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, July 24, 2012
A World a-part: Modern Art in the Alpilles
The a-part Festival of Contemporary Art must be one of the most enjoyable ways of getting a little shot of culture while visiting Provence. A cluster of towns and villages all across the Alpilles participate in an extravaganza of modern art in some of the region's most stunning locations, both open-air and indoor. I visited a show of gorgeous ceramics in the Hôtel de Manville, Les Baux de Provence, where the creators were present (above, the Belgian sculptor Johan Creten invites me to lay hands on one of his precious artefacts). But you could equally well sample street art in Saint Rémy or go Mexican in Tarascon. Best of all, it's all free! Click here to read more.