AIMAC 2015


June 26th > July 1st

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 Sunday, June 28th 18:00

Visit and cocktail at Hôtel de Gallifet

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Located in the middle of Aix-en-Provence, near from the Fountain of the 4 dolphins, from july 2010, Hôtel Gallifet is dedicaded to become a crucial adress for exchanges and artistic meeting for art lovers.

 Monday, June 29th 12:45

Guided tour and lunch at Pavillon de Vendôme

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The Pavillon de Vendôme was built on the orders of Louis Mercoeur, Duke of Vendôme, as a hideaway for his passionate love affair with Lucrezia de Forbin Solliès, known as the "Belle of Canet." Surrounded by a beautiful French garden, the main facade is flanked with beautiful Baroque Atlantes symbolizing dawn and dusk.

 Tuesday, June 30th 18:30 - 21:00

Free visit of Aix-en-Provence - Guided tours on reservation

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Track 1 : Discovering Aix-en-Provence Heritage:
Museum of tapestries, Noh Theater, Cézanne's studio

The Tapestry Museum is housed in the reception apartments of the former Archbishop's Palace. It displays a rich collection of tapestries from the 17th and 18th centuries, including the so-called "Grotesques", theatrical decor woven in Beauvais around 1689, and the only example in the world of "The Story of Don Quixote" (1735). Since 1979, the museum has also housed an Art collection of contemporary textile and organizes modern and contemporary Art exhibitions throughout the year. A section of the museum is dedicated to performing arts, illustrated by models, costumes and documents on the history of the lyric art Festival.
The Noh Theatre is an exceptional place with a worldwide reputation. The stage is the only one outside Japan to be made of Japanese Cypress trees (Hinoki). This is a treasure not only for France but for Europe, and another landmark for Aix-en-Provence.
More than a museum, Cézanne's studio (also known as the Lauves studio) is a real place of memories, with Cezanne's personality stamped on it. Created in 1954, it displays the painter's familiar objects and reveals his artistic preferences. The workshop has an audio-visual room that shows movies and CD-ROMs. Guided tours are organized for individuals and groups. It is here, in the last Aix-en-Provence studio of the father of contemporary art, that the presence of the Master is felt most strongly.

Track 2 : Discovering the new cultural forum:
Pavillon Noir, Centre Chorégraphique National (Ballet Preljocaj), Cité du Livre Méjanes, Conservatoire Darius Milhaud

The Grand Théâtre de Provence, designed by the Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti, was completed in May 2007 and inaugurated at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with a performance of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre. The building is an architectural challenge. It is composed of an entire curve, with a seating capacity of 1,350, and 950 of these places in the stalls. It is located in the area between the new town and the historical center of Aix (cf:

Aix Cultural Forum
Four exceptional buildings and facilities: the Méjanes library containing the Albert Camus archive, the National Choreography Center with the Ballet Preljocaj, the Grand Théâtre de Provence (GTP) and the Conservatory of music and dance… Within six years, the Aix Cultural forum became a reality. Unique in Europe, this forum has been designed to create an urban link between the historic center and adjacent districts.

The Pavillon Noir houses the National Choreographic Center and the Preljocaj Ballet. Designed by the architect Rudy Ricciotti, opened in 2006, this cube has four rehearsal rooms and one theatre stage. The Choreographic center hosts contemporary ballets, while the Preljocaj Ballet performs all over the world. Its policy of openness has helped popularize dance in Aix and the surrounding area.

La Cité du livre (City of books) was created from a 15,000 m² industrial redevelopment site in 1989; it houses many literary works. The Méjanes library at the heart of the building welcomed 300,000 visitors in 2011.

The Darius Milhaud Conservatory, designed by Kengo Kumaqui as an origami-shaped monolith, can receive up to 1,200 students and has a 55-seat auditorium, 62 music teaching rooms, two drama teaching rooms and four dance studios. It opened in September 2013 and is the biggest Conservatory in France.


 Wednesday, July 1st morning

La Friche de la Belle de Mai: visiting artists' studios

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An Art factory, an area devoted to life and culture in Marseille, founded in 1992 on the site of the former Seita Tobacco Factory, the Friche de la Belle de Mai or "Wasteland" is now one of the major cultural centers of the Provence-Alps-Côte d'Azur region.

A place of creation and innovation, of opportunities supported by 70 organizations (nearly 500 artists, producers, etc.) who by working on the site, have allowed everyone's experiences to develop and grow. At La Friche de la Belle de Mai, we imagine, we create, so that each idea can find its area of application.

All forms of artistic expression can be found. All trends, all generations. Surprises, meetings, debates... often unexpected, are spreading through the streets of this 45,000 m2 village.

 Wednesday, July 1st 17:30 -19:45

Architectural guided tours of the cultural district of the Museum of European.

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Marseilles welcomes the first national museum dedicated to the great Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean which opened in 2013 as part of the European Capital of culture events in Marseilles. The MuCEM is a multidisciplinary place open to all, where anthropology, history, archaeology, art history and contemporary art find a common meeting ground. It presents a cultural, social but also scientific exploration of the plurality of the civilizations in the Mediterranean world from prehistoric times to the present day. The MuCEM is also a real city of knowledge and exchange which tackles the world's current issues: as well as its major exhibitions, it offers public lectures, discussions, performing arts, cinema, documentaries, performances or just pleasant strolls through the Mediterranean gardens of Fort Saint-Jean. Floating between the sky and the sea, the MuCEM is a large-scale project for the Mediterranean due to its location. Looking out over the sea, it maps out a horizon where the two Mediterranean coastlines meet (cf:

Next to the MuCEM, is the Villa Méditerranée, a place dedicated to encouraging Mediterranean cooperation, and raising awareness of issues affecting this area. It also opened its doors in 2013. Its design by architect Stefano Boeri is a unique technical feat with a spectacular 40-metre overhang.

 Wednesday, July 1st 20:30

Gala Dinner at the Palais du Pharo, in the Salon Eugénie

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The Palais du Pharo in Marseilles is a monument which was commissioned by Napoleon III as a residence for Empress Eugenie in the second half of the nineteenth century. It now belongs to the city of Marseille and is a venue for conferences and events. The site also hosts the presidency of Aix Marseille University. The palace has been beautifully renovated and at night offers a stunning view of the illuminated landmarks of Marseille.