Culture - Latest articles

Ideas for Mother's Day by L’OCCITANE

Ideas for Mother's Day by L’OCCITANE

To help you find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day and surprise your dear and loving mom, here are some original and lovely gift ideas. Perfume, soap, cosmetic bags, a Brazilian bracelet... plenty of ideas to spoil and pamper her!
4/18/2014
Carlton Hotel in Cannes, Grace Kelly suite

Carlton Hotel in Cannes, Grace Kelly suite

A great love story between cinema and the French Riviera has existed since the invention of film. Each year this idyllic region attracts many film producers. Highly sought after, cinema’s biggest continue to make it a key destination. Let’s look at the history of this “Hollywood on the Riviera.”
3/26/2014
Château de La Napoule: A Celebrated Spot

Château de La Napoule: A Celebrated Spot

Located between Cannes and Saint Raphael in Mandelieu-La-Napoule, the Château de La Napoule has a rich history. One of the cultural treasures of the region, it should not be missed.
2/28/2014
Danielle Jacqui: A Unique Ceramic Artist

Danielle Jacqui: A Unique Ceramic Artist

In Pont de l’Etoile, a small village located in the town of Roquevaire in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, the self-taught painter and potter Danielle Jacqui creates singular and monumental works, each more amazing than the last. A unique world to discover without delay!
2/25/2014
JeeYoung Lee’s Fantastic World on Display at Opiom Gallery

JeeYoung Lee’s Fantastic World on Display at Opiom Gallery

Young talent alert: Korean artist JeeYoung Lee lands in Europe for the first time. For the occasion, the Opiom Gallery presents until March 7 "Stage of Mind: Scènes d’Esprit," a new exhibition dedicated to her work.
2/19/2014
The Grasse Perfume Museum Exhibits the Region’s Savoir-Faire

The Grasse Perfume Museum Exhibits the Region’s Savoir-Faire

Part of Grasse’s application for intangible cultural heritage status, in France and for all humanity, the International Perfume Museum in Grasse offers visitors a unique exhibition dedicated to the skills related to perfume, and runs until March 31, 2014.
2/14/2014
“Women of Provence & the Mediterranean”: An Exhibition at the Regards de Provence Museum

“Women of Provence & the Mediterranean”: An Exhibition at the Regards de Provence Museum

Until May 4, 2014, the Regards de Provence Museum in Marseille celebrates women in their everyday life. For the duration of the exhibition, "Women of Provence & the Mediterranean” offers a two-pronged journey, highlighting both visual arts and writing.
1/23/2014
Ochre Pays a Visit to the L’Occitane en Provence Museum

Ochre Pays a Visit to the L’Occitane en Provence Museum

Until March 31 2014, the L’Occitane en Provence Museum in Manosque is hosting the exhibition “Ochre Sensations - A Familiar Exoticism," a series of photographs by Catherine Gardone honoring the ocher landscapes of the Luberon region.
1/21/2014
The Museum of Valence has reopened!

The Museum of Valence has reopened!

Closed to the public since 2006, the Museum of Valence officially reopened its doors on December 14, 2013. After seven years of renovation and expansion, it is again shiny and new, and boasting a new, 5,750 m2 exhibition area.
1/11/2014
“Albert Camus, World Citizen” at the Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence

“Albert Camus, World Citizen” at the Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence

The politically committed journalist and writer is celebrated at the library La Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence. The exhibition “Albert Camus, World Citizen” goes back over how this historical figure saw his environment through documents, photographs but also and especially through his own writings.
12/26/2013
The Cultural Life of the Bouches-du-Rhône Department...

The Cultural Life of the Bouches-du-Rhône Department...

A beautiful region, the Bouches-du-Rhône department doesn’t only offer a visual spectacle but also a great diversity of cultural activities. Concerts, performances, museums… Discover the vast range of things to do in Marseille and Arles.
11/23/2013
The Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease on Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema

The Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease on Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema

The Eden Theater, the cinema that hosted projections by the Lumière Brothers, has been renovated as part of the Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture year. An architectural gem on the seafront, it began welcoming film lovers again at the beginning of October.
11/1/2013
Gift Ideas for a Colorful Christmas

Gift Ideas for a Colorful Christmas

Perfume, trendy decorations or sweets… here are some gift ideas, a little in advance, for this Christmas 2013.
10/25/2013
Bernar Venet at the Regards de Provence Museum

Bernar Venet at the Regards de Provence Museum

Until October 6, the Regards de Provence Museum in Marseille dedicates two exhibitions to a local boy, the internationally renowned artist Bernar Venet. The exhibition is part of the Marseille 2013, European Capital of Culture program, and is not to be missed!
9/22/2013
The Korean Artist Mr. Oh Celebrates the Immortelle Flower for L’Occitance

The Korean Artist Mr. Oh Celebrates the Immortelle Flower for L’Occitance

Following their collaboration on lavender, L'OCCITANE and the Korean artist Mr. Oh have joined forces to celebrate another emblematic flower of the Mediterranean, the Immortelle. A combination of video and photo, from past and present; the result is just as surprising…
9/6/2013
My Provence Festival 2013 : a Genuine Springboard for Artists

My Provence Festival 2013 : a Genuine Springboard for Artists

For the 4th year in a row, the Bouches-du-Rhône Tourist Board has organized the My Provence Festival, a wide-reaching creative competition open to all. This event, a genuine springboard for emerging talent, puts Provence under the spotlight, and this year was included in the Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture celebrations.
8/24/2013
The Exhibition “100 Years of History of Lavender” in Forcalquier

The Exhibition “100 Years of History of Lavender” in Forcalquier

The lavender distillation specialist Emmanuel Dalla Favera presents his collection in an exhibition taking place inside the Cordeliers Convent in Forcalquier until August 25.
8/20/2013
Exhibition The Blue Gold Under Threat

Exhibition The Blue Gold Under Threat

Until 31 Aug 2013, the L’Occitane Museum in Manosque presents the work of photographer José Nicolas around lavender. A series of snapshots that pays tribute to the lavender industry of Provence, which is rallying to save this “blue gold,” today in decline.
8/1/2013
Mr. Oh Immortalizes Lavender for L’Occitane

Mr. Oh Immortalizes Lavender for L’Occitane

A master of the art of combining still and moving images, past and present, this Korean artist has worked in collaboration with L’Occitane on the creation of artworks dedicated to the lavender fields of Provence.
8/1/2013
Senanque, Silvacane, Thoronet The Cistercian Abbeys of Provence

Senanque, Silvacane, Thoronet The Cistercian Abbeys of Provence

Known as the “three sisters of Provence,” these religious monuments, erected in the Middle Ages by monks of the Cîteaux order, are architectural masterpieces that bear witness to a great desire for simplicity and calm.
7/31/2013
The L’Occitane Museum In the Heart of the Provençale Success Story

The L’Occitane Museum In the Heart of the Provençale Success Story

The history of the brand, the career of its founder, raw materials and small producers; if you want to know everything there is to know about L’Occitane, you must go to this museum, located next door to the production site in Manosque.
7/30/2013
Cezanne’s Studio in Aix-en-Provence

Cezanne’s Studio in Aix-en-Provence

It’s in the heights of his native town, Aix-en-Provence, that the famous French painter set up his studio. More than a century later, the place where Cezanne left his mark has become a highpoint for both tourists and locals.
7/29/2013
Paulo Nozolino at the Rencontres d'Arles Festival

Paulo Nozolino at the Rencontres d'Arles Festival

At the Palais de Luppé, just opposite the Arles Amphitheatre, L'Occitane is presenting work by Paulo Nozolino around the decline of lavender: a powerful and disturbing series, a high-impact oeuvre part of the 2013 edition of the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival, this year with the theme of the black and white image.
7/17/2013
Say OUI in Provence

Say OUI in Provence

Un Grand OUI, “A Big YES,” is a small company that sells dreams. Julie and Laura organize the most beautiful day of your life, and no detail escapes them. Their specialty? Bespoke weddings in exceptional sites from Miami to Rome. But the destination they care very much about is Provence.
6/18/2013
Forcalquier or Authentic Provence

Forcalquier or Authentic Provence

This village in the Alps of Upper Provence oozes authentic Provence: today it’s charm makes of it an increasingly popular haunt for people in search of relaxation in a genuine Provence. Every week it hosts Provence’s biggest market. Let’s visit!
4/11/2013
Grasse through the ages

Grasse through the ages

The city of Grasse conserves at the International Perfume Museum an impressive collection: between bottles, expertise, utensils and photographs, the museum pays tribute to a whole industry which came into existence at the end of the 19th century. Let’s travel back in time!
4/2/2013
Van Gogh and Saint Paul de Mausole

Van Gogh and Saint Paul de Mausole

In 1889, Vincent Van Gogh was admitted to the Saint Paul of Mausole Monastery, a psychiatric establishment situated in Saint-Rémy de Provence. It was a peaceful haven that would inspire 146 oil paintings and 150 drawings. We talked to Jean-Marc Boulon, a psychiatrist and the current medical director of the institution – which is still in operation today – about one of the greatest painters of the 20th century and the time he spent at Saint-Rémy.
1/30/2013
Arles, Portrait of a Stylish City

Arles, Portrait of a Stylish City

Arles... One of Provence’s most emotionally charged cities. Some call it trendy, others see in it a gem of Provencal and French heritage. Let’s stroll through the streets of Van Gogh, among the ancient and modern architecture, literature, gastronomy and bullfights. Olé !
1/24/2013
Christmas market in Saint-Rémy de Provence

Christmas market in Saint-Rémy de Provence

To experience an authentic Provençal Christmas, check out the Saint-Rémy de Provence market dedicated to Le Gros Souper, the Christmas Eve dinner in Provence !
12/4/2012
Aix-en-Provence in Black and White

Aix-en-Provence in Black and White

The photographer José Nicolas presents a black-and-white jaunt through Aix-en-Provence that allows you to discover this city like you’ve never seen it before !
11/29/2012
The Fragrance Merchant

The Fragrance Merchant

A real character or a nomadic magician, the Fragrance Merchant fascinates with the magic of his talents. In his travels, he captures scents that he then likes to share. Thanks to him, a whiff of poetry will dress the Holiday festivities.
11/18/2012
Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille's Queen of Hearts

Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille's Queen of Hearts

Symbol of Marseille, the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica occupies an important place in the hearts of the inhabitants of the “Phoenician city”. Let’s visit this magic place.
8/8/2012
La Bonne Mère, The Rest is History

La Bonne Mère, The Rest is History

The Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, the mythical monument that watches over the city of Marseille, is a place of worship but also a symbol of protection throughout the ages. It’s also the inspiration for the line of soaps created by L’OCCITANE and called Bonne Mère. Let’s find out why.
8/7/2012
Ballet Preljocaj and The Pavillon Noir

Ballet Preljocaj and The Pavillon Noir

In Aix-en-Provence, contemporary architecture and dance merge as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Since 2006, the Ballet Preljocaj has taken up residence in a building created specially by the architect Rudy Ricciotti. Let’s take a visit.
7/8/2012
Olivier Baussan, The Count of Provence

Olivier Baussan, The Count of Provence

The founder and the soul of L’Occitane en Provence is a man apart… At the same time close to the image we have of him, he also surprises by a genuine modernity. Let’s meet him.
6/3/2012
Incredible Banon !

Incredible Banon !

Between a delicatessen that exports its specialties throughout the whole world and a bookshop that could compete with the biggest names, Banon is quite simply extraordinary.
5/5/2012
The Princess with Cherry Pearls

The Princess with Cherry Pearls

In the 19th century, the young Hortense de Beauharnais turned many heads in Napoleon Bonapart’s court. The cause ? A slight timidity which gave to her cheeks with their porcelain complexion a flush of pink… unforgettable.
1/26/2012
Van Gogh's Provence

Van Gogh's Provence

Attracted by the Provençal light, Van Gogh decided to leave Paris and move to Arles. In a little over a year, he created more than 300 works, amongst which are some of his most renowned.
1/5/2012
An Encounter with Philippe Segond

An Encounter with Philippe Segond

Recipient of the title “Meilleur Ouvrier de France,” the pastry and confectionary chef Philippe Segond welcomes us to his patisserie, the Maison Riederer, an essential Aix-en-Provence address since 1780.
12/21/2011
A Day in the Couvent des Minimes

A Day in the Couvent des Minimes

Between its cultural heritage and its sensorial pleasures, our worries are washed away when we arrive in this peaceful haven in Mane en Provence.
12/16/2011