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A first sketch after the Opening - Jan. 12-13

2013 European Capital of Culture –the city of Marseille – launched its cultural programme on 12 and 13 January with following high-lights:

Crucial is to what extent Marseilles succeeds in conveying the Mediterranean context, and at the same serves as a link between Europe and neighbours around the Mediterranean, in particular the Arab countries.

The official opening ceremony for the European Capital of Culture programme took place in the soon-to-be-completed Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. The museum is located in the historic port area and will open in the middle of the year.

Besides the French Air Force's acrobatic team staging an air show, Arles organized a treasure hunt – both indications of typical entertainment forms suited for mass consumption.

A multimedia exhibition devoted to Mediterranean history

The exhibition is shown in the port’s huge J1 hangar. It displays bridges from the past to the present and is ‘constructed’ in different places along the Mediterranean coastline. It is done in a way to link historical facts with what has shaped the characters of the people of today. The exhibition reveals as well how current problems are being experienced and more so viewed. The exhibition uses the old docks to display scenes constructed out of containers, real works of art and multimedia stories. Note should be taken that most of the texts are only in French.

Programme 2013

Marseille has divided its 2013 programme into three segment:

  1. demonstrate the region’s openness to the world

  2. its special relationship with nature

  3. the art of diverse cultures being able to live together.


The title of European Capital of Culture is perceived as an opportunity for Marseille to improve its image in the long-term.


Assistant Artistic director in charge of programming

of Marseille, European Capital of Culture 2013.

Ulrich Fuchs



900 events will make up Marseille’s European Capital of Culture programme at a total cost estimated to be 90 million euros, with additional substantial investment in infrastructure.


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