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.
Friday, July 5, 2013
International Dance & Folklore in Marseille
The first thing to say is that there is no castle at Château Gombert. A village dating back to the 12th
century, it once had a château but nothing now remains of it. Today
it's a pleasant, well-heeled suburb of Marseille with a faintly rural feel. But Château Gombert is reputed for one thing: its enthusiasm for folklore. Apart from a notable museum, it has several vibrant festivals, one of which starts tonight. Now in its 49th year, the International Festival of Folklore - actually more of a dance festival - features troupes from countries all over the world including Argentina, Bulgaria, Italy, New Zealand and Slovakia. Click here to read more