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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

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

Henri Matisse, Master of Line

Wed 18 Sept - Sun 5 Jan

The Holburne Museum, Bath

One of the undisputed masters of 20th century art, Henri Matisse (1869–1954) is renowned for the exquisite delicacy of his drawn line as much as for the intense brilliance of his colour.

Visual Arts

Peggy Guggenheim and London

Tue 24 Sept - Sat 14 Dec

Ordovas Gallery

Intended as an anniversary celebration of Guggenheim as one of the first female gallerists in London this exhibition showcases her parallel collecting interests in Abstraction and Surrealism through a display of works by Jean (Hans) Arp and Yves Tanguy.

Visual Arts

French Politics: A Neighbour’s History of the Present

Thu 26 Sept - Tue 30 Jun

University of Westminster

This series of seminars is designed with the Foucauldian notion of “history of the present” in mind and will tackle some of the most pressing challenges of French politics and political theory today.

Talks

TV5MONDE

Mon 30 - Wed 30 Sept

For the love of culture, in French

Anyone in the UK can now enjoy TV5MONDE streamed live 24/7 in HD. From prime time films, hit drama series premieres, documentaries, travel, cuisine and kids programmes and news throughout the day, just click and watch for free.

Films & TV

This Poison Will Remain by Fred Vargas

Wed 2 Oct - Thu 2 Jan

Harvill Secker

After three elderly men are bitten by spiders, everyone assumes that their deaths are tragic accidents. But at police headquarters in Paris, Inspector Adamsberg begins to suspect that the case is far more complex than first appears.

Books

Reconstructing Cézanne

Wed 2 Oct - Sat 7 Dec

Luxembourg and Dayan Gallery, London

The exhibition brings to light new, ground-breaking research into the work of one of Modernism's greatest masters, based on close examination of the DNA makeup that constitutes the papers he used for his watercolours and drawings.

Visual Arts

This Tilting World by Colette Fellous

Thu 3 Oct - Fri 3 Jan

Les Fugitives

On the night following the terrorist attack that killed eighty-three tourists on the beach at Sousse, a woman sits facing the sea and writes a complicated love letter to her homeland, Tunisia.

Books

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

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

Sleep of Memory by Patrick Modiano

Wed 9 Oct - Thu 9 Jan

Yale University Press

The narrator relives a key period in his life through his relationships with several enigmatic women, unearthing his relationship with his parents, his unorthodox childhood, and the unsettled years of his youth. Translated by Mark Polizzotti.

Books

L’Histoire des relations de l’Angleterre avec l’Europe

Wed 16 Oct - Mon 20 Apr

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle

En menant l’inventaire des relations des Britanniques avec le continent Européen de l’Antiquité à nos jours, ce cycle de conférences assurées par d'éminents universitaires vous invite à mieux comprendre la période actuelle !

Talks

A Voyage to the Moon by Cyrano de Bergerac

Wed 16 Oct - Sat 16 Nov

Alma Books

Published posthumously and intended mainly as a satire of its age, this imaginative and entertaining tale – here presented in a lively translation by Andrew Brown – is now considered one of the pioneering works of science fiction.

Books

London: We need EU! – European Contemporary Music in London

Mon 28 Oct - Fri 22 Nov

London Venues

Alongside works by well-known composers such as Luciano Berio, pieces by international composers and new works commissioned to young composers will be performed by the Ret Frem Ensemble and celebrate European contemporary music in London. Supported by Diaphonique

Classical Music

Guantánamo Kid: The true story of Mohammed El-Gharani

Tue 29 Oct - Fri 29 Nov

SelfMadeHero

In this landmark work of graphic non-fiction, Jérôme Tubiana and Alexandre Franc tell the eye-opening, heart-wrenching story of one of the Bay’s youngest detainees.

Books

Artificialis

Sat 2 Nov - Sat 2 May

Saatchi Gallery

French artist Cyril de Commarque presents a multi-media installation drawing from the Anthropocene era – the period when man first had an impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems – then meditating on the effect technology and scientific advancement will have on humankind and the environment.

Visual Arts

What’s in a Name?

Tue 12 - Sat 16 Nov

Richmond Theatre

This comic masterpiece is adapted by British theatre director, writer and translator Jeremy Sams from award-winning French film and stage sensation Le Prénom, this international smash hit has played over 30 countries and is now on its first ever UK tour. Quote WIAN10 when booking for a 10% discount.

Performing Arts

Le Miroir aux Alouettes by Le Collectif OSPAS

Wed 13 Nov

The Cockpit

Voila! Europe Theatre Festival presents Le Miroir aux Alouettes where biopic and forensic improvisation combine to explore the mass murder-suicide known as the Jonestown Massacre. Test your resistance to fake news in this interactive experience.

Performing Arts

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

Chassol

Tue 19 Nov

Southbank Centre

The pianist, composer and arranger specialises in ‘ultrascores’ —performances fusing and harmonising stunning visuals and rhythmic motifs. Having worked with Solange and Frank Ocean, he's back for the EFG London Jazz festival with new project LUDI.

Contemporary Music

Souad Massi & Tiwayo

Tue 19 - Wed 20 Nov

Jazz Café

The Algerian Berber singer-songwriter is back in London for two nights. Combining folk rock rhythms with activism and a golden voice, Massi has been a leading light for young Algerian musicians. She'll be supported by soulful Parisian newcomer Tiwayo.

Contemporary Music

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

The 2019 Cambridge Liberation Literature Lecture

Thu 21 Nov

Gillespie Centre

The Lecture hosted, by James Holland, author and broadcaster, will be looking at the destructive toll of war on Normandy and France, the consequences for France and the role of the Resistance in paving the way for Allied success.

Talks

Encounter with Laurence Tardieu

Thu 21 Nov

Institut français Ecosse

While she is in residence at the University of St Andrews, French author Laurence Tardieu will come to the Institut français Ecosse to discuss her books and writing career with Dr Elise Hugueny-Léger.

Talks

Les Beaux Dormants (The Sleeping Beauties)

Thu 21 - Sun 24 Nov

Linbury Theatre

Growing up is inescapable. Le Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin performs Hélène Blackburn’s family ballet freely inspired by The Sleeping Beauty – not only a classic tale, but a reflection on one of the most important stages of life too.

Performing Arts

Pi Ja Ma

Tue 26 Nov

Southbank Centre

A contestant on French TV talent show La Nouvelle Star at the age of 17, Pauline de Tarragon is now winning hearts with a very different approach. Debut album Nice to Meet U evokes The Ronettes, Françoise Hardy and Stereolab in its flurry of dreamy indie pop.

Contemporary Music

Odezenne

Thu 28 Nov

Scala

Emerging from Paris and Bordeaux, Odezenne are anything but a straightforward rap group, mixing electronic and rock influences with jazz and chanson. They've been in action since 2007 but are still gathering new fans and playing ever-larger shows in London.

Contemporary Music

Sonica X Iklectik

Thu 28 Nov

IKLECTIK

As part of its fifth birthday celebrations, the IKLECTIK venue is teaming up with the Sonica festival for a line-up including Berlin-based, French-born artist Jessica Ekomane. Her new album of entrancing electronic minimalism, 'Multivocal', is out this month.

Contemporary Music

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

EUROLIS 2019 Seminar | Inspiring New Generations

Fri 6 Dec

Italian Cultural Institute

Don’t miss this one day seminar organised by EUROLIS and CILIP aimed at all professionals who want to inspire young people to engage with (or to visit) libraries and see them as an exciting and innovative environment.

Talks

The Psychotic Monks

Fri 6 Dec

The Lexington

From near-whispers to screams, French rockers The Psychotic Monks gave been evolving in a darkly psychedelic space, unleashing chaos that is both considered and uncontrollable. Supporting new album Private Meaning First, they're on an extensive UK tour.

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

La traviata

Tue 17 Dec - Mon 23 Mar

Royal Opera House

Richard Eyre's naturalistic production of Verdi's traviata contrasts the superficial glamour of 19th-century Parisian high life with intimate scenes for the main characters.

Classical Music

Les Talens Lyriques – Christophe Rousset

Tue 17 Dec

Wigmore Hall

The famous ensemble dedicates his Christmas programme to Marc-Antoine Charpentier, one of the composers it has championed longest.

Classical Music

London International Mime Festival – 3D by Compagnie HMG

Fri 10 - Sun 12 Jan

Jackson Lane

With a specially created new piece of circus equipment, the 3D, acrobat/wire-walker Jonathan Guichard brings thrills up close as you have never before experienced. This original and exhilarating show is a treat for all ages.

Performing Arts

London International Mime Festival – Tria Fata by La Pendue

Fri 17 - Sun 19 Jan

Jackson Lane

Tria Fata shows the intriguing relationship a puppet can develop with its creator/manipulator, its surprising liberty and independence. Martin Kaspar Lauchli's soundscape of clarinet, accordion, drums and voice orchestrates the delicious mystery.

Performing Arts

French 79

Wed 22 Jan

Colours

Hailing from the French city of Marseille, Simon Henner's synth-heavy style is sometimes heavy and often times dreamy. He employs glorious melodies and driving house rhythms to build euphoric tunes perfect for club dance floors or nocturnal car rides.

Contemporary Music

Picasso and Paper

Sat 25 Jan - Mon 13 Apr

Royal Academy of Arts

Pablo Picasso rewrote the rules of painting, but he also tore up the rulebook for paper. Bringing together 300 of the artist’s works, both on and with paper, this exhibition spans his entire prolific career and represents a significant chapter in modern art.

Visual Arts

Lettres jamais écrites – Unwritten Letters by Estelle Savasta

Sun 26 Jan

The Cockpit Theatre

"Write the one letter that you've never written". This was the instruction given to Year 11 pupils in France. Each one of these letters was then answered by a writer. The result is a rich tapestry of voices and experiences which explore the world of today.

Performing Arts

Orchestre National de Lille – French Landscapes

Wed 29 Jan

Cadogan Hall

The Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Alexandre Bloch, promises to shine in this programme of evocative melodies from the very best of the French composers: Ravel and Debussy. American pianist Eric Lu will also perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

Classical Music

London International Mime Festival – Optraken by Galactik Ensemble

Wed 29 Jan - Sat 1 Feb

Sadler's Wells

Five daredevil acrobats, all graduates of the famous circus school at Rosny sous Bois, try to survive a set that seems to be going out of its way to hurt them. Firecrackers explode, sandbags drop from the flies, walls shift and move and nothing stays still.

Performing Arts