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Exhibition 2010 : Granet museum - Aix-en-Provence


Alechinsky : les ateliers du midi
From the 5th of June to the 3rd of october 2010

In view of Marseille 2013, European Capital of Culture, the Granet Museum in Aix-en-Provence celebrates the love of this artist for the south of France during an exhibition of international scope.
Since the 50s, Alechinsky draws his inspiration from Southern France, be it in Montpellier, in the Cevennes, the Alpilles or the foot of the Sainte Victoire mountain near Aix-en-Provence ... The Granet Museum offers a exceptional exhibition of this major figure in contemporary art.

Musée Granet, Place Saint-Jean-de-Malte, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, tel. : +33 442 161 091


Festivals in Provence


The International festival of Piano

The La Roque d'Anthéron Piano Festival has been the place for pianists with the courage to express their originality and their personality. The wise, the insolent and the prodigious - poets all - are reborn each year under the ancient plane trees of the Parc de Florans and the starry vault of the Provençal evenings.


The Festival of Avignon is considered as a major event, and a "must" on the French theatrical calendar, the Avignon Festival has attracted the attention of professionals and amateurs from all over the world, and has over the years amassed a large number of faithful observers and commentators


The Chorégies d'Orange festival dates from 1860 and is the oldest festival in France... the perfectly preserved Roman Theatre, which can hold 9,000 spectators, and which still has its stage wall, the guarantee of exceptional acoustics, and to their vocation, which is lyrical and musical performances, placing them among the very best French festivals and certainly one with an indisputable international reputation.


The Festival of Aix-en-Provence 2010 edition

The 2010 edition of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence marks the start of a new cycle, it is the illustration of all the themes and fundamental elements making up the present identity of the Festival and that we are willing to develop in the years to come.

Don Giovanni and Alceste in the courtyard of the Archvêché show a return to the roots of the Festival, a dialogue between two artists who admired and influenced each other, it is a way to revisit the art and thought of the Age of Enlightenment.

Rameau and Stravinsky will resound through the Grand Théâtre de Provence in productions meant to remind us that contemporary dance and ancient techniques such as shadow theaters and Vietnamese water puppets nurture and foster the Opera of the 21st century.

The Return – El regreso by Oscar Strasnoy, a world creation based on Alberto Manguel’s libretto, takes the form of a journey through exile, an initiation journey through which the shadow of Virgil follows the protagonists – Dido and Aeneas meet up with Argentina’s recent history – and gives the narrative a universal scope.

This 2010 edition also celebrates the return to the Grand Saint-Jean, a magical site that has been discovered and loved by a large audience since 1999 thanks to the Festival. There, we will explore the multiple links between nature and the opera, music, dance, litterature...

The Grand Saint-Jean naturally becomes an ideal place to welcome the lyric productions of our Académie whose European vocation intensifies as an ambitious European network is being created. The Académie also proposes a large program of master classes, concerts, and encounters at the heart of the city of Aix.

The concerts are highly colourful, from Monteverdi’s Vespers to the works of Jonathan Harvey, as well as Beethoven, Berlioz, Schumann, Sibelius, but also a journey through Mediterranean musics.

This Festival will also welcome the London Symphony Orchestra for the beginning of a residence meant to last several years, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, the legendary musical director associated to this prestigious phalanx formation for half a century. The LSO also shows the greatest sensitivity to everything concerning artistic education and creative projects involving fragile young people.




Catherine Biglietti est installée à Cabriès en Provence, Catherine mène une recherche sur les corps en mouvement à travers le travail de la terre.
Repousser chaque jour les contraintes techniques et mieux comprendre ce matériau à la fois ample et simple, cuire, élaborer des patines...

Musée de la Lavande  

The Lavanders Museums based in hamlet of Coustellet approx 50 mn. drive from Villa Valbelle, in the direction of Avignon. Owned by the Luncelé family for generations.

1st February until December 31th

Zoo de la Barben  

Zoo de la Barben, the largest zoological garden in the south-east of France, approx 20 mn drive from Villa Valbelle, near Salon-de-Provence.

Open everyday 10 am - 6 pm

Le Village des Automates  

Automate Village

open 1st April - 30th September, everyday 10.00am - 06.00pm

Les chevauchées du Soleil  

Les chevauchées du Soleil, horseriding in the heart of the Camargue.

Open all year round.

Thermes Sextius  

Thermes Sextius

Pamper yourself at the thermal spa built on the original ancient Roman site in the center of Aix.

Open all year round.

Le Verdon en Rafting  

Aqua viva est

Explore the Gorges du Verdon, rafting, kayaking, and other water sports.

Open April to September.

Provence Live  

Provence Live

An Aix-perience guaranteed… Communication network linking Aix-en-Provence and the world beyond with a selection of the best the region has to offer.

Golf en Provence  


Enjoy ther prestigious 18 hole golf-course at Port -Royale only 25 min from Villa Valbelle


Bed & Breakfast


La Combe fleurie

Bed & Breakfast
Agnès and Donald Clark
Ecrins Champsaur




Aéroport Marseille Provence

Aéroport Marseille Provence

Aix en bus

Aix en bus

Météo France

Météo France