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Guide to the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

About the festival

Every year since 1948, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence has proposed a highly diverse programme, comprising opera productions from Mozart to baroque masterpieces, chamber operas, and contemporary world premieres, and a selection of remarkable concerts.

Devoted to the creation of opera productions and to the programming of exceptional concerts, the Festival has garnered a renown that enables it to collaborate with cutting-edge stage directors, visionary orchestras and conductors, first-rate casts, and the greatest contemporary composers around. Thanks to its image, it can create co-productions with the best opera houses in the world, thus allowing its productions to be performed season after season.

The international festival, which takes place in July, is preceded by Aix en Juin, an entirely free “prelude” that helps strengthen the Festival d’Aix’s regional integration, another one of its defining characteristics.

To these features are added the vibrancy of the Festival’s world-acclaimed Académie and its enoa network, the vigour of its Mediterranean projects driven by its Mediterranean Youth Orchestra and its Medinea network, and the vital impact of the awareness-raising initiatives and opera-making projects of Passerelles—its education and socio-artistic departments—which welcome over 5,000 participants every year.

The operas and concerts of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence are performed in the emblematic venues of the city: the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, the Grand Théâtre de Provence, the Hôtel Maynier d’Oppède and the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud.

How to get to Aix-en-Provence?

The closest airport to Aix-en-Provence is Marseille-Provence Airport. From Marseille-Provence Airport and from the Aix-en-Provence TGV train station, you can use the bus Cartreize n°40 to get to Aix-en-Provence city centre (everyday from 4:50am to 1am).

From Marseille, you can use the bus Cartreize n°50 between Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence (everyday, Sunday and public holiday included); last return journey to Marseilles is at 11:35pm.

Carpooling is available with the Automobile Club d'Aix et du Pays d'Aix.

Where to stay?

There is a variety of hotels to choose from in Aix-en-Provence, from luxuriousness to warm simplicity. Click here to find out more

Food & drink

There is a wide selection of restaurants in the city, welcoming groups of up to 15 people. Click here for more information.

What can tourists visit nearby?

Discover the treasures of the Pays d'Aix and its extraordinary heritage. Click here to visit the website of the Aix-en-Provence tourist office

                                       For more information click here to visit the website of Festival d'Aix

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