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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

Nash Ensemble: The French Connection

Sun 24 Sep - Sat 9 Dec

Wigmore Hall

This series juxtaposes music from Stravinsky's French period with music by a variety of composers from the French tradition – including Saint-Saëns and Fauré, the great Impressionists Debussy and Ravel, and composers from the generation that emerged after WWI.

Classical Music

After the War by Hervé Le Corre

Wed 27 Sep - Mon 27 Nov

Maclehose Press

1950's Bordeaux. The memories of World War II remain vivid but the Algerian war is already looming ahead. And Daniel has heard about what is awaiting him. At least, death would allow him to be with his family, killed during WWII.The legacy is never far away...

Books

Madame Bovary of the Suburbs by Sophie Divry

Wed 27 Sep - Mon 27 Nov

Maclehose Press

The story of a woman's life, from childhood to death, somewhere in provincial France, from the 1950s to just shy of 2025.She has doting parents, does well at school, finds a loving husband, buys a big house, has children, grows old... But she's bored.

Books

The Rest of Their Lives by Jean-Pierre Didierlaurent

Wed 27 Sep - Mon 27 Nov

Pan Macmillan

It’s difficult to find love in a profession like Ambroise’s. But when he meets Manelle, a home-help for the elderly in the same small French town, they both go on an unlikely road-trip to Switzerland. It might just be time for the rest of their lives to begin!

Books

Anquetil, Alone by Paul Fournel

Wed 27 Sep - Mon 27 Nov

Profile Books

Jacques Anquetil was a French road racing cyclist. To understand his legend, his nickname is enough: "Mister stopwatch", for he would ride alone, against the clock and thanks to his exceptional abilities, he won five times the Tour de France.

Books

Translation as Transhumance by Mireille Gansel

Wed 27 Sep - Mon 27 Nov

Les Fugitives

After experiencing the trauma of her family losing everything, even her native language, in Nazi Germany, Mireille Gansel started to translate East German poets. This half memoire, half philosophical treaty meditates on the art of translation.

Books

Stalin’s Meteorologist by Olivier Rolin

Thu 28 Sep - Thu 28 Dec

Harvill Secker

The story of Alexey Wangenheim – a celebrated meteorologist – hailed by Stalin as a national hero, who suddenly finds himself sent to gulag, from where he sent letters and beautiful drawings to his wife and his four-year-old daughter which tell his fate.

Books

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

Letters to the Lady Upstairs by Marcel Proust

Wed 4 Oct - Mon 4 Dec

4th Estate

A charming, funny, poignant collection of 23 letters from Proust to his upstairs neighbour Madame Williams between the years 1909 and 1919, this precious discovery of letters reveals the comings and goings of a Paris building, as seen through Proust’s eyes.

Books

Dali/Duchamp

Sat 7 Oct - Wed 3 Jan

Royal Academy of Arts

Take another look at two artistic giants: father of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp, and larger-than-life Surrealist Salvador Dalí. This is the first exhibition to throw light on their surprising relationship and its influence on the work of both artists.

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

Suzy Storck

Thu 26 Oct - Sat 18 Nov

Gate Theatre

The Gate Theatre presents the UK debut of stage director Jean-Pierre Baro, one of the most exciting new voices in French theatre, and the UK première of Magali Mougel's haunting play, Suzy Storck .

Performing 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

Oxford Modern French Research Seminar

Thu 2 - Thu 30 Nov

Maison française, Oxford

As part of the Maison française d'Oxford programme of research seminars, Laurence Campa, Lecturer in French Literature, will talk about 'La Grande Guerre dans la fiction contemporaine'. Other thrilling talks include a round-table on 19th-Century French Literature and History!

Talks

Voila! Europe

Wed 8 - Sat 18 Nov

Various venues in London

Voila! Europe, London's language-barrier-busting theatre festival, is back with multilingual plays from the UK and the continent! Bigger and bolder, this non-Brexit-fearing event brings 30 companies to three venues, showcasing the best of what European theatre has to offer!

Performing Arts

EFG London Jazz Festival

Fri 10 - Sun 19 Nov

Various venues in London

The capital’s biggest music festival is celebrating its 25th year and as ever features a great spread of French talent including Henri Texier, Airelle Besson & Vincent Segal, Leila Martial, Laura Perrudin, Ben L’Oncle Soul, The Gipsy Kings & Chico and more.

Contemporary Music

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.

Books

Baudelaire: Botanist of the Sidewalk

Wed 22 Nov

Kings Place

Come for a special talk around Baudelaire with specialists Matthew Beaumont or Lauren Elkin - to name but a few - and organised by the Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation. The programme will feature various subjects such as 'Baudelaire and the idea of the flaneur'.

Talks

Quatuor Diotima

Wed 22 Nov

Wimbledon International Festival

Quatuor Diotima, one of the world’s most in-demand ensembles, will perform the great composers - Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky - alongside a more contemporary work by French composer Henri Dutilleux at Wimbledon International Festival.

Classical Music

Book Launch: Translation as Transhumance with author Mireille Gansel

Wed 22 Nov

Librairie Caravansérail

Winner of an English PEN Award and published by Les Fugitives, the book presents a meditation on the art of translation that also serves as a moving account of wartime danger, hospitality, and human kinship. Join for a special talk with translator Ros Schwartz

Talks

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

Meet the Author: Caroline Grimm

Thu 23 Nov

Librairie Caravansérail

An evening with author Caroline Grimm around her enthralling book Churchill m’a menti (published by Livre de Poche) on the island of Jersey, abandoned by Churchill in 1940. Caroline will be in conversation (in French) with lawyer Frédérique Lazarus.

Talks

Philippe Jaroussky & Ensemble Artaserse

Sun 26 Nov

Wigmore Hall

Superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, accompanied by the Ensemble Artaserse, will perform an all-Handel programme featuring dazzling arias from such little-known operas as Flavio, the King Lear-like Siroe, and Tolomeo.

Classical Music

Fishbach

Mon 27 Nov

Thousand Island

France’s new dark star mixes DIY synthwave and grandiose mainstream pop. Having graced The Great Escape and a Oui Love night earlier this year, she's playing her first UK headline show and you can be sure of a committed and gloriously theatrical performance.

Contemporary Music

Who Killed the Poet by Luis de Miranda

Mon 27 Nov

Snuggly Books

Come for a special evening about a novella around the world in 88 translations by Luis de Miranda with American and Greek translator in-store and Italian and Swedish translator virtually at Blackwell's Bookshop in Edinburgh.

Talks

Petit Biscuit

Thu 30 Nov

Electric Ballroom

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

South Social Film Festival – Lebanon Factory

Fri 1 Dec

The Cinema Museum

Join the South Social Film Festival for a special screening of Lebanon Factory, a programme of 4 shorts by 8 directors! Two of the directors will be present for a Q&A. Expect food for thought, delicious Lebanese flavours and live music.

Films & TV

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

Lo’Jo

Wed 6 Dec

Rich Mix

Lo’Jo are one of the most cherished and musically diverse bands on the World Music scene. The sound of new album Fonetiq Flowers, their 17th since their formation in Angers in 1982, is enriched by collaborators like Albin de La Simone and Erik Truffaz.

Contemporary Music

Eric Baudelaire: Also Known As Jihadi

Wed 6 Dec

Tate Modern

Eric Baudelaire's timely film traces a young man's path to radicalisation through landscapes and court transcripts. Part of Tate's cinema programme challenging the boundaries between art and the moving image.

Films & TV, Visual Arts

Jacques

Thu 7 Dec

Oslo

The uncategorisable producer blends pop smarts with a playful approach to house-orientated experimentation, sampling kitchen utensils and various other everyday objects he finds along the way. Jacques creates in the moment so no two live shows are the same.

Contemporary Music

Les Arts Florissants & Emmanuelle de Negri

Sat 9 Dec

Barbican Centre

Baroque Ensemble Les Arts Florissants, famous for their complete cycle of Monteverdi's madrigals for which they won a Gramophone Award, returns to the Barbican Centre performing the last anthology of Monteverdi's sacred vocal music, Selva Morale e spirituale.

Classical Music

Carla Bruni

Sat 9 Dec

Union Chapel

Bruni has made a confident return with French Touch, an album of classy covers recorded with producer David Foster. It is a reminder that, before her time as France’s first lady, Bruni had already established her credentials as a musician and a fine singer.

Contemporary Music

Meet the Author: Eric Simon

Thu 14 Dec

Librairie La Page

Eric Simon will tell you all about London during the Victorian era, when Jack the Ripper hunted the streets. Historian, writer and storyteller, he is an expert of London and will sign his book Le mystère du Londres de Jack l'éventreur!

Books, Talks

Meet the Authors: Sonia Delesalle-Stolper & Helaine Lefrancois

Sat 16 Dec

Librairie La Page

Sonia Delesalle-Stolper and Helaine Lefrancois will tell you their secret spots in London with a presentation of their guide Guide Londres Out of the Box!

Books, Talks

Mars Red Sky

Mon 18 Dec

The Black heart

Among France's finest purveyors of churning stoner rock, the Bordeaux band have built up a strong reputation beyond the borders of their home country. Over the course of three albums, they've become heavier while retaining their unerring sense of melody.

Contemporary Music

Santa Madera – Cie Mpta

Fri 12 - Sun 14 Jan

Shoreditch Town Hall

Santa Madera (in Spanish – sacred wood) is inspired by indigenous South American rituals, with choreography that seems to hurl the artists through time and space, evoking the violence of combatants in a pagan power game.

Performing Arts

Stéphanie d’Oustrac & Nash Ensemble

Sat 13 Jan

Wigmore Hall

Mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d'Oustrac seen at Glyndebourne Festival opening concert in 2015 returns to the United Kingdom for a more intimate recital at Wigmore Hall, singing Debussy's Trois Poèmes and two Duparc's songs, a repertoire she is deeply familiar with.

Classical Music

Les Talens Lyriques

Sun 14 Jan

Barbican Centre

For the 350th anniversary of François Couperin's birth, the Barbican Centre offers a half-day exploration of his works. Expect some of his most expert performers, Les Talens Lyriques, to interpret Trois Leçons de ténèbres by candlelight.

Classical Music

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

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

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

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

Snow White & Rose Red

Wed 29 Nov - Sat 30 Dec

Battersea Arts Centre

This Christmas, follow Snow White and Rose Red on a magnificent quest for justice, love and friendship. Journey deep into the woods and experience the fun with live music, songs and plenty of festive touches. Based on the original fairy-tale by the Brothers Grimm. For everyone ages 5 and over.

Performing Arts