Where art thou?

The importance of the Côte d’Azur on the history of art cannot be underestimated. It inspired many a great master who spent time here during the 19th and 20th centuries, and is still influencing contemporary art today. Damien Hirst’s recent series – The Veil Paintings – drew inspiration from Le Cannet artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). Wouldn't it be amazing if Hirst, like his contemporary Tracey Emin in Le Lavandou, chose to experience the light first hand and paint here?Read more

Les Heures Musicales turn 35

Here the world is just as you would like it to be: harmonious and full of love, enthusiasm and people you can rely on. Every year, one wonders how the festival’s creator and artistic director, Liliane Valsecchi, manages to bring such high-quality artists to the Église Sainte Marie Madeleine in the small township of Biot.Read more

A gala evening at the Opéra de Nice

On Friday 8th June at 7pm, Le Cercle Rouge and the Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur invites you to enjoy a prestigious programme of Bach, Saint-Saëns, Moussorgski and Ravel with Sarah McElravy on violon as well as Julian Rachlin, who will also direct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. Read more

Cannes Classics

2001: A Space Odyssey, an ‘epic drama of adventure and exploration’, has been described as one of the greatest and most influential films of all times. In 2018, this 1968 classic by American director Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) will celebrate its 50th anniversary.Read more

Sealed with a kiss

A 27-year-old French freelance graphic designer and illustrator is behind this year’s official poster.Read more

In Competition

18 films with a global outlook: the 2018 Competition selection (the potential winners of the Palme d’Or) includes directors from around the world yet has incurred some criticism for its lack of gender diversity.Read more

David Syre exhibition in Nice

From tomorrow (and until 19th May), the Vendôme Gallery in Nice is welcoming American artist David Syre for his first ever exhibition in Europe.Read more

Inside Job: an interview with filmmaker Matt Nagin

Ahead of the upcoming Festival de Film in Cannes (8th to 19th May), Riviera Insider chats to New York City-based filmmaker and comedian Matt Nagin whose recent production, Inside Job, has been nominated for three awards at next week’s Nice International Film Festival (5th to 12th May)!Read more

Sting & Shaggy play Cannes

To mark the launch of the new – and quite surprising – collaborative album by Police frontman Sting and Jamaican musician Shaggy, which comes out today, the Palais des Festivals have temporarily reduced the price of tickets to their upcoming show in Cannes.Read more

Art goes underground in Les Baux-de-Provence

In the depths of the Les Grand Fonds quarry (now known as the Carrières de Lumières) at the foot of Les Baux-de-Provence, a new exhibition entitled Picasso & les Maitres Espagnols opened on 2nd March. Until January 2019, visitors can walk the towering underground halls of the site, which was first opened as a quarry in the 19th century, and enjoy the colourful artworks of some of Spain’s most celebrated artists.Read more

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