What’s on in Sainte-Maxime this August
1 August 2016
Attend Outstanding Art, Music & Shopping Events During a Summer Stay at Amarante Golf Plaza
Located a mere 10 minute drive from Amarante Golf Plaza, the picturesque city of Sainte-Maxime offers many attractions, including its impressive medieval architecture and stunning white, sandy beaches. Alongside its historic charm and areas of natural beauty, it can also boast an exciting events line-up. This August, there’ll be the chance to attend an exhibition of art works by Blasco Mentor, watch live music performances on the city’s streets, and browse bargains at the annual Grande Braderie.
Blasco Mentor Exhibition
Musée de la Tour Carrée
Until 21st August 2016
Art fans should head to Sainte-Maxime’s Musée de la Tour Carrée for an exhibition of works by Catalan painter Blasco Mentor this August. The 38 paintings currently on show highlight the diversity of the award-winning artist, whose colour palette has been described as being reminiscent of ‘…Spanish fiestas’. The free-entry exhibition explores a variety of his subject matters, including the female form in 1959’s oil painting ‘Nu au canapé’, which depicts a nude figure wearing a red hat while leaning back on yellow seating. Other themes featured include historical scenes, fantasy and daily life, including 1979’s ‘Autoportrait’, which shows the artist’s vision of himself in monochrome, offset by pinks, greens and yellows.
Born in 1919 in Barcelona, Mentor studied at the city’s Fine Arts Academy and fled to France following time in the Republican Army. He settled in Solliès-Toucas, an hour from Sainte-Maxime, but also worked in Paris and exhibited internationally. During his career, he won many awards including a ‘Silver Medal of Fine Arts’ that had also been awarded to Picasso and was named a ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’. Alongside oil paintings, he worked in a range of mediums and formats including sculpture, graphic arts, mural and fresco design. This will be the second time Mentor’s work has been exhibited at la Tour Carrée and the current display features works that haven’t been seen before… making it truly unmissable for any art lover visiting Sainte-Maxime this summer.
30th August 2016
There’ll be the chance to go on a city tour unlike any other towards the end of the month. 'Musiques “Live” en Ville’ will offer the general public a unique opportunity to enjoy live music performances in three destinations across the city. This free event will cater for a variety of tastes with a diverse range of acts showcasing their talents between 9.30pm and 12.30am. Whether you’re a music fan or simply looking for a unique experience along the cobbled streets of Sainte-Maxime, this event will deliver the ideal evening out during a stay at Amarante Golf Plaza.
Start with a visit to the beachside Promenade A. Simon Lorière for an energetic performance courtesy of duo Aud’Show & Stefy, which will be sure to inspire a few dance moves. Follow this with a few minute stroll around Sainte-Maxime’s port to Rue Gabriel Peri, where three-piece Los Angeles Trio will be performing a set of French and international songs. Meanwhile, Kromazik will be performing around the corner in the Place Victor Hugo. The duo of Caroline John and Matthew Eymard will be offering acoustic versions of hits by contemporary acts such as Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Sia and David Guetta using only their voices, a guitar and a looper pedal. Find more details here and look forward to a truly one-off insight into local music culture.
18th – 21st August 2016
Savvy-shoppers may want to plan their holiday strategically to coincide with the Grande Braderie. Those searching for the perfect holiday souvenir… or even a whole new summer wardrobe will be in luck when, for four discount-filled days, the city goes into sale. This annual shopping event will see high-street and designer boutiques reducing the price of their summer stock heavily, ensuring a whole host of bargains can be found by those with a little patience. Rails and stalls will stretch from the Avenue Georges Pompidou to Rue Pierre et Marie Curie and down to Quai Léon Condroyer; making it a not-to-missed shopping experience.
Make sure to browse the latest summer trends in the many men’s and womenswear shops lining the Rue de Verdun. This charming street is home to the likes of Grolles72, which stocks brands such as Superdry, G-Star, Nike, Diesel and Scotch & Soda, while Kutakod will offer designs by Versace and Calvin Klein. Childrenswear by IKKS can be found in L’enfant Roy on Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, while Avenue Jean Jaurès offers Sixieme Sens, which stocks the latest creations by Vanessa Bruno, Chloé and Tod’s. Whether you’re in need of new sandals, flowing summer dresses, white linens or on-trend beachwear, this clearance event will provide an unforgettable day (or two) out in Sainte-Maxime.
Whether you’re an art or music fan… or fancy a little retail therapy, there are plenty of exciting events on offer in Sainte-Maxime this August.
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