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What's on in Provence June 2019

What to see and do across the region this month

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| Ana Hernández, Provence Editor | Published

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What's on in Provence June 2019

Temperatures are heating up and summer is fast approaching in Provence. There are literally hundreds of things to see and do here at this time of year, from markets, festivals and cultural events to grand theatre productions, opera and art exhibitions. 

Take a look at our pick of the best events and places to be in Provencein June 2019. 

Traditional festivals

The first traditional festivals of the summer take place in June in Provence. These are the perfect occasion to immerse yourself in the local culture and try some Provencal delicacies. From June 6th to 10th, the Feria de Pentecote celebrates the shared culture between the south of France and the south of Spain. Taking place in Nimes, it highlights Camarguaise and Andalousian culture with live music, dancing and street food, as well as bull-related events.

Over in Tarascon, near the Alpilles Natural Park, the Fetes de la Tarasque take place from June 21st to 24th. This unique event, part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, has been celebrated since the 15th century and commemorates a local legend in which Sainte Martha delivered the local inhabitants from the evil Tarasque monster. The festivities' highlight is a grand parade with over 800 people walking the streets of Tarascon in medieval garments on Sunday at 17:00. The local castle will also go back in time to the Middle Ages with a market, knights, dancers and medieval games.

Another historical reenactment happens in Salon de Provence on the weekend of June 28th-30th at the Fetes Renaissance. Expect to see people parading through the streets in 16th-century costume, with lots of craft stalls, storytellers and animations. 

Towns & Villages in Provence

Art

With some of the best museums and galleries in the world, as well as internationally renowned art festivals, Provence is a true paradise for art lovers. In June, Aix-en-Provence hosts the C'est Sud festival. Taking place on the weekend of the 7th-9th, this is a free festival on the streets of Aix featuring visual arts, circus performances, dance, theatre, storytelling, magic and other performing arts.

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Dance

Those of you particularly interested in dance, Vaison Danses starts on June 22nd in Vaison la Romaine and runs until the end of July. This is one of the largest dance festivals in the country, with performers from around the world executing a huge variety of choreographies and styles, from contemporary to hip hop, Broadway, classical ballet or Latino rhythms. There are also masterclasses and workshops.

Theatres in Provence

Fete de la Musique

The Fête de la Musique was first celebrated in France in 1982 and has since become a European and international tradition. It takes place in over 100 countries on five continents on June 21st. Provencal cities like Avignon, Orange or Aix-en-Provence will be taken over by musicians performing all sorts of live music. There will also be smaller events taking place in most towns across the region – check with the local tourist office for details. 

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Music festivals

Provence's largest and most famous music festival, the Festival de Nimes, kicks off on June 23rd with none other than Sir Elton John who will bring the his final tour, 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' to Europe with four dates in France: Lille, Paris, Bordeaux and Nimes. Also in June, the festival will see Soprano on the 26th, Kendji Girac on the 28th and Pascal Obispo and Zazie on the 30th.

Also in Nimes, the This Is Not a Love Song Festival returns to the Paloma Arena from June 30th, playing host to around 50 bands from the indie music scene. Rinocerose, James Blake and Black Midi are a few of the acts on this year's lineup. 

Earlier in the month, the pretty village of Lourmarin hosts Festival Yeah! from June 7th to 9th. A mixture of DJs and live music in the evenings, with exhibitions and things for children to enjoy during the day, is the trademark of this event. 

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Classical music

Classical music is the focus of the prestigious Les Choregies d'Orange which starts on June 19th. Dating back to 1860, it's one of the world's premier opera and classical music festivals, with a huge international following. From June 11th to 30th is the prelude event for the prestigious Festival d'Aix, called Aix en Juin. There will be events such as concerts, recitals and opera rehearsals in preparation for the main classical music celebration in July.

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