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  • Masks distributed as we head to de-confinement

    Making masks in Cannes c. Ville de CannesAcross the Côte d’Azur and Monaco, masks are being handed out, delivered and distributed in the lead-up to the 11 May de-confinement. Long on the endangered list, France has been busy going into full production of the fabric protection, from industrial level manufacture of appropriate fabric to community-organised sewing groups to get people much needed peace of mind.

  • David Lisnard calls for a Marshall Plan for tourism industry

    Photo by Skitterphoto from PexelsAll industries have been heavily affected by the Coronavirus and resulting confinement, but none as much as the tourism industry (including restaurants, events, hotels, travel, and entertainment sectors). As the mayor of one of the top destinations in France, David Lisnard is seeing first-hand the devastating impact on his own city and has demanded a concerted response to the impending economic disaster in tourism. 

  • For a healthy lockdown: Take the Fun Food Challenge!

    Take the Fun Food Challenge! Christine Kjeldbjerg and Lucy Kelly are two registered nutritional therapists working on the French Riviera. They have collaborated to create the "Fun Food Diversity challenge", as a way to maintain “Unity in the community” during the lockdown, and at the same time support immunity and keep us healthy! 

  • What to watch on lockdown: Great films to revisit

    Creative commons zeroHaving series fatigue? Our film critic gives her top picks to break the rut of series binging and revisit some oldies but goodies to see us through the remaining lockdown. From Soderbergh to 80’s romcoms, she covers a range of films for every taste and includes an ode to 'Wilson' which we may just appreciate a lot more now! Start the popcorn...

  • Confinement extension: What we can and can't do

    Black and White Building. Photo by Piotr Zemlak on ScopioAfter 32 days of confinement, there have been a series of adjustments to what is and what is not allowed. The Côte d'Azur, in particular, has some very strict rules. The government is constantly running to catch-up with the needs of workers, families and overall health safety. Here we look at the latest changes. 

  • GoMecano mobile mechanics to repair caretaker's vehicles

    GoMecano TeamFor the duration of the lockdown, Gomecano is mobilising mechanics across the region to intervene free of charge on caretakers' vehicles. Thanks to strong support from Allianz France, the mobile mechanic start-up is doing their part to assist those assisting us. Whether it's a flat tyre, dead battery or something more involved, GoMecano mechanics will arrive on-site to repair or replace, free of charge.

  • Confined words: Cannes' creative writing initiative

    Woman writing. Photo by Camille Dellerie on ScopioThe Cannes City Council, in cooperation with Cannes Université and the Ecole Régionale d'Acteurs de Cannes-Marseille (ERACM), is encouraging creative writing and prompting the people of Cannes to take up the pen to share their experience of the confinement. The initiative entitled "Mots barrières & mots dans l'air : écrire ensemble contre le virus" (Confined words & words free to roam: writing together against the virus) is being organised by the network of media libraries in Cannes and will run from 13 April to 25 June 2020. 

  • Culture agenda: Theatre, opera & ballet streaming free

    Black and brown Violin by Daniel Kunyu on ScopioMost of the world has been in confinement for a few weeks now. However, society’s inability to attend live performances hasn’t prevented us from viewing some great performances. Some of the world’s most revered theatres and opera houses are making famous plays, ballets and concerts available online for free. As the proverbial saying goes: when a door closes, a window opens - and we certainly have a wonderful open window on the arts! It is the perfect antidote to Netflix malaise.