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The Hotel Caumont Centre d’Art is re-opening its lovely café on 10th June and will be – finally- launching its exhibition of the colourful works of Spanish impressionist Joaquin Sorolla on 10th July.

The new regime is as follows:

  • internet bookings only
  • masks to be worn
  • temperature check on entry
  • one-metre social distancing
  • no groups
  • no audio guides or coat/luggage storage.

This exhibition promises to be magnifica!

 

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SM’ART the annual art extravaganza which normally takes place in Aix in May, is just one of the events which has been postponed, in this case to mid-September.  Others have had to be cancelled completely.

Here is a list from the tourist office: https://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/agenda-des-evenements/les-grands-rendez-vous-aix-en-provence/  Thanks to Jennifer for this useful information.

Update: if this link doesn’t work, you can reach this information via the tourist office website: go to ‘agenda des evenements’ which has a photo of the Aix Festival stage.  Scroll down and click the box headed ‘ Les grands rendez-vous’ which is where the list can be found.

 

 

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With theatres now closed for the foreseeable future, it’s going to be a while before we can go out to enjoy a play again.  So, some theatres have organised streaming  of their productions to ensure we get that essential dose of drama.  London’s National Theatre has a programme of their best productions, to be launched on consecutive Thursdays at 7pm, UK-time.

It kicks off tonight, Thursday 2nd April, with ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden as Francis Henshall in this hilarious West End and Broadway hit.
Available online until 9 April.  https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home

NEXT WEEK: Jane Eyre

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A leading street artist is exhibiting in a gallery in Aix centre ville.

There’s Marseille’s first ever Oursinade

Museums are free in both towns on Sunday

……and Aix’s fun fair continues

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This one is not to be missed!

 

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The monthly street-party this Sunday in Marseille sounds too good to miss.

One theme is Rugby and visitors can literally have a try on the specially constructed pitch, 25x10m, at the bottom of the Canebiere which is newly pedestrianized. Lots of animators to show how it’s done.

Elsewhere, there are workshops for Circus arts with opportunities for children to learn new skills. Programme here: https://quefaireenfamille.com/dimanches-de-canebiere/

Plus the usual produce market, street-food sales, games, and more and more restaurants open.  If you come in from Aix, parking under MuCEM is easy on a Sunday and you have a nice walk by the Vieux Port to reach the action.

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The fifth Tour de La Provence starts Thursday 13th in the Camargue culminating on the 16th at the finish line apparently in the cours Mirabeau.  In between, there are lots of flat areas for the sprinters to excel plus some rather tough climbs – like Mont Ventoux for instance!  There are 21 teams taking part, including some familiar names from the Tour de France.

From what I can gather, the final day is from Avignon via the Luberon, entering Aix at Les Platanes, 171km later.

Details: https://www.tourdelaprovence.fr/programme/

 

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This old post-card of the Halle aux Graines was a new addition to my collection.  I was firstly surprised how run-down the building was but then intrigued to spot a poster in a ground-floor window relating to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show of all things!  What was the background to this unexpected visitor to town? (more…)

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Chateau Lacoste has built a collection of world-class art and architecture over the past few years, a prestigious spot indeed for local students to show their work: the exhibition, ‘Briser La Glace’ has

The beautiful Tadao Ando restaurant at Chateau Lacoste. A memorable spot for lunch.

been created by young artists from the Aix School of Art.

“The works by these young artists are very avant-garde, not the usual pretty pictures to hang over the couch. Admittedly not everyone’s cup of tea but extremely interesting. They are beautifully installed in the gallery next to the wine tasting locale”, commented local art specialists who visited at the weekend.

Details here: EXPO_LA_COSTE_AIX_DP

Briser La Glace is open daily until 16th February

Thanks to J and B for sending this info to Aixcentric.

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IAU Lecture series

The Institute for American Universities has just released details of its free spring lectures, all delivered by subject specialists.  The series kicks off 11th February.

Click here for details: lectures spring 20

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