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A very participative event will be taking place in Aix on Sunday, based on the forthcoming opera ‘Orfeo & Majnun’.  I learn that this is a mix of two legends, the western Orpheus and Eurydice, and the eastern Layla and Majnun.  There will be a free performance of the opera on the 8th July at 22:00hrs.

But first, on Sunday 24th, we are invited to make fantastic animals at workshops (from 15:30), then parade them down the cours Mirabeau (from 19:00)!

All part of the Festival Aix-en-Provence’s community reach.  Details are here: Depliant Orfeo.BD

The next post will give you a super suggestion for brunch beforehand…..

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Events are happening across the region as villages celebrate the spring.

Rognes is having a Fete des Vins, their 34th.  I hope the weather is kinder to them than for their ‘Fete de la Chevre’ last month. It’s such a nice Provencal village and they put a lot into making these events fun for all the family. Sunday 20th May.


Trets will be having the South Vintage Festival, a fairly recent event, at the Domaine du Moulin de l’Arc. Lots of American cars, vintage deco, DJs, rock ‘n roll.  70 exhibitors, 8 concerts. 19-21st May. http://www.southvintagefestival.com/

Back to more traditional pursuits, Banon is celebrating its famous cheese on Sunday.  It is quite a drive from Aix but it is a lovely village in beautiful rolling countryside.  Their Fete du Fromage this year has the Jura as the invitee d’honneur. 

While there, you could also visit Le Bleuet which is an extraordinarily large bookshop for such a small village – Tripadvisor says it’s the #1 attraction out of 1 attractions in Banon!  It’s had a bumpy time, closing down occasionally, but I read it IS open and will be open on Sunday. It will also be organising a event to mark 50 years since the events of May 1968. Saturday 26th May. http://www.lebleuet.fr/



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Aix’s Parc Jourdan will be hosting the art fair, SM’ART, from Friday 18th May. Over 24,000 visitors are expected to browse the 200+ exhibitors – artists, photographers, gallery-owners, sculptors.

It’s 10€ entry, reduced to 7€ for online bookings: https://www.aixeninfo.fr/post/814-13eme-salon-mediterraneen-d-art-contemporain-sm-art-du-17-au-21-mai-2018-aix-en-provence

Art will be in the air in centre ville over the weekend when 4000 local children will contribute to C’est Sud, the annual collaboration between the departments of Education and Culture. There will be music and dance, art shows and circus performances.  Events will be taking place in the open across town.  Look out for Le Grand Coloriage de la Ville – 5 cartoonists have drawn Aix on a 10-metre long panorama.  Local children will be colouring it in.  Top of the cours Mirabeau, 14:00 Saturday.

Later that evening, it’s the ‘Nuit des Musées’ when the municipal museums stay open late and have all sorts of special attractions, usually in my experience musical.  The Musee Granet will be giving students the opportunity to show their artistic/musical talents under the banner ‘Les Lycéens au Musée’. Animations for the family.  Open til midnight. Details: http://www.museegranet-aixenprovence.fr/evenements/prochainement/nuit-europeenne-des-musees.html



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An English Book-sale and a puppet show featuring La Reine des Neiges!



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Lots of choice for outings this weekend: a major cartoon festival, ‘open-doors’ by artisans, free rally car racing or a purely Provencal goats festival. (more…)

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Starting this weekend, a 12-week festival of gardening at Aix’s Bibliotheque Méjanes.  Lots of activity for keen gardeners and for young families creating something new.  ‘Jardins en Revolution’ brings together workshops, conferences, demos and music, with a decided emphasis on sustainability and eco-culture.

‘Lorsque l’on plante une fleur ou un arbre dans un jardin, on dit souvent qu’il y a une partie de nous-même qui reste à cet endroit.’

Here is the full 16 page programme: PROGRAMME-JARDINS-web – thank you to Caroline for this info for Aixcentric.  I look forward to visiting the event when it opens.

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…well it soon will be when the new ‘Quel Amour’ programme launches on 14th February.  This  is the 7-month cultural extravaganza planned by the MP2018 committee who were inspired by the European Year of Culture back in 2013 which did so much to galvanise the arts scene in Marseille-Provence.

Here’s what to look out for:

14th-15th February:  ‘Les enfants ouvrent le bal’ – theatre, dance and circus events organised for children throughout the region. https://www.mp2018.com/evenements/les-enfants-ouvrent-le-bal-2/

14th February: ‘C’est bien parti!’…choirs will be orchestrated by the Festival of Aix at the Grand Théatre de Provence at 14:30; the Ballet Prejlocaj in Aix will be performing extracts from ‘Romeo et Juliette’, at 15:00, outside the Pavillon Noir.  Free. https://www.mp2018.com/evenements/cest-bien-parti/

14th February: Un Grand Baiser – a big kiss – will be photographed at Marseille’s Vieux Port at 19:00hrs.  This will be accompanied by the amazingly creative Group F who will be using fire, fireworks and music to launch the programme.  MuCEM is open til midnight with special events.

17th February: Group F will be animating events at 19:00hrs in Arles, Martigues, Istres, Aubagne and Salon. The towns have quite different approaches=s….Martigues for instance is talking about love in the community, social solidarity and so having collections for organisations like Restos du Coeur.  Arles is having funky music.  https://www.mp2018.com/temps_fort/le-grand-baiser/

16-18th February: the opening weekend, Deux Jours, Deux Nuits sees musical and theatrical events throughout the region. https://www.mp2018.com/temps_fort/2-jours-2-nuits/ 

Of course it wouldn’t be a French festival without food being involved.  Fifty restaurants will be offering special menus from 14-18th February: https://www.mp2018.com/evenements/ateliers-artistiques-autour-du-theme-quel-amour-aix-en-provence-18-02-2018/

Not much going on in Aix to join this immense love-in.  Not even one restaurant in the 50 listed by La Provence is in Aix!

So it’s two thumbs up to the Fondation Vasarely which has come up with an engaging programme of talks and workshops for all ages.

On Thursday 15th February, at 1800hrs, there will be a free talk by Trevor White entitled ‘ Nos Yeux Trompeux’.  He explains: Do you appreciate art, are you an artist or photographer? Want to learn more about how we really see the world around us? I’ll be giving a presentation on how we really see. I will finish with an example of a Vasarely ambiguous scene and deconstruct it to show how and why it works’. 

More here: Nos Yeux Trompeurs a Vasarely A5ax1

If you haven’t visited this fascinating gallery, now is a good time to do so as they have organised lots of activity around ‘Quel Amour’.

Details here: http://r.info-fondationvasarely.com/7rdpbi936gc.html?t=1517389539



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