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.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Making Cultural Capital Out Of 2013
One of the many things I like about Marseille is that people here don't take themselves too seriously. And faced with the challenge of promoting next year's Capital of Culture jamboree, they've risen to the occasion with a humorous, tongue-in-cheek and faintly self-mocking approach. Of course, it being Marseille, there had to be a sly jab at Paris in the form of this poster telling everyone to come south to the capital. But some of the other campaigns have sent up local stereotypes as well as the failures so far of the MP2013 programme. Click here to read more.