To be sure not to miss any summer events, Love Spots has concocted a selection of the best festivals, exhibitions, concerts, and outdoor cinema... enough to guarantee you successful outings in the region in and around Aix!
Les Musicales dans les Vignes
36 prestigious vineyards (Château Bonisson, Château de Vauclaire, Château de la Gaude, Château Saint Hilaire, Domaine de la Brillane, Château Fonscolombe, Château Gassier and many others), open their doors to you for 50 concert & tasting evenings. Jazz, classical music, and world music; there will be something for everyone. Come to enjoy music and good wine in exceptional places.
In the vineyards from 18 June from 11 September 2021 / more info here
Château La Coste
For its summer program Château La Coste offers musical evenings every weekend on La Terrasse. You will also be able to enjoy 5 cinema evenings and 3 concert evenings with the swing of The Shoeshiners Band on Saturday 03 July, saxophonist Raphael Imbert on Sunday 11 July, the Afro Caribbean sounds of The Bongo Hop and the Afro Funk of Cumbia Chicharra on Wednesday July 14, in an exceptional setting in the heart of the vineyards.
2750 Route De La Cride, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade
Cinema evening: €10 / wine bar and picnic 20:00 / projection 21:30 / reservation online
Concert evening: €10 to €30, info & reservation here
After the cancellation of the last edition, the Aix-en-Provence Festival is redoubling its efforts for its 2021 edition; and it’s going to be exceptional. No less than eight new productions and an opera – in concert version – are on the program, covering a wide range of eras and styles, from Italian baroque music, with Monteverdi, Cavalli and Rossi, to contemporary creations, including Mozart’s Les Noces de Figaro, the two giants of 19th century opera: Wagner with Tristan and Isolde, performed for the first time at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Verdi with I due Foscari and Falstaff.
From 30 June to 25 July 2021 / info and reservation here
Zik Zac Festival
A new edition of the Aix Festival of World Music in this magical and green setting. From Congolese rocker Jupiter & Okwess, to the Folies Berbères of Karimouche, passing by Voodoo Caribbean Rock with Moonlight Benjamin. The music matches all rhythms, and all genres, and is conjugated in all languages.
Théâtre de Verdure du jas De Bouffan, Avenue Saint-John Perse, 13090 Aix-en-Provence
From 15 to 23 July 2021 from 19:00 to 01:00 / Concerts free / more info here
Festival international de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron
The 41st edition of the Festival which delights piano lovers returns with a great programme and will be held from July 23 to August 18, 2021. The Parc du Château de Florans will host renowned artists and will resonate to the works of Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Rachmaninoff.
Parc du Château de Florans 13640 La Roque d’Anthéron
From 23 July to 18 August 2021 / Info and reservation here
Les Instants d’été
The city of Aix-en-Provence is offering the 17th edition of its open-air cinema festival – “Les Instants d’Eté” – which will take place from July 4 to August 29 2021 at nightfall at the Pavillon de Vendôme. Your cinema screen under the stars, wedged in your deckchair with your picnic basket.
Pavillon de Vendôme, 32 Rue Célony, 13100 Aix-en-Provence – except the 24 July (Cour Carrée de la bibliothèque Méjanes)
From 4 July to 29 August 2021 / more here
EXPO – Pharaon, Osiris et la momie
This exhibition on Ancient Egypt at the Granet Museum aims to show its entire ancient Egyptian collection. Among the major works you will see two magnificent contemporary bas-reliefs of the great pyramid of Cheops, several first-rate stelae, a sarcophagus and its mummy, the extraordinary mummy of the Nile monitor, of which we can see the tomography (section view of the object) to finally know precisely how the Egyptians embalmed it.
Musée Granet, Place Saint Jean de Malte 13100 Aix-en-Provence (Accès PMR : 18 Roux-Alphéran) Until 26 September 2021 / more info here
EXPO – Zao Wou-Ki, « Il ne fait jamais nuit »
The exhibition brings together nearly 80 works from 1935 to 2009 (oils on canvas, watercolors and Chinese inks on paper) from public and private collections. This set aims to bring to light one of the artist’s major creative themes: inventing new pictorial spaces built from his work on colour and the representation of light. Light and space are in fact inseparable in his work and allow us to understand his recurring objective of “showing” what is not seen and which inhabits it, “the interior space”. Hôtel de Caumont – Center d ‘ Art until October 10, 2021
EXPO – #HURLEALAVIE
More than 500 people, of which I was one ;-), were welcomed at Studio CKEIP from January to March 2021 to shout at the lens of the Aix photographer Christophe Keip and bring out all the emotions contained since the start of the health crisis. This exhibition, a mirror of our society in the midst of a pandemic, pays tribute to them.
Galerie Zola / Cité du Livre from 25 June to 11 September 2021, Tuesday to Saturday 13:00 to 18:00,
EXPO – le Surréalisme et la littérature
The exhibition, which will begin on Wednesday 7 July, aims to highlight the incredible inventiveness of the Surrealist movement through works that are the fruit of their experiences such as automatic drawing and writing, hypnotic sleep, exploration of second states consciousness, collage, and collective research. The visitor will be invited to take a romantic journey beyond dreams and reality, from poem to blackboard, and from painting to object, moving from writing to images and vice versa, with works by Man Ray, Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Paul Eluard, André Breton, Louis Aragon, René Magritte, Salvador Dali and many others …
From 7 July 2021 at 21 Bis Mirabeau
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:30 to 18:30, free entry.
by Chloé Jacquety