Cap culture : les festivals, les évènements !

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With photography, jazz, world music, classical music, theatre, contemporary art, literature, street performances, major exhibitions, digital art, sound art and much more, there is a plethora of contemporary culture in PROVENCE PAYS D'ARLES. A great many events, places and designers contribute to a rich and permanent cultural programme. This programme reaches its peak during the summer period but continues all year round.

With photography, jazz, world music, classical music, theatre, contemporary art, literature, street performances, major exhibitions, digital art, sound art and much more, there is a plethora of contemporary culture in PROVENCE PAYS D'ARLES. A great many events, places and designers contribute to a rich and permanent cultural programme. This programme reaches its peak during the summer period but continues all year round.

The (international photography) Encounters in Arles

The Arles Encounters (July-September) earn the title of the oldest and most popular festival in PROVENCE PAYS D’ARLES (84,000 visitors for the 2011 event). This summer photography festival, created in 1970 by the Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, the writer Michel Tournier and the historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette, has become an international event. Your participation in the Festival will begin with a long stroll around the city's various heritage sites, where more than 60 exhibitions are displayed every year. The highlight of the festival, during opening week (1st week in July) includes a number of photographic events, including evening screenings, courses, exhibition visits, debates, symposiums, evening events and book signings. In the evening, when night falls and the heat has waned a little, you can take your place on the stands of the Théâtre Antique and witness an evening screening, an original production on the theme of photography: presentation of a photograph, film, carte blanche for a photography specialist, concert or performance.

SUDS A ARLES Festival

Once the screen of the Théâtre Antique has been lowered for the Encounters, the monument hosts the SUDS A ARLES Festival dedicated to world music. SUDS à ARLES allows the city to experience unusual and festive rhythms. Talented young performers, figures symbolic of a culture or a country, or recognised international artists enliven every part of the city, its heritage and architecture, day and night. Since its creation in 1996, the SUDS A ARLES Festival has welcomed all the great names of world music, from Cesaria Evora to Goran Bregovic.

Alpilles-Provence'Art Festival

Another event, the Alpilles-Provence'Art (APART) Festival has become an unmissable rendez-vous for contemporary art. In July and August, the Alpilles become a gigantic open-air gallery. APART is completely free, promoting a diverse range of disciplines and favouring exchanges between artists and the public. During these six weeks, you can enjoy in situ installations in Tarascon, Mas-Blanc-les-Alpilles, Saint-Étienne-du-Grès, Fontvieille, Maussane-les-Alpilles, Mouriès, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux-de-Provence.

The Alpilles Festival

The Alpilles Festival, which takes place from June to August every year, involves 'music of the land', with its origins in rural life and work in the fields. It promotes conviviality and authenticity and offers a series of concerts from Tarascon to Lamanon via Paradou, Mouriès, Les Baux-de-Provence and Saint-Etienne-du-Grès. On the stage depending on the year: Blues, Country, African music, Irish music, Gypsy music, etc.

ZINZAN Festival

The ZINZAN FESTIVAL also takes place in August in the Alpilles. This popular dance and music laboratory echoes from the citadel of Les Baux-de-Provence to the arenas of the village of Orgon. These dancing and gastronomic jewels snake across the land from the Alpilles to the River Durance. This programme is particularly full during the summer period but continues all year round.

Land Art, Nude Photography and Digital Culture

Other unusual events not to be missed: in May the European Nude Photography Festival (Arles) and In Situ (Land Art in Camargue), in June the Off-Beat Horizons Festival in Verquières, in July Encounters with the Stars (cinema in Arles), Blues Nights (Cabannes), in October (Digital October) and in December, Strange Christmas (Street Show in Arles).

Whenever you arrive in Pays d'Arles, you will definitely be able to visit one of these special exhibitions, which contribute to the cultural renown of the region. They are organised by the museums and heritage sites and arouse the interest of tens if not hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The following are engraved in people's memories due to their high quality and large numbers of visitors: the Christian Lacroix Exhibition (Réattu Museum), the 'Caesar and the Rhône' Exhibition (MDDA) and the 'Aman' Exhibition in Les Baux-de-Provence. Other unmissable cultural venues include the Théâtre d’Arles, the Théâtre de Tarascon and the Chapel of Méjean, where fans of classical music and jazz meet for a full and eclectic programme: Piano Week (January), Holy Week in Arles (March) and Jazz in Arles (May).

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