Jan. 24-Feb. 24: Circus Capitals. 50 big-top performances across Provence focus on new magic and the world of clowns.

May 3-4: The Old Port between Flames and Waves. Streaming with light pots and mobile pyrotechnics, Marseille's spiffed-up harbor will never look finer.

May 30-June 2: Euro Mediterranean Festival 1720. A thousand costumed characters — nobles, pirates and beggars — re-enact historic battles in the seaside village of La Ciotat.

June 1: Opening of the New Museum of the History of Marseille. Some 2,700 years of maritime history, as inscribed on 44,000 relics and documents, go on display in the Exchange District.

July 13-22: International Festival of Lyric Art. World-class opera comes to Aix-en-Provence with Verdi's "Rigoletto" and Mozart's "Don Giovanni."

July 17-27: Five Continents Jazz Festival. World music meets jazz on Marseille's stages.

July 20: Europride 2013. Marseille hosts Europe's No. 1 LGBT event.

Sept. 6-7: Marbour 2013. Eighty international graffiti artists make the gardens of Mas Marbour their canvas.

Oct. 3-19: Fiesta des Suds. World music performers shine at the Port Docks des Suds, a baroque jewel.

Dec. 9-21: Winter Night. Schoenberg meets 21st century experimental music "outside the walls" in a fitting crescendo to the Cultural Year.

For Marseille, go to http://www.mp2013.fr or http://www.marseille-tourisme.com/en. For Kosice, go to kosice2013.sk or visit kosice.eu.