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In need of exercise?  On 10th April, you can take part in a run around the Orange Velodrome stadium (home to Marseille’s famous l’OM football team) and through  the nearby Centre Commercial Prado.  Do 2, 4, or 8k, either alone, as a family or as part of a team.

Registration is open now. https://www.orangevelodrometrail.com/



Another opportunity to visit the Velodrome comes in June if you’re a Rolling Stones fan: their travelling exhibition ‘Unzipped’ hits town as part of its global tour. It’s previously been seen in London, New York, Chicago and the Netherlands, and after Marseille, goes to Canada.

So what’s there to see?

  • 400 original objects from the band’s personal archive
  • instruments, audiovisual material, diaries, posters and album covers; stage designs, iconic costumes
  • a reconstruction of the band’s first apartment in Edith Grove – this was famed for its utter squalor
  • a recording studio
  • a unique three-dimensional experience of a Stones concert.

June-September 2021.  Here is the website https://rollingstones.com/unzipped-exhibition/ which gives info on the exhibition but hasn’t been updated with the Marseille details. It does though have a video of Mick and Keith reminiscing about life in Edith Grove….

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Alaphilippe wearing the rainbow jersey as world champion

Great excitement amongst cycling fans as Julian Alaphilippe, the current world champion, will be part of the Tour de Provence; it’s a first for the race now entering its 6th year.

He had planned to be racing in south America but that competition like many others has been cancelled.  So will the Tour de Provence, 11-14th February, take place? https://www.tourdelaprovence.fr/

The organisers certainly hope so and plan full health safety-measures based on those introduced for the Tour de France. Their need for 41 hotels during 5 days would be welcomed by locals, along with the catering necessary for the entourage of 500 – as well as all the spectators.

The decision is in the hands of the prefect and is expected 5th February.  I’m sure it has to be taken so late, in order to fully measure and evaluate the Covid situation, but it must be really difficult for the organisers of such a large event to work with such uncertainty.

The fairground operators are in the same boat, waiting for a oui/non decision for the Foire aux Maneges which takes place each year near the Stade de Carcassonne.  Diaried in for 13th Feb – 14th March, it too awaits authorisation from the prefecture.

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Something to really look forward to at the Musée Granet this summer – guess whose work will be hitting town with a big splash! (more…)

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In true cinematic style, Cannes is decorating itself with light, colour and sparkle to illuminate the last days of 2020 and send out a message which is ‘joyeux et positif’. Luminographe Gaspare di Caro has been invited in to bathe public buildings with light – here’s a taste:

Notre Dame de Bon Voyage

The ancient tower and chapel above the old quartier

Malmaison, the delightful gallery on the Croisette

And there’s even a competition for the locals to get in on the fun by decorating their balconies and having celebrations in their neighbourhoods. A very joyful and positive end to 2020.  Chapeau Cannes!


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Every year, for 28 years, the département Bouches du Rhone has sponsored free concerts of traditional Christmas music in towns and villages during the festive period.

The standard of music is high: last year six young choristers from England enchanted the audience in the superb setting of Aix’s St Jean de Malte.

This year, being this year, things are different with concerts being broadcast, first live, then through catch-up for 30 days, by France 3 Paca.

The daily sessions begin on 22 December with Noel British…the rest of the programme with details is here: https://www.departement13.fr/leschantsdenoel/

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Carrieres de Lumieres, the former quarry now centre for immersive art displays, has announced its theme for 2021, and it’s one that should prove popular with the Aixois… (more…)

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Happy Hour at MuCEM, Marseille

Fabulous, literally….the rooftop at MuCEM

During November and December, MuCEM’s new Happy Hour programme includes free admission to all exhibitions from 16:00-18:00.  This starts today and will last for the duration of the curfew.  It’s worth remembering that all the public museums in Marseille are free too, for the next 12 months.

Details here and worth a click to see the lovely photo of MuCEM, better than mine! https://www.mucem.org/le-mucem-en-mode-happy-hour

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Le Grand Théâtre de Provence welcomes « Nouveaux Horizons », a musical programme by Renaud Capuçon with the support of Gérard Caussé.  They have gathered together promising young composers and musicians for five performances to inspire and motivate them during such a difficult time for the arts.  Booking necessary. Read on: https://www.lestheatres.net/fr/a/2750-nouveaux-horizons

Plus! The Grand Theatre will be the venue for the Ballet Preljocaj who will be performing Swan Lake at the end of October.

Details of other events in town are listed here in the Aix Agenda for October: http://www.aixenprovence.fr/IMG/pdf/aixgenda-2020-10-200924-imp-web-v2.pdf



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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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