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 New National Museum in Monaco. The Mechanical Garden is an installation by Latifa Echakhch which draws on theatrical and exotic garden themes and has been created specifically for the Museum’s Villa Sauber on the Venue Princesse Grace. It’s taking place until the 28th of October and you can get more details at www.nmnm.mc
It’s the last few days of an exhibition called “Occupied Cannes 1942 – 44”. The exhibition aims to show what life was like in Cannes during the occupation by Italian and German forces in the Second World War and to show how the occupation left it’s imprint on the town’s population. It features many documents from the municipal archives which catalogue the resistance, the liberation and the arrival of American forces and the Croisette during wartime as well as many other aspects of life in Cannes during the war. It’s on at the Espace Calmette in Cannes until the 26th June.
There are some big names appearing at the Sporting Summer Festival in Monaco as usual this year. Amongst many other performers, you can see Ringo Star on the 6th July, Seal on the 27th July and Tom Jones on the 28th of July. All the details and ticketing information on the website www.montecarlolive.com
There are lots of events taking place in the village of Ramatuelle for the rest of this month. There’s an evening market on the 20th and 27th, a church concert on the 29th and an exhibition of paintings in the streets of the village on the 30th. There’s lots of live music as well. Full details of what’s happening at www.ramatuelle-tourisme.com
At Jack on the Port of Monaco they’re showing all the World Cup matches on big screens and there’s a great afternoon menu meaning there’s non-stop service during the world cup. There are lots of events planned at Jack in the coming weeks including the Girl Power Night on Friday 6th July and the Jack Disco Party on Friday 13th of July.
The American Club of the Riviera has a full calendar of events over the summer, including a special 4th of July Independence Day event. For details see the website www.americanclubriviera.com
Summer is here at last and there’s lots going on at the Plage Beau Rivage in Nice. Breakfast is served every day throughout the summer from 7.30 to 10.00, there’s the Afterwork DJ Lounge every evening from 6.00 to 11.00 and Sunday Brunch with live cooking and DJ from 11.00am to 7.30pm. You can get all the details on their website www.plagenicebeaurivage.com
An exhibition of Japanese art has just opened in Cannes. The exhibition gathers forty masterpieces belonging to the Lussato-Fédier Institute in Belgium as well as portraits of costumed and masked characters from various regions of Japan made by the French photographer Charles Fréger. The exhibition is at the Musee de la Castre in Cannes and is on until the 28th of October. Admission is 6 euros, 3 euros for concessions. You can get more information by calling 04 89 82 26 26 or going to the website www.cannes.com
The 3rd edition of the Open Tasting Wines takes place The Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel in Monaco on Saturday, the 23rd June, from 10am to 9pm. You’ll find a selection of the world's best wines and spirits, all award winning in the International Women and Wine competitions in Monaco and Bordeaux earlier this year as well as the International Gastronomic Wines Competition in Paris. To book your tickets please check out the website www.opentastingwines.com or call Katrina on 06 41 25 33 29 for more information.
There’s a mini rock festival in Montaroux on the evening of Saturday 23 June featuring Loulou, Demande A Ta Mere and Metro Velour. It’s being held on the terrain Laroche below the village and entry is free. There’ll be a food truck there and it all starts at 8.00pm, but feel free to go along earlier as there’ll be various musicians jamming away in the afternoon as well.
There’s an international picnic on Sunday, the 24th of June in the village of Claviers in the Var. Last year’s picnic was a great success with many people from different parts of France and from other countries all contributing to a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting. If you’d like to go to this year’s picnic, they’re meeting at the Fontaine de l’Arnaud in the village at twelve o’clock midday this Sunday. You can get more information, directions etc. by calling 06 27 78 08 83.
Cornerstone Christian Fellowship hold services every Sunday at 10.30 in the morning and 6.45 in the evening. This Sunday the 24th June, there’s also a seminar about prophecy from 4.30 to 6.30. You can find Cornerstone at 3030 chemin de St Bernard in Vallauris and you can get more details at their website www.c-stone.org
You can join the English-speaking international community in Vence for their casual summer lunches on the last Saturday of the month. The dates for your diary are June 30th, July 28th and August 25th from 11.30 to 2.30. All are welcome to these BRING AND SHARE potluck gatherings in the garden behind the church. The lunches are held at St Hugh’s Anglican Church, 21 ave de la Résistance in Vence. More details at www.anglican-nice.com
If you live in or near Monaco don’t forget that you can see live music outdoors in the Square Gastaud near the port of Monaco every Wednesday evening in July starting at 7.30pm
The Bereavement Support Network is offering drop in meetings in St John's Anglican Church in St Raphael, for those who have been bereaved, recently or in the past, and would like to be able to chat with people who have had similar experiences. All discussions will be confidential to the group and will be facilitated by one or two experienced volunteers. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 4 July from 10:30 to 11:30 in the library of St John’s Church which you can find at 117 ave Paul Doumer in St Raphael.
Former Beatle Ringo Starr has announced a live date for Monaco with his All Starr Band which includes Colin Hay Back and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman. They’re lined up to play the Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival on July 6th, which is a Friday, and tickets are on sale now.