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
Cap3000 shopping centre in St Laurent du Var is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary with lots of special events until the 21st of November. There are DJs playing great music each afternoon on weekends. There’s an immersive virtual reality attraction where you can experience swimming through the oceans through the eyes of a sea turtle – that’s every day from 11.00am to 6.00pm. There’s a retrospective exhibition about the past 50 years of Cap3000 with previously unpublished photos and lots of tasting bars, beauty bars and workshops in the Cap3000 stores. There’s 3 hours of free parking and they’re open 7 days a week. All the details at www.cap3000.com
The fun fair is still on in Monaco all the way through to the 19th of November. The fair has lots of rides and attractions and great food including pancakes, waffles and all kinds of street food. The fair is on the main port of Monaco and is open until 11pm each weeknight and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and it’ll also be open until Midnight this Thursday.
US-born artist Linda McCluskey (who’s featured in The Art Lovers’ Guide To Paris) is holding an exhibition of her trademark twisty and dreamlike images of villages along the French and Italian Rivieras. It’s on until the 13 November in Le Cannet old town at the Terrasse des Arts gallery, with the vernissage this Saturday 2 November from midday, with live music from The Garys At Home. Take a look at the website lindamccluskey.com for more information.
There’s an art exhibition being held by The Hangar Arts Centre in Chateauneuf de Grasse. Le Hangar is a place where art lovers of all ages, nationalities and abilities meet to work, discuss, learn and experiment in a friendly and inspiring atmosphere. In total, 35 painters and 6 sculptors will participate in this event. The exhibition is on every day until the 13th of November from 10am to 6pm at the Salle du Maset, 458 Route d’Opio in Chateauneuf and entry is free. You can get more information at http://www.hangarart.org/
An Art Exhibition by Iris devote Littardi entitled “Classic Boat in Graphic Design Style” is being held at the Quai Des Artistes on Quai Antoine 1er in Monaco. The idea for the exhibition, which has been five years in the making, was born in 1997 and was inspired by the Classic Boat Week in Monaco during the Principality’s 700th anniversary. If you’d like to go along and see the exhibition, it’s taking place until the 29th of November.
If you haven’t seen an AS Monaco basketball match at the Stade Louis II yet, you’ve been missing a great evening out. Their matches have a real American atmosphere. Their next match is Wednesday evening the 13th of November at 7.45pm against Promitheas Patras in the 7DAYS Eurocup. And later this month there are home matches on the 20th and 24th of November. You can see the full calendar and buy tickets online at www.asmonaco.basketball
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 British Association of Monaco are holding a Quiz Night at the Ship & Castle in Fontvieille on the 14th November at 6:30pm. BAM will also be taking part in the annual Ecumenical Kermesse on the 7th December and are looking for volunteers for their stands and bar and to help collect all kinds of goods to be sold. You can get more details of all the British Association of Monaco activities at http://www.bam-monaco.org/
There’s another "Be Here Now" Ladies Lunch at the Columbus Hotel in Monaco at 12 noon this Thursday, the 14th of November. Each month they have an inspirational speaker and this month it’s dynamic, international speaker, Tiffany Cromwell, a professional Australia Cyclist and more. Tiffany will be talking about her vast experience as an elite athlete and will give tips on how to maintain self-discipline, determination and motivation, how to stick to a plan and how to deal with whatever life throws at you. For details and reservations contact Beverley by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 06 47 74 04 03
SET, The South of France English Theatre, are presenting their next play, Alan Bennett’s “The Lady in the Van” at their premises in the old town of Le Cannet. This smash hit film, stage play and memoir is a surprising, funny and moving true story, and will star JENNIFER WILSON (star of BBC TV’s The Brothers and London West End’s The Mousetrap) and BERIC LIVINGSTONE in a production directed by Frances Wilson. Performances are on the weekends of the 15-17 November and the 22-24 November and there’s a delicious buffet meal available before the Friday and Saturday evening performances. You can book tickets online at www.southoffranceenglishtheatre.com
Monaco’s National Day is being celebrated at La Condamine Market on the Place d’Armes on the 15th and 16th as well as the 19th of November. There’ll be lots of delicious local food specialities to taste and to buy. There are dance evenings on the 15th and 16th. And on the 19th itself there’s live music from 10am to 2pm and the preparation of a giant stockfish on the Place d'Armes. You can find details at https://www.mairie.mc/
There are two upcoming events featuring British relationship expert and psychotherapist Gavin Sharpe. 10 Secrets To A Happy Relationship is being held on Thursday November 28th at 6pm at CREM, 1 Avenue Princesse Grace in Monaco. That’s a free seminar if you e-mail Gavin in advance, otherwise it’s 15 euros for non-members. And there’s a half-day workshop called Getting What You Want/Setting Healthy Boundaries. That’s on Saturday 16th November from 9:30am to 1.00pm in Beausoleil. The cost is €99 but if you mention Riviera Radio, there’s a 25% discount. To attend those events please e-mail email@example.com
One of the major events of the Monaco calendar is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. No Finish Line® was first held in Monaco in 1999 and this year it’s happening 24 hours a day for eight days – starting at 2pm on Saturday 16th of November and ending at 2pm on Sunday November 24th. If you’re not familiar with No Finish Line, the idea is that you can walk or run along the 1.4km circuit in Fontvieille for as long as you wish and raise funds for the Children and Future Charity at the same time. For every kilometer traveled, Children & Future donates € 1 to support projects for underprivileged and sick children. If you wish, you or people who sponsor you can also commit to donating 1 € for each kilometer you cover. You can register at the website https://childrenandfuture.com/no-finish-line/
Join Club Vivanova with their art gallery partner Galerie Retelet for a VIP Champagne Cocktail evening of international networking and an introduction to one of Monaco's most specialised gallery locations. It’s on Thursday 21st November at 7pm. This special event is strictly limited to Club Vivanova members and their guests. You can join the event by joining the club and you can get full details of Club Vivanova and how to become a member by going to their website www.clubvivanova.com
The 23rd edition of "Monte-Carlo Gastronomy", is taking place later this month. It’s one of the major events in the Monaco calendar. For many years the show has built its success on the quality of the products presented and thanks to the many culinary demonstrations which will be held every day by the great chefs of Monaco and the Côte d'Azur. The show will feature truffles, caviar, chocolates, cheeses, cured meats, organic products from the regions of France and Europe, exotic fruits, jams, and many other food and drink products from France, Italy and Europe. It’s taking place in the Fontvieille big top from 23rd to 26th November. You can get more details at their website www.montecarlogastronomie.com
MonacoUSA are holding their usual all you can eat Thanksgiving Dinner again this year. It’s a really enjoyable evening with great food where you’ll meet lots of interesting people. Single members will sit side-by-side with couples and family groups so that everyone is included in the celebration - like the original Thanksgiving more than 300 years ago! It’s on Thursday, November 28 in the main restaurant at Stars’N’Bars on the port of Monaco. The cost is 40 euros per person, you must reserve in advance, there are no tickets on the door, and if you want to be included in the MonacoUSA group you need to send an e-mail to the following address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Why not make your first Christmas Party this year a charitable one, by helping Chances for Children to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Uganda. The “Everything That Sparkles” event promises to be an evening of fun and dancing to great tunes. It’s taking place on Thursday, November 28th from 7 pm at the Stelios Foundation Philanthropic room at 14 Quai Antoine 1er in Monaco. There’ll be a raffle with some fabulous prizes including a 300€ bottle of Champagne, a dinner for 2 at Cantinetta Antinori, a makeup session worth 250 euros and many other prizes. And there’ll be an auction where you can bid for a signed AS Monaco shirt and 2 tickets to the England-France Six Nations game. The entrance ticket price of 60€ per person includes the first 2 glasses of bubbly and an elegant finger food buffet. Tickets for the event can be bought on the Chances for Children website www.c4c.mc/
One of the best annual events in the yachting world is taking place in a few weeks time and bookings are being taken now. The Professional Yachting Association is holding its annual Christmas Ball on Friday 6th December at the famous Negresco Hotel in Nice. This year’s theme is The Great Gatsby. The evening starts with a Cocktail Reception followed by a three course gourmet dinner. Live music from Bla Bla and Sax Greg and a photo booth all included in the ticket! Booking is now open for this prestigious and fun event on the PYA website or email email@example.com.