The French Riviera: a land of festivals

The French Riviera is truly a land of festivals. When the warmer months arrive, the coast starts resonating with the sounds of numerous cultural events which celebrate all types of arts and traditions: theatre performance, local traditions, music, fireworks.... Read on to discover the best of the sunny festivals in Nice and Cannes.

 A jazzy vibe in Nice

Jazz and Nice is a story that has been reinventing itself for more than 70 years thanks to the Nice Jazz Festival. Without doubt one of the oldest and most prestigious music festivals taking place on the French Riviera. Every year, many jazz stars meet on the podiums of Place Masséna or the Verdure theatre for great moments of musical communion. This year again, the guest list will delight music lovers with some of the most renowned Jazzmen and women but also musicians from all over the world. This new edition promises a lot of surprises all over the city, including at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice, where the famous Jam Session will take place this year!

Psst! Make sure to go on the 7th floor to admire the panoramic view on the Bay from the Calade rooftop !

An aerial view of the Fontaine du Soleil in Place Messena, Nice. With the new tram track and buildings of Nice and the sea in the background.

A festival can be much more than music. Literature lovers be aware, the Nice book festival is a great place to discover French authors. Also highly anticipated, la fête des Mai celebrates the traditions of Nice in the exceptional and enchanting setting of the Arena de Cimez garden.

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Glam and music in Cannes

Glamorous, magnificent, world renowned are just a few words to describe the International Cannes film festival.  For more than 72 years, the “croisette” has seen parade some of the biggest movie stars in the world. Unique, it is also one of the most famous festival on the planet with the Venice film festival. If you want to catch a glimpse of your favourite actor of film maker make sure to book your stay in May in Cannes.   CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: A general view of Cannes as guests attend the 'Loveless (Nelyubov)' screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Another world-renowned festival, the Cannes Festival of Pyrotechnic Art attracts more than 100,000 people each year to the Bay of Cannes. Created in 1998, the bay is illuminated with a thousand lights over 6 exceptional evenings bringing together the best artificers in the world. Take a seat on the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso Cannes' terrace for a breathtaking show.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Fireworks light up the sky during the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

What would be the French Riviera without a festival on the beach? The Electronic Beaches are back this year in Cannes. Be prepared for 3 days of party with the biggest names in electronic and urban music on a 40 000m2 dancefloor and all this at the water's edge. Whichever festival you are keen on attending, be sure to stay comfortably and conveniently at the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso in the heart of Cannes!

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Psst! The French Riviera is full of natural wonders to explore. Why not discover them all during the ultimate road trip?

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