The Street art of Cours Julien in Marseille
The district Cours Julien in Marseille, is located on one of the many hills of Marseille. It is famous for its Street Art graffiti and is designated as the neighborhood “boho” (bourgeois-Bohemian) of Marseille. There are many trendy bars and restaurants; as well as theaters, and many shops with facades redecorated by graffiti.
The Panier, in the 2nd arrondissement, is the old town of Marseille and its epicenter. Here you will find bars and restaurants run by locals and tourists alike: Oogie Lifestore, WAAW What An Amazing World or La Cantinetta.
The “Ju” cours is a must visit for all those who stop there, it is the trendy area for good food, local shops, main attractions such as the Cathedral of Major (the second oldest church of Europe) and of course the amazing murals found in its narrow streets and buildings.
Place Jean Jaurès, more commonly known as La Plaine, is an emblematic place of Marseille’s popular culture. This palce is full of places to discover. You can find a micro brewery and taste local beers. For catering you can have lunch or dinner at Lacaille restaurant.
The Julien court in Marseille is a lively place and stirring, there is always something going on. Stay connected to our blog to be kept informed of activities and events in Marseille.
Start your hunt on the wall near the old charity of the Place des Pistoles (square with many outdoor cafes) where you will be greeted by the giant wall of a fisherman selling sardines, which is quite the symbol of Marseille . But always keep in mind that all these graffiti are ephemeral. Between the moment we talk about it and when you will visit the Cours Julien in Marseille, they will probably have been replaced.
Several neighborhood associations support the Cours Julien.
Then, from ruined walls and shutters to nooks and crannies, you’ll see wall paintings sneaking around. Artists are regularly invited to redecorate a space of 5 x 3 meters, located on the wall of the bar Surcouf, at the corner of rue Crudère, and Cours Julien. Each month an artist takes over and paints a new fresco.
Shining in the sunlight as it sets on the old port, these murals give the street a vivid color and represent a part of the social life of Marseille. You can discover the Cours Julien in Marseille via two Google applications: Google StreetView and Google Night Walk.
It is clear now that the Art of the Street holds its place in the City of Marseille: The variety and use of colors are simply breathtaking to such an extent that the Tourist Office of Marseille even organizes guided tours of the city. The Cours Julien in relation to specialized guides ; some tours are even specially organized for children.
News for street art in Marseille :
Two shows holding the top of the pavement and celebrating urban art in Marseille, are scheduled until January 2018: a retrospective of hip-hop at the Museum of Contemporary Art and an exhibition on street graffiti at MUCEM.
The graphers also follow the news.
Indeed, a graphist from the neighborhood known as Julien painted this portrait in tribute to the draftsman Cabu, died at the attacks of Charlie-Hebo in January 2015; this fresco is currently Rue Bussy
the Indian, next to the Cours Julien; the artist engaged on a duty of memory titled her work “I am Charlie”.
How to get to the Julian course in Marseille:
The cours Julien is not far from the old Port of Marseille, you can go there by Metro (line 2, stop: Notre Dame du Mont). The hotels in the neighborhood are non-existent; plan to reserve one a few hundred yards away.
The Cours Julien is right in the center of the old town of Marseille