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Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Sat 2 Feb - Sun 1 Sept

V&A

Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.

Visual Arts

The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain

Wed 27 Mar - Sun 11 Aug

Tate Britain

This major exhibition brings together 45 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists.

Visual Arts

Pissaro in Dulwich

Tue 30 Apr - Sun 4 Aug

Dulwich Picture Gallery

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Dulwich College, Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts a special display focusing on Camille Pissarro’s view of the school. A loan from the Fondation Bemberg in Toulouse, the work returns to Dulwich for the first time since it was painted in 1871.

Visual Arts

Jan Michalski Foundation Writing Residences

Wed 1 May - Sun 15 Sept

Fondation Jan Michalski

Residences at Jan Michalski Foundation, at the foot of the Jura mountains in Switzerland, are now open for the 2020 session. Priority is given to writers and translators, and a percentage of the residences will be dedicated to nature writing.

Talks

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

Huguette Caland

Fri 24 May - Sun 1 Sept

Tate St Ives

Shifting between figuration and abstraction, large, colourful canvasses and detailed drawings from the 1970s and 1980s, this exhibition will explore the delicate balance between the suggestive and the explicit that Caland created in her work.

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

Hubert Butler Essay Prize 2019

Mon 3 Jun - Mon 2 Sept

HEART London

The Hubert Butler Essay Prize is intented to encourage the art of essay-writing with a resolute European dimension and to expand interest in the works of Butler. The subject for this year is "Where does a citizen of the world belong?".

Talks

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

Hicham Berrada: Dreamscapes

Wed 3 Jul - Sun 18 Aug

Southbank Centre

From the laboratory to the studio, through chemical experiments and performances, Hicham Berrada explores scientific protocols that closely imitate various natural processes and/or climatic conditions.

Visual Arts

Unorganised Response – Collective Amnesia Reloaded

Sat 6 Jul - Sun 8 Sept

Auto Italia South East

The exhibition explores the ways in which artists, including Christelle Oyiri, mobilise critically and collectively to resist being reduced to their various identity markers, through a series of projects that explore advocacy and self-organisation through personal experiences.

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

The Reunion by Guillaume Musso

Wed 17 Jul - Sat 17 Aug

Weidenfeld and Nicolson

In 1992, 19-year-old Vinca Rockwell goes missing with Alexis, her philosophy teacher. No one will ever see them again. In 2017, her best friends receive an invitation to their school's reunion. It is time to finally confront a past they buried 25 years ago...

Books

International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School

Sun 21 - Sat 27 Jul

University of East Anglia

The British Centre for Literary Translation, in partnership with the National Centre for Writing, is proposing an intensive, one-week, residential programme of translation and creative writing through a series of prose and poetry multilingual workshops.

Talks

One – Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas

Mon 22 - Wed 24 Jul

Bruford at Summerhall

Taking as its point of departure the polarisation of politics today, One begins amid the ruins of unresolved conflict. Nasi’s on a ladder. He’s not coming down any time soon. It’s time for Bert’s solo career to begin.

Performing Arts

Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show

Tue 23 Jul - Fri 2 Aug

Southbank Centre

Provocative, exuberant and as funny as ever, fashion’s enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier presents new designs alongside his most iconic creations in a performance thought out like a grand party, part revue, part catwalk show – paying tribute to those who inspired him, from Preljocaj to Madonna.

Performing Arts

Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet

Sat 27 Jul

Wigmore Hall

The founder-director of one of Europe’s most durable and expert period-instrument ensembles leads a programme that simulates the musical experience of the mass in the time of Mozart and Haydn.

Classical Music

Prom 13: Messiaen – Des Canyons aux Etoiles – BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sun 28 Jul

Royal Albert Hall

Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles ... is one of the 20th century’s most singular and extraordinary works, a musical act of ‘praise and contemplation’. Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO, with pianist Nicolas Hodges and horn player Martin Owen.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

Fishbowl

Wed 31 Jul - Mon 26 Aug

The Pleasance Courtyard

Premiering in the UK and winner of Molière Award for Best Comedy Play, Fishbowl sees the hilarious misadventures of three eccentric and lovable anti-heroes crammed in their wacky rooftop bedsits.

Performing Arts

Right in the Eye – Live Movie-Concert of Georges Méliès’ Films

Fri 2 - Sun 25 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

A live trio of French musicians along with French composer Jean-François Alcoléa intertwine playful modern compositions and the fantasy of the legendary filmmaker Georges Méliès, father of cinema and the inventor of special effects.

Classical Music, Films & TV, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Edinburgh International Festival – National Youth Orchestra of the USA

Fri 9 Aug

Usher Hall

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato joins the Carnegie Hall-based NYO USA for the sultry opulence of Berlioz’s six ravishing love songs, Prokofiev's brilliantly joyous Symphony No 5 and Davis' Delicate Tension. Sir Antonio Pappano will conduct this dramatic programme.

Classical Music

WORLDWIDEWESTERN

Mon 12 - Sun 25 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

Fascinated by cowboys' squinty-eyed looks, and armed only with the savoir-faire of a modern geek, Raphael Gouisset stars in this digital western showing that 'theatre and digital technologies can join forces for the best of live performance'.

Performing Arts

Marcus Malte & Karen Campbell: Twists of History

Tue 13 Aug

Edinburgh International Book Festival

French author Marcus Malte (The Boy) and Scottish writer Karen Campbell (The Sound of the Hours) discuss their two emotional tales of family, passion and war.

Talks

Translation Duel: Marcus Malte, Vineet Lal & Ros Schwartz

Tue 13 Aug

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Acclaimed French translators, Vineet Lal and Ros Schwartz, present their own interpretations of the same text: The Boy by French novelist Marcus Malte, who joins the event. Together the three writers prove that each translation is a creative work in itself.

Talks

Jérôme Tubiana: Mistaken Identity

Tue 13 Aug

Edinburgh International Book Festival

French journalist Jérôme Tubiana tells the heart-wrenching true story of one of Guantánamo’s youngest detainees, Mohammed El-Gharani.

Talks

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series: Jérôme Tubiana

Tue 13 Aug

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Join authors Jérôme Tubiana and Samanta Schweblin for readings celebrating the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Talks

Rencontre littéraire : Mireille Gansel

Wed 14 Aug

Institut français d'Edimbourg

Beyond the Edinburgh International Book Festival, meet Mireille Gansel, a French scholar and poetry translator, mostly working with German and Vietnamese texts.

Talks

The End – Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas

Thu 15 - Sun 25 Aug

Bruford at Summerhall

In this new piece, Bert and Nasi dance the end of their relationship, imagining what a future without each other might look like. Above the stage, two parallel narratives run alongside each other: the end of the Earth and the end of their collaboration.

Performing Arts

Quatuor Mona – Chamber Music Concert

Sun 18 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

This young string quartet is born out of the friendship of four former students at the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris. In addition to their participation to the Edinburgh International Festival, they will offer a rendition of the Debussy Quartet and of the Beethoven op. 59 no. 2.

Classical Music

Annie Ernaux: Remembrance of Things Past

Wed 21 Aug

Edinburgh International Book Festival

One of the greatest living francophone authors, Annie Ernaux presents her novel The Years, a Proustian rush of memories drawn from a French society increasingly addicted to the cult of consumerism, shortlisted this year for the Man Booker International Prize.

Talks

Rencontre littéraire : Annie Ernaux

Thu 22 Aug

Institut français d'Edimbourg

Beyond the Edinburgh International Book Festival, meet Annie Ernayux. Her 2008 historical memoir Les Années (The Years) is considered by many to be her magnum opus. It is the poignant social history of a woman and of the evolving society she lived in.

Talks

Edinburgh International Festival – Orchestre de Paris 1

Fri 23 Aug

Usher Hall

British conductor Daniel Harding brings his orchestra to the Edinburgh International Festival for two inspirational concerts. In the first one, the Orchestre de Paris will perform Berlioz colourful Harold in Italy and Beethoven impressive Symphony No 6.

Classical Music

Edinburgh International Festival – Orchestre de Paris 2

Sat 24 Aug

Usher Hall

British conductor Daniel Harding brings his orchestra to the Edinburgh International Festival for two inspirational concerts. In the second one, the Orchestre de Paris will perform Britten’s soul-searching pacifist masterpiece, War Requiem.

Classical Music

Mathias Énard and Ece Temelkuran: East of Where?

Sat 24 Aug

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Mathias Énard, who came to worldwide attention when his masterpiece Compass was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, discusses his sumptuous meditation on the West’s idea of the East with journalist Ece Temelkuran.

Talks

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series: Adélaïde Bon

Sat 24 Aug

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Hear powerful testimonies from women who recognise that by sharing their stories they are not only standing up for their own rights, but empowering others to claim their right to be heard. Authors reading include Adélaïde Bon, Elle Nash and Ece Temelkuran.

Talks

Adélaïde Bon & Rhik Samadder: Testimonies of Survival

Sun 25 Aug

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Two authors come together to share their tales of survival. French writer and actress Adélaïde Bon's The Little Girl on the Ice Floe is a courageous account of childhood rape, and a vital addition to the #MeToo movement.

Talks

Prom 50: Orchestre de Paris – Daniel Harding

Mon 26 Aug

Royal Albert Hall

The Orchestre de Paris and the British conductor Daniel Harding are coming to perform Jörg Widmann’s explosive Babylon Suite, Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6, and the overture to Schumann’s only opera, Genoveva. A contrasted programme for this Prom 50.

Classical Music

Rencontre littéraire : Adélaïde Bon

Mon 26 Aug

Institut français d'Edimbourg

Beyond the Edinburgh International Book Festival, meet actor and writer Adélaïde Bon. At 9 years old, she was sexually abused. Her first book, La petite fille sur la banquise confronts this dreadful journey in a distant, mature and discerning fashion.

Talks

Celtic Social Club

Sat 7 Sept

100 Club

Taking inspiration from the likes of Buena Vista Social Club, the group features musicians from Brittany and Scotland - including members of cult Scottish band The Silencers. Their style is a rousing blend of Celtic folk, rock, reggae, hip hop and more.

Contemporary Music

European Women in Games

Tue 10 - Thu 12 Sept

London

Over 50 speakers and panellists, including French experts will showcase the diverse talent that exists in the games industry and help stimulate future generations.

Talks

BBC Proms: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique

Thu 12 Sept

Royal Albert Hall

Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, the Symphonie fantastique is a vivid fantasy full of tragedy and passion, interpreted by the Aurora Orchestra.

Classical Music

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

Cédric Tiberghien & Hugo Ticciati – Fallen Heroes

Sun 15 Sept

Wigmore Hall

Cédric Tiberghien (piano) and Hugo Ticciati (violin) celebrate the Empire fallen heroes. Schoenberg’s setting of Byron’s withering ode complements Chopin’s sonata containing his famous Funeral March, heard at the re-interment of Bonaparte’s remains in 1840.

Classical Music

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

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

Michel Legrand Remembered: Keep the Music Playing

Fri 20 Sept

Queen Elizabeth Hall

From ‘Summer of 42’ to ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’, pay tribute to the era-defining composer, three-time Oscar and five-time Grammy Award winner at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and special guests.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

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