It all started with the biggest kiss
Everything kicked off in Marseille on February 14, when 45,000 people turned up to Marseille’s Vieux Port to watch the fireworks and shows. At 7 p.m., people took part in Le Grand Baiser (The Big Kiss), where as many people as possible kiss at the same location, at the same time. A similar event took place in Arles, Aubagne, Istres, Martigues et Salon-de-Provence. These locations are also where a collection of exhibitions and events are to take place throughout 2018. Love is certainly in the air in the South of France.
Love from A to Z
Marseille’s flagship museum, the MUCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations), is showing a new exhibition on love. Situated in the Fort Saint-Jean building, it’s an innovative way for the museum to showcase some of its collection by displaying it around the theme of L’amour.
“The main themes of love are broken down via the ABCs, from the tender to the torrid,” the museum explains. “A is for Amour (Love), B is for Bijoux (Jewellery), C is for Cœur (Heart), D is for Devoir conjugal (Conjugal duty),” and the list goes on. The exhibition covers pieces from the 18th century to the present day, with displays coming from societies from Europe and the Mediterranean. The exhibition runs February 14 to August 27.
MUCEM, Fort Saint-Jean, Prom. Robert Laffont, Marseille, France, +33 4 84 35 13 13
Carte Blanche à JR
From March 14 to May 14, you can see a photographic exhibition by JR on the love-affair between Marseille and traveling—whether Marseille is a place of departure, a place of arrival, or merely a place for passing-through wanderers. French artist JR has made a name for himself with photographic collages displayed on giant walls.
2 Jours, 2 Nuits
Young photographers and artists were asked to exhibit their views on “young love” and this exhibition, 2 Days, 2 Nights at La Friche, is the result. La Friche Belle de Mai is an old tobacco factory that runs alongside Marseille‘s main St Charles train station, and is now home to skateboard parks, cool bars, startups and exhibition spaces.
La Friche Belle de Mai, 41 Rue Jobin, Marseille, France, +33 4 95 04 95 95
Check out the full program of events here. With so many on offer, you’re sure to find something you like.