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The French Art of War by Alexis Jenni

Wed 26 Apr - Mon 26 Jun

Atlantic Books

Goncourt prize winner Alexis Jenni’s novel spans essential decades of recent French history, from the aftermath of the Second World War in the 1950s, to the decolonisation and Algerian war of the 1970s.


Diary of a Vampire in Pyjamas by Mathias Malzieu

Wed 3 May - Mon 3 Jul


This is a memoir by French bestselling and award-winning author and musician Mathias Malzieu. It focuses on a single year in which he explores his close encounter with death, after been diagnosed with a rare blood cell disease.


Gilded Interiors: French Masterpieces of Gilt Bronze

Thu 4 May - Sun 30 Jul

The Wallace Collection

This exhibition brings together outstanding gilt-bronze objects from the time of Marie-Antoinette. Comprising of beautiful yet functional objects including clocks, candelabras and firedogs, it introduces a significant art form that is frequently overlooked.

Visual Arts

The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet

Wed 10 May - Mon 10 Jul

Harvill Secker

Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It’s February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with François Mitterrand, a politician locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. But was it really an accident?


Lucy Dixon

Tue 16 May - Thu 24 Aug

Brasserie Zédel

Dixon has carved out an eclectic career in theatre, music, performance art and dance. Her latest project Lulu's Back In Town pays homage to the 30s and 40s, bringing her vocal and tap skills to the fore with the support of a Parisian Manouche trio.

Contemporary Music

Hell’s Gate, by Laurent Gaudé

Wed 17 May - Mon 17 Jul

Gallic Books

When his son is killed by gangsters’ crossfire on his way to school, Napolitan taxi driver Matteo is consumed by despair. But he then encounters a man who claims the living can find ways into the afterlife. What if death was not the end?


Graphic Witness

Thu 18 May - Sun 9 Jul

Drawing Room

The exhibition demonstrates the power of drawing to challenge and question, its capacity to record and reflect protest, and to produce images that bear witness to social injustice and even the horrors of war.

Visual Arts

La Fabrique des Humanités – A Translation Programme

Mon 22 May - Sun 15 Oct

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 June 15th, 2017.


The Kingdom by Emmanuel Carrère

Wed 24 May - Mon 24 Jul

Allen Lane

Corinth, ancient Greece, two thousand years ago. An itinerant preacher, poor, wracked by illness, tells the story of a prophet who was crucified in Judea, who came back from the dead, and whose return is a sign of something enormous. The story spreads.


At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell

Wed 31 May - Mon 31 Jul


Paris, near the turn of 1932-3. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking…


Into the Unknown – A Journey Through Science Fiction

Tue 6 Jun - Fri 1 Sep

Barbican Centre

Into the Unknown is a festival-style exhibition bringing together artists, designers, filmmakers, SFX specialists, musicians and writers, all testing the boundaries of reality through some of the most experimental works of all time.

Films & TV, Talks, Visual Arts

A Handful of Dust

Wed 7 Jun - Sun 3 Sep

Whitechapel Gallery

A Handful of Dust is a speculative history of the 20th century, tracing a visual journey through the imagery of dust from aerial reconnaissance, wartime destruction and natural disasters to urban decay, domestic dirt and forensics.

Visual Arts

The Némirovski Question by Susan Suleiman

Wed 7 Jun - Mon 7 Aug

Yale University Press

In 2004, Suite française, Némirovsky’s posthumous novel, became an international best seller. Informed by personal interviews with Némirovsky’s descendants as well as by extensive archival research, this biography is a tribute to the author and her daughters.


Solar Cream by Fabrice Cazenave

Fri 9 Jun - Sat 1 Jul

Eagle Gallery

Solar Cream consists of two distinct bodies of work; a series of large drawings 'à l'aveugle' and ‘Sliders’, and a series of works initiated in performed, remnant materials that are debris or by-products of other works by the artist.

Visual Arts

Blue Self-Portrait, by Noémi Lefebvre

Wed 14 Jun - Mon 14 Aug

Les Fugitives

The inner monologue of a woman haunted by German composer Arnold Schoenberg’s portrait, following a complex romantic encounter with an American-German pianist-composer in Berlin. A contemporary novel of angst and high farce.


How to Get Rid of a Vampire by J.M. Erre

Wed 21 Jun - Mon 21 Aug

Alma Books

Zazie has just received a beautiful new notebook, and decides to keep a diary. She writes down her impressions of her new teacher, Mr Labat – who in her opinion looks like a vampire! She sets to save herself and her classmates by getting rid of Mr. Labat.


European Portraits by Jimmy Robert

Thu 22 Jun - Sat 26 Aug


For PEER, Jimmy Robert presents a new performance work and gallery installation in response to issues that have emerged from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

Visual Arts

Translate at City

Mon 26 - Fri 30 Jun

City University

The EU Commission Representation in the UK is pleased once again to be supporting City University's literary translation summer school, Translate at City. The course's aim is to train translators to make literature in other languages accessible to the UK.


Christophe Rousset: Mitridate, re di Ponto

Mon 26 Jun - Fri 7 Jul

Royal Opera House

Christophe Rousset conducts an excellent cast including Albina Shagimuratova, Bejun Mehta, Lucy Crowe and Michael Spyres in Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s early opera.

Classical Music

Aquaserge & Laetitia Sadier

Tue 27 Jun

Corsica Studios

A night of unexpected time signatures and skewed melodies as Aquaserge - France's leading purveyors of psychedelic, progressive and subtly subversive pop - join forces with former Stereolab member Laetitia Sadier and rising UK exoticists Vanishing Twin.

Contemporary Music

Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes

Wed 28 Jun - Mon 28 Aug

MacLehose Press

Vernon Subutex is left to beg in the street after his music shop in Bastille bankrupted. But he has in his possession the last filmed recordings of Alex Bleach, the famous musician who just died. A crowd of people are now on Vernon's trail.


Pop Up Lab 2017

Thu 29 - Fri 30 Jun

Chauffeurs Cottage

A practice-sharing conference for teachers, educators & literature professionals. This year’s Lab focuses on ‘visual storytelling’: the reading, teaching, making & publishing of illustrations. Guests include Marjolaine Leray and her translator Sarah Ardizzone.

Talks, Visual Arts

Church of Sound: Florian Pellissier Quintet – Freedom Jazz France

Thu 29 Jun

St James The Great Church

The Parisian pianist and his quintet cross the channel for a special event in Hackney's St James the Great. Their first set will pay tribute to French jazz from the early 60s to the 80s, while the second will feature their own Blue Note-inspired originals.

Contemporary Music

Jean Rondeau & Maurice Steger in London

Mon 3 Jul

Wigmore Hall

Award-winning young harpsichordist Jean Rondeau will play jewels of the keyboard repertoire with Maurice Steger who leads a whistle-stop tour to landmarks of the recorder repertoire, including Hasse’s joyful Cantata and the Sonata in G by Giuseppe Sammartini.

Classical Music

The Age of Enlightenment & William Christie

Tue 4 Jul

St John's Smith Square

Hear a concert of works by Bach and his contemporaries Rameau, JCF Fischer and Campra, performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and conducted by William Christie: "Bach goes to Paris".

Classical Music

French Culture Day at Church Street Library

Tue 4 Jul

Church Street Library

Free All-day event packed with activities for both adults and children with new French book-gifts, prizes and book sell throughout the day. Starting with Special French Under 5's session delivered by professional Story Tellers from the Institut français.


Sacré Printemps! – Cie Chatha

Wed 5 - Sun 9 Jul

Various venues

Inspired by the hopes and pressures of building a new civil society, choreographers Aïcha M’Barek and Hafiz Dhaou create a visceral streetscape of today’s Tunisia. Part of Shubbak 2017.

Performing Arts

The Awkward Squad by Sophie Hénaff

Wed 5 Jul - Tue 5 Sep

MacLehose Press

Suspended from her job as a police officer for firing "one bullet too many", Anne Capestan is expecting the worst when she is summoned to H.Q. to learn her fate. She is surprised to be told that she is to head up a new police squad, working on cold cases.


Josephine Baker by Catel and Bocquet

Wed 5 Jul - Tue 5 Sep

Self Made Hero

In Josephine Baker, José-Luis Bocquet and Catel Muller capture the remarkable life and glorious times of a spirited, principled and thoroughly modern woman – a star, an ally for the French Résistance and the adoptive mother of a 'rainbow family' of 12.


World Is Sudden: Summer Lab

Wed 5 - Tue 11 Jul

Various locations across Northeast England

Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects have invited international artists, performers, musicians, designers and dancers to make artworks in the urban and natural environments of Northeast England.

Visual Arts

Displacement – Mithkal Alzghair

Thu 6 - Fri 7 Jul

Sadler's Wells

Displacement introduces the poignant work of Syrian dancer and choreographer Mithkal Alzghair. Deconstructing Syrian traditional dances, he brings to the surface the paradox of a deeply rooted culture and its current experience of displacement. Part of Shubbak

Performing Arts

Fibrils by Michel Leiris

Wed 12 Jul - Tue 12 Sep

Yale University Press

A major publishing event: the third volume of Michel Leiris’s renowned autobiography, The Rules of the Game, now available in English for the first time in a brilliant translation by Lydia Davis.


Ensemble Court-Circuit at Cheltenham Music Festival

Fri 14 Jul

Parabola Arts Centre

A collaborative project between Court-Circuit Ensemble, Lyon Conservatoire and Birmingham Conservatory, with works by some of the most inventive British and French contemporary composers celebrating micro-tonality and the physicality of sound.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

Corbeaux – UK Premiere

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Jul

Serpentine Galleries & Tate Modern

Drawing from Persian literature from 9th – 11th Century and memories of long trance nights in Marrakech, Bouchra Ouizguen has created an intense performance that interrupts and takes possession of public spaces. Part of Shubbak festival

Performing Arts

Golan Haji at the 2017 Shubbak Festival

Sat 15 Jul

British Library

Celebrated British poet and multi-disciplinary artist Malika Booker returns to Shubbak to welcome 4 mesmerising poets for bilingual performances of their work. The 2017 edition welcomes Golan Haji, Syrian Kurdish poet and translator, author of Scale of Injury.


Jihad and Death: The Global Appeal of Islamic State

Wed 19 Jul - Tue 19 Sep


Into the debate about ISIS’ origins and future prospects, the renowned French sociologist, Olivier Roy, argues that while terrorism and jihadism are familiar phenomena, the deliberate pursuit of death has produced a new kind of radical violence.


Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie – A Performance Exhibition

Thu 20 Jul - Sun 13 Aug

Barbican Centre

Trajal Harrell will present an overview of his entire body of work in the Barbican Art Gallery. The exhibition showcases the works of French artists who will be performing a range of Trajal’s works over a period of 16 days.

Performing Arts

François Leleux & Eric Le Sage at Edinburgh Festival

Wed 16 Aug

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Oboist François Leleux and pianist Eric Le Sage present a programme including Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Dutilleux and Dorati. This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Classical Music