Tuesday, August 29, 2017

La Belugue: Sparkling New in the Luberon


In a beautiful 18th century farmhouse in a tiny village in the southeastern Luberon, a charming American named Kelly Goehler has launched a new business combining her passions for hospitality, local food, wine, fitness, art, nature, horses and more.

If you haven’t heard of Beaumont de Pertuis, chances are you will soon. It’s not that Kelly wants to put her town on the tourist map, per se, but rather, in her low-key but determined way, to create a deliciously inviting space where like-minded people can share, learn, cook and grow together...to be active and be still...to experience the wonderful artisans and products of the region...and immerse themselves in the peaceful beauty of this lesser-known corner of Provence.

For now she’s offering cooking classes, overnight stays and horseback picnics...with themed multi-day retreats coming in the months ahead.

Kelly calls her home La Belugue, which means “The Sparkle”in Provençal..and anyone who knows her knows she couldn’t have picked a more perfect name.

Born and raised in Nashville, Kelly graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and went on to climb the corporate ladder in marketing positions at Louis Vuitton and Novartis, mostly in New York.

On an expat assignment in Asia, Kelly was living on the beautiful island of Sentosa, off the coast of Singapore, when  the charming Philippe Pellegrin (born in Algeria and raised in Montpellier, France) moved in next door. She remembers saying something like:  “Oh, you’re French!  I’m from New York! We’re going to have great meals together!” That was five years ago and they’ve been together ever since.

After 2.5 years based in Singapore---and extensive travel throughout Asia--the couple decided to start a new life in France. Kelly knew she wanted to create some type of culinary or hospitality business so she enrolled in cooking classes at Gastronomicom in Cap d’Agde, south of Montpellier. Philippe, meanwhile, found a great job in his field of micro-electronics. And together, they rambled all over Provence looking for the right village and the perfect house. 

Very quickly, it became obvious that this part of the Luberon was exactly where they wanted to be. The region is heavily agricultural, with beautiful farms and orchards producing high-quality fruit, veg, wheat, meat, cheese, flowers, olive oil, wine grapes and more...and much of it is organic. Rolling hills and lush green valleys are dotted with historic villages and sites. The snow-topped peaks of the Alps are very often visible in the distance.

Kelly calls their decision to settle here a total no brainer: farm-to-table is a way of life and has been for centuries. It’s exactly the type of community they both dreamt of finding ...and buying the perfect property (in January, 2017) made the picture complete.

Then they hit the ground running: renovating, adding a second kitchen, upgrading the garden, pool and grounds, carving out two large guest suites (a third is underway), building a stable for their five horses. They filled the house with their combined collection of art, including an almost-life-size horse sculpture from Thailand and paintings by New York artist Tamara Kowal. They invited friends and family to come for cooking classes, wine tastings, horseback riding and overnights...and asked everyone to provide feedback. And they used every spare minute to get out and explore the region, to find their favorite vineyards, restaurants, farm markets, historic sites, hikes, hidden corners and more.

And now Kelly is ready to swing open the doors, offering one-day “Provencal immersion” cooking and dining experiences, with an overnight stay for those who want it. Starting around 3 pm in the large open kitchen, you’ll cook with a local chef (Kelly calls her “the mama of the village”) learning Provencale specialities such as daube, aïoli, bouillabaisse, legumes farci, gratins and tians. At 6 pm, everyone moves onto the terrace for the apero, enjoying nibbles with local wines, before a beautiful dinner, outdoors or in, depending on the season.

Kelly often invites local friends and food producers to join in. When he’s available, Kelly’s neighbor—a fourth generation winemaker--shows up for the apero, bringing “black label wine, right out of the barrel” for everyone to try. He loves to take guests for a short walk to show them his vineyard, while providing a crash course in the terroir and local varietals.

“Now that I’ve done this a few times,” Kelly says, “I know what guests really love. They want not just a class but a real Provencale experience...they want to see what it’s like to live in a small French village. Over the course of eight hours or so, you can get a taste of what life is like here, meet some interesting people and have a ton of fun.” For those who stay overnight, a lovely breakfast is included.

Because of the work involved, Kelly asks for a two-person minimum and can take up to ten people at a time. Classes are on demand, year round. Pricing is 150 per person...or 220 if you’d like to spend the night. One suite is designed for four people; the other perfect for a couple, with or without a child. The third suite will be completed by the end of the year.
For those who don’t want to cook, Kelly also welcomes overnight guests on a B&B basis at prices ranging from 130to 200 per night.

Guests who are accomplished equestrians are welcome to enjoy the network of trails that surround the property, on escorted tours. “Experienced riders only please,” Kelly says. She also offers escorted two-hour trail rides with a picnic lunch for 75€ per person. 

With her cooking program and B&B rooms now up and running, Kelly has set to work planning her “Wellness and Wandering” retreats: multi-day getaways focused on food, wine, yoga and more; she says La Belugue would also be perfect for writing, painting and photo workshops. In the months to come, she’ll be organizing her own retreats and providing a venue for other retreat-leaders who’ll come with their own guests. She’s also wide open to any other ideas and opportunities that may come her way.

“I want my home to be alive and filled with people,” she says. “I created La Belugue to be a gentle, loving place where people can nurture their creative spirit and go back to daily life feeling rejuvenated and inspired.  Whether you come for an evening, a weekend or more, you’ll drink in the beauty of Provence and the slower, French way of life. It’s a place to get your sparkle back.”

For more info: kelly@la-belugue.com.

La Belugue
Cours Nallin
Beaumont-de-Pertuis
84120 France
+33 (0)7 68 79 81 20
La-Belugue.com

Photos: (1) The village of Beaumont de Pertuis, where the snow-topped peaks of the Alps are often visible in the distance. The city of Aix is just 30 minutes away; the Gorges du Verdon less than an hour. (2) Welcome! The tile was made by a local artist. (3) Kelly and Philippe met five years ago while working in Singapore and have been together ever since. (4-6) When I went to visit in late spring I had to pull over to let a female goatherd and her flock pass by. The village borders three Provencale departments: the Alpes de Haute Provence, the Var and the Bouches du Rhone. In the 14th century, Beaumont de Pertuis was a prosperous market town with roughly 1,000 residents; it has not many more today. (7, 8) Once part of the village’s original farm, the house was used as a shelter for sheep and storage of hay. A local artist lived in the dilapidated building for many years, before the previous owners purchased it 23 years ago. While the exterior is simple and rustic, the interior is vibrant and colorful, with high ceilings, lots of light and original architectural elements intact. (9-12) Good food and cooking will always be part of the La Belugue experience. (13) In late spring, Kelly hosted a group of friends for a cooking class and dinner, inviting local purveyors and wine makers to join in. (14) She loves to set a beautiful table, mixing it up according to the event and the season; this was the setting for our late spring dinner. (15) Cheese, Bread, Wine: Kelly loves to support and promote local organic producers. "Everything in this picture was made within 20 miles of us," she says. (16, 17) For the apero: foie gras yogurt with sweetness of cauliflower. And of course there's always plenty of local wine on hand. (18) Kelly's chef/instructor from culinary school, Samuel Breux, has become a close friend. He often comes over from his home in Sete to ride, relax and cook for special events. (19-21) Spend the night in one of Kelly's guest suites....enjoy a lovely breakfast overlooking the vines...and yes, you can come down in your robe. (22, 23) A pool for when it's hot...a fireplace for when it's not. The mantle-piece was made by the artist who once lived here. (24) Kelly, Philippe and Philippe's daughter Lou. (25) The couple after a match at the St. Cannat Polo Club; they both play. (26) Beautiful saddles are on display inside the house. (27) Syrah vines sparkling in the spring sunshine. (28) Interesting historic sites abound in the region...such as these vestiges of the Pont de Mirabeau, built in 1845 to cross the Durance River. It's a wonderful place to bike, hike or just drive around and explore.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Luminessences Opens in Avignon Aug 12



Les Luminessences d'Avignon, a monumental 360°sound-and-light show at the Palais des Papes, is one of those annual spectacles (as the French call them) that seems to grow more and more popular each year.  This year's show, the 5th annual, opens Saturday night August 12 and runs until September 30th, in the Palace's Honour Courtyard.

The Palais des Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was home to nine successive popes, was considered the heart of the medieval Christian world and was the scene of several sieges. It played a very unique and vital role in European history...and Luminessences tells its story. (For more on the Avignon papacy, click here.) The show--the same production as the one shown last summer but with the addition of new scenes--cloaks the four wings of the palace in enormous images and surrounds the audience "in a poetic fusion of architecture, light and music." Mostly everyone stands for the 40-minute show but small folding chairs and wheelchairs are welcome. 

The show will be offered every evening, in French at 9:15 pm and English at 10:15 pm. 

Tickets can be bought online here...or at the Palais des Papes during opening hours... or at the Avignon Tourist Office (see link and phone below). 

Prices are 12 € for adults, 10€ (reduced rate) and free for kids under age 8. Info on group sales, private events, getting to Avignon, tickets and much more  is on the Luminessences website in English here. They're also on Facebook. For info by phone, call the Avignon Tourist Office at +33 (0)4 32 74 32 74. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Free Classical Concert Aug 12 in the Luberon


Every summer, a group of talented singers from Nice and the UK known as Ristretto arrives in tiny, charming Lumières in the Luberon to enjoy good food and wine, the beauty of Provence and a week of intensive choral singing. The 2017 program will include works by Monteverdi, Bach, Gershwin, Esenwalds, Mundy and Girdlestone. 

And then when everything is polished, they give an open-to-the-public concert. This year it's Saturday August 12 at 6 pm, in the Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Lumière, next door to the Hotellerie Notre Dame de Lumières, a very-special hotel in a former 17th-century convent. Admission to the concert is free...just show up! 

For a casual dinner afterwards, stroll over to Le Garage, grab an outdoor table and tuck into a terrific selection of tapas, small plates and cocktails. Or head up the hill to La Terrasse, which my local chef friend Giuseppina calls "the top" for light, creative cooking, super-fresh ingredients and great views. Definitely reserve at either place...they fill up.

Lumières is just off the D900, just below the village of Goult...about 15 to 20 minutes from Gordes and the 12th-century Abbaye de Sénanque. 

And if you're planning an event of your own, the highly regarded Ristretto and its musicians are available for weddings and other gatherings. Learn more at RistrettoVoices.com then email or call: choralsummer@aol.com, +33 (0)6-17-71-71-70. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New Eco-Cabins for Wine & Nature Lovers


An irresistible new vacation compound opens this week just south of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, set to welcome travelers to the heart of Wine Country with beautifully secluded wooden cabins in a unique waterfront setting.

Called The Cabanes des Grands Cépages (cépages are wine varietals), the 25-hectare property is the branchild of Gaspard de Moustier and Emmanuel de La Bédoyère, who describe themselves as “entrepreneurs at heart, passionate about nature and authenticity.” Since 2009, the two men have provided nature-based holidays at three successful eco lodges around France.

At this new property on Lac de la Lionne, just ten minutes from Châteauneuf and 25 minutes from Avignon, ten just-built cabins nestle on the shore, float on the water or perch on stilts. Another ten will open by year end 2018. Designed to let you fully immerse yourself in the surroundings, the cabins were sited and built to allow for maximum sunlight and cooling breezes. Some have 100% eco-responsible Nordic baths on the terrace; most are around 25 square meters (270 square feet) and the largest sleeps five. 

To fund the 2.5 million venture, the partners received grants from the commune (county) of Sorgues (for site rehabilitation), the Vaucluse Fishing Federation and the CPIER Rhône Plan (2015-2020).

The backstory: Eight years ago, Gaspard was working at a bank and studying for a Masters in finance when he decided a life change was in order: he wanted to merge his passions for nature, tourism, and sustainable development by offering innovative, green holiday lodging to like-minded travelers. When an opportunity presented itself in the heart of his native Franche Comté, he leapt at the chance. The idea, he says, was to preserve the natural beauty of the 150-hectare property and contribute to the attractiveness of the region as a whole.  He launched The Cabanes des Grands Lacs (Great Lakes Cabins) in 2009.

Emmanuel, meanwhile, had been working at a merchant bank for seven-plus years when he decided, in 2010, to chuck it and take over his family’s farm.

The two men met in 2012 and realized they shared the same passions: for tourism and adventure, for preserving the land and respecting the environment, for deeper human connections.

Together they created the Cabanes des Grands Chenes (Great Oak Cabins) in Picardy, 60 km from Paris at the Château de Raray in a forest of 100-year-old oaks.

Buoyed by the success of these first two projects, they hatched a plan for a third, opening the Cabanes des Grands Reflets  (Cabins of Great Reflections) in 2016, in the heart of the Belfort territory, close to the Swiss border.

The owners say their lovely new lodgings are ideal for solo travelers, couples, families and business groups. To discover the region, guests can book wine tours, winemaker meetings, bike tours, nature walks and more. While there's no restaurant on the property, dinner and appetizer baskets highlighting regional products can be delivered to each cabin.

The website is currently in French only but English is coming by late August. 

For more info or to book: cabanesdesgrandscepages.com, info@cabanesdesgrandscepages.com, +33 (0)3 44 58 39 08.

Photos: (1, 2) Les Cabins des Grands Cépages opens this week near Châteauneuf-du-Pape with ten wooden cabins at the lakeside, built on stilts or dug out of the earth. Ten more cabins will open next year.  The Douglas-Fir cabins were designed to let guests fully immerse themselves in nature and the beauty of the site; you can swim, fish, hike, bike, drink wine, stargaze and finally get at that book you've been planning to write. For the moment the cabins have no WiFi but the main building does. (3) Owners Emmanuel and Gaspard have three other eco-lodges around France. (4)  Interiors are soothingly minimal; the largest cabin sleeps five. (5) Room with a smashing view. (6) Bathroom vignette with natural materials and fabrics. (7, 8). A cabin under construction and good to go. (9) Some cabins have Nordic tubs on the deck. (10) Food can be delivered in a pretty basket and all cabins have coffee makers. (11) Not a bad view to wake up to...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Drone Photography in Provence













This gorgeous shot of a Provence lavender field at harvest time, taken by London-based French photographer Jerome Courtial, has won 1st Prize (Nature category) in the 4th Annual International Drone Photography Contest He calls it "Summer Trim" and you can click to enlarge.
The contest is organized by Dronestagram, the France-based drone-photo sharing website, in partnership with National Geographic. They received 8,000 entries this year, with submissions split into four categories: Nature, Urban, People and Creativity. You can see all the 2017 winners here.

The shot was taken near Valensole in mid July last year, using a Phantom 4 camera drone. "We were just driving without a specific destination in mind," Jerome tells me, "and I was looking for nice compositions. I was especially keeping an eye out for tractors as they would provide a focal point. A lavender field from above would just look like a purple carpet without something else on it. That’s when we found this beautiful field and two tractors that looked like they were about to start work on it. I just had time to start the drone and follow them until they had achieved the composition I wanted!"

You can learn more about Jerome on his websites here and here. The first focuses on his main business, which is taking photos and videos for hotels. The second site provide lots of great tips for taking better drone photos.  You can also find him on FacebookInstagram and TwitterTo reach him directly: jcourtial@yahoo.co.uk.  

Interested in learning to fly a drone yourself? A small group of drone pilots in St. Remy is offering two-hour lessons for beginners, in a field adjacent to the hotel Château des Alpilles. According to licensed drone pilot and instructor Nathalie Freysz, drones are being used by farmers to check their fields, crops and animals; by property owners who want video for insurance or tax purposes; by homeowners to promote rentals or sales...and most of all, just for fun. The group uses Hexacopter DJI 550 drones equipped with GoPro video cameras; a two-hour lesson for two people costs 200€ and includes a souvenir photo or video. The classes can be booked on demand, year round, with group prices and multi-lesson packages are available. For more info: natfreysz@yahoo.com.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rencontres Photo Fest Starts July 3 in Arles

The photo featured on the 2017 Rencontres d' Arles poster was shot by Karl Heinz Weinberger. The international festival (the 48th annual) lasts all summer but opening week (July 3 to 9) is considered the most important. 
The big Annie Leibovitz show, sponsored by LUMA Foundation, launched in late May...and it's a must-see.  It was pretty amusing asking one of the premier portrait photographers of our time to pose for my little iPhone pic at the opening...but she was totally willing and gracious. The show continues at La Grande Halle in the Parc des Ateliers until September 24...and you can buy a book based on the show.
Two iconic images by Joel Meyerowitz: New York City, 1963, and Cocktail Party, Wellfleet, 1977.
Photo by Clementine Schneidermann
Photo by Mathieu Pernot: The Gorgan Family, Arles, 1995. The artist met the family while studying photography in Arles. Until then, he says he "knew nothing about these communities, and was unaware that this line of Roma had been in France for over a century..."
Photos by Leslie Moquin: Hasta Abajo 02 and Hasta Abajo 05 
from the show "Territorio: Arles in Bogota." 
Installing the show "Levitt France." 
Photo by Julie Balague, one of five photographers featured. 
Photo by Shadi Ghadirian, Qajar, 1998.
Two photos by Gideon Mendel from the "Submerged Portraits" series, in the show "Drowning World." Pictured are Jeff and Tracey Waters (Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, UK, 2014) and Victor and Hope America (Igbogene, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, 2012).
A postcard courtesy of the Claude Ribouillault collection, from "Proportion Observed: Dwarfs, Strongmen and Giants." 
Architecture of Density by Michael Wolf, from the show 
"Life in Cities." 
From Mathieu Asselin's show "Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation," taken in Van Buren, Indiana in 2013.
An untitled image from "The Kogi Indians: The Memory of Possibilities," 
with 40 photos by Éric Julien.
Photo by Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian, whose work is featured in the show "Iran, Année 38" and in the Les Nuits program "Iran Now,"  to be held in Arles' Théâtre Antique on July 8 at 10 pm.


The 48th annual Rencontres d'Arles, the large international photography festival, runs from July 3 to September 24 in Arles. 

Overlapping dates with the Rencontres, another photo festival called Voies Off (which most people just call "the Off") is also ongoing in Arles, with a wide range of photo shows in galleries and other sites. Most if not all are free and tickets are not required.  To learn more about Voies Off, their website in English is here

As in years past, the Rencontres stages themed and stand-alone exhibits (this year's count: 40 exhibits), panel discussions, lectures, book signings, open-air screenings, evening events, workshops for kids and adults, guided tours and more. Last year, more than 100,000 people attended at least one festival event. 

Most but not all of the exhibits stay up until the end of the festival. Sometimes co-produced with French and/or foreign museums and institutions, exhibits are staged in various galleries, museums and purpose-built sites around the city; the festival will use roughly 30 different venues this year. Some sites (for example, a 12th-century chapel or 19th-century industrial building) are open to the public only during the Rencontres. 

This year, the Rencontres has two new sites, both at the edge of Arles' historical center on Boulevard Émile Combes. Called Crosiere and Maison des Peintres, they were created from derelict houses, old shops, warehouses and urban land. Open to the public for the first time, they’ve been reconfigured as exhibition sites and walkways specifically for the Rencontres. 

As in years past, exhibits and activities are grouped by theme. This themes for 2017 are Latina, The Experience of Territory, World Disorders, Platforms of the Visible, I Am Writing to You from a Far-Off Country, Mise en Scene, Rereadings and Odd Collectors, New Discovery Award, Emergences, Grand Arles Express and Associated Programs.

A list of all 2017 Rencontres exhibits is here.

Top shows this year are expected to include: 

*   Joel Meyerowitz. Called "Early Works," the show at the Salle Henri-Comte will include 40 original prints from the New York-born master photographer. "The work in the gallery space was selected by Rencontres director Sam Stourdzé and is all vintage work in color," Joel told me by email. "Sam felt that with all the modern printing we see these days, it would be good to show what prints looked like just 40 years ago." The show runs July 3rd to August 27. On Thursday July 6th from 4:30 to 5 pm, Meyerowitz will give a guided tour of the show, open to anyone with a pass (ticket).

*   Annie Leibovitz. This show opened on May 26 in La Grande Halle of the Parc des Ateliers and stays up until September 24. It comprises some 8,000 images and spotlights Leibovitz' earliest work (1970 to '83), hung chronologically in separate "rooms" in a huge, wonderful space. You'll see iconic shots you'll recognize immediately and many you've never seen before. The show is sponsored by LUMA Foundation, general admission is 7€ and all the info, in English, is here.

The careers of Meyerowitz and Leibowitz will also be celebrated through special evening events at the Theatre Antique; both artists will be present and more info on that appears below. 

*   Iran, Année 38 at the Eglise Sainte-Anne, features the work of 66 Iranian photographers 
capturing the artistic, social and political upheavals of their country. It runs from July 3 to August 27. 

*  Audrey Tautou. Her show,"Superfacial" runs from July 3 to September 24, at the Abbaye de Montmajour. (Note, the Abbey is 5 km north of Arles, not in the city itself. It's a fantastic site, a Benedictine monastery built between the 10th and 18th centuries.) More info about the Audrey Tautou show is here.

As in year's past, the opening week of the festival (July 3 to 9) is always the busiest...and it's the week that many industry professionals attend. To see the opening week schedule in French and English, click here.

Highlights of opening week include:

*   Photography Nights...during which the Roman-era Théâtre Antique, city churches and old industrial sites will become unique night-time backdrops for special evenings of projected images and accompanying talks. These evenings under the stars tend to begin with an award ceremony...and then move on to a screening of photos or film designed specifically designed for the stunning, 2000-year-old venue or other sites. Three examples:

On Tuesday July 4 at the Théâtre Antique, following a photo book awards program and Part #1 of a presentation on experimental photography by Marc Lenot, the Rencontres welcomes Joel Meyerowitz. "My evening talk and show will be an overview of my 50+ years as a photographer with the emphasis on color," he says.

On Thursday July 6, after another awards presentation and Part #2 of Marc Lenot's experimental-photography presentation, Annie Leibovitz will take the stage to show and discuss her work, with the loose topic of "what makes a photo iconic."

On Saturday July 8, the program in the Théâtre Antique is "Iran Now," which echoes the show Iran, Année 38. 

Separate tickets for these "Les Nuits" events are required; to see the full program schedule in English, click here.

*   The Night of the Year ("Nuit de L'Année") takes place on July 7, from 6 pm onwards at Papeteries Étienne in Trinquetaille. Visitors are invited to wander across the Trinquetaille Bridge, from La Roquette to Trinquetaille, and on to the abandoned paper mill, which is open to the public for this event only. This year,  40 artists, photographers and institutions "that the festival has discovered or fallen in love with" were given carte blanche and their work will be projected in loops on six screens. This is also a chance to see "Byopaper!" with images by another 30 artists. More than 4 000 visitors came to the 2016 edition of this free-access, evening event.

*   During opening week, many exhibiting photographers will be on hand to present their work.  Then from July 10 through September 24, a team of mediators/photographers will offer daily 90-minute guided tours at various exhibition sites. These tours require no reservation and are free for pass holders. Info is available at all ticket offices and in the "Plan your visit" section of the Rencontres website here

For the ninth year, a satellite event called Cosmos-Arles Books puts the spotlight on photography books. This year, 80 international publishers will be represented, showing new books, rare books and limited editions. Cosmos-Arles Books offers experimental exhibitions and publication projects, conferences, pop-ups, book signings, talks with artists and a host of other events featuring photo books. For example on Wednesday July 5 at 5:30 pm, Joel Meyerowitz will have a one-one-one discussion with Le Point and a book signing at Cosmos (at #2 rue Condorcet), which is where all the publishers and book events will be held during the festival's opening week. This event is free and open to the public. For all the info about Cosmos-Arles Books, click here.

The Rencontres also offers photo portfolio reviews by appointment...and hosts spring, summer and weekend photo workshops; info on these programs is here.

Practical Info:

Tickets to all Rencontres events may be purchased online here...or at five ticket offices:

*Festival Office: 34 Rue du Docteur Fanton 

*Espace Van Gogh: Place Félix Rey 

*Place de la République/Église Sainte-Anne: Place de la République 

*Ground Control: next to the main Arles train station 

*Parc des Ateliers – Grande Halle: access is from the Chemin des Minimes

Exhibit tickets may be purchased individually or in multi-day passes.  Info on all passes is hereFree entry is granted to anyone under age 18, all citizens of Arles and the disabled. Groups of 10 or more get special rates as do students, job-seekers, large families and companions to the disabled. Please note that some shows/venues are not included in pass prices and must be purchased separately. 

Make sure to get a map to all exhibits when you stop by a ticket office; they should also have them at the Arles Tourist Office and elsewhere around the city. There's a map online here.

For comprehensive info about the festival, all the photographers and shows, see the press kit in English here.

The festival office/headquarters is located at #34, rue du Docteur Fanton in Arles and remains open throughout the fest.  For questions, email: info@rencontres-arles.com
. Help in English may be available by calling:  +33 (0)4 90 96 76 06.

The full Rencontres website in English is here ... while their FacebookTwitter and Instagram are being continually updated with photos, videos and more.

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