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Marseille. 

Such a great city with so many aspects that are truly unique.  If you want to explore Marseille, and its surrounds, from lots of different view-points, have a look at the kaleidoscope of activities offered by Marseille Autrement.  There are walks, talks, meetings, meals in out-of-the-way restos, conferences….so many opportunities to deepen your knowledge of this fascinating city.  This organisation really does lift the curtain and take you behind the scenes.

Here is the current list to give you an idea of their activities, some free, others with a small fee: https://www.marseille-autrement.fr/sorties

Thanks to Robert W for recommending this to Aixcentric!

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Even more destinations to add to the growing list from Marseille Provence Airport.

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Strikes Ahead

The French railway system (SNCF) announced a national and unlimited strike from 5th December some time ago.  Now it looks like other groups are joining in on the same date:

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Celebrating 25 years of raising money for charity, La Maison de l’Artisanat are holding their annual art sale – each picture is 20×20 cm, is framed and costs 120 euros.

Profits from the sale of 11 paintings by each of 131 artists go to improving the conditions for children with cancer at Marseille’s La Timone hospital. (Specifically, it’s 40€ from each 120€).

The sale is running until 24th  November at the Maison de l’Artisanat, 21 cours d’Estienne d’Orves, Marseille (a great building, steps away from the Vieux Port).  Details on the poster below and here: https://www.maisondelartisanat.org/expo-en-cours.htm

 

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Summer is over, it’s cooled down and it’s time to get back to the theatre.
Local theatre-lover Karen Wildau, who has been pioneering National Theatre transmissions in Aix for several years now, is delighted  to be able to bring The Lehman Trilogy to the Renaissance Hotel on Oct. 13. at 2:30 p.m.  
She told Aixcentric, ‘Allow me to share with you some of the praise from others:
This is a story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts in a single performance by three wonderful actors (Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles) who play the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons. On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside.  Dreaming of a new life in the new world.  He is soon joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.  163 years later, the firm they establish-Lehman Brothers- spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.  (NTL Website)
‘The Lehman Trilogy’ is a genuinely epic production , directed by Sam Mendes, scripted by the Italian playwright Stefano Massini, and adapted into English by Ben Power.  The New York Times wrote that ‘it follows the blossoming of a small Alabama clothing store in the 1840s, founded by three immigrant Jewish brothers from Bavaria, into an international powerhouse of the stock exchange, before its world-rattling collapse in 2008. What is wrought by those three original brothers and their descendants is impressive, for sure, as they redefine the nature of getting and spending in the United States, while accumulating unbounded personal wealth.”
Karen continues: ‘And what is equally as epic is the staging of this masterful play,  I think I can say with some certainly that you have never seen anything quite like this unique production, staged in an enormous glass box which is as much a prop as a stage and  a backdrop’.
This is a three hour production with two intervals.  The link to purchase tickets is:https://www.weezevent.com/the-lehman-trilogy 

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Following my post on the water taxi service from Marseille’s Vieux Port to Pointe Rouge and L’Estaque closing for winter this weekend, there has been a development. (more…)

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That’s the aim of the ‘Escales Zero Fumée’, a 30m euro programme launched by Région Sud earlier this month; and it’s timely.

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