Carrières de Lumières: Extraordinary audio-visual show

By July 31, 2018MUSEUM, TO DO

The area around Les Baux-de-Provence has many quarries. Each year, one of them turns into a huge exhibition hall that shows amazing multimedia shows. The theme of Les Carrières de Lumières changes every year. This year the colourful show combines Picasso and Flower Power. A definite must-see if you ask me!

Les Baux-de-Provence

A dear friend of mine spent her holidays in the Vaucluse and invited me to go and see this light show in a former quarry. As I don’t know this area very well, I was very curious to go, especially after she showed me pictures of last year’s show. First, we had a lovely lunch at Les Baux-de-Provence (which is a real treasure as well).

Pierre du Midi

About 20 million years ago, the typical limestone in Les Baux-de-Provence was formed in “Les Alpilles”: a range of small mountains surrounding this “most beautiful village of France”. Known as “Pierre du Midi”, many quarries were created to fulfil the demand for the stone. Like the quarry of the Grands Fonds, which changed into a cultural space in 2012. This was the birth of Les Carrières de Lumières.

Stone cathedral

The former quarry is the perfect place to display art in a different way. First of all, there is the quarry itself. With its immense space and 14-metre high walls it kind of looks like a stone cathedral. Second of all: when you add light and music, you get a true spectacle. And finally, since its launch in 2012 the theme changes yearly. Masterpieces by great artists are projected on the floor and walls, from Van Gogh to Chagall and from Bosch to Picasso.

Immerse yourself

My friend suggested I buy my ticket in advance, and lucky I did. This way, I could skip the queue and go straight into this utterly fantastic exhibition. There are two shows; I arrived in the middle of the Picasso one. After Picasso there was a little break, but soon enough the even brighter Flower Power show started. Les Carrières de Lumières works with top-notch, high-performance technology to create these extraordinary audio-visual shows. The artists use no less than 70 video projectors to immerse yourself in a completely different world. I was standing in the moving decor, giant images floated under me, next to me and above me, all accompanied by great music. I absolutely loved it!

Here’s a video fragment for a more vivid image:


The audio-visual show of Les Carrières de Lumières is projected every day of the year. Check their website as opening hours change depending on the seasons. You can also buy your tickets online, a smart thing to do! The temperature in the quarry is around 14 degrees, so keep this in mind when coming in the warm Summer. Animals are not allowed in.


Not only is Les Carrières de Lumières a popular destination, but Les Baux-de-Provence also attracts quite a lot of people. You cannot park in Les Baux-de-Provence itself, however, you can park your car at one of the paid parking lots at the bottom of Les Baux-de-Provence, or along the road (paid as well).

Carrières de Lumières
Route de Maillane
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence
+33 (0)4 90 49 20 03


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