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Festival de Marseille opens (June 17 – July 11, 2009)
 The program of the 14th holding of the festival in 2009 (counting the cancelled 2003 festival), there are nine dance works including those of Saburo Teshigawara’s Miroku, Wim Vandekeybus’ nieuwZwart and Ginette Laurin/O Vertigo’s La Chambre Blanche. The program also includes a Christian Rizzo installation, concert, performance and forum.

Festival Outline:
This festival was launched in 1996 at the proposal of Apolline Quintrand (present artistic director) to create a festival that symbolizes Marseille, a city with a multi-ethnical background that is said to be the oldest city in France and is to be designated a European Capital of Culture in 2013. Since its founding the festival has bee held every year (with the exception of 2003 during the stage workers strike). It operates with support from Marseille’s municipal Ville de Marseille, the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côtes-d'Azur, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and private sector corporate sponsorship. Provence also has the Avignon Festival, but the Marseille festival is not that large in scale. As implied by the festival’s other name, F/D/Am/M (Festival de Danse et des Arts multiples de Marseille), the main focus is dance, gathering a wide variety of both domestic and international artists and attempting to be a medium that reflects contemporary creation. As of 2009, the festival has invited a total of 178 works from 40 countries. Fifty of those have been French premieres or joint productions.
 Also, in order to attract involvement by a large audience from the local citizens, the price of tickets is kept low, with the highest priced tickets for 2009 festival not exceeding 31 euro. Tickets for many of the events are between 10 and 20 euro and there are also numerous free events. The festival’s total audience since 1996 is 242,081 and approximately 350 performing arts professionals have visited.
+Festival de Marseille
Dates: June 17 – July 11, 2009
Venues: Opéra de Marseille, Espace Culture, etc.
http://www.festivaldemarseille.com
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