March On The French Riviera

March On The French Riviera

March 1, 2014
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March On The French Riviera

March On The French Riviera

We’re pleased to welcome March because any month that promises Spring has got to be a great one! To celebrate, the Riviera has a whole host of fun events to tempt you out of hibernation. Here are a few that we think you won’t want to miss.

DANCE

This month the Riviera is offering a couple of high quality dance shows at two extremes of the dance world :

Ballet – « Le Gala des Etoile » This exceptional show boasts some of the world’s finest ballet dancers from l’Opéra de Paris, Mariinsky Theatre, the Royal Ballet in London, Vienna State Opera, Stuttgard Ballet…to name but a few. A spectacular illustration of the diversity & beauty of Ballet from ultra modern to wonderfully traditional.

Acropolis Nice on 11th March. Buy your tickets HERE.

Breakdance – « Break the Floor » An international gathering of dancers for one of the breakdance scene’s most respected competitions. Expect plentiful Headspins, Windmills, Jackhammers, Head Slides and Air Flares as these underground performers strut their stuff and push their limits.

Cannes Palais des Festivals on 22nd March. Tickets can be booked HERE.

MUSIC

As always, the French Riviera’s live music scene is a rich & varied mix of opera, drum&bass, jazz, classical and lots of things in between.

Here are a few dates to pencil into your diaries…

Classical – Chamber Music at the Chagall Museum in Nice. This concert, in association with Nice Opera House, will be held in the Chagall Museum surrounded by masterpieces…If you’re looking for a cultural fix, it doesn’t get much better than this. You can expect to hear : BACH Sonata IV and WIENER Tanz und Maissele

ElectroStromae A Belgian born singer-songwriter best known for his first song « Alors on danse » will be in Nice this month. Whether you’re into French music or not, it’s impossible to resist dancing to these tunes. Palais Nikaia on 27th March. Tickets can be booked HERE.

Local Talent @ Le Volume in Nice. We love this little place because their line ups are as fabulously eclectic as the local musicians they support, so you can expect Pop/Folk one night and Thrash Metal the next. If you’re not into head banging leather-clad rockers, just check out their website HERE to make sure you go on the right night for your musical tastes.

Local Female Musicians – Women On Stage @ B Spot in Nice. We’re very excited about this concert because there are some incredible local singers in this part of France and by the sound of it, several of them will be performing at the B Spot on 8th March.

DEBORAH DE BLASI

NINA PAPA

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SPORT

With the promise of spring sunshine all the sporty types will be donning their lycra and strutting their stuff along the sea front. Whether you participate or sip beer and cheer, these events will provide a great show & the perfect opportunity to get out and about.

CyclingParis-Nice This race has been held almost every year since 1933. It’s sometimes referred to as “the race to the sun” and it kicks off the professional cycling season. Riders start in Paris on 9th March and arrive in Nice, after cycling 1447 kilometers, on 19th March. You can see them finish the last stage on the Promenade des Anglais.

Trail BikeWorld Champion International Trail Bike Show

This may sound like a testosterone overload, but we challenge anyone not to be caught up in the suspense as these riders negotiated obstacles with incredible control and technical prowess.

21st March – Palais Nikaia Nice

RunningRiviera Classics Marathon

Anyone who can run a marathon has already won my admiration, but for those less easy to impress, this is your opportunity to shine by running a marathon through 3 countries! Indeed, by setting off from the Italian town of Ventimiglia, running through the French towns of Menton & Roquebrune and finishing in the Principality of Monaco you really do speed through 3 different countries. Now that certainly has the Riviera wow factor.

LAST CHANCE TO SEE…

Marc ChagallPortrait d’un Voyageur. To celebrate the 4th anniversary of the National Chagall Museum, the town of St Paul de Vence are hosting a temporary exhibition showcasing Chagall’s wanderlust through his art. His travels took him from the shores of the Dvina river to the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, from the Eiffel Tower to the skyscrapers of New York, from the walls of Jerusalem to the fortifications of St Paul de Vence…This Exhibition can be found in the streets of St Paul and the village Museum until 23rd March.

BE THE FIRST TO SEE…

Fernand Léger Exhibition Reconstruire le RéélThis exhibition includes more than 80 pieces, some of which are rarely exposed and the combination of which are likely (I am told) to lead the more experienced art lover to see Leger’s art with new eyes. Rest assured, even if you’re as ignorant as I am, his art is still very accessible. Musée National Fernand Leger from 1st March – 2nd June

FAMILY FRIENDLY…

MagicAntibes Festival of Magic. Treat your kids or just admit that you’re a big kid yourself and enjoy an evening of surprise and sorcery with this Magic Festival in Antibes.

OperaSunday Morning Family Concert. Yes, this really is opera for kids! Nice Opera House hosts a special Sunday morning event for families at least twice each month. Entrance is free for kids from 4 to 12 years and only 7euros for anyone older. It’s important to book in advance, which you can do HERE.

We hope to see you on the Riviera this month!

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Friend in France guide, always on the lookout for new ways to help visitors discover authentic Provencal sights, smells & tastes. A culture addict & lover of adventure, long distance travel & tasty food.

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