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Carrières de Lumières 2021 Program and Updates

Carrières de Lumières, the former quarry now a centre for immersive art displays, has announced its theme for 2021, and it’s one that should prove popular with the Aixois. The 2021 show, at Les Baux de Provence, will be a celebration of the work of Paul Cezanne.

This show’s design and production are being masterminded by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, who produced the excellent ‘Chagall, A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in 2017.  Of course, it won’t be the first time that Cézanne’s works have been featured: back in 2006, his paintings were celebrated to mark the centenary of his death. Continue reading here for the Aixcentric report on new global venues for these multi-media art shows by Culturespaces.

Visitor Tips for Carrières de Lumières

Carrières de Lumières website

The best time to visit Carrières de Lumières is early in the morning, or late afternoon after 17h, otherwise, parking can be a bit of a nightmare.

The projection typically lasts about 35-40 minutes, repeating a loop throughout the day. Once you have paid the entry fee, you can stay and watch the loop as many times as you like.

Carrières de Lumières is the largest fixed multimedia installation in France. The 14-metre high walls are the backdrop that 70 video projectors use to broadcast images.

The show is suitable for anyone with mobility issues as are there are few stairs and wheelchair (or baby pram) ramps where necessary.

The interior of the space is fresh, which is fabulous on a hot summer day. However, even then it can feel cold, so it is best to bring a sweater or coverup.

Buy your tickets online to avoid the lineup. You can purchase a combination ticket that allows access to the Château des Baux-de-Provence as well.

There is a small café on-site for a drink or light snack.

Open daily:
January, March, November and December: 10h-18h
April, May, June, September and October: 9h30-19h
July and August: 9h30-19h30
The last entry is one (1) hour before closing
Covid-19 protocols are in place – social distancing and masks required.

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Aixcentric was set up by Lynne Alderson three years ago as a channel to send out info on events taking place around Aix as well as news, relevant books, the latest films, new shops and of course where to eat locally. Why?

According, to Lynne:

"It came about out of frustration with the lack of communication in the town. Posters would suddenly go up about an event that week. No prewarning. I had difficulty too in finding information from many of the tourist offices. Things are slowly getting better and there is sometimes information in English. Hopefully by keeping an eagle eye on the local press and talking with contacts in town, I can publicize fun things that people would otherwise miss. It's a ragbag of info that I come across on my travels. I've published nearly 600 posts now and have lots of followers so hopefully, it is fulfilling its role of helping people, residents and visitors alike, get the most of their time in Aix."

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