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Ice-Skating in Aix!



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I know it’s only October but this is an important date for the diary for all those who pack Aix’s ancient cathedral for the annual carol concert.

It will take place at 16:00hrs on Sunday 2nd December. As regular attendees know, you really do have to be there by 15:30 to get a seat.  It is justifiably very popular and a great start to Christmas.

Afterwards, what nicer than a hot spiced wine down at the Christmas market on the cours Mirabeau?

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Last call…for people wanting a ride on the ‘navettes martimes’ the boats that go from Marseille’s Vieux Port down to Pointe Rouge or westwards to L’Estaque. The service ends Sunday (30th) and resumes in the spring.

Sunday is a good day for a visit to Marseille as (more…)

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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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