We Recommend

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Sat 18 May - Sun 20 Oct

V&A

From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.

Visual Arts

NOW 5

Sat 1 Jun - Sun 22 Sept

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The 5th instalment of this series creates temporary works that change over time as they are subjected to natural processes of transformation and decay, thus exploring themes of change and growth.

Visual Arts

Félix Vallotton

Sun 30 Jun - Sun 29 Sept

Royal Academy of Arts

Magnetic, provocative, daring: meet Félix Vallotton (1865–1925). The Royal Academy reveals the vision of a masterful painter and printmaker who captured the emotional undercurrents of Paris at the turn of the last century.

Visual Arts

The Archipelago of Another Life by Andrei Makine

Wed 10 Jul - Thu 10 Oct

Hachette

The novel follows the footsteps of Pavel Gartsev, a reservist during the Cold War. Sent into the wilderness of the Russian taiga, Pavel embarks on a challenging manhunt to find an escaped prisoner from a nearby gulag.

Books

Cézanne at the Whitworth

Sat 24 Aug - Sun 1 Mar

The Witworth

This exhibition celebrates an extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne that has been gifted and placed on long-term loan to the Whitworth by gallerist, collector, author and publisher Karsten Schubert.

Visual Arts

A Summer with Montaigne by Antoine Compagnon

Thu 5 Sept - Sat 5 Oct

Europa Editions

A few years ago, Antoine Compagnon was asked to host a radio broadcast, every day for an entire summer, on a formidable subject: Michel de Montaigne. From that experience came this engaging and entertaining book, A Summer with Montaigne.

Books

My Mother Laughs by Chantal Akerman

Wed 11 Sept - Fri 11 Oct

Silver Press

My Mother Laughs is both the distillation of the themes Akerman pursued throughout her creative life, and a version of the simplest and most complicated love story of all: that between a mother and a daughter.

Books

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019

Sat 14 Sept - Sun 23 Feb

Various Venues

Since 1949, BNC has consistently supported contemporary visual artists to successfully transition from education into professional practice, by means of an annual touring exhibition, featuring French artist Camille Yvert. Supported by Fluxus Art Projects.

Visual Arts

Please Do Not Sit – Marlène Huissoud

Sat 14 - Sun 22 Sept

London Design Festival

Award-winning experimental designer Marlène Huissoud is the first of 2–3 designers who will create habitats for the animal populations of Brompton – birds, bees and all life in between. Discover her work at the 2019 London Design Festival.

Visual Arts

London Design Festival 2019

Sat 14 - Sun 22 Sept

Various venues

Promoting London's creativity, this annual event draws on the UK's greatest thinkers and practitioners to deliver an unmissable celebration of design, with an inspirational line up of talks and workshops and commissions by leading international designers.

Visual Arts

Walala Lounge by Camille Walala

Sat 14 - Sun 22 Sept

South Molton Street

Camille Walala returns to the London Design Festival in a characteristically colourful manner. The French-born designer has been commissioned to enliven the heart of London’s West End with a bold and beautiful family of street furniture.

Visual Arts

Werther – Jules Massenet

Tue 17 Sept - Sat 5 Oct

Royal Opera House

Benoît Jacquot’s production of Massenet’s tragic opera explores the conflict between duty and our most passionate desires. Coming from the Opéra national de Paris, it is performed in London with brio at the Royal Opera House.

Classical Music

Lie with Me by Philippe Besson

Wed 18 Sept - Fri 18 Oct

Viking

Philippe, a famous writer, chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back to Philippe's teenage years, a winter morning in 1984, [...] and a carefully timed encounter between two seventeen-year-olds.

Books

Adorno: Crossovers

Thu 19 - Sun 22 Sept

Old Truman Brewery

A cross-cultural collectible design journey, the exhibition presents dynamic works by independent designers working in the intersection between design, art, and crafts, selected from 12 countries, including a French collection curated by François Leblanc.

Visual Arts

French Song Exchange Showcase

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Sept

Wigmore Hall

Join young singers from Wigmore Hall’s French Song Exchange (in partnership with the École Normale de Musique de Paris) for two showcase recitals, as they explore the wonderful traditions of the mélodie and delve into the music of Fauré.

Classical Music

Orléans International Piano Competition – Brin d’herbe

Thu 26 Sept

Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

For its 8th edition, the Orléans International Piano Competition proposes a contemporary music competition based on 3 pieces by British composer Christian Mason. Supported by Diaphonique, the junior piano competition ‘Brin d’herbe’ takes place every 2 years.

Classical Music

An Evening in Paris – Gabrielle Ducomble

Thu 26 Sept

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

An Evening in Paris takes you on a musical journey to Paris in the company of the Belgian/French singer Gabrielle Ducomble and her band. Singing in English and French, she performs iconic songs of Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg, along with her own pieces.

Contemporary Music

International Translation Day 2019 – Translating Today

Mon 30 Sept

Free Word Centre

The largest coming-together for the UK translation community, explores what it means to be a translator working in this moment, and what it means to attempt to translate it.

Talks

One – Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas

Mon 30 Sept - Sat 19 Oct

Battersea Arts Center

Uniquely blending humour, brutality and clowning, acclaimed performers Bert and Nasi will have you on the edge of your seat as they attempt to overcome what divides them in this surreal show for our surreal times.

Performing Arts

PAD London

Mon 30 Sept - Sun 6 Oct

Berkeley Square

Inspiring a unique spirit of collecting, PAD epitomises how modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts interact to reveal astonishing combinations and create the most individual and staggering interiors.

Visual Arts

Unwritten Letters – Fresh Lines Reading

Mon 30 Sept - Tue 1 Oct

Spring Restaurant

This beautiful heartfelt correspondence of French pupils collected by French acclaimed writer Estelle Savasta, and translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith, has become an intimate and moving theatrical experience presented here in a reading directed by Marianne Badrichani and Mark Maughan. Performed by Sarah Goddard (Hetty Feather) and Jack Bennett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Performing Arts

Frieze London Art Fair

Thu 3 - Sun 6 Oct

Regent's Park

Frieze London’s exhibiting galleries represent some of the most exciting artists working today, from the emerging to the iconic, with over 60,000 visitors each year, including curators, artists, collectors, gallerists, critics and the general public.

Visual Arts

Frieze Masters

Thu 3 - Sun 6 Oct

Regent's Park

Frieze Masters gives a unique view on the relationship between old and new art, showing works made before the year 2000. The fair offers a unique contemporary perspective on historical art, from collectible objects to significant masterpieces.

Visual Arts

Mephisto [A Rhapsody] by Samuel Gallet

Thu 3 - Sat 26 Oct

Gate Theatre

At the local theatre Aymeric dreams of celebrity; Lucas longs for a liberal revolution; Michael is seduced by the extremists; Juliette is in fear for her life. Mephisto [A Rhapsody] is a searing contemporary response to Klaus Mann’s fiercely political novel.

Performing Arts

Into the Night – Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art

Fri 4 Oct - Sun 19 Jan

Barbican

Spanning the 1880s to the 1960s, this landmark exhibition explores the electrifying history of cabarets, cafés and clubs in modern art across the world, from London to Paris, New York, Berlin, Mexico City or Vienna, through the lens of pioneering artists.

Visual Arts

Brahms, Chopin & Debussy

Sun 6 Oct

Southbank Centre

This concert has something for every musical taste and features seven exceptional artists including Jess Gillam, Alice Sara Ott and Andreas Scholl who will play Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Piazzolla... The concert kicks off the 50 Years in a Day series.

Classical Music

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits

Mon 7 Oct - Sun 26 Jan

The National Gallery

The first ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin. Spanning the later years of his life and focusing solely on his portraits, this exhibition follows Gauguin’s move away from Impressionism towards Symbolism.

Visual Arts

Triangular Talks: Faïza Guene, Pierre Jarawan and Azadeh Moaveni

Mon 7 Oct

The Old Joint Stock

Triangular Talks are a series of contemporary literature events organised jointly by the Institut français London and the Goethe-Institut London, supported by the deutsch-französische Kulturfonds. As part of the Birmingham Literature Festival.

Talks

Little Bob Blues Bastards

Tue 8 Oct

Bush Hall

A year after its release in France, Little Bob Blues Bastards' album New Day Coming was released in the UK by Floating World Records. On this occasion and for the first time in 40 years, Little Bob is returning to the UK.

Contemporary Music

Paris/London Back & Forth – a Bilingual Radio Show

Fri 11 - Sat 12 Oct

Alliance Française Theatre (Paris) / BBC Radio studios (London)

France Musique and BBC Radio 3 join forces to promote young talents on both sides of the Channel. A twinning in 2 sets of 2 hours, with Clément Rochefort and Katie Derham, live from Paris on 11 Oct and from London on 12 Oct.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Talks

Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Fri 11 - Sun 13 Oct

Cumbria

Celebrating the amazing world of comic artists, creators and writers, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival brings the biggest names in comic art to Cumbria. More than 10 French artists will be present, among which Arthur de Pins, Julie Rocheleau and Fabien Toulmé.

Talks

Orchestra of the City

Fri 11 Oct

St James's Church

The Orchestra presents an all-French programme which includes Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Debussy and Milhaud and features 2018 BBC Young Musician woodwind champion Rob Burton (saxophone). The concert will take place in beautiful St James's Church Piccadilly.

Classical Music

Nash Ensemble – Stéphanie d’Oustrac

Sat 12 Oct

Wigmore Hall

The Nash Ensemble’s series Around Schubert opens with a programme including two of Schubert’s chamber music masterpieces.The outstanding French mezzo Stéphanie d’Oustrac sings some of Weber’s arrangements of Scottish folksongs and a group of Schubert songs.

Classical Music

Except the Clouds – Bérangère Fromont

Thu 17 - Thu 31 Oct

Ofshoot Gallery

In the series Except The Clouds, the future seems to have collapsed into an indeterminate present. This vibrant disorder, contrasting with the vestiges of the old acropolis of Athens - cradle of democracy - offers a fecund space of reflection for the artist.

Visual Arts

Marielou Jacquard, Kunal Lahiry, Alex Rosen, Michał Biel

Fri 18 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Two duos present Schubert, Ravel, Fauré and Poulenc's mélodies and Lieder they have been working on during the year, under the guidance of masters such as Stéphane Degout. In co-production with Fondation Royaumont and Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

Classical Music

Release – Receive – Become: Workshop with Nacera Belaza

Sat 19 - Sun 20 Oct

Independent Dance Siobhan Davies Studios

Nacera Belaza enters dance as a self-taught interpreter, and develops a choreography that originates in an inner progress—a sensitive awareness of the body, space and of the emptiness inside her. Join her for a weekend workshop!

Performing Arts, Talks

Garnier, Oneto Bensaid, Lanièce, Louveau

Sun 20 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Two duos present Debussy, Massenet and Schumann's mélodies and Lieder they have been working on during the year, under the guidance of masters such as Véronique Gens. In co-production with Fondation Royaumont and Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

Classical Music

The Sun King and the Sultan: Louis XIV and the Ottoman Empire

Tue 22 Oct

Royal Asiatic Society

Using unpublished archives and drawings, Dr Philip Mansel, shows that the traditional alliance between France and the Ottoman Empire became a corner-stone of French foreign policy under Louis XIV. As part of Royal Asiatic Society lectures series 2019 2020.

Talks

Rockfort presents Léonore Boulanger & Howie Reeve

Fri 25 Oct

IKLECTIK

Rockfort is a column on The Quietus presenting the best in underground French music, and now launches a new series of avant-garde regular shows. Léonore Boulanger will support her special guest: Glaswegian songwriter and bassist Howie Reeve.

Contemporary Music

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud

Mon 28 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexandre Tharaud present a programme of works including Debussy's Cello Sonata, Poulenc's Suite française and a selection from Marais’ 'Pieces de violes 3e livre' first published in 1711.

Classical Music

Sonica Glasgow

Thu 31 Oct - Sun 10 Nov

Glasgow (city-wide)

Sonica Glasgow is an 11-day biennial festival, dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts, presenting exceptional international artists alongside emerging UK talent in diverse venues, city-wide.

Contemporary Music, Performing Arts, Talks, Visual Arts

Anna Stéphany, Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm

Fri 1 Nov

Wigmore Hall

The place of the cello in Baroque repertoire – often used as an obbligato instrument as well as a soloist – provides the theme of a programme that blends the sacred and the profane, from Gabrielli to Vivaldi, with the celebrated mezzo taking the vocal line.

Classical Music

Weber’s Der Freischütz – Insula Orchestra

Mon 4 Nov

Barbican

French conductor Laurence Equilbey and her Insula Orchestra present a concert performance of Weber's gothic opera Der Freischütz that defined German Romanticism, with Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Max and Johanni van Oostrum as Agathe.

Classical Music

Cédric Tiberghien – Beethoven, Brahms and Schoenberg

Sat 9 Nov

Wigmore Hall

Cédric Tiberghien is a French pianist who has a strong relationship with the Wigmore Hall in London. This time he will pursue his Beethoven Variations cycle and perform several pieces by Brahms and Schoenberg.

Classical Music

A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

Mon 18 - Sat 23 Nov

The Coronet Theatre

When today’s current events become our children’s history lessons, how will they view our actions? In filmmaker Amos Gitai’s multimedia performance, four actors - 2 Palestinian and 2 Israeli - address the foundations of the conflict at the Israel-Gaza border.

Performing Arts

Dora Maar

Wed 20 Nov - Sun 15 Mar

Tate Modern

The largest retrospective of Dora Maar ever held in the UK. During the 1930s, Maar’s provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism. This exhibition will explore the breadth of Maar's long career in the context of work by her contemporaries.

Visual Arts

Bertrand Chamayou – Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Chabrier

Mon 2 Dec

Wigmore Hall

French music, contemporary music and the music of Liszt are amongst the specialities of French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, who includes the dramatic and technically demanding Réminiscences de Don Juan S418, alongside a work by Wolfgang Rihm, written in 1975.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

A Baroque Odyssey – 40 Years of Les Arts Florissants

Sun 8 Dec

Barbican

Born out of a belief that Baroque music should make its audiences want to laugh, cry and dance, Les Arts Florissants celebrate their 40th birthday, powered by an unquenchably Gallic joie-de-vivre.

Classical Music

Lise de la Salle

Wed 11 Dec

Kings Place

French pianist and one of today's most exciting young artists, Lise de la Salle will show her gift for illuminating the classics while performing masterpieces by Mozart, Fauré, Bach and Chopin.

Classical Music

The Lock-In: La Boulangerie

Sat 14 Dec

Kings Place

Curated by Aurora Orchestra, each Lock-In takes the public on a journey of musical discovery across diverse genres and art forms. This one will consist in a night inspired by Nadia Boulanger’s salons which were a hub for creative minds in 20th-century Paris.

Classical Music