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See Louise Colet’s portrait in the Musee Granet

There’s a special event on Sunday, Journées du Matrimoine, which will take participants around some of the sites connected with the women of Aix.

When I wrote my book ‘Aix-en-Provence: the Inside Story’, one of my objectives was to focus on the women, but it was hard going to find anything.  It was just as if they hadn’t existed. One I did stumble across was Louise Colet, born and brought up in the rue de l’Opera.  Feisty, she soon left town for Paris where she took de Musset and Flaubert as lovers, inspiring the character of Madame Bovary along the way.

Her home will be one of the stops on the walk.  It’s organised by http://osezlefeminisme.fr/.  Meet at 14.30 in, where else, Brits beware, Place Jeanne d’Arc.



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To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Louvre in Paris organised a grand retrospective which would have normally been the highspot of 2020 for art-lovers.

But access to the 120 items (paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculptures) was given to the cameras of Pathé Live and their film will be shown across France, 16-22 September.  Your ‘visite privée’ is at the Cezanne from Wednesday. https://www.lescinemasaixois.com/films/une-nuit-au-louvre-leonard-de-vinci

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This coming Sunday, 13th September, is the annual Assogora, the fair when over 400 associations set up stall to publicise their activities.  You will find opportunities to take part in sports, dance, charitable groups, language classes, music, painting, activities to suit all ages and all interests. 10-18:00 hrs. Website:  http://assogora.org/

In the cours Mirabeau and surrounds, 11-17:00hrs.

Masks obligatory.

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Each year, there’s an opportunity in Aix to push open the doors of some of the most elegant and private-looking townhouses to visit their gardens.  The special weekend is usually in June, but this year, the Flaneries d’art takes place at the end of this week. (more…)

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‘Les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine’ festival is celebrated nationally and Aix always comes up with a programme of events and opportunities to visit places often closed to the public.

It’s held each year during the third week of September; but this year, being this year, things are a little different, with some visits having to be pre-booked with the Aix mairie before 14th. I’m guessing they need details for potential contact-tracing, and will be limiting numbers too: the days of just rambling around are over for the time being.

Here is the full brochure : 2020-prog-jep  The visits are pages 35-37. (more…)

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Happening in September…

…or not as the case might be.  I understand that the annual Blessing of the Calissons, due to take place this Sunday (6th) at Aix’s Saint Jean de Malte won’t be happening and neither will the Sainte-Victoire Wine Rally which takes place each October but always had to be booked early September such was its popularity. Watch out too for a National Strike this month. (more…)

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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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