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 a new exhibition at the Musee d’Art Classique in Mougins. It’s called Bleu-Tropique and features Belgian artist Johan Van Mullem, whose works will emerge from the blue portrait gallery during the exhibition. It’s on until the 17th of March, so there’s plenty of opportunity to go along to the museum to see it. All the details at the website www.mouginsmusee.com
If you or someone you know is a car enthusiast there’s a great exhibition of classic Ferrari’s taking place at the Prince of Monaco’s Motor Museum in Fontvieille in Monaco. About fifty of the brand's most iconic Grand Prix and Sports cars - those that forged the Ferrari legend and inspired millions of fans - are brought together at this exhibition. It’s on until the 15th of March. For opening hours, admission charges and further details, see the website www.mtcc.mc/en/
If you’re a local musician waiting for your big break, this could be for you! The call has gone out for applications for the 12th Talents Nuits du Sud Contest. A jury will give their verdict on groups who will perform under professional conditions. The groups selected for the Talents Nuits du Sud Competition will be scheduled as part of the IN or OFF festival between July 17 and August 2. To get more information and an application form, go to the website www.nuitsdusud.com
On the occasion of the release of his latest book entitled "Endangered", the English artist Tim Flach, is presenting an exhibition of 17 exclusive photographs. The images make a visually poignant statement of how animals and their ecosystems are facing ever greater challenges in order to maintain their survival. Tim attended St. Martins School of Art and has worked with such prestigious clients as National Geographic, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and Stern Magazine. His works have also found their place in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Miami and the Citadel of Berlin. You can see the exhibition until the end of this month at the Opiom Gallery on the Chemin du Village in Opio.
If you’re a STARWARS fan, this is definitely something for you. A unique LEGO ® STARWARS ™ ship will be at CAP 3000 shopping centre until the 3rd of March. It’s the legendary X-WING STARFIGHTER. The spaceship is built of 2,5 million pieces if LEGO® and you’ll be able to take control of it! And on the 16th of February you can enjoy a laser saber performance by The Guardians -Cannes association. And from the 20th to the 24th of February you’ll be able to feel like a Jedi through a VR game called BEAT SABER. A don’t forget as well that CAP3000 is celebrating Chinese New Year with lots of animations on the 13th of February. All the details of everything happening at www.cap3000.com
There’s an exhibition of photographs of polar bears by local photographer Jean-Louis Cresp at the Parc Phoenix in Nice until the end of March. AU PAYS DE NANUK is the result of the photographer’s trip to the shores of the Beaufort Sea in Alaska. More details of the exhibition at http://www.parc-phoenix.org/
Set Theatre in Le Cannet are presenting their latest Play, in English. 'The Perfect Murder' written by Peter James, is an exciting thriller, with a large helping of humour and many dark twists and turns. You can join their Supper Club as well for a fantastic meal to make it a complete night out. Opening night is this Friday, the 15th February starting at 6.30pm for the Supper Club followed by the play at 8.00pm, other dates are 16/17/22/23/24th February. Full information and tickets are available on the website www.southoffranceenglishtheatre.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the highlights of the Riviera events calendar is getting underway this weekend. The 86th edition of the Lemon Festival in Menton starts this Saturday and goes on until the 3rd of March. About 240,000 visitors attend the festival each year to see all the attractions, including processions of floats, illuminated gardens and various exhibitions. More details at the website https://www.fete-du-citron.com/?lang=en
One of the biggest and best loved events on the Riviera starts on the 16th of February. The Nice Carnival is in its 135th edition this year. As usual, there’s a parade of floats, the traditional flower battle animated by musicians and dancers from all around the world and many other attractions. It’s a unique and spectacular show that lights up at night. The Nice Carnival is on Place Massena, from the 16th of February to the 2nd of March and you can get more information in English at www.nicecarnival.com
Celebrate world margarita day with Internations Monaco this Friday, the 22nd at a venue on Port Hercule in Monaco. Entry includes a free margarita cocktail and finger food and happy hour prices. There’s a prize for the most seductive display of how to drink a margarita with a partner! You need to sign up for the event on the internations website: internations.org/monte-carlo
AS Monaco are taking on Lyon in the French League 1 on Sunday, the 24th of February at 9pm at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. More information and tickets at www.asmonaco.com
Club Vivanova are holding an event with their VIP Gala Partner Roche Bobois Monaco at their design showroom in Monaco. Club Vivanova members will enjoy a Champagne reception with gourmet canapés, whilst meeting the Roche Bobois Monaco team. It’s taking place on Wednesday 27th February at 6pm. It’s a complimentary members’ only event and you can get full details of the event and how to join Club Vivanova at their website www.clubvivanova.com
If you’re a jazz fan, or would like to experience something a bit different musically, Fred Wesley and the New JB’s are giving a concert next Wednesday, the 27th of February at 8.30pm, at the Forum Nice Nord. On the same night you can also see the excellent East Orange Funk. Tickets are 22 euros, 14 euros for concessions. It’s taking place as part of the Nice Jazz Festival Sessions and you can get more info and book tickets at http://www.nicejazzfestival.fr or by calling 04 97 00 10 70
Toastmasters Sophia-Antipolis, part of Toastmasters International, have an event on Wednesday, March 13th at 6.00pm. Toastmasters International is an association that helps its member to develop their public speaking skills and improve their leadership skills. You’ll be able to get an overview of what the club does and how you can join. The meeting will feature impromptu speaking, prepared speeches and evaluations. The host of the evening will take the time to explain every role and activity. For registration, you can go to their Facebook page: Toastmasters Sophia Antipolis
Blevins Franks are holding seminars entitled “The B-word. What does it mean for you?”. Love it or hate it, there’s no escaping it, so the Blevins Franks spring seminars take a close look at what Brexit means for UK nationals in France. While the key concerns for many expatriates are residence rights and healthcare, the seminar also considers how Brexit could affect pensions and discuss potential implications for taxation, estate planning and your savings and investments. The seminars are taking place from the 26th to the 29th of March in Mallemort, Les Arcs sur Argens, Cannes and Monaco. Book your seat online at www.blevinsfranks.com/events/country/france or call 0 805 112 163
Mimosa Matters are holding a black tie masquerade ball at the luxurious Negresco Hotel in Nice on the 30th of March. Champagne reception, sit down dinner, luxury auction and raffle prizes all topped off with dancing until the early hours! All the money raised from this event will go towards the fight against Cancer in the Alpes Maritimes region. Tables are selling fast, so to get more details and reserve your places see the website www.mimosamatters.org
The Luxury Lifestyle Gala Dinner has just launched for the fifth year running, and this time round they are raising funds for the Chances for Children Foundation and TAF, the Animal Fund. The night will include premiere champagne, premium wines, plus sublime four course meal and entertainment, all in the salubrious surroundings of the Fairmont Hotel in Monaco. Click here for full information and tickets,
The 2019 Club Vivanova Luxury Lifestyle Charity Gala Dinner is on Saturday 6th April in the Salle d’Or Ballroom at the Fairmont Monte Carlo. It’s your opportunity to have a wonderful evening and to support their charity partners, Chances For Children Foundation and TAF The Animal Fund. There’ll be live musical entertainment, a selection of premium international wines, a fashion show and a charity auction. Tickets are 175 euros, fully inclusive. Tickets and tables for the gala can be purchased at www.clubvivanova-luxurygala.com