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

Special photography exhibition at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

In line with the recent 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, French publication Paris Match has chosen the legendary Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes as a location to display 25 archived photographs of the festival from now until October.Read more

The battle of the sexes rages on the red carpet

In the two period films that have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, it seems clear that the battle of the sexes has never been more alive.Read more

The myth of Saint Tropez: Brigitte Bardot in situ

In 1957, the movie And God Created Woman was released, catapulting 23-year-old Brigitte Bardot to international stardom. The film, a tale of a sexually demented ingénue who drives the whole town mad, was based in Saint Tropez. The following year, the Bardot myth and reality overlapped when she bought La Madrague, her home at the edge of the village, and made Saint Tropez her own.Read more

Cannes Film Festival: Ruben Ostlund’s The Square

Riviera Insider’s first trip to the red carpet in Cannes was to see Ruben Ostlund’s The Square. The strict dress code infuses everything with excitement and the Grand Lumière, the film industry’s greatest temple, felt much more like a theatre than a cinema. As I discretely slid into place in a simple strapless dress and pearls, other members of the audience were hoping for much more attention from the paparazzi than I, although I couldn’t help but flash a smile at the cameras. Read more

Voices from the past

Former General Manager of Reuters and a British expat living in the south of France, Michael Nelson was in the midst of launching his second book - Americans and the Making of the Riviera - when he realised that despite the French Riviera’s global reputation, no one had ever written a history of the region in English.Read more

An infallible nose

Dior: it’s a name that everyone knows, even 60 years after the death of its founder. Dior perfumes still sit among some of the world’s most expensive bottles; its breathy advertising is legendary. But did you know that this designer extraordinaire has close ties to Grasse and its surroundings?Read more