SPOOKTACULAR! Halloween activities and events on the French Riviera

Halloween, usually celebrated on 31st October each year, has slowly been gathering steam since I first moved to France, but for expats who are used to lots of activities and events during Halloween you’ll have to remember that it isn’t a traditionally observed day in France and has usually been seen as a bit Anglophone!

Never less, you can now find towns getting into the spirit (pun intended) of spooking kids on the street, as well as ready-made Halloween accessories and costumes for sale in many stores.

Halloween decorations are easy to find on the French Riviera (image: deavita)

Halloween falls during the October school holidays on the French Riviera – Vacances de la Toussaint – so there’s no excuse not to get involved in the activities and local events happening in various towns.  The following day is a bank holiday, Toussaint Day (All Saints Day) in France where the lives of deceased relatives are remembered.

Unfortunately, a lot of Halloween goods found here on the French Riviera are manufactured in China and the standards are quite low so they are ‘buy-and-throw-away’ items – just exercise caution with cheap costumes for kids because they are hugely flammable!

If you prefer to make your own costumes, food or decorations, Pinterest and Good Housekeeping have loads of DIY Halloween ideas.

Where to find Halloween decorations / accessories / costumes / carving pumpkins on the French Riviera

If you’re looking for Halloween items for décor, party items or costumes the best places to start are the €1 and €2 stores – places like Maxi Mart, Maxibazaar, Destock and the like always have low-cost Halloween accessories such as wizards hat, tridents, plastic skeleton bones, witches cauldrons, spider webs as well as trick-or-treat bags.

Spider ice cubes in your mocktail anyone?

La Foir Fouille, Fêter et Recevoir and Gifi are good stores to head to for costumes, and Carrefour usually has a good range of Halloween items.

For carving pumpkins, in the past few years local residents have found decent pumpkins at Lidl, Grand Frais, the Intermarche on boulevard République and Nice Carrefour TNL.

Neighbourhood trick-or-treating

Trick-or-treating around the neighbourhood is not that big here on the French Riviera.  In the years I have lived here, I have had maybe a handful of kids knock on our door trick-or-treating (with adult supervision) though I always have some bon bons ready just in case!

Halloween activities and events happening this year on the French Riviera

Antibes

Thursday 26 October:  Parent-friendlly cafeteria La Chapelière Toquée is hosting a Halloween party from 11am to midday which is ideal for toddlers (from 2 years).  Cost is €16 per child, reservations necessary.

Saturday 28 October:  La Chapelière Toquée is holding a Halloween yoga session from 11am to midday for kids 3 years and upwards, contact them to reserve a place via the link above.

Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, Friday 27, Saturday 28, Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 October:  Les P’tits Confettis is hosting twice daily Halloween activities for kids aged 5 to 10 years costing €15 per child – from 10am to midday and 2pm to 4pm come along for  face painting, a photo booth and candy hunt.  Reservations essential via https://www.lesptitsconfettis.com/animations-thématiques/

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Les P’tits Confettis is hosting Halloween activities in Antibes 2017

Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Tuesday 31 October:  Free entertainment from 3pm at the Ecole élémentaire including a show, bon bons and a lantern parade.

Biot

Tuesday 31 October:  Free Halloween entertainment including a parade at 4.30pm from the entrance to the village to Place des Arcades by Compagnie Soukha, followed by a kids Halloween snack at Place des Arcades at 5pm.  At 6pm, there will be a fire show by Compagnie Soukha at Place de Gaulle.

Halloween 2017 in Biot includes a parade

Breil sur Roya

Tuesday 31 October:  Film screening of ‘Zombillénium’ at 2.30pm with bon bons at 4pm and trick-or-treating in the village from 4.30pm

Cannes

Tuesday 31 October: Free Halloween activities at Coulée Verte in Ranguin (will be held in the gymnasium in case of rain) – face painting, Halloween ateliers, films

Carros

Tuesday 31 October:  From 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5pm, Carros is hosting Halloween activities hosted by the Office du Tourisme at Villa Barbary.

Grasse

Saturday 28 October:  For something a bit different, kids aged 8 to 12 years can join a guided tour at 11am retelling spooky tales about Grasse.  Leaves from the Maison du Patrimoine, to make a reservation 47.97.05.58.70  or email them: animation.patrimoine@ville-grasse-fr

La Colle-sur-Loup

Tuesday 31 October:  The village will host ‘La Journée des Sorcières and Bal des vampires’ from 2pm to 8pm – head along for arts and crafts ateliers, face painting (charge applies for face painting), and costume parade. The main costume parade is from 5.45pm at St Jacques church with the ‘Bal des vampires’ and Halloween party at Place de la Libération from 6.3opm to 8pm.

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Halloween 2017 in La Colle-sur-Loup

La Turbie

Tuesday 31 October:  Free activities from 5pm to 7pm including a treasure hunt for candy in the village and a disco.  Hosted at Place Neuve and Salle polyvalente – espace Jean Favre.

Le Rouret

Tuesday 31 October:   Head to 1 chemin du billard from 2.30pm for face painting, followed by Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ screening at 3.30pm.  Cost is €5 euros each, under 12 years is €3 each.

Monaco

Tuesday 31 October:  Family-friendly Stars ‘n’ Bars hosts an annual Halloween event – this  year, head along from 6pm to 9pm for ghost ship, haunted house and trick-or-treating.  Cost:  €20 (5-13 years) or €10 (14 years upwards).

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Halloween 2017 at Stars ‘n’ Bars in Monaco

Tuesday 31 October:  Adults can join the Halloween festivities at La Rascasse bar with a ‘Day of the Dead’ theme.  The table with the scariest costumes will win a bottle of Champagne!

Mougins

Saturday 28 October:  Circus Party, an indoor play centre, is hosting a Halloween party with Halloween food, decorations and prizes to win.  Cost is €20 for adults, €18 per child.

Tuesday 31 October: The Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins will be plunged into darkness and will host guided tours by torchlight at 4pm, 5pm or 6pm.  Cost is €7 per person, reservations necessary direct with the museum.

Nice

Saturday 28 October and Sunday 29 October:  From 9.30am to 12.30am, the Hard Rock Café in Nice is hosting a Halloween breakfast, magic show and ‘create your own magic potion’ atelier.

Tuesday 31 October:  Halloween entertainment from 2pm-6pm and also 9pm till midnight at Patinoire Jean Bouin, competition for best costume, face painting and bon bons.  Special entry fee of €2 with €2 for ice skate rental. Kids under 6 years are free entry.

St-Laurent-du-Var

Saturday 21 to Monday 30 October:  Halloween-themed arts and crafts at Pitchoun Parc

Tuesday 31 October:  Halloween Party all day at Pitchoun Parc

St Jean Cap Ferrat

Sunday 22 October: Fête de la Citrouille is a free event that will take place at Théâtre de la mer – Espace des Néreïdes from 3pm.  Face painting, pony rides (on the terraces at the port), treasure hunt in the village, for ages 2-12 years.

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Halloween activities in St Jean Cap Ferrat from 3pm on Sunday 22 October 2017

St Martin Vésubie

From Saturday 21 October to Sunday 5 November, Parc Alpha Loup is hosting Halloween activities.  The park usually has an entrance fee, however on Halloween (31 October) entrance is free of charge if visitors are dressed in costume* (*A proper Halloween costume, not a simple witches hat!)

St Paul de Vence

Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October:  Aventure (Live Escape Game) is hosting a giant escape game ‘La Forêt Maudite’ on various dates at the end of October (as well as November).  The minimum age is 18+ with 6 players per team over 1.5 hours of gameplay starting at 9pm…definitely one for adults.

Tuesday 31 October:  In the village, the Halloween party runs from 1pm to 5.30pm with the popular Mexican theme, ‘The Day of the Dead’.  Activities include making castanettes, maracas, masks, treasure hunt, piñata, face painting plus a screening of the brilliant animated film ‘The Book of Life’.  Full details are found here (in French):  https://www.saint-pauldevence.com/en/fiches/tout-lagenda/halloween-mexicain/

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Halloween 2017 in St Paul de Vence includes ‘The Day of the Dead’ entertainment in the village (image: Pinterest)

Tourrette-Levens

Sunday 29 October:  At the Château, free activities and entertainment from 5.30pm to 7pm including a costume parade and fire show.

Valbonne

Tuesday 31 October :  Every year, Valbonne is the place to be for trick-or-treating around the village shops.  The action kicks off around 5pm with kids and adults dressed in costume.  Many parents bring some extra (individually wrapped) candy to give to the participating merchants/residents as they run out early.

Villeneuve Loubet

Tuesday 31 October : Treasure hunt every 15 minutes from 3pm to 5pm – reservations are necessary with the Office du Tourisme.  Cost is 7€ / family (4-5 people) or 5€ / 1 adult + 1 kid.   From 5.30pm to 7pm, come dressed in costume and enjoy a potion at Place de Verdun.  ** Please note: Fake weapons and firecrackers are banned.

Are you hosting a public Halloween event, spooky activity or themed workshop on the French Riviera?  Feel free to drop me a line and tell me about it and I’ll add it to this list.  P.S.  This list is for public events, not week-long stages or school holiday programmes.

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Are French Riviera tourism operators ready for China’s National Week?

Are French Riviera’s travel and tourism operators ready for China’s National Week?   I’m dubious to say ‘Yes’ as I believe a high proportion of travel-related businesses here are completely oblivious to targeted marketing for one of the world’s largest holiday periods and tourism markets.

What is National Week?

Chinese National Day is celebrated on 1st October each year to celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic of China.  National Week or Golden Week is the holiday period that follows National Day – this year, it runs from 1st October to 8th October 2017.  Golden Week is the longest public holiday in China aside from Chinese New Year.

Why should France care about China’s National Week?

Traditionally, France has ranked within the top 2 overseas destinations for Chinese visitors however it is increasingly facing tough competition from other European destinations.  Switzerland has made huge efforts to attract Chinese tourists, as has Croatia with Game of Thrones-themed tours.

Director Jiang Yiyi of the International Tourism Research Institute with the China Tourism Academy says, “Chinese tourists no longer only select traditional hot journey places such as Thailand, the United States and Japan to spend their holidays. Countries such as Kenya, Morocco, New Zealand and Peru have all become a new attraction.”

France needs to adapt their tourism model and refresh their marketing to go beyond standard tour product by assessing the entire tourist journey from availability and frequency of flights from Chinese cities to French cities to including Chinese-specific signage at key tourist areas.

Notably, one of the biggest lags in tourism development for Chinese visitors is translation of French websites.  To compare, Barcelona Tourism has their main website resources available in 13 languages; Nice Tourism’s website is 7 languages including Chinese – something to think about for French businesses looking to grow their Chinese client base.

Chinese tourists visiting the French Riviera

Locally, companies are realising the potential of Chinese tourism on the French Riviera.

Monte-Carlo SBM has hosted high-profile events for Chinese companies adapting their service offering for their clients, including Chinese TV channels and meal options.  Their 4 hotels –  Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort and the Monte-Carlo Beach have obtained the Silver Certification, a hospitality standard for outbound Chinese travelers, awarded by ‘Welcome Chinese’.

‘Welcome Chinese’ is the only officially recognized by Chinese Authorities certified travel service standard and travel platform, aimed at upgrading the services dedicated to Chinese travellers.

Monaco has promoted the Principality as an add-on travel experience for National Week holidays, appealing to Chinese visitors to Monaco Yacht Show to stay and discover the Principality and surrounding regions.

Golden Week – French Riviera

French Riviera travel and tourism businesses need to prepare and strategise for this important tourism market – over the 8-day Golden Week holiday period, 650 million Chinese will travel which is an incredible number logistically and of that number, 6 million will travel abroad.  While they won’t all be heading to the famous Côte d’Azur coastline, a large number have been researching their travel options for European highlights and booked already.

The chance to create travel product and packages for a target group (known as mid to high spenders) is untapped for many businesses.  Shanghai-based Ctrip.com International, a Nasdaq-listed travel agency said that a quarter of their Ctrip customers chose to travel between 7 and 10 days, up 140 % year-on-year.   As well, shopping ranks highly as an activity during this time.

Immersive culture experiences, adventure activities and enticing landscapes appeal to Chinese visitors and as it is shoulder season here with comfortable temperatures and clear weather, the potential for opportunity is high.

Stats:  Ctrip.com, UNWTO

Monaco Yacht Show 2017: What You Need To Know

It’s almost upon us – the annual late September gathering for Monaco Yacht Show of the world’s premium superyachts, 125 to be precise, including around 40 yachts that will be freshly revealed for their Monaco debut.

Monaco Yacht Show 2017 will be held at Port Hercules from 27th to 30th September.

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M/Y Aquarius will be at MYS 2017 (image: Feadship)

Monaco Yacht Show 2017 – What’s New

September is a busy month in this neck of the woods for yacht shows with Cannes Yachting Festival just finished and Genoa Boat Show starting tomorrow, but Monaco Yacht Show 2017 is the most influential yachting show and certainly the one to visit to see the largest yachts and latest innovations with toys, tenders and tech gadgets in the nautical world.

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Monaco Yacht Show is one of the world’s leading yacht shows (image: MYS)

If you’re looking for an in-depth guide, Bespoke Yacht Charter very kindly asked me to write them a guide about the Monaco Yacht Show 2017 and I’ve included many insider tips including what to expect at show zones, VIP experiences, exhibitor and yacht lists and party dates.  You can read the guide here:  Monaco Yacht Show 2017 Guide

(This Monaco Yacht Show 2017 guide is a paid article on behalf of Bespoke Yacht Charter)

250,000 THANK YOUS

Sunday smiling and sending out a huge heartfelt thank you to all my followers, sharers, commenters and occasional readers who have stopped by Access Riviera – I have hit a milestone of 250,000 visitors!

I’m totally overwhelmed with all of the support for my blog from what started as a simple vision to provide information about the French Riviera and has grown into a behemoth and I’ve appreciated every like, share and comment along the way.

I’ve worked with some brilliant clients, learned a lot about growing and ungrowing followers, committed myself to writing good content and generally sticking to writing about things I believe in whether it’s the good, the bad or the ugly.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!  Here’s to the next 250K

Becks

To read some of my most popular articles, click on the links below:

Secret French Riviera : Hidden spots worth visiting

The Lavender Route

Cannes Film Festival : The Ultimate Guide

Top 15 French Riviera viewpoints for amazing photos

Monaco on a budget

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The Honesty About Dishonesty on Instagram

I have to admit, I was a late comer to Instagram but can appreciate it’s virtues.  I follow far too many travel, food and fashion bloggers and over the course of getting up to speed with Instagram etiquette I have seen the same styling of photos pop up again and again.

Instagram has its positive and negative uses and showcases some amazingly talented individuals.  But it also drip feeds a lot of drivel and ‘same-same’ content with no creativity other than copying something that’s been done a million times before.

I’ll continue to dabble with Instagram as there is a lot I love on the platform, however I’m finding it lacks authenticity for a lot of accounts and can be irritating in huge doses.

I’ve pulled some examples from actual Instagram accounts to show you my love-hate relationship!

Here are 7 Instagram clichés that drive me nuts

  1. The ‘Follow Me To’ post

We’ve seen these ones a MILLION times – the outstretched hand leading the photographer to a beautiful location.  Travel is fun, inspirational and thought-provoking, sadly these type of posts don’t move me to explore.

2. The ‘Sitting-on-the-Edge’ post

There’s been a lot of media debate around the world about some of the Instagram posts from influencers who have perched at the edge of clifftops, balanced on the ledges of high rises or taken photos at extremely dangerous locations in the name of capturing a selfie.

Social media has opened the floodgates for recognition.  Wanting to be noticed is not inherently a bad habit – it is just basic human behavior, but Instagram is definitely allowing a portal for pushing physical limits of safety.

3. The ‘Hard-at-work-but-not-really’ post

Part 1:  Line up your laptop with some staged accessories and a backdrop of nice scenery

Part 2:  Take photos of the scene and post with captions such as ‘Long day answering emails and enquiries today from my 5-star beachfront bungalow’ or ‘Hustling from my office’.

4. The ‘Kids in pristine clothes’ post

As a parent of two rambunctious and active boys, I love following other family blogs, family travel experts and parenting Instagram accounts.

But the accounts I cringe at the most are the ones with kids in pristine clothes ALL THE TIME.

I appreciate there are people who are brand ambassadors, however there are a lot of Instagram accounts for babies or young children that border on unrealistic goals to ‘be a star’.

Instagram feeds the insecurities and anxieties of parenthood and it can be unhealthy whereby parents feel their kids must be preened and polished so you appear to be doing a good job.

Adweek reported that 50% of people felt that by comparing their accomplishments to those of others on social media, their self-esteem has suffered.   I wonder how many parents miss out on true genuine moments of childhood because they’re trying to pose for that perfect photo?

I prefer family accounts that share some authenticity; honest parenting is about sharing the mud, ruffled hair, dirty shoes, bedroom chaos and daily adventures of having kids.

It’s not about lining your toddler up in white dungarees on 1000-thread count Egyptian bed linen from (insert brand) so your (insert brand) room bunting and (insert brand) throw cushions look fabulous, darling.

5. The ‘Product placement trying to be cool’ post

How many times do we need to see a luxury watch placed beside a steering wheel in a supercar or a bottle of Champagne?  Apparently, Instagram loves it so the repetitive posts continue!

6. Ice creams

I love ice cream!  But I don’t really need to see it all through my Instagram feed to prove you’ve been to Rome, St Paul de Vence or Paris.

7. Inspiring quotes

I’m a firm believer in motivation, enthusiasm and determination but there are some Instagram accounts who overdo it with the inspirational quotes.  To put it bluntly, they don’t post anything else.

I don’t hate inspirational quotes but if you need to post 20 a day to get across a notion of hard work and success, then that’s fine – just don’t shove it in my face.  Hitting the ‘Unfollow’ button has never been so easy!

Do you have any pet hates on Instagram?   Or do you agree with my Instagram clichés above?   Which posts on Instagram drive you nuts?

To follow Access Riviera on Instagram, head over to www.instagram.com/ariviera06 where posts feature the good, the bad and the ugly of life on the French Riviera; no responsibility taken if posts are guilty of some or all of these clichés.

 

 

Jazz à Juan 2017 Review

The 57th Jazz à Juan Jazz Festival was held from 15 to 23 July 2017 at the wonderful venue at Pinède Gould by the seaside in Juan les Pins; it is a fantastic annual Festival for discovering classic and contemporary jazz, soul and blues singers and musicians.

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Pinède Gould is a wonderful setting beside the sea in Juan les Pins (image credit ©Vertige Photos)

This year, the Festival programme featured a broad range of artists including Eli Degibri Quartet, Buddy Guy, Luke Elliot, TajMo, Tom Jones,  Macy Gray, Gregory Porter, Sting,  Robert Glasper Experiment, Kandance Springs and Jamie Cullum.

Official Jazz à Juan 2017 Festival poster (www.jazzajuan.com)

Jazz à Juan 2017 :  Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival 

The official start date of the Festival was delayed one day due to solidarity for the 2016 Nice attack, however it did not dampen an eclectic and interesting programme.   More than 23,000 spectators enjoyed the Festival this year plus at least 5000 attendees of the ‘Off’ Festival.

The opening days featured excellent performances from Eli Degibri Quartet, French Quarter, Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band and Festival stalwart Buddy Guy.

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Buddy Guy (©Josh Cheuse)

On Monday 17 July, Luke Elliot brought his charm and musical talent to the stage and I quite thought he looked so much like American musician John Mayer!   TajMo (Taj Mahal and Keb ‘Mo) kept the adrenaline high with groovy blues and some comical banter.

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TajMo (©Jay Blakesberg)

Lastly, Sir Tom Jones took to the stage to deliver a set filled with classic and new hits.  His energy captivated the audience with hits such as ‘Delilah’, ‘What’s New, Pussycat?’, ‘Sex Bomb’ and the crowd pleasing hit, ‘It’s Not Unusual’.   His magnificent baritone voice was outstanding on ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’ and gave much credential to his showmanship and talent where he has sold more than 100 million albums throughout his career for six decades.

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Sir Tom Jones was a iconic showman at Jazz à Juan 2017 (©DR)

As the sun set, Macy Gray rose to the occasion at Pinède Gould on Wednesday 19 July with an exceptional backing band.   She has an individualistic stage persona and her on-stage banter convinced the crowd to stand and dance toward the end of her set as she smoothly performed songs such as ‘When I See You’ and ‘I Try.’   One of the best renditions of the evening was her cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’.   Grammy-winning soul/jazz sensation Gregory Porter was a fine second act with enlivening vocals and great stage presence.

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MacyGray (©Giuliano Bekor)

The following night, the sold-out evening of Hiromi Duo and Sting was much anticipated by Festival goers.  After acclaimed solo and trio projects, Hiromi returns with a new tour and soon-to-be recorded album with the Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda and their onstage musicality and chemistry was evident.  Sting was a veritable crowd pleaser, and at his very best belting out Police hits.

On Saturday 22 July, the first act Kandace Springs was a warming introduction to a great night.  Kandace has a honeyed voice and without taking anything away from her soulful performance on the piano, she reminded me of a laidback mix of Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu.  Afterwards, the beautiful Anoushka Shankar was an atmospheric interlude to the evening with the mesmorising sound of the sitar.  Personally, I’ve never listened to much sitar music but I found it enlightening, entertaining and more musically diverse than I expected.

Up next was Jamie Cullum – energetic, cheeky and a very talented pianist.   Jamie has a knack for making music that seems equally at home on a Sunday morning chilling out such as ‘These Are The Days’ or an enlivening dance to one of his tracks such as ‘Don’t Stop The Music ‘.   I particularly loved his ‘All at Sea’ one of my favourite songs of his and his cover version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ which he made his own.

The closing night of the Festival featured a free performance by the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama with uplifting vocals that have made them world famous.

The top 3 concerts by sales in 2017 were Sting, Macy Gray/Gregory Porter and Tom Jones.

Best of Du Off | Jazz en Scene | Kiosque à Musique

During the Festival, various nightly concerts were held at Petite Pinède in Juan les Pins, in Antibes at the newly inaugurated rotunda at Place Nationale and in the streets of Antibes and Juan les Pins.

Best of Du Off was hosted on Saturday 15 July with free jazz bands from 7pm in the streets – I saw around 6 bands of different styles in Juan les Pins over the course of a few hours.  The atmosphere was friendly with busy restaurants and bars.  That night was also a public fireworks display in the bay of Juan les Pins so it was an excellent family-friendly evening.

Juan les Pins fireworks 15 July 2017 (image: Antibes JLP Ville)

The nightly concerts included acts such as Buckshot Gala, Les Haricots Noirs Brasil Band Social Club, Good Times Foundation, JZ Music All Stars (in partnership with the Festival de Jazz de Shanghai) and Alexandra Miller & Metromantic.

Festival Facilities

The entire Festival site is wheelchair accessible and the staff at the Festival this year were helpful and informative.  There were plenty of ushers, first aid staff and security staff.  I noticed staff assisting Festival goers with special needs and for first aid, so the site support was excellent.  Festival facilities include:

  • Food and drink outlets on either side of the stage selling draught beer, soft drinks, water, Champagne and snacks
  • First aid staff
  • Les Jardins du Jazz is a VIP experience at Plage Ambassadeur with a personalized welcome from 7pm, dinner at the beach (from 7pm to 10.30pm) and private box seats enabling you to see the concert of your choice as a privileged guest
  • Onsite Press Village with Wifi, seating and tables.  Note:  The Press Village is not located in close proximity to the stage but you can see the stage from there.   The Festival press team were readily available daily during the Festival.
  • Boutique for souvenirs such as Panama hats, mugs, beach bags, t-shirts, caps and postcards
  • Accessible toilets are situated at the rear of the Tribunes and Gallery seating closest to Boulevard Baudoin (next to the Pinède playground)
  • Special car parking offer at the underground parking at the Palais des Congrès – you simply showed your ticket and received a special parking rate €10,50 from 6pm to 2am

Les Jardins du Jazz at Juan les Pins Jazz Festival (image copyright: Gilles Lefrancq)

Tickets for Jazz à Juan 2018

This year, 64% of sales were made online across 5 continents and 30 countries confirming the Festival’s international reputation (stat:  Jazz à Juan Press Office).   The Juan les Pins Jazz Festival offer a range of tickets for varied seating options including Category 4, Category 3, Category 2, Category 1 and Carré d’Or.

If you want to sit directly in front of the stage and main acts less than 20 metres away, the optimal tickets to buy are Carré d’Or; next best seats are Category 1.

It’s important to note that ‘Standing Only’ (Zone Debout) tickets are not sold until Category 4 tickets are exhausted.

There are reduced ticket prices for Categories 3 and 4 for people under 18 years of age, students and job seekers, and also combined ticket deals where you receive 25% discount for buying tickets for 2 concerts.

The dates for Jazz à Juan 2018 are 14 to 22 July 2018.   To buy tickets for the 2018 Festival, refer to the official website www.jazzajuan.com

Disclosure:  Rebecca Whitlocke was honoured to be an Accredited Press Guest at Jazz à Juan 2017 , however all opinions given in this review are honest and unedited.

UPDATE: Fête Nationale fireworks on the French Riviera

On 14 July 2017, it will be a national bank holiday however the usual Fête Nationale (Bastille Day) fireworks and celebrations on the French Riviera will be replaced by a day of commemoration and memory for the victims of last years attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

ANTIBES

To honour the memory of the victims and show the support of Antibes-Juan les Pins, a ceremony of remembrance will be held at 11am on Friday 14 July at Place des Martyrs de la Résistance, beside the carousel in Old Town Antibes.

Jazz à Juan will now also commence on Saturday 15 July.

The fireworks for Fête Nationale will now be at 10.30pm on Saturday 15 July in the bay of Juan les Pins, as well as 10pm on Sunday 16 July off Salis and Ponteil beaches in Antibes.

GOLFE JUAN / VALLAURIS

The Fête Nationale ceremony organised by the Municipality of Vallauris-Golfe Juan will be held on Friday 14 July at the Monument aux Morts at 10.30am in Golfe Juan and 11.45am in Vallauris.  This will be followed by a tribute to the victims of the 14 July 2016 attack in Nice.

The fireworks for Fête Nationale will now be at 10pm on Monday 17 July in the bay of Golfe Juan.

NICE

This year, Nice is organising a day of tribute on 14 July to the victims, to the dedication of the public health, relief and security services, but also to the heroes, witnesses and anonymous victims and their families.  The programme is:

9am-8pm:  Participative tribute, quai des Etats-Unis

4.30pm:  Parade at Place Massena and municipal tribute

9pm:  Concert by the Philarmonic Orchestra of Nice at Promenade du Peillon

10.34pm  A minutes silence will be observed

NOTE:  There will be no changes to any Fête Nationale events already scheduled for 13 or 15 July.  The events on 14 July for Cannes, St Paul de Vence, Roquebrune Cap Martin and Valbonne remain unchanged.