This year will be filled with exhibitions, events, new installations and celebrations involving more than just Marseille. Events and exhibits are also scheduled in other communes of Provence, including Martigues, Arles, Aix en Provence and Aubagne. Details at mp2013.fr.
Some highlights of happenings in Marseille:
● Marseille Splendor in Delphi: Until April 15. Exhibit of Greek treasures at the Veille Charité.
● Grand Atelier du Midi: June 13-Oct. 13, “From Van Gogh to Bonnard,” Musée des Beaux Arts. A complementary exhibit, “From Cézanne to Matisse” runs at the Musée Granet in Aix en Provence at the same time.
● EuroPride 2013: July 10-20. Visitors from around the world will be treated to cultural and artistic events, with talks, debates, exhibitions, films, music and shows, plus partying throughout the city, a dedicated beach and EuroPride village. Highlights include the Pride Walk and giant concert on the beach July 20. Inspired by Gay Pride, EuroPride combines lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual expression with culture and festivities. Find details at www.europride2013.com.
● This is (not) Music: April 29-June 9, every day except Mondays from 10 a.m. to midnight. Nearly 40 consecutive days of festivities and artistic performances spanning a full range of arts, including contemporary art, street art, urban sports and contemporary music, spread over 40,000 square meters of the Friche la Belle de Mai, an abandoned tobacco factory now serving as a cultural center. See www.lafriche.org.
● The MUCEM (National Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations): Opening in June. Expected to become one of Marseille’s most popular destinations. Its two main areas, J4 and Fort St. Jean, will be linked by a 130-meter walkway overlooking a dock at the city’s Vieux-Port. Visitors can stroll in the public Mediterranean garden and lap up the panoramic views.
● GR® 2013 long-distance footpath: Inauguration on March 24. Marseille-Provence 2013 is a new type of path, peri-urban and artistic. This 22-mile footpath in the shape of a figure-eight provides visitors with artistic hikes. Audio-guided tours, scenic picnics and off-beat exploration of the region provide an unusual walking experience through Provence. You can do the itinerary in several stages. Difficulty ranges from easy to average with a 300-meter incline per day. Reserve at email@example.com.
● TransHumance: May 18-June 9. A voyage of people and animals, a walk or horseback ride from the Camargue on the coast west of Marseille to and through the city then off to the pastures. Participants can join for a day or three weeks. At nightfall, riders and hikers can enjoy cultural and artistic presentations as well as culinary treats and encounters with an eclectic mix of shepherds, poets, astrophysicists, scientists and others. Find information at firstname.lastname@example.org.