Europe’s Heritage Days offer free entry to museums and cultural sites

Matisse Museum c. Ville de NiceThe 37th edition of Europe’s heritage celebrations takes place in mid-September across Europe. In France, the Journées de Patrimoine fall on the 19th and 20th and the 27th in Monaco. On these days most cultural centres, including museums and heritage sites will be open to the public and free of charge. So make a list of places you've been meaning to visit!

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Nocturne #2: Street Art exhibitions like a pub crawl in Nice

Street artist Kenor

Spray paint, markers, stickers… street art is becoming more and more recognised as an art. Though the tools and ideas are very similar to graffiti, street art has a different intent. It's about publicly questioning society and provoking a reaction beyond its creation's aesthetic nature. Streets and buildings, which these artists use as canvases, separate these artists from others who use more traditional methods.
Thanks to a few contemporary galleries, this genre has a new home in the antique district of Nice. With Nocturne #2, these galleries have brought together multiple exhibitions and will host a joint vernissage on 18 Sept. It’s almost like a pub crawl – with art!Read more

Photographic exhibition on identity in Nice

Marie Genin - "A Corps"Until September 13, a photographic exhibition by Marie Genin will be happening in the Lou Babazouk art gallery. Centred on questions of identity, representation, and the human body, the title of this exhibition is “A Corps,” which means “a body” in French. The outcome of this exhibition is aimed at making people reflect on the place of the body in space. Situated in one of the Old Nice’s most dynamic districts, the gallery often showcases the work of local personalities, professionals, and amateurs. Their policy has been to give a voice to artists of all talents since August 2019, promoting art and culture in the city.Read more

Initial cover for Le Lotus Bleu album

Moulinsart, Hergé Le Lotus Bleu (1936)Many people will have read The Adventures of Tintin comic series by the Belgian cartoonist, Georges Rémi. Famous during his lifetime, the artist is more commonly known as Hergé. He would have been pleased to know that his initial cover for the album Le Lotus Bleu would be estimated at 2 to 3 M euros. The artwork will be exhibited in Artcurial’s gallery in Monaco until September 11th, in Brussels from September 22nd to October 2nd and in Paris on November 19th and 20th, before being auctioned off on November 21st at Artcurial.Read more

100 portraits of the 18th century in Nice

Extraites du catalogue de l’exposition, Collection Conservatoire du Portrait du Dix-Huitième Siècle, Paris - Copyright Thierry OllivierIf ever curious to discover the art of making portraits, a place to visit is the Palais Lascaris in Nice. A hundred portraits drawn during the reign of Louis XV and Louis XVI will be displayed in the classical baroque setting from August 13, 2020, until June 30, 2021. Apart from Tuesdays, visitors will have the chance to discover every day, from 10 am to 6 pm, paintings created by famous artists such as Van Loo, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Duplessis, Ducreux, and many others.Read more

Enjoy a staycation in Porquerolles

Remi Jouan / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)Idyllic beaches, hiking trails, moonlit walks and free open air cinema, Porquerolles Island off the coast of Hyères offers the feeling of a true getaway without having to go very far! In our new ‘Staycation’ series, we give you tips on where to get away without really leaving. A true paradise only two and a half hours by car from Nice, so there are no excuses!Read more

Summer outdoor cinema in the South of France

Ciné Quartier Cannes @Ville de CannesOutdoor cinemas during the hot summer evenings are always a favourite, but this year it takes on even more importance as we are faced with reduced events and many of us are still not willing to step inside the closed space of a cinema room. A hard choice considering going to the movies is certainly one of many people’s favourite activities. After all, it’s relaxing all the while being a friendly outing. The majority of cities in the PACA region have taken note and our summer cinema options have multiplied! Here’s a list of local cities that are offering cinemas under the open sky, in full health safety. Read more

71st Music Festival Menton 2020

71st Music FestivalOn the first day of August begins the much anticipated 71st Music Festival of Menton. After having celebrated their seventieth-anniversary last year in a splendid celebration, this year’s festival promises to be memorable. Over the years, some of the greatest artists worldwide have come and participated in this prestigious event. This year the event will be taking place in two areas of the city, the traditional “Parvis de la Basilique Saint-Michel” and the “Parc du Pian”. Read more

Ennio Morricone departs this world but leaves a legacy of music

Ennio Morricone at the Estadio Bicentenario de la Florida, 2013. Photo: Gonzalo Tello cc-by-2.0  https://www.flickr.com/photos/canchageneral/11068536643/One of the greatest musical contributors in history has departed this world. Ennio Morricone was a composer, conductor and trumpet player, but his mark left on the world will endure for generations to come. Famous for his film soundtracks, the Italian musician scored over 500 films in his long career, but he also composed over 100 concert works and was the man who penned the songs of many famous artists, including Andrea Bocelli, Mina, Sting and more. Read more

Great cultural events in Cannes for the summer

The outlook for summer events was very 'iffy' as we came out of confinement, but as things are reopening and our numbers are good, Cannes wasted no time to launch their official summer programme. On 25 June, members of Cannes city council along with Mayor David Lisnard, presented "Sous le Soleil - Différement", a thorough and eclectic cultural events agenda 'different' from the usual, prepared for public safety and distance requirements but still bringing us together for culture, music and art.  Read more

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