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67 Free Christmas Concerts

are taking place at venues across the Bouches-du-Rhone during December.. (more…)

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Bach concerts in Marseille and Aix…the poster tells it all.

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The last days of summer are being celebrated in Aix by a series of free concerts in locations across town. 

All sorts of music promised, between 19 – 29 August. 

Click the link for more: https://www.aixenprovence.fr/Musique-dans-la-rue-2022

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The Rolling Stones’ travelling exhibition ‘Unzipped’ comes to Marseille’s Velodrome as part of its global tour on June 10. It’s previously been seen in London, New York, Chicago and the Netherlands, and after Marseille, goes to Toronto.

Like other events this summer, numbers will be controlled with 10 sq m allowed per visitor, with 200 people allowed per session.  The expo is open daily, 7 – 20hrs, with adult tickets costing 25 euros each.

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.

10 June-5 September 2021.  Here is the website https://rollingstones.com/unzipped-exhibition/ , background: https://www.world-today-news.com/unzipped-dedicated-to-the-rolling-stones-lands-in-marseille/and an invitation (in French) from Mick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji4tXmb39-g



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The annual Rencontres d’Arles photography exhibition is taking place 4 July – 26 September, with some modifications: 10 sq m of space will be allocated to each potential visitor.  So they will be reviewing all their venues.  Fortunately they have the new arts complex, LUMA, to spread into, and will also be using gardens for exhibiting.  Actually part of the fun of visiting this sprawling summer show is exploring the venues, so this promises to be a positive and creative solution.

The Festival d’Aix (more…)

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Ballet at the Granet

Here’s a little treat  while the Musee Granet is closed. Angelin Preljocaj has created a short dance sequence: 8 dancers from his company perform in the Meyer Gallery to the accompaniment of a Mozart sonata.  Five beautiful escapist minutes….


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Plans are in place for the forthcoming annual Festival d’Aix which, fingers crossed, will take place in July.

Enjoying Parade(s), a free concert, part of Aix-en-juin.

A more recent innovation is the Aix-en-juin programme of operatic events which take place around town and are either a taster for those who can’t wait for the festival, or a useful introduction to the world of opera for others.  More finger-crossing – it is scheduled for 10th to 30th June and, this year, will be free. (more…)

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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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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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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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