Posts Tagged ‘cours Mirabeau’

It always seems a little sad to take the tree down and see the Christmas activities in town coming to an end, but here are some dates.

sapins2-25th January  Collection of used Christmas trees – ‘Collecte des sapins 2014”; details here: http://www.aixenprovence.fr/Collecte-des-sapins

5th January: The closing date of the Camus Centenary exhibition has now been moved to 11th January.  A very interesting show if you haven’t been but it’s all in fairly intense French.

IMG_65845th January: Last date for the children’s roundabouts at the Rotonde. They seem to have been a great success this year. (Christmas market already closed)

But not everything is ending! (more…)

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13th: Tomorrow is the date for the annual Scandinavian Christmas service at the Cathedral. I have never been in Aix to go to this but everyone tells me it is very beautiful and moving. (more…)

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How pretty the Rotonde looks this Christmas!  Wandering through Aix last evening was just enchanting – the lights down the cours Mirabeau are fabulous and it was so good to see so many families out enjoying the seasonal ambiance.

The Groupe F show at the Grand Theatre lit up the sky with golden fireworks, lasers, stunning catherine wheels and huge bursts of fire – all to the sound of techno – for 30 incredible minutes.

The market is drawing the crowds as usual:

I was sorry to see that the magic guy isn’t here this year – he was the one who had a chalet where he did card tricks and really drew the crowds.  I have read that he applied for his usual pitch and didn’t get it.  There’s now a Facebook page protesting about this decision.  My French isn’t great so I missed the nuances of this – does anyone know what happened?

In parallel with the festivities is the annual Phot’Aix: it’s a trail around 28 in-town locations to see the work of 47 photographers.  This year the theme is ‘Regards Croisés Mediterranée’.Phot'Aix affiche

The Musée de Tapisseries is a good starting point. It’s 3.50€ to see several of the series of pictures by various Mediterranean-based photographers.  There, you can pick up a map of locations which take in art-galleries and book-stores around town where you can see more photos.

The gentleman (I think) in the poster, with a great deal of fruit on his hat, is the work of Chaza Charafeddine who explores the questions of ‘genre, pop art and Islamic art’ too. Interesting!  Here is the website for more info http://www.fontaine-obscure.com/pages/photaix_RC.htm which has a map of venues and also details of a photo competition if you think you can do better!

And finally, today, with families arriving to admire the Christmas markets and lights….

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the town toilet is ‘en panne’.  You really couldn’t make it up!

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Where will the textile market be held when the Christmas chalets open?

Where will the textile market be held when the Christmas chalets open?

The Christmas market opening on 20th November will as usual displace the textiles stall holders from the Tuesday and Thursday markets currently held in the cours Mirabeau.

The solution this year (not yet confirmed) seems to be (more…)

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There are three new expos in Aix which range from the puzzling to the disappointing.  Starting with the best of the three, ‘A Fleur de peau’ is the final part of the ‘Tisser des Liens’ trilogy which has been showing this year at the Pavillon Vendome. Under the ‘Ulysses’ programme for MP2013, the trilogy has taken its theme from Penelope’s weaving and women artists were asked to come up with installations for the rooms of the lovely historic building.  Some are mysterious, others unsettling…perhaps the weekly guided tour at 14:30 on Fridays would help, or maybe a look at this press kit which has background to the artists and further details of the show. DOSSIER DE PRESSE TISSER DES LIENS OK

‘Les Nouveaux Collectionneurs au college’ is the title of the show at the ‘Galerie d’Art du Conseil General des Bouches-du-Rhone’ in which art college students throughout the region have chosen exhibits.  A very mixed bag.  Open daily exc Mondays, 9:30-13:00 and 14-18:00hrs.  21 Cours Mirabeau. Free.  Until 16th February.

Finally photography at the Musée Granet again under the ‘Ulysses’ programme.  This consists of a few large unfocused photos interspersed with the permanent collection with which they are supposed to be ‘in dialogue’.  I found it very disappointing. 

So with little visual delight in town right now, why not head for the cinema?  pompei

Life and Death in Pompei was the blockbuster exhibition in London this summer and the film of the show drew in 50,000 one day in June when it was screened nationwide.  Now it is our turn to see this film – it’s on at 11:00 Wednesday 30th October at the Renoir.

And finally, talking of relics from another age…only joking, I’m a massive fanSweet Summer Sun is the filmed version of the Rolling Stones’ Hyde Park concert this summer.  It looked to be spectacular with a particularly apt sylvan-style set.  The film includes interviews with the band and spectators and behind-the-scenes footage.stones  I’ve seen some of it on UK TV and it is a brilliant concert with Mick Jagger just incredible at 70.stones2

Monday 4th November 20:00hrs at the Cézanne.

Don’t miss it!

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Tomorrow, Sunday 6th October, is Aix’s vide grenier. It’s a really big sale when families bring out all their unwanted stuff and spread it down both sides of the cours Sextius. Good if you like rooting around for bargains. It’s also the monthly Marché du livre ancien et d’occasion in the place de l’Hotel de Ville; plus, being the first Sunday of the month, some of the Aix museums are free.

What will happen this year to the Tuesday and Thursday markets when the Christmas chalets go up?

What will happen this year to the Tuesday and Thursday markets when the Christmas chalets go up?

On the subject of markets, I read in La Provence that the stall-holders for the Tuesday and Thursday markets (more…)

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Ironman Aix

C Comme Aix – Photos

Events at Book In Bar  (more…)

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