Music is definitely a theme of this month, with many musical soirées going on up and down the French Riviera. From classical concerts, to electronic festivals, there is something for everyone. And of course the biggest day in the French calendar as well… read our July 2014 Events Planner for more!
Your July Events Planner French Riviera
Ballet Nice Méditerranée 4.7.14 – 5.7.14, Theatre de Verdure – Dwight Rowden is renowned as a very “balanced” choreographer, who incorporates classical styles with more playful movements, whilst showing off the dancers’ physicality. This is sure to be an impressive performance, and with tickets from only 15€, you have no excuse not to. Tickets and event information: www.opera-nice.org
Les Nuits Musicales et Culturelles au Château 5.7.14 – 8.8.14, Château Tourrette Levens – Kicking off on the 5th July with a classical evening of Haydn, Mozart, and Mendelssohn, this month long series of concerts features all different types of acts. Other highlights include an American jazz evening on the 17th, and a Cabaret night on the 21st! The events are free, so it would be advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. More information at www.nuitsmusicales-tourrettelevens.fr
Nice Jazz Festival 8.7.14 – 12.7.14, Nice (various locations) – This festival hosted over several days, has been going on since 1948, and this year it looks set to be bigger and better than ever. We would recommend Metronomy on the 9th July, Gipsy Kings on the 11th and De La Soul Live Band on the 12th. Tickets start from 25€, so be sure to book! Find out more at www.nicejazzfestival.fr
Les Plages Electroniques 10th, 17th, 30th July, Cannes – With various dates throughout July and August, each night has a distinctive theme, such as Techno, Drum’n’Bass or French Focus. And with parties in the run up, and afterwards, this will definitely be the event that everyone is talking about. More information: www.plages-electroniques.com
Ma Ville est Tango 11.7.14 – 14.7.14, Menton – This is the 12th annual Tango festival, which sees a different band playing every night, lots of performances, exhibitions, food and drink, and conferences! So whether you’d like to get involved, or just watch, this is the place to be. Find out more here: www.tango-menton.fr
Jazz à Juan 11.7.14 – 20.7.14, Juan-les-Pins – This jazz festival in Juan-les-Pins is definitely not to be missed. World renowned musicians and singers will be here every night, so you won’t know which night(s) to choose! Joss Stone, Jamie Cullen, Chic feat. Nile Rogers, and Stevie Wonder, to name but a few… definitely not to be missed! Visit www.jazzajuan.com
Crazy Week 16.7.14 – 20.7.14, Nice – Simple Minds are headlining and kick-starting this 4-day pop-rock event, held at the Theâtre de Verdun in Nice. Other festival highlights include Morcheeba and Joe Satriani. Tickets are selling out quickly, so book now!
Unavoidable: Brazil World Cup 2014 – The French LOVE football, and it’s been pretty unavoidable this year, with the Brazil World Cup. Every bar seems to be showing it, buses show supportive messages instead of route numbers, and supermarkets have cut outs of members of the French team staring you down as you do your shopping. Even though the French are now out, the excitement has not stopped, and it is definitely an experience to watch the remaining matches in a French pub! 8.7.14 – Semi final: Germany vs Brazil 9.7.14 – Semi final: Argentina vs the Netherlands 13.7.14 – WORLD CUP FINAL! 212 Yachts Recommendation: This month is full of fireworks competitions, all along the Côte d’Azur…
Cannes – entries this month include Azerbaijan (9th July), Italy (14th July and 29th July), and Spain (21st July). All shows start at 10pm, and you can find more information at www.festival-pyrotechnique-cannes.com Monaco – see Poland (19th July) and Spain (27th July). Shows start at 10pm and please visit www.monaco-feuxdartifice.mc for more information.
And of course, the pièce de résistance of any French social calendar, is Bastille Day. This national holiday is celebrated on the 14th July, to mark the beginning of the French Revolution, which started with the storming of the Bastille jail in Paris. Celebrations are held all over the country, with cries of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!”, but if you can’t make it to Paris to see the main parade, there’s still plenty to do here, on the lovely French Riviera. Nice – there will be a traditional military parade, and a series of concerts along the Promenade des Anglais. In the evening, head to the beach to watch the fireworks. Cannes – a great idea is to rent a boat to get a prime spot to watch the fireworks. The pyrotechnic show will also be easily viewed from the beach. Contact 212 Yachts to organise a yacht to view the fireworks, to nip around between these events, or just to get out on the water!