Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Descent of the Shepherds 24 December

Allauch, always good for Christmas atmosphere, has a live performance of the revelation of the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. It's entertaining even if you dont speak Provençal. It starts at 10:15 pm in the hills above the city and ends with the shepherds herding their sheep down the street to a living creche in the church for midnight mass that starts at 11pm. Just the ticket.

If you have young children aged 6-12 years, there are activities in the village on 24 December between 2 and 5pm.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Circus Performance by Cirque Eloize 8 December

The Montreal circus troupe Cirque Eloize has a a new production, Cirkoplis, which pays tribute to Bandes Desinées (cartoons). They promise to be as impressive as ever with their spectacular choreographed acrobatic performances.

They're at the Silo, an impressive venue for an impressive troupe, on Saturday 8 December at 8pm. Tickets are from 33€ to 44€, available on line from the Silo website.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas Market Allauch 8 and 9 December

Get into the mood by visiting Allauch's Provençal Christmas market, Santa will be there (of course), there are stalls selling food (marrons glacés, chocolate and local nougat) and drink and you'll find those elusive perfect Christmas presents. There will be activites for children of all ages. It starts on Saturday afternoon and is open Sunday from 10am.

You can also go to the Vieux Bassin to see Gilbert Orsini's animated creche. The whole gallery is filled with images of Provençal villages inhabited by santons spinning yarn, making bread and celebrating Christmas - definitely worth a look.

To get to Allauch from central Marseille take metro line 1 to La Rose and bus 144 from there.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Contemporary Dance 28 November to 1 December

Michel Kelemenis, the founder of KLAP-maison pour la danse in Marseille moves across to the Ballet National de Marseille to produce his work "le sixième pas", the sixth step. It will be performed by German dancer Katharina Christi and BNM's Japanese dancer Yasuuko Endo. The music is a composition by electroacoustics creator Christian Kanési.

The second performance is a piece by Yasuuko Endo himself: "Mayday, mayday this is...". he uses his experience of being in Tokyo during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami to inspire this work.

You can eat before or after the performance with tapas and drinks provided by La Boite a Sardine.
Perfomances are:
Wednesday 3:30 and 8:30pm
Thursday 8:30pm
Friday 8:30pm
Tickets are  9€ and 12€. To book telephone 04 91 327 327.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Design Tour Nocturne 22 November

Studio 19, along with a number of other galleries and shops, is taking part in the Design Tour this year. It runs from 21 to 24 November, with a "nocturne" on 22 November, so you can spend an evening strolling around the rues Paradis and Edmond Rostand admiring the latest in cool design.

There's also an exhibition sponsored by Elle Decroation called "Génération Design" at the Docks Marseille, 10 Place de La Joliette from 22 to 24 November, entry is free.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Festa Occitana at La Meson 10 and 11 November

Two concerts at La Meson this weekend.
On Saturday 10th it's d'Aqui Dub, their website says:
"Founded in 2001, D'aqui dub has had a long life, chaotic, voyaging. It drains and reincarnates, explores, experiences… even reinvents catalepsy… And is re-founded once again to propose No Specific Time."
It's a sort of Balkan meets Occitan sound and that man Arnaud Froment has a fine gravelly voice.

On Sunday Un Homme a Traversé le Monde
In contrast to Saturday, this is a performance by Renat Sette of his composition based on the poetry of Serge Bec. He is accompanied by Diego Lubrano on guitar, Patrick Ferné on double bass and Aurélie Lombard on accordion.

Both concerts start at 8pm and cost 10€ (plus 3€ seasonal membership if you haven't joined already)

Friday, 2 November 2012

Food and Wine Festival Allauch 4 November

Go along to the village of Allauch for a Sunday treat. It's the annual festival of food and wine. It runs all day and features wine from all over France and local specialities such as tapenade, aubergine caviar and olive oil. You can also enjoy some provençal music and dancing presented by Leis Ami d'Alau.

To get there take metro line 1 to La Rose and bus 144 to the terminus in Allauch village.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Concert of Egyptian Music 26 October

The Archives and Library Gaston Defferre (18-20 rue Mirès) has exhibitions and events all about Egypt running from October to December. On 26 October there is a concert of classical and improvised Egyptian music, described as deep and meditative, with Oud and Flute. The perfomance is by Hazem Shaheen (Oud) and Naïssam Jalal (Flute).

It starts at 7pm and entry is free. If you miss it, the exhibition of photographs: Egypt, clear and obscure, continues until 22 December.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Contemporary Art Gallery Opening 12 October

At 6pm on Friday 12 October the Galerie Breteuil, 91 rue Breteuil, will open its doors with an exhibition "Regards Croisées". All three featured artists will be there: Cédric Bambini, Martine d'Olivo and Marie Riontino. The gallery is the latest addition to Marseille's contemporary art scene. The owners Caroline Floch and Serge Ravaut are artists who want to share their passion for art. They promise to exhibit accessible art that you will want to look at again and again in your own home.

Martine d'Olivo
The opening is 6pm to 8pm on 12 October (get an invitation from the website) and then the gallery will be open Tuesdays to Saturdays 11am to 7pm (9pm on Thursdays)

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Jazz at Cri du Port 4 October - HKBM Orchestra

It's the start of the festival Jazz sur la Ville, with 30 events in 20 venues across Marseille between 4 and 26 October.

The Cri du Port starts the proceedings with a performance by the HKBM Orchestra, big band jazz. It starts at 8:30pm and costs12€

If you arive at 7pm you can particpiate in the opening of the exhibition of paintings by Brazilian Painter Fabio Cerqueira alias Binho. The exhibition lasts until 4 November.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

World Petanque Championship Marseille 4-7 October

Find out everything you need to know about Pétanque and watch the world's best players in competition. It's at the Palais des Sports, Parc Chanot and it's very important. It is the world championship with 48 nations taking part. Among the participants there are Scots, English, Irish, American and New Zealanders.

Image courtesy of FIPJP website
It's better to book ahead as many of the best seats have sold out. You can do so by visiting the website. Prices are from 6.50€ to 27.50€ per day or 60.50€ for a weekend pass.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Open Air Party, Palais Longchamp 30 September

The Association Aires Libres has got together with Marsatac to give you a day out for the family in the gardens of the Palais Longchamp. There will be children's theatre, music (for children and adults), art workshops, modelling, music mixing for beginners and activities too numerous to mention. From 10am to 7pm. Entry is free and a good time is guaranteed.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Marsatac 27-29 September

Three stages and non stop music from 8:45pm until 6am at the Dock des Suds. On the programme, hip-hop, electro, folk and pop with, amongst others, Spoek Mathambo, Mix Up Maroc, Mina May and Stuck in the Sound.
If you book via the Marsatac website, tickets are 26-28€ for one night, 50€ for two nights and 68€ for all three. If you just turn up it will cost 33€ a night. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Kabbalah at La Meson 28 September

To open their new season La Meson has invited Kabbalah to do their stuff. It's a fusion of Yiddish, English and Russian lyrics backed by strings, horns, percussion, vintage machines and music boxes, somewhere between slam rock and yid hop - marvellous! They're back from their tour of the globe and ready to entertain you once again at their spiritual home.

Album: Boxes, Bagels and Elephants

Doors open at 7:30. Entry is free to members. Membership is 3€ and includes a drink. It's advisable to book by ringing  04 91 50 11 61.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Barrio Chino at the Dock des Suds 21 September

For 20 years Barrio Chino have been creating their version of world music, mixing Catalonian Rumba with Cuban, Algerian, European and American styles. To celebrate their 20th year they are touring France and the world, starting at the Dock des Suds in Marseille. Catch them while you can, it may be some time before they're here again.

It starts at 7:30pm and it costs 11€.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Kite Festival 14-16 September

Around 200 kite artists from 14 countries will be taking part in festivites to celebrate the wind. This is the annual Fête du Vent. It takes place on the Plages du Prado over three days. There will be stands, demonstrations, windmills, musical instruments that use the wind, lots of flying kites and activities for the children (big and small). China will take centre stage to celebrate the 25 the anniversary of the twinning of Marseille with Shanghai.

Entry is free. The children's activities will take place on Saturday 2-6pm and Sunday 10-6pm.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Circus with a difference 26 - 30 September

After the success of their previous performance "Psy", the company Les 7 Doigts de la Main is returning to the Merlan theatre with a new performance "Traces".  They are a Quebec based company of performers who combine circus and theatre in a way that is thrilling and amazing. "Traces" is a mix of urban culture and acrobatics described as poetic and explosive, humorous and thoughtful.

Performances are at 8:30pm Wednesday to Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.
We're giving you early warning of this event because it is likely to be popular. You can book via the theatre's website, where you can also reserve a seat on the special bus from central Marseille, or register for car sharing.

You'll find more details of the performance on Les 7 Doigts de la Main Website

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Music by the sea 7 - 9 September

The company La Rumeur has collected together musicians and seafood sellers to entertain you at the Plages de Corbières, L'Estaque. On the programme:
  • Friday 7 September at 8:30pm « Lyrico déjanté » Cathy Heiting & Jonathan Soucasse La fanfare « Gershwin & Fire » from the Company La Rumeur.
  • Saturday 8 September at 8:30pm « Fantaisiste » Pierre-Yves Plat [classical & jazz ] | Fanfare Fiera Brass [1930s New Orleans jazz].
  • Sunday 9 September from 4pm - « en famille » with practical art workshops. 

For more information: 04 91 84 31 68 - 06 68 51 44 55  -

Friday, 31 August 2012

Rise Up Party, Le Poste à Galene, 7 September

No Boxes, No Boundaries is an association created by students with the goal of bringing new and eclectic forms of art and culture to a wide audience. It was launched in Paris but is now organizing an event - Rise Up Party - in Marseille, a city that they have fallen in love with.

There is an exhibition of photographs of New York by Tom Escarmelle and four DJs playing Hip-Hop and Dubstep. 10 €, Le Poste à Galene, 103 Rue Ferrari on 7 September.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Borderline Festival Saturday 1 September

Borderline is collective that produces events at venues with a difference, on London buses (in Marseille), on boats, on roofs and, on 1 September, at the Chateau de la Buzine (Marcel Pagnol's "chateau de ma mère"). From 5pm to midnight the music, food, drink, boules etc takes place outside the chateau and from midnight to 4am the music continues inside. That way they won't disturb the neighbours and wildlife. It features Dr Day, Zuzoom and DJ Moar (outside) and Venice Beach and Villanova (inside).

It costs 26.40€ for the whole thing, or 20.60€ for the outside event and 15€ for the indoor event. Tickets available on line from Digitick

Thursday, 23 August 2012

German Beer Festival in Allauch, 25 August

A little bit of Bavaria in Provence, the 23rd Allauch Beer Festival is a celebration of the village's twin town Vaterstetten in Bavaria. So you can dress in Lederhosen (if you must), drink beer and eat sauerkraut. It's a bit pricey at 34€ a head but good German beer is hard to find in these parts. It's at the Gymnase Jacques Gaillard (Pie d'Autry) at 8pm. Take a taxi!

You need to reserve, to do so ring: or contact the Allauch Tourist office, e-mail, tel:

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Yusa and Lizzy Parks perform by the sea 14 August

The open air amphitheatre by the sea, Théâtre Silvain (Bus 83 to Fausse Monnaie), finishes its summer season on 14 August with a concert by Yusa and Lizzy Parks. Yusa is a Cuban singer/song writer, often compared to Tracy Chapman for her style of bitter sweet compositions. She won the BBC World Music awards for best newcomer and best Latin American performer. She plays guitar, keyboard and percussion mastering funk, rap, jazz and soul styles.

Lizzy Parks is the new discovery of the British label Tru Thoughts. She has a voice that will "transport you to unexplored places".

The venue is open 6pm to 11pm. Tickets cost 10€ (free for under 18s) and you can buy them in advance from digitick. You can take a picnic and/or try the tapas and cocktails that are on offer.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Rare Concert at Notre Dame de la Garde 11 August

Concerts in Notre Dame de la Garde don't happen very often so make the most of it.

At 8pm on Saturday 11 August the Swiss bi-lingual boys' choir La Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs de Fribourg will be perfoming pieces by J S Bach, Gounod and Scarlatti. Entry is free.

Maîtrise de Fribourg

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Opera by the sea, Madam Butterfly, 11 and 13 August

Go along to the Théâtre Silvain, an open air amphitheatre facing the sea, this weekend and watch a performance of Madam Butterfly. It's not the full blown opera, it's a perfomance with singers and piano. the singing will be the orginal Italian with a narration in French. It starts at 9pm but the gates open at 7:30 so you can take a picnic. There are two performances on 11 and 13 August.

You can get tickets (8€ and 10€) from Espace Culture. To get to the venue, take the 83 bus to Fausse Monnaie, or there's a ferry boat from the Vieux Port that costs 8€. To book the ferry send a mail to accueil@croisiè,

Friday, 3 August 2012

Massilia Rock Festival Escale Borely 3-5 August

The sixth edition of Massilia Rock takes place this weekend at the Escale Borely. A free musicfest by the sea, with music workshops, a rock fashion parade with big red British double decker buses and of course music, local and European. You can see/hear Mary has Gun (from Aix), Wayaz (soul/rock from Marseille), Partik Monkeys (from Glasgow), Black Candy Store from Sweden and lots more. There is also a competition/showcase for new musicians.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Jazz to start the weekend, 3 August

In concert at the Latté on Friday evening, Mariannick Saint-Céran, Paul Pioli and Hubert Rousselet. Mariannick, Réunionaise born in Madagascar, will be perfoming songs from her first album along with tributes to the great divas of jazz and a little bit of Bossa Nova.

Mariannick Saint-Céran, photo by François Guinard

The Latté is a restaurant, tea shop and music club in the Panier, 16 rue Echêvé. The concert is at 9pm on Friday 3 August. A fine start to the weekend.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Dancing in the Street, Sunday 29 July

Take advantage of the balmy evenings to go along to the bandstand at the top of the Canebière and take part in the last of the season's Rendez-vous du Kiosque with Bal Décalé. The band was born from a meeting of 4 musicians from Poum Tchack and features Marseillais singer Mr K and double bassist Abdenor Natouri, with "Pee Wee" (Jean-philippe Steverlynck), violin - Alex Morier, guitar - Olivier Dambezat, guitar  and Sam Bobin, drums. They offer a mixture of (among others) swing, rock and roll, New Orleans jazz and tango.

You can also listen and dance to music from the 80s provided by DJ K-RO.

It starts at 6pm and its free to all!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tango in the open air, 20 July

You can watch the dancing, you can listen to the music or you can dance. Courtesy of La Rue du Tango, if you go along to the square in front of Gare Saint Charles at 8pm on Friday you can enjoy an evening of tango with Tangaéro and DJ Benoit le Noir. It's free and if you go to the Rue du Tango website you can take part in the photography competition, with prizes for the best pictures.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Recital at Saint Victor Abbey 15 July

An unusual concert with an unusual instrument, at Saint Victor Abbey. Valentin Tournet will perform variations on the theme of La Folia (songs and dances popular in Spain and Portugal in the middle ages). He plays the Viola da Gamba, a baroque musical instrument, not to be confused with a violin. The recital starts at 5pm and it's free. You can take the opportunity to admire the abbey at the same time.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Ahmad Compaore Trio 13 July

This is one of a series of events taking place at the Théâtre Silvain, an open air amphitheatre just above the Corniche (Anse de Fausse Monnaie - take the 83 bus to Fausse Monnaie and walk up the steps). Go along to see the drummer, percussionist and composer Ahmad Compaoré, performing with Jeff Kellner (guitar), Sylvain Terminiello (double bass)  and special guest Christophe LeLiol (bugle and trumpet).   It starts at 9pm and it's free.

Ahmad Compaoré
There is also a projection of the 1969 Egyptian film, by Shadi Abdel Salam, La Momie (The Mummy).

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Roberto Alagna sings at Villeneuve-Bargemon 7 July

If you're near the Vieux Port this evening there's an operatic concert featuring Franco-Italian tenor Roberto Alagna and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille. It's in the open air at Esplanade Villeneuve-Bargemon, next to the Hôtel de Ville. It starts around 8:30 and it's free.

Roberto Alagna

There is also, throughout July, an exhibition of calligraphy in the Espace Villeneuve-Bargemon supported by Marseille Esperance.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Mimi Festival Îles de Frioul 6-8 July

Take a trip (or two) to the Îles de Frioul this weekend to listen to the music and soak up the atmosphere of the islands. There are concerts galore, guided walks and a cookery workshop to help you prepare your concert picnic. It's all organised by AMI (Aide aux Musiques Innovatirces) and artists performing include Blurt from the UK, Orchestra of Spheres from New Zealand and, a world premiere outside Vanatu (Nouvelle Calédonie) for the Peirua String Band. Details in French and English on the AMI/MIMI website.

You can buy a three day ticket in advance for 49€ (concert and ferry crossing) through digtick, you can buy day tickets in advance for 19.99 from digitick Carrefour and FNAC, or you can buy tickets on the day for 25€ at the Vieux Port. If you have mobility problems ring the advance booking office for advice +33(0)4 95 04 95 50.  

Wild camping is prohibited on the islands.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Rock Island Festival 28 June to 1 July

The first Rock Island open air festival of electro-pop and DJ mixes. Four nights of live music and DJs in the Fort d'Entrecastaux, walking distance from the Vieux Port. It features Tomorrow's World, Poney Poney Run Run, Digitalism Live, Housse de Racket and much much more - lose yourself in the music.

Tickets must be bought in advance from digitick from 29€ for one night to 99€ for a four night pass.

Fort Entrecasteaux

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Feast of Saint John 23 & 24 June Allauch

A bit of Provençal tradition. The patron saint of the region is celebrated in different villages during the spring and summer. In Allauch on Saturday evening it's the procession and lighting of the fire of Saint Jean and on Sunday it's the great parade with working horses and decorated wagons. The local restaurants will be serving Aïoli (you probably need to book). A festive atmosphere in a village on the outskirts of Marseille. The programme is on the village website.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Fête de la Musique 21 June

This year the fête de la musique is celebrating 50 years of pop music. If you venture outdoors on the evening of 21 June you will come across music, in the street, in the cafés and bars and parks and on the beach.  There is too much going on the list it all. Dont worry it's not all pop music.

Here is a taster of what's on offer.

9pm at Théâtre Silvain (an open air amphitheatre above the Corniche, bus 83 to stop Fausse Monnaie)  Concert by the Orchestra of Avignon Provence playing Strauss, Brahms, Mozart, Messager and many more.

9pm at Le Poste à Galène (103 rue Ferrari 13005) 100% pop rock Marseillais: The Magnets, The Last and Bird in Shell. Entry free.

9pm at Palais Longchamp the group Big Band, 17 musicians from the orchestra of the national conservatoire will perform some jazz classics.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Festival Time Le Panier 15 & 16 June

It's in the open air. It's free and the sun is shining. Cant think of a reason not to go to Le Panier and see what's going on. They have art, music, boules competitions and processions. On Friday at 9:45 it the Panier's time to celebrate lighting the fire of Saint John (le feu de Saint Jean) accompanied by Irish/Celtic band Phoçair. On Saturday there's a Sardinade at lunchtime and Susheela Raman (Tamil/UK) and Tchanelas (festive Rumba) in the evening. Go along and enjoy. Details are on the Fete du Panier website

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Omri Mor Trio at Cri du Port 7 June

Go along to the Cri du Port to see jazz pianist Omri Mor playing with Nenad Vasilic (double bass) and Karim Ziad (drums). The trio played to unanimous acclaim at the 21st Tel Aviv Jazz Festival. Omri Mor has been playing the piano since he was 7 years old and his experience of classical, latin and afro-cuban music all contributes to his particular jazz style. A pleasant way to spend a Thursday evening.

The concert starts at 8:30 and costs 10/12€ plus 1€ seasonal membership.

Omri Mor, courtesy Cri du Port website.

Friday, 1 June 2012

On Your Bikes in Marseille 1-3 June

Make way for this year's cycling festival (Fête de vélo).

Fête du Vélo Parade Castellane

  • 1 June: Alleycat, an urban cycle race involving collecting and delivering certain items to different part of the city. It is open to all cyclists and there are prizes. It will set off from behind the cathedral Major (rue Marchetti) at 5pm.
  • 2 June: at 2pm: Bike Polo, where avenue Corderie/Corse crosses rue d'Endoume
  • 3 June: at 10 am the Grand Bike Parade starts from the Park of the 26th Century; between 12 and 6pm there will be food, music, activities and cycle rides along the Corniche; at 3pm a bike ride will depart from the Corniche to try out part of the new GR2013 (the walking/cycling route created for Marseille Provence's Capital of Culure year).
For more details of all of this visit the Fête du Vélo website.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Art in the Open Air 24 May to 3 June

The artists have taken over the gardens of the Maison Blanche (mairie of the 9 and 10 arrondissements) as part of the 4th Festival of Ephemeral Art. There are trees that weep, rhinos sleeping, words growing in the grass and lots more to feed your imagination. 19 artists have taken part, in partnership with selected students from the Ecole Supérieur d'Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerranée.

The gardens are open from 10 am to 6pm every day. The Maison Blanche is at 150 Boulevard Paul Claudel, Metro line 2 to Dromel then bus 16 or 16S to Claudel Mairie des 9 et 10 or Vallon de Toulouse.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

A night at the museum 19 May

As part of European Museums Night, a number of Marseille's museums are hosting special events and staying open, with free access, until midnight.
At the Vieille Charité there are interviews, music workshops and performances of music and dance. You can also see the Hunderdwasser exhibition for free.
For the children there is free entry to the Preau des Accoules with it's exhibition of sculpture from the Musée Cantini.

 MAC has a Franco Tunisian poetry performance Affaires et Peines and is showing the film Premier Opus d'Amelie Deron Cordina, with free entry to the Mediterranean Approaches exhibition.
Also open are: Musée des Docks Roman (in the Panier), Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle (Palais Longchamp), Musée Grobet Labadié (near Palais Longchamp) and the Musée de Faïence (Parc Pastré).

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Contemporary Art (and music) in Spring Part 2, 20 May

As part of the Spring of Contemporary Art, the American Gallery is opening a new exhibition on Sunday 20 May.  It features the work of David Scher.  The opening is from 2 - 7pm with a performance at 3pm by American Composer and banjo player Paul Ellwood. The exhibition continues until July 7 so if you can't make it to the opening, ring and arrange a visit to what promises to be an interesting exhibition in a beautiful location.

Notes by David Scher

Paul Ellwood

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Contemporary Art in Spring Part 1, 17-19 May

Heigh-Ho, Heigh Ho (on rentre au boulot!), Thierry Lagalia
The fourth Printemps de l'Art Contemporain (Spring of Contemporary Art) is called Sous le Sable, Beneath the Sand. It is organised by Marseille Expos and is a three day contemporary art festival with exhibitions all over the city.  It is organised around three art tours with openings, performances and lectures, featuring
Vieux Port/Panier to Belsunce on 17 May
 Longchamp/Belle de Mai on 18 May
La Plaine Cours Julien and Préfecture on 19 May. 
The galleries are open 3pm to 7pm with "nocturnes" up to 10pm on the featured day. Entry is free. You can download a plan showing the location of the galleries from the Marseille Expos website.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Classical Persian Music 12 May

As part of the second Indo-Persian Festival, which runs until 31 May, Shadi Fathi and Djamshid Chemirani will give a performance of classical Persian music at the Auditorium, Cité de la Musique 16 rue Bernard du Bois. The concert starts at 8:30pm on 12 May and costs 14/16€.

There will be Indian food available and there is a free children's workshop at 3:30. How can you resist?

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Festival of Contemporary Music, featuring the work of John Cage

From 9 to 19 May in various venues around Marseille you can hear and see performances of contemporary and experimental music and dance. The festival is organised by the Centre Nationale de Création Musicale (GMEM), and includes a sound installation on the roof of the Friche de la Belle de Mai, concerts to celebrate the centenary of American composer John Cage's birth and lots more. In all 27 events, 70 works, 40 composers, 9 new creations, 9 groups and orchestras, dance, video and a good time to be had by all.

Each event costs 6€ and the programme, with details of locations, is on the GMEM website

Friday, 27 April 2012

Make a film with Kinofada 28 April - 4 May

The first KinoKabaret in Marseille. Kinofada is an international network of people who are mad about making films. The KinoKabaret is an opportunity to make a short film and then show it to the public.
There are 2 sessions, one Saturday 28 April starting at 11am with a production meeting, with film projection at 8:30 on Monday 30th, and the second starting at 2pm on 1 May with projection at 8:30 on 4 May.
Costs 15€ for the first session, 20€ for the second and 30€ for both. You'll find details of how to register and how to get there on the KinoKabaret website (in English if you scroll down the page).

If you dont want to make the film you can always go along to the projections and see what Kinofadas can do.

Friday, 20 April 2012

An International Festival of Painfully Boring Films 20 - 24 April

Difficult to describe, a film festival with a difference, this is a selection of films have been chosen because they were considered to have "commercial handicaps" - too long, too political, too obscure, too odd ...  so, not necessarily painful or boring, maybe just a little bit challenging.

The films are at the Varietés cinema. On Saturday there's a cineconcert with a Danish/Swedish silent black and white film from 1922 "Häxan, la Sorcellerie à travers les âges", censored since it's release, which is said to have been influenced by the paintings of Bosch.

The festival runs from 21 to 24 April, details on the Chiant Website

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Brazilian Rhythms 21 April

Soak up some Brazilian rhythms with a touch of funk/jazz/reggae at el Ache de Cuba (108 Cours Julien, metro Notre Dame du Mont). Featuring Alexandro Manno (singing and percussion) and Marc Buccafuri (guitar). A little bit of Brazilian fiesta in the middle of Marseille.

Entry 5€ (plus small membership fee).