Bernar Venet: from sculptor to curator

Established as a foundation by conceptual artist Bernar Venet in 2014, the sculpture park in Le Muy is the result of a life’s work and is a haven for those who love contemporary art and sculpture. The collection reads like a ‘who’s who’ of modern talent and our handsome host himself is one of France’s most important living sculptors.Read more

Enter the Forbidden City

In China, power was not formed with words like at the Greek agora, the Roman forum or in Western democracy… In China, power was formed with the brush.Read more

Exhibition: Alexandre Evariste Fragonard

Fragonard is a well-known name in Grasse — if not the most famous — and everyone will recognise it as a prestigious perfumer brand in the region. But not all know that the family name goes back to the city’s celebrated son, artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard. A painter and sketcher who was born in Grasse in 1732, Jean-Honoré was one of the most important artists in 18th century France and he is revered in his hometown even though he only spent a few years there.Read more

Nice Jazz Festival

What better way to celebrate the warm days of summer on the Côte d’Azur than through music. The programme for the upcoming Nice Jazz Festival has now been published and the historic event is inviting some exciting artists from all over the world to play on the Place Masséna stage from 17th to 21st July.Read more

Jazz à Juan

For all the jazz lovers visiting and living on the Côte d’Azur, the annual music festival Jazz à Juan is taking place at the Pinède Gould in Juan-les-Pins from 14th to 23rd July. The line-up this year includes music legends such as Macy Gray, Sting, Tom Jones and Hiromi.Read more

A public-facing conductor: an interview with the new director of the Orchestre Régionale de Cannes

Benjamin Levy was selected among 160 applicants for this coveted post. He tells Riviera Insider’s editor-in-chief Petra Hall about his new, long-term contract and other exciting developments.Read more

A global programme

For a long time now, Riviera Insider editor-in-chief Petra Hall has wanted to interview Kazuki Yamada. It’s no surprise why: the international career of this astounding 37-year-old has led him to be venerated as one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation. It takes him around the world and so the new artistic and musical director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo is staying in the principality for just two months…Read more

Shakespeare in Nice

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes on Friday 23rd June at the Francis-Gag Theatre in Vieux Nice as a one-night only performance of Macbeth is hosted. The audience is in for a surrealist and action-packed adaptation of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, which will be performed by the Mains d'Oeuvre Collective.

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Organic adventures: an afternoon at the studio of English artist Chris Cook in Antibes

Artists and sailors have long found sanctuary in the port of Antibes. For Chris Cook, it was the yachting industry that first brought him here, but art that became his reason to stay.Read more

In the style of Fitzgerald

“I like to tell people that there are many histories behind the Hôtel Belles Rives,” says Marianne Estène-Chauvin, the owner and president of the luxury hotel in Juan-les-Pins. “When F. Scott Fitzgerald spent time here, it was the Villa Saint Louis and the high society of the era holidayed on the Cap d’Antibes…” She gestures behind her, reeling off names of the 1920s A-List such as Hemingway, Picasso, the Murphys, the Valentinos and Cocteau. “The Americans helped found the Côte d’Azur. Then there was the Russian wave of people, like my grandparents.”Read more

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