halo Maud

Tue 15 May

Sebright Arms

Recently signed to UK indie label Heavenly Records, Halo Maud - a former member of Moodoïd - is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer of enchanting, synth-tinged guitar pop. Having supported Baxter Dury on tour, she's back for her second London show.

Contemporary Music