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Nice Jazz Festival

From the 7th to the 12th July (Théâtre de Verdure  Place Masséna) Nice

Since 1948, the Nice Jazz Festival has gathered the world’s best jazz musicians and this year will be no exception.

The 2015 edition promises great performances and surprises to delight all Jazz fans!

Jazz music will mix with electro, Hip-hop, a touch of funk or even disco. This year the special guest Jamie Cullum, figurehead of the new Jazz generation, is sharing the bill with Legends like Charles Lloyd, Kenny Barron, Brad Mehldau, Cerrone, The Roots or Kool & the Gang. Lovers of vocal Jazz will not be disappointed with Lauryn Hill, Cassandra Wilson, Ibeyi, Yael Naim or Benjamin Clementine.

Line-up on Website here.

Concerts are from 7pm to midnight.

  • Normal rate: 35€  
  • Reduced rate: 25€
  • Children rate (10-16 y.o): 15€
  • Children under 10 y.o.: FREE
  • 2-day pass: 55€
  • 5-day pass+1: 135€
  • Closing night (12th July) rates: 20€ (normal), 10€ (10 to 16 y.o. children), FREE (children under 10)

Les Nuits du Sud

Taking place over several weekends: 9th to 11th, 16th to 18th and 23rd to 25th July (Place du Grand Jardin) Vence.

After the exceptional attendance record of more than 60.000 spectators in 2014, this year, Les Nuits du Sud Festival will be celebrating its 18th edition.

Set in an open air Theatre, this festival offers 9 evening concerts with 18 bands performing music from all over the world. So many cultures all dedicated to entertaining spectators of all ages.

Line-up on Website here.

  • Normal rate: 23€
  • Reduced rate: 16€ (students or 12 to 18 y.o. children)
  • Children under 12 y.o.: FREE

+ Booking fee: 2.30€ per ticket.

Jazz à Juan

From 10th to 19th July (Pinède Gould) Juan-Les-Pins.

“Jazz à Juan”, the oldest Jazz Festival in Europe, continues to be an extraordinary melting pot where all trends mix together: popular or elitist, and newcomers who have became famous along with innovative iconoclasts and classical and modern Jazzmen…..

The Pinède Gould represents for all major Jazz players what La Scala in Milan does for Opera singers: It’s a confirmation of success, in an extraordinary venue offering a unique communion with the audience. A great number of artists have performed on the stage of the mythical Pinède since it was created in 1960.

Many of them return to this stage time and time again.

Line-up on Website here.

  • Rates: from 13 to 75€ , depending on the performers and the seating.

You can buy tickets online at www.jazzajuan.com OR www.antibesjuanlespins.com 

OR from the tourist offices in Antibes and Juan-les-Pins:

Antibes Tourism Office:

42 avenue Robert Soleau

Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 22 10 60 10

Juan-les-Pins Tourism Office:

60 chemin des Sables

Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 22 10 60 01

 Les Concerts du Cloître du Monastère de Cimiez

From 15th to 18th, then on 22nd, 24th and 25th July (Cloître du Monastère de Cimiez) Nice.

Every summer in Nice, the Monastery Cloister of Cimiez welcomes the ‘Eponym Festival’ where the greatest soloists of the elite music school ‘Summer International Academy’ of Nice can show their talents. You will discover an eclectic repertory featuring works of Stravinsky, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, etc…

The Monastery Cloister of Cimiez (16th century) is still occupied by the Franciscan friars and Nice’s most beautiful garden is only accessible to the public during this festival. Come and enjoy a genuine moment of serenity and bliss on a balmy summer night with a magical view of the city lights.

  • Rates: from 29 to 35€ (Bookings can be made by phone also)

> Event Website here.


Cloître du Monastère de Cimiez

Place du Monastère de Cimiez

06000   NICE

Tel.: +33(0) 800 950 850


Holi Run Côte d’Azur

On Friday 10th July at 8pm (Boulevard Eric Tabarly, Marina Baie des Anges) Villeneuve-Loubet

In India “Holi” is called the Festival of Colours or “Phâlgunotsava”. It is the Hindu Festival for the Spring equinox and is celebrated throughout India during the two days of the Full Moon, around February-March.

At the beginning, this celebration was dedicated to the fruitful harvest and the fertile land. People dressed in white, walk around with coloured pigments or coloured water with which they shower each other. The colours that they throw have a specific meaning: green for harmony, orange for optimism, blue for vitality, red for joy and love.

This will be the first ‘Holi’ Race on the Riviera! It will be divided into 3 runs (5km & 10km (timed) and a free speed one of 5km. There will be explosions of colour at each kilometre. There will be a ‘Holi’ (multicolour) DJ party at both the arrival and departure towns.

> Event Website here

 Arrival of Sailing Tour de France in Nice

From 24th to 26th July (Port of Nice) Nice

Created in 1978 by Bernard Decré, the Sailing Tour de France celebrates its 38th anniversary this year. Departure is always from North of France and crews arrive 3 or 4 weeks later in the Mediterranean.

Crews then compete in coastal races on the 1st day and in sailing regattas on the 3rd day. Thirty crews, of 3 participants each, will be contesting with a new Trimaran (a Diam 24 (7.25 meters long).

This Sailing Tour de France is accompanied by a 3 week long popular festival with loads of animations at each City-Stage: Free Initiations into; board sailing, stand up paddle and sailing dinghy will be offered along with with opportunities to visit the boats to inspect them more closely. There will be dedications to Sailor’s, interviews, and evening concerts. A promotional van will be at the arrival and departure towns offering hundreds of gifts to win, etc… Nice is the final City-Stage and it will host a lively community celebration in the Port and on its beaches where you can meet up for the fun and games!

> Event Website here


Candy Festival

From 17th to 19th July (La Citadelle) Villefranche-sur-Mer

In France there are more than 600 varieties of regional confectionery. Cooked sweets and lollipops, gums, fruit jellies, marzipan, lozenges, chewing gums, licorice, nougats, marshmallows, candied fruit, etc… Each of these delicious candies has its own history and testifies to the wealth of French heritage.

For a weekend, the Citadel of Villefranche will become an open-air indulgence palace to the delight of young gourmets and older ones alike. The festival will be organized with areas dedicated to confectionery, chocolate, nougat and honey, ice cream, biscuit. There will be also a catering and entertainment area to please everybody. In total this event will provide 80 stalls varying according to the different structures and themes.

Open from 4pm to midnight

  • Rates: 5€ (3-day Pass), FREE for children under 12 y.o.

> Event Website here


Exhibitions of “Nice 2015, Promenade des Anglais”

Until 4th October (Nice)

 The museums across Nice are hosting simultaneous exhibitions around the theme “The Promenade des Anglais”. It is hoped that in 2015 the city’s iconic promenade will be accepted on to UNESCO’s prestigious list of World Heritage Sites.

The summer exhibitions are planned in 14 different locations.

All the details here.


Exhibition « La Danse des Formes » by Samiro Yunoki

Until 6th September (Musée Départemental des Arts Asiatiques – 405 Promenade des Anglais) Nice

Promoted first in Paris, this exhibition has been created with a view to the one that Samiro Yunoki held when he offered 72 of his collectibles to the Guimet Museum of Paris. Trained in textile art by Mingei Masters (a form of Japanese Folk Art renewal), Samiro Yunoki is a stencil dyer and expert in the traditional technic of ‘katazome’ of which he is an illustrious representative. His works, mostly very large, mix traditional knowledge and modern vision.

> Museum Website here

Musée Départemental des Arts Asiatiques de Nice

Open from 10am to 6pm, every day except Tuesday.

Phone: 00 33 (0) 4 92 29 37 00

Free Entrance.


Fête de la St Pierre et de la Mer

On 4th and 5th July (Cros de Cagnes Bay, waterfront pedestrian sea) Cagnes sur Mer

The Feast of Saint Peter is the great traditional festivity of the port! Every year since the Middle Ages fishermen honour their protector the saint patron “Saint-Pierre” with a stirring procession in the Old Town and in the evening, and then a gathering on the beach where a boat was traditionally set on fire by one of the poorest fisherman of the co-operative (he was traditionally given a brand new boat as a gift) a nice gesture of solidarity. This traditional festival continues to be celebrated annually.

In Cagnes-sur-Mer, let yourself be carried away by the celebrations of the Feast of St. Peter of the Sea 2015! Animations, water ski or scuba baptisms for children, shows and parade, boat trips etc … A great family outing!

Cagnes Tourism Website here.

Tourist Information Office:

Free admission and free entertainment (except baptisms diving and water skiing).

National Day (Bastille Day)

On 14th July, in every town of the Riviera.

Every year on July 14th, France commemorates the start of the French Revolution with Bastille Day (celebrating the 1789 storming of Bastille, a symbol of the oppression of the Monarchy)

Festivities in the French Riviera feature a wide range of Bastille Day events, from dance parties and parades, to stunning fireworks in every town.

In Nice, patriots watch the traditional military parade while music lovers enjoy four concerts along the iconic Promenade des Anglais. At night, people head to the Casino Royale for great views of fireworks bursting over the Mediterranean.

Over in Cannes, waterfront pyrotechnics bring out both locals and tourists, eager to soak up the sights after a relaxing day at the beach. For prime views of the fireworks, excursion boats offer harbour cruises and champagne to help celebrate ‘la Liberté’ in style on the water.

> Nice:

  • Prom Party from 8pm to midnight
  • Fireworks on the Promenade des Anglais at 10pm.

 Jasmine Festival

From 31st July to 2nd August (Cours Honoré Cresp + Historic center of Grasse + Place aux Herbes) Grasse.

Grasse is known as the City of Perfume, and every year offers a colourful and fragrant event… This traditional battle sprinkles the crowd with Jasmine flower water, and gifts them with bouquets.

> Here is the program of this great family outing :

Friday 31st July: 4pm  Competition of flowered bicycles on Place des Herbes

10pm  Fireworks

10.30pm  Ballroom dancing on Cours Honoré Cresp

Saturday 1st August: 2pm to 5pm  Street arts in Central Grasse

9pm  Parade floats (with music bands, dancers, waders…)

Sunday 2nd August: 10am  Princesse Pauline mass with the Baissa Luserno

3pm  Square bowls competition on Place aux Aires

3pm to 6pm  Workshops and animations for all ages on Cours Honoré Cresp

Free admission and free entertainment.


Festival of Pyrotechnic Art

On 14th, 21st and 29th July at 10pm (Bay of Cannes – La Croisette) Cannes.

Since 1967, The Festival of Pyrotechnic Art brings to the Riviera the best pyrotechnic experts of the world to compete around a common theme.

The goal is to win the prestigious Vestale d’Or ou d’Argent (Gold or Silver “Vestal” Prize) which is awarded by a professional jury every 4 years. Spectators can participate in the competition by voting in the ‘Audience’s Prize’ so don’t miss your chance! The kick off is at 10pm when 30 minutes of magical musical fireworks will be launched.

The participants for this edition are:

  • Tuesday 14th July: Baku Firework Group (Azerbaïjan)
  • Tuesday 21st July: Surex (Poland)
  • Wednesday 29th July: Intermede (France)

There will be 3 more dates in August…

Event Website here.

Free show.

International Pyromelodic Firework Competition

On 3rd and 18th July (Quai Rainier III) Monaco.

First introduced by Monaco’s Town Hall in 1966, the International Pyromelodic Firework Competition is a must see contest that takes place every summer, with 2 shows in July and 2 more in August, lighting up Monaco’s sky at every show.

This is an annual prized contest of top-quality pyrotechnic displays, lasting up to about 20 minutes each. The Jury is presided by the Mayor or by one of his Deputies. A prize will also be awarded by the general public through Internet voting.

Here are the participants:

  • Friday 3rd July: SUGYP SA (Switzerland)
  • Saturday 18th July: HC Pyrotechnics (Belgium)

There will be 2 more dates in August…

Event Website here.

Free show


Exhibition « Huit Maîtres de Bengale » (Eight Masters of Bengal)

Until 15th July (Musée des Arts Asiatiques, 405 Promenade des Anglais) Nice

The Asian Arts Museum includes the artworks, paintings and sculptures of 8 Bengali contemporary Masters. This little known Bengali art is surprisingly modern. After an artistic renewal in the 40’s, Bengali artists suffered greatly from the shock of Indian Independence and Bengal’s partition. This troubled society, was shaken by an uncontrolled urbanization, which deeply affected it’s artists who then took strength from this context. The 8 Masters shown illustrate the vitality of Bengali Art, its cultural identity and its place in the Indian contemporary artistic movement.

> Musée des Arts Asiatiques de Nice

Open every day (except Tuesday) from 10am to 6pm

Phone: +33 (0)4 92 29 37 00

Free entrance


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