24 April 2024

Athens book launch of Two Hours

Athens Art Gallery, Glykonos 4, Kolonaki - 7:00 pm

18 March 2024

How To Academy

The Conduit, 6 Langley St, London WC2 H9 - 6:00 pm

In conversation with author Anne Berest

June 15th, 2023

The last taboo salon:

KGB, 85 East 4th St, NYC - 7:00 pm

piano, song, opera, cabaret

A farewell ‘Gallic Cabaret’ night for 
Janine di Giovanni, hosted by Tony Perrottet

10 October 2022

Kardamyli Literary Festival

6:00 pm

Life writing: turning your family or personal history into a book

04 September 2021

A conversation with Rachel Cusk

Black barn contemporary, Swaffham Norfolk - 6:00 pm

Rachel Cusk – Alba Arikha – Jonathan P. Watts

The panel will discuss the works in the exhibition and the themes of the works (Siemon Scamell-Katz). Particular emphasis will be on the theory of the Sublime, its historical origins and its contemporary meanings and uses.

The Siemon Scamell-Katz exhibition will be curated by Hugh Pilkington.

17 March 2019

Et tout ça: an evening of French songs

Brasserie Zedel, London - 7:00 pm

With Peter Michaels – guitar, Tom Smail – drums, Marcus Tilt – accordion, Loz Garratt – double bass.

10 March 2019

Jewish book week

King's Place, London - 12:30 pm

with Alex Clark

19 February 2019

Shakespeare & co

Shakespeare & co - Paris - 11:42 am

With author Rupert Thomson

07 October 2018

Literary live

Hampstead and Highgate Festival - 8:00 pm


07 August 2018

Blue Electric: the opera

RADA Studios, 16 Chenies St, London - 7:00 pm

Produced by Tom Smail and Alba Arikha
Paris, 1980’s. A rebellious adolescent. Holocaust and exile. Cafés and nightclubs, shifty boyfriends and broken friendships, BLUE ELECTRIC charts a young woman’s search for identity in the shadow of her artist father’s hidden history. Based on the acclaimed memoir Major/Minor and directed by Academy Award winner Hugh Hudson, this opera explores the effects of trauma on family life. With a powerful contemporary score, this is a universal story of loss, love and what it means to be alive.

01 March 2018

Tulane University: lecture

Tulane University - 6:30 pm

In conversation with Thomas Beller

06 July 2017

Words and music: French songs and a reading of Major/Minor

Book and Kitchen

with Tom Smail and Peter Michaels

19 March 2015

Notting Hill Unplugged

Book and Kitchen - 7:00 pm

An evening of French songs, with Sagat Guirey and Tom Smail

29 October 2013

Reading from Soon

Queen's Park bookshop - 7:30 pm

joint reading with Harry Eyres

16 September 2013

Cabaret Futura

Paradise by way of Kensal Green - 8:00 pm

Poetry reading at the Cabaret Futura

01 August 2013

Opera premiere: SOON

Riverside Studios - 7:50 pm

tête a tête festival

words: Alba Arikha, music: Tom Smail

19 June 2013

Te lo dirò un altra volta

Feltrinelli Bookshop, Florence - 6:00 pm

Presentation of ‘Te lo dirò un altra volta’ (Major/Minor) with Benedetta Cibrario

14 May 2012

Upper Wimpole Street Literary Salon: “Writing Family Memoir”

28 Camden Hill Gate, London W8 7QH - 7:00 pm

Speakers: Nancy K. Miller, Andrea Stuart, Alba Arikha
Jewish ancestors escaping pogroms in turn-of-the century Russia, white plantation slave owners and black slaves in 17th century Barbados, coming of age in the literary-artistic milieu of 1980s Paris. Three authors discuss the challenges involved in their recently completed family memoirs.

24 September 2011

Concert at le Theatre de la Vieille Grille (Paris)

Paris - 9:00 pm

Gabriel, performed at the Theatre de la Vieille Grille. Musicians: Alba piano, Sagat Guirey: Guitar, Marcus Tilt: Accordion, Tom Smail: Drums, Loz Garratt: Double bass