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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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.
The city of Nice is staging a new exhibition called CINEMATISSE. As part of the 100 years of the Victorine studios the Matisse Museum is holding an exhibition on the theme of Cinema. Cinematisse shows the dialogue between the painter and the cinema. There’s plenty of time to go along and see it – it’s on until January 5th, 2020 at the Matisse Museum, 164 avenue des Arenes de Cimiez in Nice. More information at www.cinema2019.nice.fr
There’s a very special art exhibition taking place in Monaco. DJ and lead singer of Culture Club Boy George is holding the world premier of his unique art collection in Monaco before it moves on to London and Los Angeles. The exhibition is at G&M Design Gallery at 11 Avenue Princesse Grace. They’re open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1pm to 6pm and late night until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. If you need more information send an e-mail to email@example.com
The Villeneuve-Loubet Hockey Club have started some adult loisir hockey sessions on Tuesday evenings. It’s just for fun with a great bunch of French and English speaking people playing, and if you need any sticks or balls, there’s always some there for you. For more information, get in touch with Pete Brooke on +33 (0)6 87 13 68 71 or Google ESVL – Villenuve Loubet Hockey Club.
The Monaco Christmas Village is in full swing again this year on Port Hercule, the main port of Monaco until the 5th of January. As in previous years, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the many craft stalls with gift ideas, a wonderful selection of food & drink stalls, music, a big wheel and the ice skating rink. You can get more details, along with information about many other events taking place in Monaco at the website www.visitmonaco.com
Sweet Seven, a close harmony group who sing in English are performing two more Christmas Concerts. They're at St Andre's Church in Mouans-Sartoux on December 14th at 5:00 p.m. and on December 21st at 5:00 p.m. at St Pon's church in Le Rouret. More information at www.sweetseven.fr or by calling 06 26 47 10 18.
There are several Carol Services taking place at the English language churches on the Riviera over the next few days. Monaco Christian Fellowship (www.mcf-mc.com) are holding Carols By Candlelight this Sunday evening the 15th at 5.00pm at the Eglise Reformee on rue Louis Notari on the port of Monaco. There are carols and readings in English at St Hugh’s in Vence at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, December 18th. St John the Evangelist Anglican Church in St Raphael has a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols this Sunday the 15th at 6pm. you can find St John's at 117 av Paul Doumer in St Raphaël.
Cap3000 shopping centre in St Laurent du Var is a great place to do your Christmas Shopping. They’re open 7 days a week with 3 hours of free parking. There are 180 shops and restaurants to explore including big names such as Galeries Lafayette, Bang & Olufsen, the Levis Store, Benetton, Guess, Nespresso, Darty and many more. They also often hold special events at the shopping centre. At the moment, they have a fantastic 360 ° video and sound journey through the ocean in partnership with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. You can get more details at their website www.cap3000.com
It's just about pantomime time of the year again and SET The South of France English Theatre are staging an hilarious version of Alice in Wonderland. There are performances on the weekend of 27th to 29th December and the 3rd to 5th of January at their premises in Le Cannet Tickets are just 15 euros, 18 euros for non-members and 10 euros for children from 3 to 12 and can be bought online at their website www.southoffranceenglishtheatre.com
2020 won’t happen again, so bring in the New Year at one of the most stunning locations on the Côté d’Azur, the 16th century citadel, overlooking the magnificent bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer. Party inside a beautiful heated marquee within the walls of the citadel. It's a charity ball in benefit of the CCLG ‘Children’s Cancer & Leukemia Group’ featuring the group ODYSSEY, who will no doubt be playing some of their big hits such as Native New Yorker, Use It Up and Wear It Out and Going Back To My Roots. It includes champagne & canapé cocktail, 5 course gourmet gala dinner & wines, charity auction, live music throughout the night & finishes with a lively DJ party! Reservations are essential. For more details call Beth on 06 07 99 43 38.