Marseille, the major events and exhibitions of 2017


Marseille European Sport Capital 2017– This sportiveyear will start with the Artistic SkatingWorld Cup Final on the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th December 2016 at the PalaisOmnisports Marseille Grand Est. The « Capital year » will be filled with sportevents for the general public. All along the year, individual and collectivehigh level performances in acquatic, nautic and terrestial disciplines will beon the agenda. The official inauguration will be held during the weekend of14th and 15th January 2017.

2ndBiennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque fromthe 21stJanuary to 19th February 2017 – 6 circus tents will be installed on the Prado Beaches duringthe Biennale Period and international artists from the most prestigious circuscompanies willl enchante the public every night. The Tourism Office ofMarseille will organise some “circus weekends” during the whole period of theBiennale.

2 TOP14 Rugby Semi finals atthe Orange Vélodrome stadium in Marseille the 26th and 27th may2017.

Tour de France –Stage “race against the clock” inMarseille on the 22nd july 2017, departureand arrival in the Orage Vélodrom stadium.

Festival Marsatac 19th edition –23rd & 24thJune 2017 at the Parc Chanot in Marseille.


Café In – at the Mucem museum until the 23rd January2017. More than 300 paintings, photographies,objects, engravings, drawings, rare works of art, mail correspondences, audio visualarchives and new texts that will illustrate on more than 1000 m² the coffe'shistory around world.

Après Babel Traduire – at the Mucem museum from the 14th December2016 to the 20thMarch 2017. The language barrier often appaers as the last ofthe obstacles: this exhibition inverts this rule and shows how the translationis a truel know-how, an advantage against differences, and how knowing severallanguages shapes the model of the new European citizen.

David Dellepiane, Arts &Modernité –at the Regards de Provence museum until the 19th March2017. 100 paintings, watercolours, projections, posters, mostly collected fromprivate unreleased collections, will retrace the story of a sincere adventurerof arts, deeply bound to Marseille and Provence.

Le rêve – at the Cantini museum until the 22nd January2017. The exhibition-event of the year ismeant to retrace through the work of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, SalvadorDalí, René Magritte, Max Ernst and many others, the evolution of the dream'srepresentation, one of the highlights of modern art.

Mission Mode : Styles Croisés – at the Château Borély and the Musée dela Légion étrangère of Aubagne untilthe 15th January 2017. A double exhibitiondevoted to the history of the military style and its progressive adoption bythe civil fashion.

Jack London dans les mers du Sud – from the 7th Septemberto the 7 th January2018 at the African , Oceanian &Amerindian Arts Museum of the Vieille Charité. An invitation to travel and toexplore, symbol of life and of Jack London’s work.

Mémoire à la mer – at the Musée d’Histoire de Marseilleuntil the 28thMay 2017. In parrtnershipwith the Culture and Communication Ministery of France, this exhibitionallows the visitor to enter the submerged world of shipwreck from thePrehistoric Age until the current times, thanks to a wide selection of objectspresented in a pitoresque marin situation.

Escales Méditerranéennes – at the Regards de Provence museum fromthe 17thJune to the 19thNovember 2017. The exhibition presents more than 80 paintings from the half ofthe XIX century to the end of the XX century, gathering great artists such asBernard, Camoin, Peske, Signac, and Ziem, who were able to give back the gloryto the Mediterranean port calls - from the Côte Vermeille to the Côte d’Azur,from Algeria to the Adriatic coast.

Le banquet de Marseille à Rome – at the Musée d'ArchéologieMéditerranéenne from the 2ndDecember 2016 to the 30thJune 2017. The banquet, gathering element of the political and private lifeduring the Roman Age, becomes the protagonist of this exhibition istalled in apeculiar room, reopened to public for the occasion.


Toyoko Inn – The first outiside-Asia establishmentof the japanese business hospitality chain will open in Marseille in 2017. The building is located next to thetrain station Saint Charles within the Euroméditerranée scope, the new businessdistrict of Marseille. The Toyoko Inn Hotel offers economic class rooms.

The Village Club du Soleil MarseilleBelle de Mai, first urban establishment of thefamily targeted holiday network,will be inaugurated in february 2017. Beyond the traditional offer of theVillage Club du Soleil, the holiday package includes a city pass to visit thecity, in partnership with the Tourism Office of Marseille.

TheVélodrome stadium of Marseille has changed its name in Orange Vélodrome, since Arema, the stadium’s administrator inMarseille, has signed a 10 years partnership with the telecommunicationprovider Orange, which is now associated to the stadium’s name.

Therestaurants offer in Marseille is continuously renewed, sometimes with greatexpectations such the ones of the Restaurant Saisons by Julien Diaz and Guillaume Bonneaud in the city centre orthe Restaurant Albertine by theMichelin chef Gérald Passedat in the new covered gallleries in the renewedportual Docks. On the Old Port, Florent Manaudou, gold medal swimmer at theLondon’s Olympic Games, has opened a restaurant called La Piscine, guaranteed atmosphere! All neigbourhoods have their newentries: la Maison Vauban, le Tire-Bouchon and Lacaille in the eclectic Cours Julien district, Vaggy, l’épicerie L’Idéal by theex gourmet journalist Julia Sammut in Noailles and l’épicerie Piou.

Voute Virgo – New opening of visual art gallery andcultural space. Every month a different exhibition:photography, contemporary art, graphism, design, inspirated by the currentsthat have signed our modern times and continue influencing our life with theirunderground, classics, rock, électro, urbain, hip hop musical echos…

AirCanada will launch a new seasonal line with 3 flights per week, between the Marseille-Provence airport and Montréal Trudeau starting from the 10th June2017 until the 14thOctober 2017.