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Both PARADES in the cours Mirabeau, which opens the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Parade Pique-Nique, part of MPG2019, are all booked out, (June 30th), but it’s always nice to wander in town around these events.

It’s very much the beginning of a packed summer of events in town, and also throughout the region, so what you need is a copy of ‘Le Guide de l’Eté’ published by La Provence. (more…)

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Fabienne Verdier likes to paint en plein air, which as you know is a big challenge in Provence: swirling winds, rain in deluges, Mistral, baking sun – she’s battled through it all, standing in the middle of massive canvases or balancing up step-ladders. (more…)

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En Avignon

I learned in my French class yesterday that we may say, ‘à Marseille’, ‘à Aix’, but it should always be ‘en Avignon’, as it sounds so much

Photo from France 3

better.  I wonder if Barak Obama knew that last evening as he flew into Provence for a short family holiday.  In fact they will be staying not far from Villeneuve-les-Avignon, just across the Rhone, a charming old town…”C’est un peu le 16e arrondissement d’Avignon’ according to one local.  The inhabitants seem delighted with their famous visitor but emphasised that they wish them to have a peaceful stay, without too much attention.  According to reports in La Provence, though, their accommodation will be surrounded by a 24/24 police presence. I hope they can get out to enjoy the area.

Avignon itself has a lively programme of cultural events all year round; but in the summer, comes into its own with the Festival d’Avignon.  It started in 1947 and attracts tens of thousands of visitors: there are more than forty different shows performed during the Festival, plus readings, exhibitions, films and debates. It’s worth noting that there are often plays in their original language.

Expect some challenging art too – I look forward to seeing the oils of talented young Syrian painter, Miryam Haddad, at the Collection Lambert.

Their permanent collection has many of the great names in contemporary art, housed in an elegant hotel particulier.  The courtyard café, La Violette, under the shade of a magnificent plane tree, is a great venue for lunch.

The festival starts at the beginning of July. 

More on Miryam Haddad’s work here: https://www.festival-avignon.com/en/artist/2019/miryam-haddad

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Local museums with interesting locations can really benefit from their space, now that the warm weather is here and the days are long. (more…)

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‘Bibemus’, Paul Cézanne’s oil painting of one of his favourite motifs, the quarries outside Aix, is back in town for the first time since it was painted in 1895.  It can be seen at the Hotel Caumont Centre d’Art, along with 5 other of his oils. (more…)

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There’s a new installation nearing completion on the Digue du Large – that’s the long breakwater/jetty which stretches out from MuCEM across the docks area at La Joliette. (more…)

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Have you visited the Musée Fernand Léger at Biot?  It’s the only museum in the world dedicated to this major 20th century artist who lived and worked in the town.  It is also one of the few Musées Nationales de France dedicated to a single artist.  (more…)

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