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…starting on Friday evening with the Provencal celebrations of the ‘Feu de la Saint-Jean’ with dancing and music throughout the evening in the cours Mirabeau, culminating in the traditional bonfire at the Rotonde as darkness falls. 

Saturday sees the opening of the summer exhibition, Passion de l’Art, at the Musée Granet, this year showing 100 works from the Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger in Paris.    Have a look at their website for a taste: http://www.museegranet-aixenprovence.fr/expositions/prochainement/passion-de-lart.html

The big free concert, PARADE(S), takes place on the Cours Mirabeau, at 21:45 on 26th June; this year, extracts from Carmen are sur l’affiche.

And finally don’t forget the Flaneries d’Art Contemporain – open gardens which showcase the work of artists and craftspeople throughout the town.  A splendid opportunity to get a glimpse behind those high walls! Details:  https://www.aix-en-oeuvres.com/flaneries-2017/informations-pratiques/


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Fete de la Musique

It’s the solstice so of course it’s time for the Fete de la Musique!

Here is the programme for this evening’s festivities in Aix.


The centre-piece is the final of the Class’EuRock competition on the stage at the top of the cours Mirabeau, presided over by Pablo Moses who acc. to the tourist office is a great name in reggae.  Should be interesting.

Also on the programme, and playing a dependable mix of pop and blues, are The True Ones – catch them from 20:00 in the rue d’Italie.


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The latest in the series of ‘Les Dimanches de la Canebiere’ takes place  on Sunday.  These events have been created to bring people back to the town centre and seem to be getting more and more popular.  This time, there will be an Egyptian brunch at Nour d’Egypte while Toinou are offering Plancha de la Mer et Aioli on their terrace – Mediterranean feasts!  Lots of activities for the family too – dance, music, games, market – here’s the press release: Présentation-prog-juin-site-mairie-1-7

We normally park at the MuCEM parking which is really easy on a Sunday.  Here’s the poster for info:


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Meet Eddie Platt at MuCEM

Eddie is the British guy who is encouraging people in Marseille to pick up one piece of rubbish a day….read about him here:

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This is a must for your diary if you are in the Aix area on Friday 16th June….Les Grooms are appearing in Trets.  If you have seen them in Aix in past years, you will know how good this band is – and how amusing. (more…)

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…Not an artist I had ever heard of, but I came away impressed by this discovery  courtesy of the Musée Regards de Provence.

Joseph Inguimberty was born in Marseille back in 1896.  Here, one of his early works captured the scenes in the docks of his home town.  This muscular scene of dockers loading the boats took place right outside the Musée Regards de Provence, back  in 1923.

Halong Bay

The painter then moved to Vietnam to take up a teaching post, and the gallery has a wonderful room of his landscapes and lyrical views of rice-collectors, fishermen and elegant ladies in gardens of exotic vegetation.

War in 1945 forced his move back to France – to Menton his wife’s home town – and there are some nice landscapes of the town and of his family relaxing in the summer sunshine. 

Elsewhere, there are landscapes capturing the Alpilles, Provencal villages and (my favourite) views of the Calanque de Sormiou.

If you decide to visit this show – and I do recommend it – it might be a good idea to go after the 17th June, when there is a second exhibition starting in the musée, ‘Escales Mediterranées’.

Website here: http://www.museeregardsdeprovence.com/exposition/poesie-de-joseph-inguimberty

Dates on the poster below….

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The Pass MyProvence card has been in existence for a while  now – it is free for people who live in Bouches-du-Rhone – and lets 2 people in for the price of one.


You may already have their pink card in your wallet.

The scheme though has been revised and now they are issuing blue cards, with your name on, making it non-transferable.

If you live in Aix, you can use it at Chocolaterie de Puyricard, Atelier Cézanne, Fondation Vasarely and to hire electric bikes.  At Arles, it gets 2-for-1 into the Fondation Van Gogh, the Musée Reattu and the Musee Départementale d’Arles Antique….and you can use it at the lovely Chateau La Coste (see the next post).

Here is the website: http://pass.myprovence.fr Mine turned up quickly in the post.

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