The Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur region celebrates Marseille Provence 2013

In 2013, Marseille and Provence become the European Capital of Culture

Among the many celebrations scheduled in 2013, Marseille-Provence will be hosting a series of major art exhibitions, inviting people from around the globe to get together to pay tribute the world’s masters of painting, sculpture, music and art in general. In addition to the events scheduled every year (International Photo Festival, Aix Festival, Orange Opera Festival, etc.), culture lovers will be spoilt for choice this year in Provence!

Marseille-Provence 2013 unites 97 towns around a fantastic cultural project. The area is currently undergoing major transformations, with 60 rehabilitation, conversion or building sites commissioned from the world’s top architects (Rudy Ricciotti, Kengo Kuma, Stefano Boeri, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Massimiliano Fuksas, Tadeshi Kawamata, etc.), and a total investment of 660 million euro. And although Marseille-Provence is undergoing a radical makeover, it continues to boast all the charm instilled by its 2,600 year-old history…

The title of the European Capital of Culture (which means «sharing the Midi’s») is to be experienced like an amazing adventure, an eclectic celebration that lifts the spirit with a programme of events to delight the eyes! It includes a series of extraordinary events, which in their own way together form a choir that sings of interchange and discourse between the two shores of the Mediterranean, and tells the tale of the «partage des midis».

The year is split into three parts

Part 1, from January to May: «Marseille-Provence welcomes the world» shines a spotlight on the local traditions of hospitality, cosmopolitanism, inter-relations with others, and the blossoming of new urban cultures.

Part 2, from June to August: «Marseille-Provence under the open skies» celebrates summertime in Provence and its lovely evenings, with walks, hikes, and outdoor nocturnal shows held in unique locations.

Finally, part 3, from September to December: «Marseille-Provence of a thousand faces», takes place under the banner of togetherness. A symbol of sharing par excellence, cuisine is one of the special guests of honour.

Tan, climb, feast, learn

In addition to the exceptional programme of events, 2013 is also the perfect opportunity to discover—or rediscover—all that this outstanding region has to offer. Rocky inlets with clear blue waters, majestic forests, castles, mountains, and a range of aromas and colours—Provence’s collection of beauty is worthy of Prévert, much to the delight of 10 million tourists who visit from around the world each year. Whether travelling as a family, with friends, alone, or as lovers, the region will not fail to live up to your expectations. Perfect your tan on a beach of fine sand; hike up a hill or climb a mountain; sit down and watch a heart-rendering play; treat yourself to a bowl of bouillabaisse. All of this, and more, awaits. Marseille-Provence means plurality; and that means anything is possible.

From European metropolis to charming villages

First and foremost stands Marseille, with its rich 2600-year old history marked by multiple cultures and races. But the region does not stop with this dynamic metropolis presently in the midst of architectural renewal. Camargue, Sainte-Victoire, Luberon, as well as the mountains of Alpes-du-Sud, to name just a few, are outstanding places to explore. Not to mention its countryside, dotted with small villages bursting with charm, history, life.

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