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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

Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Fri 29 Sep - Sat 3 Mar

New Contemporaries

French artist Maïa Régis will showcase five pieces at Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the annual touring exhibition offering a compelling snapshot of new work being made by some of the most interesting artists emerging from UK fine art courses.

Visual Arts

Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

Thu 19 Oct - Sun 21 Jan

The Courtauld Gallery

Chaïm Soutine was one of the leading painters in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s and was seen by many as the heir to Vincent van Gogh. This major exhibition is the first time he has been exhibited in the United Kingdom in 35 years.

Visual Arts

Cézanne Portraits

Thu 26 Oct - Sun 11 Feb

National Portrait Gallery

The major new exhibition, Cézanne Portraitswill bring together for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK. #CézannePortraits Credit: Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair, by Paul Cézanne 1877. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bequest of Robert Treat Paine, 2nd.

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

Revolution by Emmanuel Macron

Thu 16 Nov - Sun 11 Feb

Scribe

In Revolution, Emmanuel Macron, the youngest president in the history of France, reveals his personal history and his inspirations, and discusses his vision of France and its future in a new world that is undergoing a ‘great transformation’ that has not been experienced since the invention of the printing press and the Renaissance.

Books

Art Now : Marguerite Humeau, Echoes

Sat 18 Nov - Sun 15 Apr

Tate Britain

French artist Marguerite Humeau's research led process takes the form of large scale installations involving sound and sculpture in which she challenges key issues of the day, using complex narratives that synthesise the past with the present, death with life.

Visual Arts

Illustration Cupboard’s Annual Winter Exhibition

Tue 21 Nov - Wed 31 Jan

Cupboard Gallery

Visit Illustration Cupboard Gallery’s 22nd Annual Winter Exhibition to see over 400 pieces of original artwork by world-famous illustrators including Axel Scheffler, Judith Kerr, E.H. Shepard, Shirley Hughes, Anthony Browne, Lauren Child and more. Signed and first edition books and prints also available.

Visual Arts

Modigliani

Thu 23 Nov - Mon 2 Apr

Tate Modern

During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century.

Visual Arts

The Influence Peddlers by Hédi Kaddour

Thu 30 Nov - Tue 30 Jan

Yale University Press

Gather together French colonialists, young nationalists & local Maghreb leaders in a small North African city of the 1920s. Bring a collection of brash American filmmakers & celebrities into the picture. Dangerous cultural collisions are the inevitable result!

Books

Freedom Hospital: A Syran Story by Hamid Sulaiman

Thu 30 Nov - Tue 30 Jan

Penguin Books

It is spring 2012 and 40,000 people have died since the start of the Syrian Arab Spring. In the wake of this, Yasmin has set up a clandestine hospital in the north of the country. As the months pass, the situation becomes increasingly complex and violent...

Books

Storms Under the Skin: Selected Poems (1927-1954) by Henri Michaux

Thu 30 Nov - Tue 30 Jan

Two Rivers Press

Poet and artist Henri Michaux (1899-1984) was one of the most original and influential figures of twentieth century French poetry. In his vividly strange narratives Michaux creates a dream-like, mercurial world of wry invention unlike any other...

Books

La Fabrique des Humanités – A Translation Programme

Mon 4 Dec - Sat 20 Jan

Association pour la promotion de la Traduction Littéraire

ATLAS is launching a new programme of one-week workshops, specifically dedicated to fostering the flow of translations between English and French in Philosophy, the Humanities and Social Sciences. Apply now! Deadline for first workshop is October 15th, 2017.

Talks

Backup by Paul Colize

Mon 11 Dec - Sun 11 Feb

Oneworld

Berlin, 1967: four members of the British rock band Pearl Harbor die at the same time but in separate locations. Inexplicably, the police conclude natural causes are to blame. Brussels, 2010: A homeless man is hit by a car outside the Gare du Midi...

Books

Seven Stones by Vénus Khoury-Ghata

Mon 11 Dec - Sun 11 Feb

Jacaranda Books

Noor, a humble village woman, has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, but a French charity worker is determined to save her from her fate. Set in the Sahel desert this novel explores the complexity of cultural traditions and cross cultures.

Books

Lullaby by Leila Slimani

Tue 9 Jan - Fri 9 Mar

Faber & Faber

When Myriam decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise but the couple and nanny become more and more dependent on each other...

Books

Tabita Rezaire

Fri 12 Jan - Sun 25 Feb

The Royal Standard - Liverpool

Seeking out the relationship between sound, consciousness and healing through ambitious installation artwork, Tabita Rezaire's sculptural pyramid and film work will narrate essential stories dating back to precolonial Africa.

Visual Arts

Bêtes de Foire – Petit Théâtre des Gestes

Tue 16 - Sat 20 Jan

Barbican Centre

Welcome to an intimate circus, a space tinged with nostalgia, full of ‘charm, invention and fantasy’, where artistry, puppetry and object theatre combine in an endearing spectacle.

Performing Arts

Sacha Guitry, Ma Fille et Moi

Tue 16 Jan - Sat 3 Feb

Drayton Arms Theatre

This world Premiere celebrates Sacha Guitry's admiration for women and his particular talent for mixing reality and fiction. It is a swan song, a kaleidoscope of adventures and misadventures…or a lesson on how to make a permanent coup de théâtre of your life.

Performing 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

Je brasse de l’air – L’insolite mécanique

Tue 23 - Sat 27 Jan

Barbican Centre

Be transported into a mysterious world of shadow and light, where mechanical installations that defy the laws of gravity come alive, illuminating Magali Rousseau’s childhood dream of achieving flight.

Performing Arts

Economics for the Common Good by Jean Tirole

Tue 23 Jan - Fri 23 Mar

Princeton University Press

To show how economics can help us realise the common good, Nobel Winner Jean Tirole shares his insights on a broad array of questions affecting our everyday lives and the future of our society, including global warming, unemployment, financial crisis...

Books

Leaves by DHW Mildon

Wed 24 - Wed 31 Jan

Caravansérail Bookshop

A short bilingual play about love and French literature. On his first visit to Paris, the object of Henry’s affection is suffering from a strange illness and only books seem to be helping. But are Villon, Baudelaire and Verlaine really curing her?

Performing Arts

VU – Sacekripa

Thu 25 - Sat 27 Jan

Shoreditch Town Hall

VU concerns a sensitive and meticulous man and his relationship with objects - how he transforms them and how in turn they affect him. A delightful and suspense-filled miniature circus spectacle exploring happiness, obsession and humanity.

Performing Arts

Tesseract – Nacho Flores

Fri 26 - Sun 28 Jan

Jacksons Lane

The result of three years research, Tesseract (a complex cubic form) is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Combining circus, architecture, puppetry, video and live music, it’s a surreal, witty and gravity-defying adventure in a shape-shifting landscape.

Performing Arts

Matthias Goerne in Das Rheingold

Sat 27 Jan

Royal Festival Hall

Internationally acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne will have the title role in Wagner's Das Rheingold during LPO's Golden Gala Evening. Come to see this year's winner of the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award and Gramophone Award.

Classical Music

Chinese Man

Sat 27 Jan

Electric Brixton

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

Your Father’s Room by Michel Déon

Tue 30 Jan - Fri 30 Mar

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

Oumou Sangaré

Wed 31 Jan

Roundhouse

The Malian superstar's latest album, Mogoya, has been the World music sensation of 2017 while also reaching a far wider constituency. This has been down to Sangaré's glorious vocals and the album's perfect blend of traditional and modern sounds.

Contemporary Music

Pulp by Romain Duris

Fri 2 - Sat 3 Feb

Caravansérail Bookshop

Caravansérial exclusively presents the artwork of a major figure of French cinema, Romain Duris. Serigraphs and lithographs intimately reveal a versatile and irreverent artist with a passion: drawing! Discover his new book Pulp (Ed Textuel, 2017).

Visual Arts

Translating Europe: Unlocking the Black Box of Translators’ Eyes&Mind

Fri 2 Feb

Europe House

Part of a series of events being held all over Europe, this conference and workshop bringing together academics, students, practitioners and employers from the world of translation will attempt to unveil the mystery that is the translator's mind at work.

Talks

Siska

Sat 3 Feb

Rich Mix

Emerging from the ranks of Marseille fusionists Watcha Clan, Siska delivers her own melange of downtempo hip-hop, folk and soul that is by turns seductive or politically engaged. Her show is part of this year's culture-blending London Remixed festival.

Contemporary Music

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

Petit Biscuit

Sat 10 Feb

O2 Forum Kentish Town

The classically trained French electronic producer has been seducing the US with instantly seductive tunes like Alone and Sunset Lover. Now he's coming over to the UK to show us what we've been missing, and to promote his first full-length release.

Contemporary Music

Barbagallo

Mon 12 Feb

The Borderline

Barbagallo is the solo moniker of Julien Barbagallo, the drummer in Tame Impala’s live band as well as a part-time member of French experimentalists Aquaserge. His own music is an enveloping, harmony-drenched blend of French pop and West Coast psychedelia.

Contemporary Music

Romain Leleu & François Dumont

Mon 12 Feb

Royal Albert Hall

Satie, Chopin, Poulenc, Gershwin or Araturian will be played by French trumpeter Romain Leleu. Short, famous pieces such as Rimsky Korsakov's Le Vol du Bourdon or Edith Piaf's La Foule will also be part of this duo concert at Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room.

Classical Music

Woman at Sea by Catherine Poulain

Tue 13 Feb - Fri 13 Apr

Jonathan Cape

Lili is a runaway. Her search takes her to Kodiak, Alaska, home to a ragtag community of fishermen, army vets and drifters who man the island’s fishing fleet. Despite her tiny frame, faltering English and lack of experience, Lili lands a job on board!

Books

Quatuor Zaide

Sun 18 Feb

Wigmore Hall

Sunday lunchtime concert at Wigmore Hall celebrates youth with a young, female string quartet and a programme that includes an early Beethoven string quartet and Debussy's one and only string quartet to celebrate the composer's birth centenary.

Classical Music

American Journal by Christine Montalbetti

Tue 20 Feb - Fri 20 Apr

Dalkey Archive Press

Beginning as a road novel reuniting Donovan and Tom Lee, old friends from their college days, Christine Montalbetti’s novel quickly becomes a playfully unpredictable exploration of American culture.

Books

Raphael Pichon & the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus

Thu 22 Feb

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

This concert marks the debut of Raphael Pichon's season with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as guest conductor. The former countertenor will conduct two masterpieces: Schubert's Symphony No 8 'Unfinished' and Mozart's Mass in C minor.

Classical Music

Halo Maud

Fri 23 Feb

The Waiting Room

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. This free entry headline show caps off a tour with label-mate Baxter Dury.

Contemporary Music

Les Talens Lyriques

Mon 26 Feb

Wigmore Hall

French baroque internationally renowned ensemble Les Talens Lyriques will play Monteverdi, Rossi and Cavalli. Come and listen to Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Monteverdi, honoured during the V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.

Classical Music

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

The Society of Authors – Translation Prizes

Thu 1 Mar

British Library

Celebrate 2017’s most exceptional works of literary translation with prizes awarded annually, biennially or every three years, featuring the inaugural TA First Translation Prize. RSVP: events@societyofauthors.org

Talks

IAM

Sat 3 Mar

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

The French rap legends need very little introduction as one of the few acts from France's hip-hop golden age to break through to UK audiences. They've recently been celebrating 20 years since the release of their classic album L’Ecole Du Micro d’Argent.

Contemporary Music

How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton

Tue 6 Mar - Sun 6 May

Doubleday

What happens to a story when it ends too soon? When Eva and Adam fall into bed one Friday night, tired and happy after drinks with friends, they have their whole lives ahead of them. But then their story ends.

Books

Insula Orchestra & Laurence Equilbey

Thu 8 Mar

Barbican Centre

To mark International Women’s Day, conductor Laurence Equilbey and the Insula Orchestra present an introduction to the music of composer Louise Farrenc with soloists Alexandra Conunova (violin), Natalie Clein (cello), Alice Sara Ott (piano).

Classical Music

Quatuor Voce

Fri 9 Mar

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

French string quartet Quatuor Voce will be part of the French Connections festival, performing the likes of Dutilleux, Debussy, Vaughn-Williams and Britten.

Classical Music

Quatuor Arod

Fri 16 Mar

Ryedale Festival

Freshly appointed BBC New Generation Artists for the 2017 to 2019 seasons, Quatuor Arod will play Mendelsohn, Webern and Beethoven for Ryedale Festival launch concert. This promising French quartet has just released its first CD dedicated to Mendelsohn (Erato)

Classical Music