On 14th February, in the heart of Provence, several hundred people celebrated with music the opening of Marseille-Provence 2018 with Festival d’Aix. This large cultural initiative proposes a year of events on the subject of love in relation with the region’s cultural institutions, as well as with associations and 1,300 schools.
Discovery of animal creatures of Orfeo & Majnun; spreading words of love to the general public; rehearsal of dance phrases with Ballet Preljocaj; musical procession to the rhythm of Work Songs; poetic love songs by the Ibn Zaydoun choir; artistic performance based on the opera Dido and Æneas: these are some of the highlights that animated this musical tour. To close this festive day, the concert Lettres Intimes brought together the Béla and Cadence quartets with 150 students from the musical conservatories of Aubagne, Pertuis and Vitrolles.
From early afternoon, a pop-up creative workshop welcomed children and adults to make and move animal creatures are the focal point of the European participatory project Orfeo & Majnun. Designed by South African artist Roger Titley, these creatures will mingle with the crowd during the urban trail (in Arles, on 8th April 2018 and in Aix-en-Provence, on 24th June 2018) before then coming back on the stage for the opera.