Provence is full to bursting with lively events – its cultural calendar has something for everyone from music and theatre to art and literature. Here are just a few of the highlights you can choose from…
Les Luminessences du Palais des Papes (12 Aug-30 Sep 2017)
Discover Avignon’s history through magnificent scenography and special effects: a visual narrative is projected on all the walls and floors of the palace’s Court of Honour. It’s a stunning 3D reconstruction for all ages that transforms this ancient structure into an open-air theatre.
Les Journées du Patrimoine (16-17 Sep 2017)
Important historic and cultural venues open their doors to the public for free and organise special displays.
Les Rencontres d'Arles (until 24 Sep 2017)
Through more than 60 exhibitions in various key venues around town, this international festival of photography has been contributing to France’s cultural heritage every summer since 1970 and is a true melting pot of contemporary creativity.
Les Vendanges Étoilées, Cassis (22-24 Sep 2017)
Wine has been produced in Cassis for millennia, 70% of which is dry white. This weekend festival sees chefs from all over the region offer demos and workshops, while Michelin-starred restaurants serve dinner under the stars and a farmers’ market sells divine local produce.
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez (30 Sep-8 Oct 2017)
The glitzy coastal resort’s most famous sailing event.
La Fiesta des Suds, Marseille (18-21 Oct 2017)
This emblematic festival celebrates warm autumn nights and the music of the south in a vibrant seaside atmosphere. It mixes genres, welcoming artists who really break the mould.
Le Pèlerinage aux Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (22 Oct 2017)
More intimate than the version held in May, the autumn pilgrimage in Saintes-Maries sees the town’s streets, squares and shore come alive with religious processions and blessings in the sea.