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If you haven’t witnessed a Provencal transhumance, or the seasonal movement of sheep, there’s a good opportunity tomorrow (May 6) at  Les Milles, not far from Aix. (more…)

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Lots going on. Even if these events are not to your taste, it’s worth knowing about them so you can steer clear of traffic and crowds if need be!  We once set off for Arles and met police road-blocks – we hadn’t realised there was a feria taking place: not the best day for a peaceful walk around the old town!  Here are some events to enjoy or avoid as the mood takes you… (more…)

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…except in Paris there isn’t a handy quarry so they have adapted a nineteenth-century iron foundry to convert into a massive space for projecting moving images along with themed music.

It is being morphed from this:


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If you love Bach, you should hurry along to the Chapelle du Sacre Coeur, 22 rue Lacepede in centre-ville Aix this Friday evening,  24 November.
One of its organisers explains, ‘It’s truly a “spectacle” by the Academie Bach Aix led by its artistic director Ulrich Studer: three cantatas in a single evening.
The program starts with a brief talk (“Mise en Oreille”) about the music at 18h30, followed by a light 6 euro supper (“Mise en Bouche”) at 19h15.
At 20h30 Studer will take the podium with Michel Brun, director of the Toulouse Baroque Ensemble, conducting the soloists, choirs, and the orchestra of the Academie’.
‘In the context of the Reformation, now celebrating its 500th anniversary, the music of these cantatas has an impact as much emotional as religious.’
 Reservations for the supper are requested at,   www.academie-bach-aix.fr
More Details:
  • BWV 12 “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen”,  Weeping, wailing, worries, woes
  • BWV 80B “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott      A Mighty Fortress is Our God
  • BWV 99 Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan”  What God does, that is done well.


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…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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