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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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Opening this weekend, a new music venue in Aix, called 6mic (pun on sismique maybe. Guessing here). When completed, it will be the largest in France – already it  has a salle for 2000, another for 800 plus studios and outside spaces.

It will be offering concerts including electro, reggae and rap.  Must be popular as the whole opening weekend is sold out!

https://www.tellerreport.com/life/2020-03-04—6mic–an-xxl-current-music-room–opens-in-aix-en-provence-.H14Im4fpNL.html

Also opening tomorrow is the new show at the Carrieres de Lumiere at Les Baux de Provence, ‘Dali the Endless Enigma’ plus a short show on Gaudi. Music from Pink Floyd. Open daily until 3rd January 2021.

Closing this weekend – ‘Man Ray et la Mode’ at the Musee Cantini and at Chateau de Borely in Marseille.  And closed, sadly, Aix’s Anticafé, in rue Mignet.  A warm and friendly café with lots of workshops and activities. Wishing the proprietors well in their next venture.

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The monthly street-party this Sunday in Marseille sounds too good to miss.

One theme is Rugby and visitors can literally have a try on the specially constructed pitch, 25x10m, at the bottom of the Canebiere which is newly pedestrianized. Lots of animators to show how it’s done.

Elsewhere, there are workshops for Circus arts with opportunities for children to learn new skills. Programme here: https://quefaireenfamille.com/dimanches-de-canebiere/

Plus the usual produce market, street-food sales, games, and more and more restaurants open.  If you come in from Aix, parking under MuCEM is easy on a Sunday and you have a nice walk by the Vieux Port to reach the action.

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Some well-known acts are in the line-up this year for the Festival de Nimes which takes place in the Roman arena, 2000 years old, what a venue!

Newcastle’s finest Sting (more…)

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