Art+Culture Road Trips

Vive la Festival a-part!

The French Alpilles – an incredible natural treasure of Provence – welcomed the 2015 a-part festival with the grand opening of Face2Face in the magical village of Les Baux. Beginning with a reception at the 5 star Oustau de Baumaniere featuring Kimiko Yoshida, art lovers and artists from France and around the world, wound their way through the tiny cobblestone streets. Each of the seven venues unveiled works by world renowned artists alongside young unknowns, with many of the featured artists in attendance. The contemporary theme of portraits/autoportraits/selfies was brilliantly curated by Leïla Voight, and interpreted through sculpture, photography, painting, drawing and new media.

In its goal to make Contemporary Art accessible, the a-part festival eschews elitism and is free to all. In the words of Ariel Kyrou, Director of Programming, “a-part is an exceptional festival…out-of-line is the name of the game. Not the dull certainty of some aesthetic coterie, but a perpetual immersion into the most exhilarating unknown. That’s the key to these unexpected moments—intriguing and magical encounters that will crowd the memory of festival-goers for a long time to come.”

A live auction will be held July 27th in Tarascon at the Ancien Couvent des Ursulines, at 7pm. For more information about festival events visit

In October 2012, I drove 6,800 kms with my artist husband, Ric Kokotovich (, and my dog Iggy, to spend 6 months in our adopted city of Merida. Leaving the fast paced world of Calgary behind, I packed my books, art and entrepreneurial spirit, and set off to explore what lay beyond the borders that had become my life. In October 2013 we hit the road south again, hoping to find out what ‘living the dream’ really means. This is my adventure.

1 comment on “Vive la Festival a-part!

  1. Mary Paston

    Wow…how exciting to be – A Part of something so innovative! Enjoy it all!!! Wish we were there too. love Mary and The Pa

    Sent from my iPad


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