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Summer event programme for Nice


Nice summer events 2020

Music, dance, theatre, sport: the wide-ranging summer programme "Mon été à Nice" held at several locations throughout the city, uses new formats and offers to show how creatively this special time can be dealt with. From 3 July to 3 October, more than 200 events at 60 different locations ensures Nice remains a top cultural destination despite the corona pandemic while still ensuring that distances and hygiene rules are observed through the mostly "open-air" events.

Music, culture and sport are on the agenda for all tastes and in innovative formats. The Opera, for example, will be leaving the opera house to play at markets, at the Parc des Arènes in Cimiez or at the Musée Matisse, as will the Philharmonic Orchestra and the City Choir, which will be performing in various locations around the metropolis. The city's ballet ensemble will perform this weekend (3 and 4 July) at the Théâtre de Verdure. Open-air cinema is available in the gardens of Cimiez and on the Place Saint-Roch. 10 July also promises to be special: That Friday, DJs will be playing on balconies in the Place Masséna.

Promenade du Paillon

The Théâtre National de Nice hosts a special aperitif show every day at 7 pm until 22 August on the Promenade du Paillon (TNN Kiosk) with dance, theatre, music, puppets and readings for young and old. Click here for the full schedule. 

Numerous concerts are also scheduled, including a free performance by the celebrated cellist Gautier Capuçon on Thursday 30 July.

The photo exhibition "100% Mask in Nice" by photographer Bruno Bébert pays tribute to all those who wore a mask during the last months. Since the end of June, 100 portraits showing Nice can be admired along the gates of the Promenade du Paillon.

Don’t forget this favourite spot as a bathing oasis for young and old until 31 August.


Nice Ville and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) have also put together a top-class cultural programme for this summer season: The permanent exhibition on Pop Art and Nouveau Réalisme with the museum's own works has been newly compiled and since 2 June, allows visitors to immerse themselves in the 1960s, while artists such as Emmanuel Regent, Charlotte Pringuey-Cessac or the musician Benjamin Fincher offer insights into their world through workshops. After enjoying the art, a visit to the museum's roof terrace with its unique view over Nice is a must. Magical moments are guaranteed by family activities, which are playful and suitable for children, as well as the "Arty Party" event (22 to 24 July), which turns the MAMAC into a stage for artists, choreographers, musicians and actors.

Gospel singer Liz McComb will perform with the city's Philharmonic Orchestra at the Nice Jazz Summer Sessions on 17 July. Photo: DRJazz returns to Nice

Jazz lovers get their money's worth at the "Nice Jazz Summer Sessions" at the Théâtre de Verdure. Liz McComb together with the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, the André Ceccarelli Trio, the Nice Jazz Orchestra, the Belmondo Quintet and Richard Galliano will take you into the world of jazz from 17 to 21 July. On these evenings (each from 6 pm to 8 pm), various jazz bands will take a float through the streets of Nice and enchant you with jazz sounds.

A giant pool with aqua cycle!

A temporary swimming pool will be installed opposite the Lycée Masséna this summer. From 6 July to 31 August, visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities: baby swimming on Sundays, swimming lessons for 4 to 6 year-olds, as well as for adults and children who want to improve their swimming techniques. There are one-hour swimming courses for children aged six to twelve years from Monday to Friday. Meanwhile, aqua-cycling enthusiasts can get back on their bikes on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays to get fit again. Aqua fitness for stomach, legs, buttocks and back takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Seniors who have a "Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur Séniors Plus" card can participate free of charge and with advance booking in water gymnastics courses which take place from Monday to Saturday. The bathing oasis in the heart of Nice is not only an open-air swimming pool but also a leisure meeting point which can be used on Saturdays to celebrate children's birthdays "Aqua-Anniversaire".

Photo exhibit and competition

A photo competition will be held this summer along the entire coast from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Cap d'Ail to highlight the biodiversity of the underwater world. It will not be judged according to aesthetic criteria, but rather according to the number and rarity of the marine life on display. The competition is open to everyone and offers the opportunity to gather valuable information on marine flora and fauna.

The art of the Tour

Mayor Christian Estrosi (centre) with numerous artists and cultural workers of the city at the presentation of the cultural programme when Nice hosts the "Tour de France" kick-off at the end of August. Photo: Ville de NiceA big highlight of the summer programme is the Tour de France, whose (delayed) start and 1st stage will take place from 27 to 31 August in Nice. Numerous works of art accompany the route, which will be ridden in and around Nice, under the motto "L'Art s'invite dans le Tour".

With his monumental work, the contemporary local artist Stéphane Cipre manages to reflect not only the sporting aspect but also the essence of the Tour de France. His sculpture can be seen in Place Masséna during the Tour de France and will later be moved to the Port.

The painter, street artist and draughtsman Otom alias Thomas Debatisse conveys messages and emotions with his works. One of his pieces adorns the walls of the Escota motorway bridge near Saint-Isidore next to the Allianz-Riviera stadium. One side is dedicated to the OGC Nice football club and the other side immortalises the Tour de France.

The artists Stéphane Bolongaro (known for his giant dog "Totor") and Cédric Pignataro were inspired by the Tour de France and set no limits to their creativity when designing their bicycle sculptures. The Totor sculpture can be found at the Pont Louis Nucéra in Le Broc at the end of the industrial zone, while the sculptures of Cédric Pignataro have already been on display on ski slopes this past winter to promote the Tour de France.

-Elvira Otto


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