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Tintin in Provence a Feature Show at Carrières des Lumières

After a successful run in Paris, Tintin, The Immersive Adventure will arrive at Les Baux’s Carrières des Lumières on April 15.

The Carrières des Lumières, run by Culturespaces, pioneered the concept of immersive art some years ago. It has been so successful that other sites opened worldwide, in fascinating spots like a former foundry and a decommissioned submarine base. This year’s program at the Carrières des Lumières, The Dutch Masters from Vermeer to Van Gogh, exemplifies their creative team’s ability to combine art, music, and computer special effects into a mesmerizing program.

Tintin in Provence a Feature Show at Carrières des Lumières

©Culturespaces / Eric Spiller ©Hergé / Tintinimaginatio

Last year, Culturespaces designed a new program to pay tribute to Tintin, the famous reporter with the powder puff hair, whose voyages around the globe have been part of popular culture for nearly a century. A unique interpretation of author Hergé’s work, this immersive exhibition will enable both young people and adults to (re)explore the creative and fictional world of one of the twentieth century’s greatest cartoonists.

The show will feature Tintin, his dog Snowy, and their friends like Captain Haddock, the Thompson Twins, and Professor Sunflower. And let’s not forget the villains!

Tintin in Provence a Feature Show at Carrières des Lumières

©Culturespaces / Eric Spiller ©Hergé / Tintinimaginatio

Tintin, The Immersive Adventure will be shown every afternoon, starting at 2 pm, from April 15 to May 1. After that, it will show on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, beginning at 2 pm, from May 6. On those days, the regular Dutch Masters program will end at 2 pm.

More information and ticketing can be found here at the Carrières des Lumières website.

Visitor Information

Carrières des Lumières
Route de Maillane
13520, Les Baux-de-Provence

Carrières des Lumières is the largest fixed multimedia installation in France. The 14-metre-high walls are the backdrop for 70 video projectors broadcasting images. For more information, including hours and ticketing, check the Carrières des Lumières website.

Buying your tickets online in advance is highly recommended.

Open every day, including public holidays. However, the opening hours change slightly depending on the season.

The last admission is one (1) hour before the Carrières closes.

For souvenirs and books, there is a small gift shop at the entrance to the Carrières.

A casual restaurant, Café des Carrières, is open daily for light meals.

Parking is limited and can be challenging during the busiest periods.

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

This show is suitable for anyone with mobility issues as there are few stairs and ramps where necessary.

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

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Keith Van Sickle

Keith Van Sickle

Keith and Val Van Sickle made their first trip to Provence decades ago, and it was love at first sight. After that, they came back every year until 2008, when they began a part-time life there, splitting their time between Provence and California.

Over the years, they’ve travelled all over Provence, seeing sights both well-known and obscure. Their French friends have introduced them to favourite restaurants and wineries and picnic spots and taught them funny local expressions (not all for polite company).

Keith now shares this local knowledge in his new book, An Insider’s Guide to Provence. Packed with the Van Sickles’ favourite things to see and do, it’s a must-have for anyone travelling to this glorious corner of France.

Keith previously published two books about the couple's experiences in Provence. One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, and Are We French Yet?, both are available from Amazon.

You can see all of Keith’s blog posts at Life in Provence.

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