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English Cabaret in Avignon

Having heard such interesting and enthusiastic comments about this new intimate theatre in Avignon, I am passing on an invitation from Democrats Abroad to a cabaret taking place this Friday evening.

 Please join the Aix-Marseille and Avignon Chapters of DA for an exceptional performance in English with


stage and screen actor, director, choirmaster, organist, composer and cabaret artist 

On Friday, January 19 at 8:00 pm

at the new Théâtre Le9,

9 Rue Racine, Avignon, 84000

After the performance there will be a chance to meet Stefan over a glass of wine. Everyone is asked kindly to bring a sweet or a snack to share with the group.

To reserve: Call 

or email le9theatreavignon@gmail.com 

to identify yourself as affiliated with DA. 

Please also let kwildau@gmail.com know you are coming.


Stephan Bednarczyk studied music at Oxford, brought to the stage the works of Noel Coward, Flanders and Swann and Comden & Green, and has worked as musical director with the most prominent theatres in the U.K., including the National and the Barbican. He performed on stage, film and television with the likes of Gene Wilder and Meryl Streep.

His latest cabaret adventure, BEYOND A JOKE, explores in piano and song the works of three of the 20th century’s greatest satirists: Allan Sherman, Tom Lehrer and Jake Thackray.

Tickets are 20 euros and seating is limited in this intimate theater. 


Reservations:  – kwildau@gmail.com


https://www.democratsabroad.or g/pamelaking/cabaret_evening_a t_the_theatre9_in_avignon_meet _the_actor_stefan_bednarczyk


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I wouldn’t normally post something so far ahead but in this case, quick bookings seem sensible.

The tourist office at Gardanne has organised a programme of visits, Indus3Days, running from 17th-25th February.

It is really wide ranging.  There are opportunities to go behind the scenes at the new Arena, the Grand Théatre de Provence and France Bleu Provence. (more…)

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Rebecca Ronane’s group ‘Network Provence’ is going from strength to strength since it began in 2015.  Here are the next three meetings.

Tuesday, January 23. Le 9 theatre Avignon 14.00 – 16.00 Networking for women a chance for you to promote your business, project, blog or simply socialise, including a mini presentation by Sophie Bergeron (https://www.travelinprovence.net)on how to pair wine with chocolate.

Tuesday, February 13. Ibis Hotel Aix en Provence 15.00-17.00  Networking for women, an opportunity for you to promote your business, project, blog and socialise with a mini presentation about Happiness by Trudi Bannister author of Built for Bliss, www.trudibannister.com

Friday, March 23.NG Art Creative Residency Eygalieres, Mas des Pelerins Provence, France  12-14.30  Networking for women, an opportunity for you to promote your business, project, blog and socialise with an introduction by Nicky Ginsberg to NG Art Creative http://www.ngart.com.au there will be a light lunch included in this meeting

Rebecca writes, ‘If you have paid the yearly 50€ these meetings are included, if not the cost is 10€ all meetings must be reserved and can be paid for by going to this page http://networkprovence.com/membership/

Have a look at the website – it is a very lively group and the meetings are friendly.  Great for promoting your business and supporting other women!

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On Sunday, January 21, 2:30 at the Renaissance Hotel, there will be a broadcast of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Follies’.  The production had terrific reviews when it showed at London’s National Theatre.  Here is a short taster:

Summary: New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night MusicSweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
The link to purchase tickets is  https://www.weezevent.com/follies.  As always, please bring the printout  of your ticket and all your friends.

Date:  Sunday 21st January, 2:30.  (NB there will be no interval).

Venue: Renaissance Hotel, Aix.

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…except in Paris there isn’t a handy quarry so they have adapted a nineteenth-century iron foundry to convert into a massive space for projecting moving images along with themed music.

It is being morphed from this:


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Pablo Picasso, Le Baiser, 1925
Huile sur toile, 130 x 97,7 cm
Musée national Picasso, Paris
© Agence photo RMN-GP
© Succession Picasso, 2017

More on Picasso in that his work has been chosen to be the co-subject of the summer show at Aix’s Musée Granet.

‘Picasso/Picabia’ begins on June 9th and runs through to 23rd September.  It promises to be an intriguing juxtaposition of two very different artists working in the south of France.

This is part of the ‘Picasso Mediterranée’ programme which includes:

– ‘Picasso La Suite Vollard’, Centre d’Art La Malmaison, Cannes. Current. This beautiful gallery on La Croisette is showing 100 prints created between 1930-1937 which emphasise his purity of line, and reflect the artist’s fascination with mythology.

– ‘Botero Dialogue Avec Picasso’ at the Caumont Centre d’Art, Aix. Current.

– ‘Picasso Voyages Imaginaires’ in Marseille.  A series of shows at the Vieille Charité, MuCEM and the Théatre de la Criée.  From 16th Feb 2018 – 24th June.

– Picasso et Maitres Espagnols at Carrieres de Lumieres, Les Baux, starts 2nd March .

I read that Picasso had created some 65,000 works during his long career (paintings, ceramics, sculptures, prints, illustrations…).

IMPORTANT NOTE: the Musee Picasso at Antibes is a wonderful place to see his work – the items on show were produced during 1946, after the war, when the artist was literally feeling liberated, and also emotionally happy with Francoise Gilot.  This lightness really comes through in his art shown here.  But check their website if you want to visit as there are renovations afoot.  Here is the current status: Warning, due to renovation works in 2018 :
January to March, the 2nd floor (Picasso collection) will be closed.
April to June, the 1st floor (contemporary collection of the works of Nicolas de Stael) will be closed.

Happily for us in Aix, the works of Nicolas de Stael will be on show at the Caumont Centre d’Art from May 4th…but that’s for another post.

For more details on the Picasso shows: https://picasso-mediterranee.org/index.html#en/map/


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The former convent and college des Precheurs in Aix centre ville has been sold for 11.5 million euros to house an extensive collection of Picasso’s works – paintings, ceramics, sculptures – 2,000 in all.


The Musée Jacqueline et Pablo Picasso will be the third museum in France to be dedicated to the artist, after Paris and

           Jacqueline and Pablo Picasso


At 4600m2, it will be three-storeys high and, as well as the collection, will include:

  • space for temporary exhibitions
  • a 200-seat auditorium
  • a documentation centre dedicated to the artist
  • a pottery workshop for the public.

The objective is to attract 500,000 visitors a year, that’s 1,500 a day ….and that’s where opponents of the scheme are raising objections. The ‘Democratie pour Aix’ group have pointed out that vehicular access will be difficult in this newly-pedestrianised site, with little parking available nearby; that the large market which runs outside three times a week must be considered; and that an underground auditorium could have a destablising effect on neighbouring buildings especially given that they are built on clay.

I hope they can make it work as this historical building is lovely and the collection would be an internationally-significant attraction for the town. It is currently being used as an info-point for the archaeological dig going on outside, so why not take the opportunity to go in for a look around before the transformation begins? It’s supposed to be open Mondays 9-12, Wednesdays and Fridays 14-17hrs.

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