This month’s ‘Dimanches de la Canebiere’ on Sunday 25th February will be dedicated to celebrating the Year of the Dog: there will be a ‘Dance of the Dragon and Lion’ as well as martial arts.

It’s the 10th such event, when Marseille’s famous thoroughfare La Canebiere is pedestrianized and dedicated to entertainment, street food and market stalls.  Each month there is a special theme, usually involving music and dancing with lots of community participation.  Organised by the local mairie, 1st and 7th quartiers, it’s going from strength to strength, with more shops specially open and visitors pouring in – all part of reanimating centre-ville, struggling somewhat with commercial competition from La Joliette. Programme on: http://marseille1-7.fr/canebiere/

Maybe combine this with the 2 newly-opened Picasso exhibitions? https://aixcentric.com/2018/02/13/plenty-of-picasso-in-provence-right-now/





Authorities say they are 99% sure that the small pastel they have recovered is ‘Les Choristes’ by Degas, which was stolen from Marseille’s Musée Cantini on 31st December 2009.

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The Hotel de Caumont, Centre d’Art, in Aix’s Quartier Mazarin, has been sold by Culturespaces to investment group, Groupama, for 25,4m euros. Continue Reading »


Tonight’s Le Grand Baiser attracted an estimated 45,000 people into the Vieux Port area of Marseille for the opening of MP2018. It must have been wonderful:


Just announced, an exhibition of the work of Ai Weiwei, opening at MuCEM on June 20th.

Ai Weiwei at Tate Modern with his ceramic sunflower seeds

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Two exhibitions are opening in Marseille this week, both dedicated to Picasso, Continue Reading »

What a mess the town centre is right now what with the travaux for the new bus route and the simultaneous archaeological dig and renovations at the Place des Precheurs.  Continue Reading »