The Marseille-Provence region
Today Marseille-Provence is:
97 communes / 1 773 000 residents / 104 000 students / 10 million tourists annually / € 400 million in cultural investments annually / 4 600 km2 / 140 km of coastline / 2 major industrial centres / 1 international project : ITER / 1 national nature park (the Calanques project) / 2 regional nature parks (Camargue, Lubéron) / 1 national marine park (Port Cros) / 2 international airports / 3 high-speed train stations / 2 ports with freight and visitor terminals.
Today, Marseille-Provence hosts many internationally-renowned artistic and cultural events, including Aix-en-Provence’s Festival d’Art Lyrique, Arles’ Rencontres de la Photographie, the Roque d’Anthéron’s Festival de Piano and more.
In addition to these cultural high points, a profusion of smaller events also take place in the region. Building on a tradition of artistic creation and quality programming, they are organised by associations and other cultural organisations. Their aim: to make all forms of cultural and artistic expression accessible to the widest possible audience.
One of Marseille-Provence 2013′s main goals is to support, encourage and increase the visibility of these local initiatives.
This regional dimension is key to the cultural project and programming. Planned events include themed installations, itinerant projects, simultaneous events in multiple locations and art in the public arena. For Marseille-Provence 2013, it’s about inventing new ways of showcasing the region by working closely with local populations.
In 2013, visitors will discover a whole area. From nature parks to urban zones, Marseille-Provence 2013 will present different groups, traditions and lifestyles through contemporary forms of artistic creation.
The Marseille-Provence region covers:
- Communauté Urbaine Marseille Provence Métropole (CUMPM);
- Communauté d’Agglomération du Pays de Martigues (CAPM);
- Communauté d’Agglomération Arles Crau Camargue Montagnette;
- Communauté d’Agglomération Pays d’Aubagne et de l’Etoile;
- Communauté d’Agglomération du Pays d’Aix (CPA);
- The towns and cities of Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Salon de Provence, Istres and Gardanne.