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

Thu 8 Mar - Sun 9 Sept

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

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

Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny

Thu 10 May - Sun 30 Sept

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.

Talks, Visual Arts

Animals & Us

Fri 25 May - Sun 30 Sept

Turner Contemporary

This exhibition is focusing on contemporary and 20th century artists, including Marguerite Humeau, and explores artists’ reflections on the relationship between humans and animals at a time when humans may be causing the sixth mass extinction on Earth.

Visual Arts

Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One

Tue 5 Jun - Sun 23 Sept

Tate Britain

Marking the centenary of the end of World War One, this fascinating and moving exhibition looks at how artists responded to the physical and psychological scars left on Europe.

14-18, Visual Arts

Yves Klein at Blenheim Palace

Mon 18 Jun - Sun 7 Oct

Blenheim Palace

Featuring over 50 artworks, this is the most comprehensive Yves Klein exhibition in the UK to date. Visitors can explore the wide-ranging practices of this visionary artist, including paintings, sculptures and large-scale installations.

Visual Arts

The Years by Annie Ernaux

Wed 20 Jun - Mon 20 Aug

Fitzcarraldo Editions

Considered by many to be the iconic French memoirist’s defining work, The Years is a narrative of the period 1941 to 2006 told through the lens of memory, past and present impressions, cultural habits, language, photos, etc. - Translated by Alison L.Strayer.

Books

Smoking Kills by Antoine Laurain

Thu 21 Jun - Tue 21 Aug

Gallic Books

How far would you go to enjoy a cigarette? In this witty black comedy, Laurain’s anti-hero can only make smoking pleasurable by committing the ultimate crime… - Translated by Louise Lalaurie Rogers.

Books

Pyramidion Twin: Light Up a Pyramid

Sat 23 Jun - Wed 15 Aug

In front of Trinity House - London

Created by the French artist and engineer Milène Guermont, Pyramidion Twin is an interactive sculpture of golden metal & light measuring 4 m in height.Thanks to its connected cardiac sensors, the luminous pyramid will light up to your own heartbeat! As part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Visual Arts

Michael Jackson – On the Wall

Thu 28 Jun - Sun 21 Oct

National Portrait Gallery

Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan - Director of the National Portrait Gallery - this landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media.

Contemporary Music, Films & TV, Visual Arts

The Gravediggers’ Bread by Frédéric Dard

Wed 4 Jul - Tue 4 Sept

Pushkin Press

Blaise is out of work and down on his luck when a chance encounter with a beautiful blonde has him hooked. He’ll do anything to stay by her side, even if it means working for her husband, a funeral director. But as everyone knows, three’s a crowd.

Books

Mohamed Bouroussia at Liverpool Biennial

Sat 14 Jul - Sun 28 Oct

FACT - Liverpool

Bourouissa’s artworks explore power relations, displays of masculinity and societal tensions. For Liverpool Biennial, Mohamed Bourouissa created a film and a community garden inspired by a garden made by a patient of the psychoanalyst Frantz Fanon in Algeria.

Visual Arts

One Deadly Summer by Sébastien Japrisot

Wed 18 Jul - Tue 18 Sept

Gallic Books

Beautiful newcomer, Elle, has turned the head of every man in the village. But it’s Fiorimond, the local mechanic, who wants her more. After just one date she moves in with him and his family. But they have no idea that she is looking for revenge...

Books

Talking Transformations: Home on the Move

Thu 26 Jul - Sun 7 Oct

Southbank Centre

This exhibition of European artist films, sound art and poetry in translation is the result of a journey undertaken by two poems about ‘home’ by Deryn Rees-Jones (UK) and Rafał Gawin (Poland). It will include an additional artwork by French artist Elise Aru.

Talks, Visual Arts

St Germain

Wed 15 Aug

Grosvenor Square

Ludovic Navarre is the creator of an incredibly distinctive jazzy house sound that first came to prominence in the mid-90s. More recent work has seen him incorporate Malian instrumentation. He'll be appearing as part of the Live in the Square series of events.

Contemporary Music

The Beggar’s Opera

Thu 16 - Sun 19 Aug

Edinburgh International Festival

John Gay’s 18th-century opera is brought into the modern day in this brand new production from Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, created by William Christie and Robert Carsen, two commanding figures of the international stage.

Classical Music, Performing Arts

La Maladie de la Mort

Thu 16 - Sun 19 Aug

Edinburgh International Festival

Katie Mitchell, one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic theatre makers, presents her own uncompromising stage adaptation of the provocative novella by Marguerite Duras, produced by the Bouffe du Nord theatre.

Performing Arts

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Mon 20 - Fri 24 Aug

Edinburgh International Festival

Artist in residence at this year's festival, the acclaimed French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will interpret three concerts with a special focus on the work of Messiaen.

Classical Music

La Cenerentola – Rossini

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Aug

Edinburgh International Festival

A visually stunning staged production of Rossini’s opera. The classic tale of Cinderella is radically transformed by renowned director Stefan Herheim with music by an exuberant Opéra de Lyon Orchestra.

Classical Music, Performing Arts

Mathieu Boogaerts

Thu 30 Aug

Cafe Oto

The acclaimed, left field French songwriter makes his Café OTO debut in August. Over the past 20 years, Boogaerts has charmed listeners in France and beyond with his repertoire of tender, minimalist ballads, drawing on reggae, afro-pop, electronica and folk.

Contemporary Music

Imarhan

Tue 4 Sept

Village Underground

Following their sell out show in London earlier this year, the five-man southern Algerian band return to the capital at Village Underground. It's another opportunity to catch a band redefining Saharan music on their funk-influenced second album Temet.

Contemporary Music

BCMG

Tue 4 Sept

CBSO, London

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has commissionned a new work to Frédéric Pattar for its season Wilde Lieder Marx.Music. After its world premiere in Germany, the work will be premiered in Birmingham thanks to the support of Diaphonique.

Classical Music

Antoine Tamestit & Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Wed 5 Sept

Royal Albert Hall

Antoine Tamestit performs Berlioz's symphony with solo viola, Harold in Italy at the Prom 71. The piece was originally composed for Paganini who had acquired a Stradivarius viola in 1833. The programme will mark the 150-th anniversary year of the death of Berlioz.

Classical Music

Tony Allen Meets Amp Fiddler

Thu 6 Sept

Jazz Café

Nearly a year after launching his self-described "best album" The Source, Afrobeat legend and Fela Kuti collaborator Allen will be joining forces with Detroit funk and soul veteran Amp Fiddler for what is likely to be an explosive pairing.

Contemporary Music

Illuminating Women: Photographs by Mayotte Magnus

Sat 8 Sept - Sun 24 Mar

National Portrait Gallery

This exhibition celebrating creative women revisits key portraits from Magnus including artists Liliane Lijn and Glenys Barton, authors Marina Warner and Margaret Drabble, actresses Glenda Jackson and Judi Dench or Nadine Gordimer.

Visual Arts

…Sodade…

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Sept

Inside Out Dorset Festival

Breathtaking circus and magical storytelling combine in a world-class sunset spectacular. Cirque Rouages take to the sky above Poole Quay on an ever-turning cable, telling timeless stories of the sea. Part of the Inside Out Dorset Festival.

Performing Arts

The Outsider (L’Étranger)

Fri 14 Sept - Sat 13 Oct

Print Room at the Coronet

Albert Camus’ classic existentialist masterpiece about the human condition is one of the great stories of the 20th Century. It is presented at Print Room at the Coronet in its first major UK production, and adapted by Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri.

Performing Arts

Manimal: Gesticulating, a Way of Thinking About the World

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sept

Inside Out Dorset Festival

In this performance, Les Souffleurs Commandos Hybrides become hybrid beings, half-human, half-animal, in and around Boscombe, creating improvised nests, popping up in the landscape and then disappearing again. Part of the Inside Out Dorset Festival

Performing Arts

Renzo Piano – The Art of Making Buildings

Sat 15 Sept - Sun 20 Jan

Royal Academy of Arts

From The Shard in London to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the buildings of Renzo Piano have enriched cities across the globe. This exhibition reveals the vision and invention behind his pioneering work, showing how architecture can touch the human spirit.

Visual Arts

Michel Legrand

Tue 18 Sept

Royal Festival Hall

For the very first time in the UK, multi-Oscar winner Michel Legrand will be conducting a selection from 60 years' worth of compositions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catch a giant of popular music in action.

Contemporary Music

Ulla von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast

Fri 21 Sept - Sun 31 Mar

Whitechapel Gallery

Ulla von Brandenburg takes previous Whitechapel Gallery exhibition Sweets (1973) as inspiration for this new commission. Von Brandenburg re-enacts this show with local children in a new immersive and colourful seating structure.

Visual Arts

Les Negresses Vertes

Tue 25 Sept

O2 Academy Islington

17 years after their break up and 30 years after the release of their debut album, the iconic and uncategorisable French group - one of the few of their era to resonate with UK audiences - reunite for what is bound to be an energetic anniversary celebration.

Contemporary Music

Soufiane Ababri

Fri 28 Sept - Sat 24 Nov

SPACE

For his first UK exhibition, Soufiane Ababri confronts themes of homophobia and racism in order to dismantle mechanisms of domination — from post-colonialist to patriarchal power structures — while aiming to thwart oppressive social dynamics.

Visual Arts

Explore Ensemble

Sun 30 Sept

Kings Place

The British ensemble presents Gérard Grisey's epic masterwork Vortex Temporum alongside a new work for ensemble and electronics by Lisa Illean. This programme is supported by the franco-british fund Diaphonique, and will tour in Oxford and Cardiff in November.

Classical Music

Francis Cabrel

Tue 16 Oct

Royal Albert Hall

Francis Cabrel’s music has brought audiences joy for forty years and now in 2018 the legendary French artist performs live at the Royal Albert Hall! Don’t miss this special event featuring Cabrel’s classic and influential hits.

Contemporary Music

Nana Mouskouri – Forever Young

Wed 17 Oct

Southbank Centre

One of the most successful female artists of all time, the legendary chanson singer Nana MouskouriI, known for hits such as The White Rose of Athens and Only Love will be returning to London for a unique show.

Contemporary Music

Courtauld Impressionists: from Manet to Cézanne

Wed 17 Oct - Sun 20 Jan

National Gallery

This exhibition traces the development of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings through a selection of over forty masterpieces from the collection of the Courtauld Gallery, including famous works by Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Manet and Seurat.

Visual Arts

Keren Ann with Debussy String Quartet

Wed 24 Oct

Milton Court Concert Hall

Something of a modern-day Parisian chanteuse, Keren Ann blends indie, folk and jazz sounds into her mature pop songs lamenting love, life and loss. She performs songs from her back catalogue, unveiling new layers with stirring live strings from the Debussy Quartet.

Contemporary Music

Christine and the Queens

Wed 21 Nov

Eventim Apollo

One of the dates announced sold out almost immediately, so another has been added for the French star's return to the UK following her stratospheric success in 2016. A new album is on the way too, so there will be new tracks amid the firm favourites.

Contemporary Music

France Now – Focus on French Theatre in Manchester

Tue 27 Nov - Sat 1 Dec

HOME Manchester

With its focus France Now, HOME presents three contrasting performances from the best of the French artistic contemporary scene: Ballet Bar by the Pyramid company, J'ai trop peur (I'm so scared) by David Lescot and Submission by Michel Houellebecq.

Performing Arts

Notre-Dame de Paris

Wed 23 - Tue 29 Jan

London Coliseum

After touring in 23 countries worldwide over the last 20 years, the smash-hit French musical based on the novel Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo returns to London with an international team of singers, dancers, acrobats and music composed by Richard Cocciante.

Performing Arts