The Ballet Preljocaj is holding free public rehearsals of its forthcoming shows:

19th June, 18:00 for Helikopter

3rd July, 18:00 for Création 2018.

Contact the Pavillon Noir on 04 42 93 48 14 to reserve.

If you would like a preview of MuCEM’s summer show, ‘Ai Weiwei Fan-Tan’, head off down there on Tuesday 19th June when there is free entry 16-23:00hrs.

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The Institute for American Universities hosts lecture series, symposiums, and conferences each term with speakers from the IAU Faculty, Resident Fellows, Visiting Scholars, local community leaders, as well as experts in fields relevant to the current events of the region.

Joan of Arc is the subject of one of the lectures in the series

They have pulled together a series of talks, starting next week, which cover a wide variety of topics and sound intriguing and challenging in equal measures.  Public welcome!


Summer 2018 Lecture Series

IAU Main Hall
2bis rue du Bon Pasteur, Aix

“La Politique Environnementale de la France Après les Accords de Paris” (in French)
Dr. Sébastian Llorca
Aix-Marseille University
Tuesday, 19 June at 6:30pm

“Resilience at Home and Away: Strategies for Adapting and Excelling”
Dr. Sue Wasiolek
Duke University
Wednesday, 20 June at 6:30pm

Islamism in the Post-Arab-Spring Novel: Tunisia and Syria”
Dr. William Granara
Harvard University
Tuesday, 26 June at 6:30pm

“Stolen Justice: The United States Supreme Court and Equal Rights”
Lawrence Goldstone
Wednesday, 27 June at 6:30pm

“The Secret History of Joan of Arc”
Nancy Goldstone
Tuesday, 3 July at 6:30pm

“A Mediterranean Saint for Christians and Muslims: Saint George and al-Khidr”
Dr. Erica Ferg Muhaisen
University of Colorado Denver
Wednesday, 4 July at 6:30pm

“Political Loneliness and America’s Hidden Trump Supporter”
Dr. Jennifer Gaffney
Gettysburg College
Tuesday, 10 July at 6:30pm

Members of the Ballet Preljocaj will be performing on Friday evening at the Musée Granet during their Nocturne Dansée.  A good opportunity to check out the new Picasso-Picabia exhibition whilst enjoying some contemporary dance.  The museum will be open until 22:00, and the dancing will take place at 20 and 21:00hrs, each performance taking 35 minutes. Continue Reading »

Here is some information from two French teachers who have moved from the classroom approach in favour of walking round Aix, visiting the markets, having lunch together, all the time having French a conversation – with notes of new vocabulary being emailed to you later.  I’m guessing that variations of the word ‘travaux’ will figure largely in these notes this summer, but Fabienne and Chantal of Destination Francais have been running these courses for years and I’m sure will side-step  all those holes in the ground! 

This is what they offer:

 French classes for children: -communicative French classes based on fun activities, songs, games, role plays and oral activities.

French classes for adults – communicative French structured classes based on oral grammar and vocabulary activities, observation, role plays and discussions; our unique contextual classes take place in town for practical French (market, shopping, post office…) or for cultural French (art gallery, museums…).

The classes can take place at your place if you live in the centre of Aix or outside Aix  (extra travelling expenses)  or in a nice quiet tea room in centre ville

Prices: Private classes: 30 euros per hour ; Duo classes : 25 euros per hour per person; Group classes: 15 euros per hour per person. 

French for travellers – Would you like to learn French for daily use while travelling in France? Are you interested in learning how to speak French politely without making any faux pas Practical French for use in town: polite expressions / shopping/ payment/ directions (asking for one’s way in town) / timetables (understanding bus time tables, taking the bus) / renting  a car…

A table:  Ordering at the restaurant/ understanding a menu/ booking a table/ making claims/ the tip/ the payment

Included: a bilingual  practical French/ English booklet with information with all the elements met during the tour.


French for travellers: From 9h30 to 12h30 or from 14h to 17h : 70 euros per pax for a private tour; From 2 persons: 60 euros

A table: Time to be discussed; 30 euros  per pax (lunch not included) from 4 persons; From 1 to 3 persons: 40 euros

Contact Fabienne and Chantal

The Bastide Rose is the beautiful honey-coloured home of Poppy Salinger who was married to JFK’s press secretary, journalist and writer Pierre Salinger.  It stands by the translucent river Sorgue and is the setting for an annual sculpture show. Continue Reading »

Walking up to the Galerie de la Prévoté tucked behind Aix’s Cathedral cloister takes one through the flower market which right now is full of the most beautiful peonies.

Les Pivoines – Jill Steenhuis

And these are the subject of one  of Jill Steenhuis’s colourful oil paintings which are showing at the Galerie.



This family show is an annual event.  Along with Jill’s work, visitors can see the metal work of her husband, and now the sculptures of 2 of her 3 sons.  Husband Serge Ruffato creates lyrical forms from metal pipes while son Sergio has produced attractive installations from steel.  New to the exhibition this year Alexandre Ruffato works with stone, cement, pigments and wood, making Romanesque-inspired sculptures.  And they couldn’t be shown in a more appropriate setting than this 1000-year old space.

The garden with its pure white flowers against the dark green ivies and ever-greens is a delight, a secret space in the centre of Aix.

American-born Jill has been profoundly influenced by French impressionism and above all the work of Cézanne. Do have a  look at her website, not only to enjoy more of her work but also to watch her 5 minute videos which show her producing her oil paintings: https://www.artinprovence.com/

Most of the paintings show scenes from Aix and around. Even the recent rainy weather hasn’t daunted her – see ‘Pluie sur un champs de coquelicots’, ‘Pluie sur le marché aux fleurs’ and ‘Pluie sur la Baie de Cassis’!

Pluie sur un champs de coquelicots

This is a lovely exhibition in a delightful setting – not to be  missed. Open daily until 21st June.  10-12, 14-19:00hrs.

Metal sculpture by Serge Ruffato

Jill looking out at medieval cloister