The Rencontres d'arles

Arles - Divers lieux - Festival - Du 3 juillet au 24 septembre

Rencontres D'arles (formerly named international meetings of photography of Arles) is an annual summer festival of photography founded in 1970, by the Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, the writer Michel Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette.Often produced in collaboration with museums and French and foreign institutions, exhibitions in different places of the city are the subject of a scenography. Some sites, such as the 12th or the industrial buildings of the 19th chapels, are open to the public for the duration of the festival.The program draws its wealth from the multiplicity of views of experts from different backgrounds (20 annually), and sometimes an artist was given a portion of the programming as Martin Parr in 2004, Raymond Depardon in 2006, fashion designer from Arles Christian Lacroix in 2008, or well Nan Goldin in 2009.Through more than sixty exhibitions installed in various exceptional places of the city, the Rencontres D'arles contribute every summer since 1970 to transmit the photographic heritage and are the crucible of contemporary creation.The list of photographers who were 'discovered' is impressive. His role as springboard is strengthened by the presence of many foreign professionals during the opening week.The staging of exhibitions is the object in Arles for a real design and some historical places (chapels of the 12th century and the 19th century industrial buildings) are open to the public for the period of the festival.Be on the lookout for failovers of the photographed image, renewal of approaches, the approach to the subject and plastic forms.To the fact the use of new technologies, offer all audiences a different conception of the photographic exhibition and a true relationship to the image, these are the tasks of the Rencontres D'arles.The opening week of the Rencontres D'arles offers events focused on photography (nocturnal projections, visits of exhibitions, debates, conferences, evenings, signatures of books, etc.) within the historic sites of the city, some of which are specially opened for the occasion.More highlights of recent meetings, include: the night of Europe (2008), which introduced a broad panorama of the European photographic identities parade show created by Christian Lacroix for the closing night of the festival (2008) and a concert by Patti Smith on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of agence Vu (2006).The ancient Theatre evenings nocturnal projections in the open air at the Antique Theatre of Arles are the work of a photographer or a photography specialist accompanied by concerts and performances. Each evening is the object of a unique creation.Night of the year for five years, the night of the year offers to the public of meetings a walk during which different actors from the press, agencies or photographers collective, show their photographic production of the year.

Information provided by OT Arles

  • Organiser

    Rencontres d'Arles
  • Phone

    • 04 90 96 76 06
  • Fax

    04 90 49 94 39

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  3. Mas du Lion

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  4. Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop

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Where to stay

Village Camarguais
Hotel

Village Camarguais

Arles

Located 4 km from Arles Village Camarguais extends over 35 hectares and includes a 111 room hotel and several residences. Numerous amenities are available for the whole family: 3 pools with 7 pools, tennis courts, entertainment adults, teens and children, centre of balneotherapy, restaurants,…

Les Amandiers
Holiday rental

Les Amandiers

Arles

Apartment in private and secure holiday residence (residence classified 3 stars). Furnished and equipped with all comfort for 4 persons (1 baby cot: cot on demand and high chair), air conditioned ground floor with terrace and free parking at a site 35 hectares with sports facilities. Living room…

To the Bibion
B&B

To the Bibion

Arles

In Arles, close to the Camargue, in a quiet street of the village-like Roquette neighbourhood, Philippe welcomes you in calm and comfortable guest rooms. Located just minutes from major monuments and the best restaurants, the Bibion ​​is also near the Ancient Arles Museum. Parking nearby.

Marquet Sabrina
B&B

Marquet Sabrina

Arles

Guest rooms in a beautiful 17th century mansion at the foot of the Arenas.

City
Campsite

City

Arles

The City Camping is a family campsite situated in Camargue Arles.Ideally positioned, not far from the city centre of Arles while keeping the peace and tranquility of a secluded, you will spend an unforgettable stay in our beautiful Provence.Camping City is equipped with mobile homes for hire and…

Chez Romain
B&B

Chez Romain

Arles

Bed and breakfast in quiet, at the edge of the Rhône at 5 minutes walk from the city centre of Arles. A lovely room with double bed, a large living room with sofa bed, billiards, darts, TV, fridge, coffee maker, kettle, Wifi, dishes...Garden equipped with a barbecue, a griddle, table tennis,…

Chez Laurette
Holiday rental

Chez Laurette

Arles

House in the historic town centre of Arles, quiet, pedestrian street (with garage). On the ground floor: living room (tv, sofa, 3 armchairs), dining room (with high chair for baby), kitchen (fridge, stove with oven, coffee maker, microwave, toaster), wc, private inner courtyard with garden…

Studio Arlésien
Holiday rental

Studio Arlésien

Arles

The farmhouse is located next to Arles and the Camargue, on a small country road. It offers 2 gites (a 3rd one is under construction) and a caravan. On a large fenced plot with olive groves and green spaces, secured swimming pool (10x5m) from April to September (9h/20h), gym (fitness equipment),…

La Coquille 1
Holiday rental

La Coquille 1

Arles

Near Arles and Camargue's tourist attractions, this country gite is adjacent to another gite on 3,000 m² of enclosed, wooded grounds. Lovely décor features mosaics and pottery made by the owner. Near railroad (300 m). Ground floor : living room/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom, shower/WC.…

Things to do

House Plata
Craftsman

House Plata

Arles

We have been cabinet-makers in Arles since May 1968 and specialise in the creation of 'antique-style', patinated, white-leaded and gold-leaf furniture; we respect beautiful furniture and its quality. We became interior designers by developing our design office to meet the requirements of the…

Mas Baracan
Wines

Mas Baracan

Arles

On the plateau of la Crau high, between Arles and Fontvieille, Mas de Baracan occupies a privileged place in promontory. On his red land, Mr Morand grows rolle, grenache and syrah grapes which give wines of character, red, pink or white.

The Bouton d'Or
Craftsman

The Bouton d'Or

Arles

Bouton d'Or is a handcrafted clothing boutique. This old hosiery from the historical centre of Arles was taken over in June 2013 by two Nanceiennes designers who have turned it into workshop where they sell their production as well as other craftsmen in the region or their knowledge. All proposed…

Marie Couture
Craftsman

Marie Couture

Arles

I create made-to-measure Mireille costumes and the accompanying accessories. I work with passion so that you can take part in Provençal processions. You can choose from different types of lace made from cotton, muslin, tarlatan, cotton tulle and cotton fabric. I offer a large selection of…

Colors of Arles - The shirts of the gardian
Craftsman

Colors of Arles - The shirts of the gardian

Arles

This small family business has made a specialty of Gardian clothing, these guardians of Camargue manade: how Indian shirt, black velvet jackets, trousers in "Mole skin" adorned on the side with a thin black lace skirts covered... Models, the colors of Camargue and Provence, are entirely…

Primatiale Saint Trophime
Monument

Primatiale Saint Trophime

Arles

Date: 12th and 15th centuries Era: Middle Ages Type: Religious architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles and listed as a national Historic Monument in 1840 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in1981 The Christian community of Arles was one of the first in Gaul, with the presence of a Bishop…

Roland Gilles workshop
Craftsman

Roland Gilles workshop

Arles

Wrought iron Art, metal carpentry, automation.

Souleiado
Fashion

Souleiado

Arles

At Arles, the provencal costume is an institution. Relaunched at the end of the 19th century by Frédéric Mistral, l ' arlésienne symbolizes the cultural identity of the territory. Located at the entrance of the historic centre, shop Souleïado transports you into this universe typically…

Cryptoportico of the Forum
Monument

Cryptoportico of the Forum

Arles

Date: Late 1st century BC.Time: Antiquity Type: public Architecture of Community status: property of the city of Arles classified as Monument historique (1841) the Unesco World Heritage (1981).The cryptoportico form the bedrock, the invisible part of the forum, the Roman city's central public…

Where to eat

Plaza (La Paillotte)
Food guide restaurant

Plaza (La Paillotte)

Arles

Restaurant very well located in the centre of the city of Arles. Near hotels, monuments, museums and the Foundation Van Gogh. The restaurant bathrooms with exposed stone walls and beams wood ceilings.The decoration of the restaurant is based on bullfighting and Provence. A beautiful shaded…

Le Réfectoire
Table 13

Le Réfectoire

Arles

With classroom chairs and shared tables, the décor is, naturally, reminiscent of childhood canteens. The rest is more state-of-the-art: the reasonably-priced menu is the work of a Michelin-starred chef (Armand Arnal, of La Chassagnette), in a converted industrial building (the former SNCF…

Galoubet
Food guide restaurant

Galoubet

Arles

Bistro cuisine around the fireplace in winter and under the arbour when the weather is warm (foie gras, artichoke hearts, veal liver, catfish, roast pineapple, poached pears, etc.).

Hostellerie of the Source
Table 13

Hostellerie of the Source

Arles

Located a few minutes from the centre of Arles, a natural spring ("Source") has been happily bubbling away here since the 19th century in the tree-filled garden, bordering a swimming pool. This Mediterranean oasis, lined with weeping willows and oleander, offers feminine retakes on Provencal and…

Lou marks
Food guide restaurant

Lou marks

Arles

Meeting of traditional and regional recipes, restaurant gourmet Lou Marquès (renovated in 2014 by M Christian Lacroix) offers a classic, refined and tasty cuisine carefully prepared by our chefs.The restaurant's terrace turns into a bistro in the beautiful days and our garden near the swimming…

Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop
Food guide restaurant

Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop

Arles

Every gourmet knows his name: Jean-Luc Rabanel is one of the stars of French gastronomy and a major personality, who has been tending to his kitchen garden for over 30 years. A master of vegetables, spokesman for organic produce and pioneer of the "locavore" local food trend, this chef transcends…

Palao Bistro
Food guide restaurant

Palao Bistro

Arles

Italian restaurant where there are classics of the country of the Sun but very regional specialities unknown to the general public.A warm and smiling at the beautiful Italian accent

Gueule du Loup
Table 13

Gueule du Loup

Arles

There are no bobbins to pull here and no latches to go up. This little house built in 1780 offers no danger to Little Red Riding Hoods all they have to do is choose between the two dining rooms, one facing the ground floor kitchen and the other with exposed stone walls on the first floor. There's…

Garden Cafe - counter Calendal
Cuisine de Provence

Garden Cafe - counter Calendal

Arles

The Garden Cafe is a counter of the Calendal offering on the spot or to take light meals: bio bread sandwiches, small dishes simmered in chinaramaiah, soups, salads, while freshness, sweets, selection of teas weddings brothers, capuccino, beers etc...Pause gourmande in the salons of le Calendal…

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