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 interesting exhibition at the Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins by British artist Jake Wood-Evans. Drawing on the legacies of Old Masters, his intention is to capture the essence of these historic works without replicating them, depicting familiar, yet obscured subject matter. He creates ethereal images that are both unsettling and beautiful. The exhibition, called "Vanitas" runs until 30 January 2022 and you can find out more about it in English on the website https://mouginsmusee.com/en
If you're interested in contemporary art or would like to experience something different in the art world, the Espace de l'Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux is worth a visit, particularly this autumn and winter because they have a special exhibition. They're celebrating their "30th +1 Anniversary" with a tribute to Sybil Albers, co-founder and donor of the organization, art collector, publisher of artists' books and curator, in the Château de Mouans. Her daughter Ines Bauer has designed an exhibition bringing together some thirty works most of which are kept in Zurich in the personal collection of Sybil Albers. The opening is this Saturday 16 of October at 11am and there's plenty of time to see the exhibtion because it runs right through until 20 February next year. You can find out more information, in English on their website
There's a new scientific culture centre at the Observatory in Nice called “Universarium”. It's located in the listed "Grand Equatorial" building which was was built by Charles Garnier and Gustave Eiffel in the 19th century. The new exhibition is a fun and interactive immersive experience in which you're invited to travel to the far reaches of the Universe. For more details see the website https://www.oca.eu/fr/cat-visite-activites/universarium
American artist Kaitlin Kraemer is showcasing 13 of her recent large-scale oil paintings and copper artwork at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel in Monaco. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Kaitlin is now based in Nice and her artwork represents an abstract exploration of nature vs. nurture, exploring the impact one’s surroundings have on one’s emotional state and physical well-being. Her work is on exhibit around the entry level of Le Meridien Beach Plaza hotel until 4 April 2022. To find out more about Kaitlin, or to enquire about sales, you can follow her on Instagram (@kaitlinpaints) or visit her website www.kaitlinkraemer.com
If you fancy reading a good book, why not try the long-established English American Library of Nice. You can find the library by going to rue de la Buffa in Nice and taking the entrance to the Anglican church. You can get details of opening hours and contact information on http://www.nice-english-library.org/
The Botanical Centre at the Jardin Exotique in Monaco is open from Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with free admission. Created in the 1960s and directly attached to the Jardin Exotique, the greenhouses located outside the enclosure of the garden contain the largest collections of cacti and succulents in the world. Free guided tours take place on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You'll need to register by e-mail on email@example.com Further information is available by calling + 377 93 15 29 80 or see the website https://www.jardin-exotique.mc/
There are many museums to discover in Antibes. There's the famous Picasso Museum through to the Archeology and cartoon museums and the historic site of Fort Carré amongst other attractions. For more details see the website https://www.antibes-juanlespins.com/culture/musees
There are plenty of interesting events taking place in the village of Ramatuelle in the Var. The open air market continues every Thursday and Sunday from 8am to 12.30pm in the Place de l'Ormeau, there are several guided tours of the village and there's a Jazz concert on 26 February as well as lots of other events. You can get more information in English on the tourist office website https://www.ramatuelle-tourisme.com/
There's an exhibition in Menton of photographs by local artist Jilly Bennett. Photography of dogs and their humans is her passion, she has exhibited widely and is currently preparing a book. It's on until February 15th at the new library located next to St John's church at 31 avenue Carnot, near the Casino and Les Jardins Biovès. Opening hours are Wednesday afternoons from 14h30 - 16h30 and Saturday 09h30-12h30. You can get more information about all the events at the church on their website https://www.anglicanchurchmenton.com/
If you'd like to improve your French, classes are taking place at the Médiathèque Romain Gary on the Place du Commandant Maria in Cannes. Classes are one hour long and you need to subscribe to the media library to take part. For more information call 04 89 82 22 70.
There's an interesting exhibition of photographs taking place in Monaco until the end of January. 24 iconic images of Monaco in 2021 will be displayed in large format with captions. From the first COVID-19 vaccination to the National Day celebrations, H.S.H. Prince Albert II's visit to Expo 2020 in Dubai, the resumption of cultural events and AS Monaco Basket’s victory in the EuroCup final, the news of 2021 is seen through the lenses of the Monaco Government Communication Department’s three photographers. Check out the exhibition until 31 January at the Galerie des Pêcheurs in the Parking des Pêcheurs.
There's an exhibition of photographs by photographer Jacques Renoir at the Musee de la Photographie Charles Negre in Nice. Called "Materials for Landscapes", it features black and white photographs of the elements which are an intrinsic part of landscapes such as earth, water, wood and stones. The exhibition is on until February 20 at the museum which you can find on Place Pierre Gautier near the Cours Saleya.
Monaco's Roca basketball team have a couple of games coming up soon at the Stade Louis II . On Friday evening the 28th of January at 7pm they're against Real Madrid in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and then on Sunday the 30th at 5pm they have a Betclic Elite match against Boulogne-Levallois. There's always a great atmosphere at all their home games, so if you'd like to find out more, just go to their website https://asmonaco.basketball/
There's a special event in Monaco for radio controlled car enthusiasts on the 6th, 13th and 20th of February. The ice rink on Port Hercule is being transformed into a circuit for radio controlled cars between 08:00 and 12:00 on those three Sundays in February. Access is open to everyone free of charge. You can find more details about the ice rink, including opening hours for skating, on the town hall's website https://www.mairie.mc/poles/animations/animations-de-fin-d-annee/la-patinoire-a-ciel-ouvert
NTLive will be back at the CIV Cinema in Sophia Antipolis on 22nd February at 7.30pm with Tom Stoppard's Olivier Award-winning new play LEOPOLDSTADT filmed live on stage in London's West End. It's 12€ for non-members; 8€ for members and 5€ for students and children. The cinema is large and spacious and the normal public cinema rules apply. The pass sanitaire is obligatory.