Art and Culture

Cultural delights

Artists have always been attracted to the area, known for its stunning light. Arles and les Alpilles of course famously were the stomping ground of the Impressionists, most notably Van Gogh, and today you can visit the Fondation Van Gogh at Arles, just an hour away or the Musee Fabre in Montpellier which boasts a good collection. Most spectaculalrly for art lovers is the Carrieres de  Lumiere  in Le Baux which stages wonderful light shows in the old quarries, always based on great artisits.  This year the main exhibition features Bosch and Breughel but there are occasional events during the summer which review past exhibits – Chagall, Klimt, Raphael.

The Avignon Performing Arts Festival in July is one of the largest in the world. In early June the Feria de Nimes boasts billfights, ebening markets, flamenco dancing and parades while in the Aena itself thgere are regular concerts – pop, classical and opera. An unforgettable venue.  June too sees the Son et lumiere at the Roman Pont du Gard – tickets go quickly so if you’re coming to stay, think about booking online.

Closer to home the little village of St Quentin la Poterie is a focus for local potteries while Uzès itself has been designated a ‘Ville d’Art’  with small galleries dotted around the ancient streets.  This historic town boasts the home of France’s oldest noble family and their chateau in the centre of town is open to the public. So to is the ‘Tour Fenestrelle’ , Frances own leaning tower and a pretty mediaeval garden, tucked away inside 12th century ruins close to the chateau.  The cobbled streets and arcaded market place have a wonderfully laid back, southern French feel.

For the younger museum goer – there’s the always popular Museum Haribo in Uzes! A sweet treat. Perhaps for the end day.

For antique hunters this is a great region. Most famous is Isle sur la Sorgue about an hour away but throughout the area there are brocantes tucked away and regular flea and antique markets.

Endless fetes, festivals and celebrations take place in the villages across the region throughout the summer.