Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

…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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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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As usual in June, so many events, some regular, others new – here goes: (more…)

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This week sees a new expo at MAC, Marseille’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Hip-Hop started in the South Bronx, where, surrounded by economic deprivation, the young generation developed creative ways to party, dance, paint the urban environment and challenge the establishment.

It spread, district by district, across New York,  animating the metro, nightclubs and trendy art galleries.

By the 80s, the culture had crossed the Atlantic and became popular in France, especially in Marseille.  The expo will cover all disciplines – music, fashion, dance, cinema, the written word, graffiti, tags and photography.  Until 14th Jan 2018.

MAC also has an intriguing permanent collection which starts around 1960, continuing the narrative from the Musée Cantini.  More here: http://culture.marseille.fr/node/637

It is situated outside the town centre, south of Parc Borely.  It’s probably easiest to drive there – parking is available on the roads outside.  Then afterwards, you can drive down to the beach for a picnic. A nice outing!

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This is a young festival, both in its age – it’s just three years old, and in its appeal.  It’s a mix of swing and jazz music, Harley rides, dance classes, vintage stalls, food trucks, picnics and family fun, hopefully in the sunshine. (more…)

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