FRANCE / Rendez-vous in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence for the Festival Jeu de l’oie

The first Festival Jeu de l’Oie – Social Sciences and Arts in the City will be held from June 19th to 22nd in Marseille (at Mucem and the Palais du Pharo) and in Aix-en-Provence (at the Institut de management et gouvernance territoriale and Le Cube).

Organized by Aix-Marseille University, the festival is a forum of exchanges between academics and students, and between artists and the public. This first edition is about games, exploring their essential place in history and cultures, and their importance in our contemporary society.

The festival is in two parts: the first, the “Entrée de jeu”, is from May 9th to June 18th and offers scientific events. That is followed by four days of “Temps Fort” from June 19th to 22nd, with themed discussions in the form of round tables, workshops, debates and meetings. The topics are: “what does the game involve us in?”, “Around the video game”, “the power of the game — or power games — to reinvent the world”, and “is sport still a game?”

Note that an award-winning documentary at the 2010 PriMed, La main et la voix, will be screened at Mucem on Friday June 21th. Directed by Anush Hamzehian, this film explores a game called la morra, known across southern France and Italy from Trentino to Nice, Friuli to Corsica, via Sardinia and the Marches.

The festival will open and close with music: a recital from the Festival of Lyric Art of Aix en Provence on June 19th and a concert by the Aix-Marseille University symphony orchestra on June 22nd.

Also within the framework of the festival is an online exhibition Jeu de l’oie, histoire et métamorphoses (Goose Game, history and metamorphoses), created by the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, from collections of the Mucem. The exhibition is available here.


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