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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Nearby

  1. Bridge Van Gogh

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  2. Gita Luna

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  3. La Petite Maison

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  4. L' épicerie du Baravin

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Where to stay

Porte de Camargue
Hotel

Porte de Camargue

Arles

2 star hotel with terrace, 25 air-conditioned rooms including 20 accessible by lift, equipped with WC, showers or baths, dry hair, safe deposit box, satellite TV, telephone, free Wifi.

Studio
Holiday rental

Studio

Arles

Located between the Roman Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre, the studio is located on the 1st floor in a building dating from the 16th century, close to all amenities. Renovated in a modern style, it consists of a main room, a kitchenette and a bathroom whose total area is about 25 m²

Entre Provence Et Camargue
Holiday rental

Entre Provence Et Camargue

Arles

Apartment occupying the 1st floor of a quiet and leafy villa... 3 bedroom, living room, dining, kitchen, vicinity 2 of water, 2 WC, Wifi, TV, garage, large garden.Completely renovated.

Gita Luna
Holiday rental

Gita Luna

Arles

Gite with air conditioning, washing machine all comfort class 3 stars. A view on the olive trees, or the garden room is shady. Access to the shared swimming pool 6 x 16 meters. Table tennis, bowls have at your disposal. 5 minutes from the shops, with the wild Camargue Arles.

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…

Rodin
Hotel

Rodin

Arles

Located in a quiet area, only a 15-minute walk from the city center of Arles, the Le Rodin hotel has spacious and comfortable rooms.They have a terrace or a balcony overlooking the pool and the garden.Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a bathroom, TV satellite, mini bar and free WiFi.You…

First class
Hotel

First class

Arles

Hotel Première Classe 1 star with rooms with shower, WC, television and free Wifi.A hotel that can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child or 3 adults without extra charge. (room with a double bed and a trundle bed).Small rooms with all the comfort shower and WC (narrow certainly but convenient), TV,…

Ibis Styles Arles Palace Congress (ex Mercure)
Hotel

Ibis Styles Arles Palace Congress (ex Mercure)

Arles

Breakfast + unlimited Wi-Fi are included in the price of the hotel Ibis Arles Styles. Ideally situated opposite the Palace of congresses and 2 steps from the Museum of Arles Antique, our hotel has 80 rooms combining comfort and design, they are air-conditioned and soundproofed with tus equipment…

Ibis budget palais des Congrès
Hotel

Ibis budget palais des Congrès

Arles

Our Ibis Budget hotel has 64 air-conditioned and soundproofed, modern rooms. This is the essence of comfort at low cost.Our hotel is located 3 minutes walk from the Museum of ancient and facing the Palais des Congrès.You can reach the centre of the old city on foot (20 minutes) or even take the…

Things to do

Farfantello
Souvenirs

Farfantello

Arles

Farfantello est une adresse pour les enfants, petits et grands. Un choix magique de décoration vintage pour la chambre et de jouets rétro qui nous replonge dans nos souvenirs d’enfance. Il faut entrer pour découvrir tout plein d’idées cadeaux et de trésors pour les minots (ananas…

Evelyne Ricord
Christmas crib figures

Evelyne Ricord

Arles

Sculptor and santon-maker, one of the best workers in France in the clay santon category. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Méli Labo
Clay

Méli Labo

Arles

Deco designs, fashion accessories

Arlette Multishop
Fashion

Arlette Multishop

Arles

Arlette est le Colette arlésien. Autrefois installé dans Le Magasin de Jouet (drôle de nom pour une galerie d’art), les jolies collections ont pris leur envol vers la rue de la Liberté. Les marques les plus pointues sont au rendez-vous : Kulte, Le Slip Français, les bijoux Alpha Beta ou…

Chantal Bernardi
Craftsman

Chantal Bernardi

Arles

Furniture upholsterer

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…

Larry
Craftsman

Larry

Arles

Tonello, located in Arles, is a unique in its field, specialising in two different but complementary areas: the creation of reinforced concrete staircases cast on site and the production and laying of the coating. the laying of poured granite or 'Venetian terrace' flooring and the production…

The business of Art
Craftsman

The business of Art

Arles

Le Métier d'Art is a hand-loom weaving studio. In a warm, colourful atmosphere, discover a range of original creations based around weaving, including boleros, Spencer jackets, coats, hats and a collection of contemporary clothes and accessories inspired by the colours of the South. Woven in…

Actes Sud
Souvenirs

Actes Sud

Arles

Située au cœur de la vieille ville sur les berges du Rhône, la librairie ACTES SUD vous accueille dans un cadre chaleureux et convivial. Après avoir flâné parmi les rayons, vous pourrez faire vos choix de livres et disques, confortablement installés dans un canapé ou faire appel à nos…

Where to eat

Next to the bistro
Food guide restaurant

Next to the bistro

Arles

This is Jean-Luc Rabanel's second star-rated establishment, serving friendlier-priced and more family-style food. The gourmet dishes are crafted with the expertise of one of France's greatest contemporary cooks. Traditional salt cod and stewed chicken take on a whole new lease of life here. The…

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.).

Thyme bar
Table 13

Thyme bar

Arles

Les Milhau are masters in the art of satisfying guests with their charming and relaxed welcome, traditional and faultless home-made Provencal cuisine, a pleasant terrace and reasonable prices. Simple and fuss-free quality.

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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