Discover our guide to the best events on the French Riviera this week or weekend. Do not miss any major events such as the Cannes film Festival, Nice and Menton Carnival, Monaco Grand Prix or the Monaco and Cannes Yacht Shows.
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There’s an exhibition of works by famous Dutch artist Guillaume Corneille. There’s plenty of time to see the exhibition – it’s on virtually all summer, until the 8th of September at Chambres d'Hôtes "Les Chapeliers", on rue des Chapeliers, in Claviers in the Var. The exhibition is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 16h00 to 19h00, or by request.
The summer season at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is well underway. There are lots of activities planned until the 1st of September. You can experience the great journey of sea turtles, take part in feeding time at the aquarium, marvel at the incredible fluorescent coral, along with many other things to explore. And this summer you can get a special family offer at TER PACA train stations which includes train tickets and entry to the museum. For more details see the website www.oceano.mc
The Mediatheque in Callian in The Var has a special exhibition between the 6 July and 31 August to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the Australian artist Edouard Goerg who died in Callian in 1969. Entrance is free and everybody’s welcome to admire his art works - paintings, drawings, lithograhies and engraving. Check the opening time with the Médiathèque de Callian. Information on 04 94 76 59 16 or email Brigittelampe@orange.fr
The town of Biot is staging an exhibition dedicated to the work of the famous Swedish goldsmith Vivianna Torun and local artists she trained or influenced. Torun was born in Malmo in 1927 and lived in Biot from 1958 to 1968, surrounded by a group of young silversmiths and apprentices. She was the first woman goldsmith to have gained international fame and her works have left their imprint in the history jewellery. The exhibition is taking place at the Salles d’exposition municipal in Biot right through to the 5th of January 2020.
There’ a wonderful exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco this summer. “Dali – A History of Painting” is taking place until the 8th of September. This year is the 30th anniversary of Salvador Dali’s death and the exhibition is an exceptional journey through Dali’s artistic production and allows evryone to discover the different stages of the artist’s creation. It not only offers a retrospective view of Dali’s work, but also reveals how the painter has become enshrined in the history of twentieth century painting. You can get more details at www.grimaldiforum.com
If you’d like to listen to some great jazz in a wonderful setting this summer, the Chateau de Berne in Lorgues in the Var has a series of four concerts in July and August as part of their “Jazz a Berne” festival. The first one is on the 12th of July and the others are on the 21st of July, the 8th of August and the 25th of August. The concerts start at 9pm and there’s on-site catering. For details of tickets, see the website www.chateauberne.com
The Monte Carlo Summer Sporting Festival is underway with another season of great music from some of the world’s top artists, including John Legend on the 26th of July and Sting on the 2nd of August. There are lots of other great shows and you can get full information and buy tickets at www.montecarlosbm.com
The Mall San Remo is the new exclusive luxury outlet, where you can find the best fashion and home design brands. It’s only one hour from Nice and 30 minutes from Monaco, and there are roundtrip shuttles from Nice and Monaco. Until September 3, they also have additional promotions with special prices and a Tax Free Lounge for an immediate refund. So if you’re looking for a few bargains combined with a nice day out in Italy check out The Mall San Rémo’s website www.themall.it
The Association les Enfants de Frankie is holding a fundraising event called Fourchette Solidaire. The event is in its second edition this year and is a collaboration of restaurants and customers to support the needy children of the region. Until the end of August, Fourchette Solidaire aims to collect a symbolic 1 € on each restaurant bill to be donated to the association. The Association invites everyone to participate in this fundraising campaign by eating in Monaco Partner Restaurants –
- Joël Robuchon Monte Carlo
- Ömer – Hôtel de Paris
- Beef Bar
- Cantinetta Antinori
- Moshi Moshi
- Song qi
- La Bionda
- Columbus Montecarlo
- Planet Pasta
For further details see the website www.frankiemonaco.org
There’s an exhibition of works by local artist Joel Blanc at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes. Paintings and bronze sculptures are on display. Joel was born in Toulon and his works are renowned for capturing the energy and action of sporting events. You can find more information about his works at http://joelblanc.com and if you need more details of the exhibition call the concierge at the Carlton on 04 93 06 45 80.
There’s an evening arts and crafts market in the village of La Croix Valmer in the Var. It’s happening every Thursday evening in August starting at 4pm. There are various workshops available around the market as well. And there are lots of other events in the village this month including a fireworks show on Wednesday, the 7th of August, and several concerts. More details in English at the Tourist Office website http://www.lacroixvalmertourisme.com/en
The world famous Cirque du Soleil is coming to Monaco from this Thursday 15th to next Monday 19th August as part of the Sporting Summer Festival. Shows start at 8.30 pm in the Salle des Etoiles. For ticket availability see https://www.montecarlosbm.com/en/shows/monte-carlo-sporting-summer-festival/cirque-du-soleil
If you’re here on holiday and would like to go to a church service in English, St Paul’s Anglican Church have their usual service on Sunday mornings at 10.30am – the church is on Avenue de Grande Bretagne in Monaco. Monaco Christian Fellowship have their service on Sunday evenings at 6pm in the summer at the Eglise Reformee which you can find just behind the Casino Supermarket on the Port of Monaco. More details at their websites www.stpaulsmonaco.com and www.mcf-mc.com
Les Azuriales Opera Summer Season is now underway. Nine young artists from around the world are visiting the Cote d’Azur for a mixture of high-level master-classes and live performances. The standard of these performers is very high, and many past participants have gone on to perform at major houses and festivals all over the world. For full details of the season see www.AzurialOpera.com
There’s a brand new restaurant in Monaco. It’s the Greek-Mediterranean concept restaurant, GAIA. Inspired by the mythical Greek Goddess of the earth, the mountains, sun and sea, GAIA serves authentic Greek cuisine with a contemporary approach in a contemporary space filled with hidden details and charm. It’s led by the internationally acclaimed Chef Izu Ani. GAIA is now open in Monte-Carlo in the Galerie Charles III, very close to Casino Square. More details at their Facebook Page GAIA MONACO
The Mobil'été PayByPhone Tour is going to be on the Port of Monaco next Monday the 19th of August. The PayByPhone team have been travelling throughout France this summer to make residents and visitors aware of the possibility of paying for public parking by using your mobile phone. This new service has been available in the Principality since late 2018. There’ll be makeup workshops for youngsters, a quiz with a weekend in Rome to win at the end of the tour, an introduction to hockey for children (with the presence of members of the French Hockey Federation) and of course all the details of how you can pay for parking by mobile phone. The entertainment and information is all free of charge and it’s being held on the Quai Albert Ier on the Port of Monaco on the 19 August from 10am to 7pm.
The Heroes Band will be travelling from the UK to perform at concerts in Grasse, in support of the Help for Heroes charity. They’ll also be parading through the town of Grasse in dress uniform and all ex-pat Brits, visitors and local are welcome to go along and support them and the charity. The concerts, which last for about an hour, are part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Grasse and are being held on Friday 23rd of August at 6.30pm in the Place aux Aires, on Saturday the 24th at 1pm at Aubade on the kiosque du Cours Honoré Cresp and finally on Sunday the 25th at 11.30am at the Place de l’Évêché.
A meeting of classic and prestige British vehicles is being held in Vidauban on Sunday the 1st of September. The first British Day is at the leisure centre in Vidauban and starts at 9am. If you have a classic or prestige British vehicle, you’re particularly welcome to attend and there’ll be a special parking area reserved for those vehicles. There’s musical entertainment and British food available and it’d make a great day out, particularly if you’re interested in classic cars. Everybody’s welcome.