Lavender fields, hilltop villages and spectacular rocky fjords, rosé wine and bouillabaisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, cutting edge rap and hip-hop music, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, pétanque, scuba diving and Olympique de Marseille: Provence is a vibrant mix of romantic tradition and surprising, fast-changing modernity. This is an insider's guide to the best of it, from a professional journalist living there.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Stand by for the Aix Music Festival
I know it's still a way until the summer <sigh> but this is an early heads-up for the Festival d'Aix, one of Europe's most important classical music festivals. Alongside Avignon (theatre) and Arles (photography), it forms the Big Three of Provence's July cultural landscape. Tickets go on sale at midday on 1 February and business is likely to be brisk, so stand by your keyboards at that time. The full programme will be announced on 26 January but early details are already available of the operas lined up in the programme, including two world premieres. Click here to read more.