COLDPLAY CHOOSES NICE AS ONLY TOUR DATE IN FRANCE

Coldplay revient à Nice en mai et tous les détails sont dans Riviera Buzz! Coldplay is back in Nice this coming May and all the details are in Riviera Buzz!

Coldplay is back on the road, and amazingly the only French date on the European leg of their tour in 2016 will be in Nice’s Stade Charles-Ehrmann!

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Following the release of their newest album, “A Head Full of Dreams”, which is due out on the 4th of December,Coldplay is getting ready to embark on a world tour that will take them to the Stade Charles-Ehrmann in Nice on the 24th of May, 2016.

That is a huge honour for the city, as it is for the time being, the only concert scheduled in France. Only 20 stadium shows across 14 countries in Europe and Latin America have been announced so far.

This upcoming tour which kicks off on 31st March in Buenos Aires and hits cities like Sao Paulo, Mexico City, London and Berlin before wrapping up on July 5 at Copenhagen’s Telia Parken, will be the band’s first since the 2011/’12 Mylo Xyloto tour. As frontman Chris Martin said, “I think that not going on tour with Ghost Stories was one of the best decisions we ever made, because it gave us such pent-up energy in the studio and completely reignited everyone’s desire to go around the world and play music. A Head Full Of Dreams was written as a record to be performed live. We can’t wait to do that.”

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Fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting this new album, the group’s seventh. Coldplay has sold more than 80 million records worldwide and won a great number of music awards, including 8 Brit awards and 7 granny awards. This new offering has already been preceded by the single “Adventures of a Lifestyle” and will feature, among the 11 tracks, Martin’s ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow who has provided backing vocals for the song “Everglow” as well as Beyoncé who reportedly sings on the tracks “Hymn For The Weekend” and “Up&Up” (which also features Noel Gallagher on guitar).

No doubt all those afficionados will also join the mad rush to score one of the tickets that go on sale for the Nice concert on Friday, 27th of November.

CONTACT DETAILS
Stade Charles Ehrmann
155, Boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice

 

All images via Coldplay website and Facebook page

 

ANNIE, THE HEART-WARMING RAGS TO RICHES STORY COMES TO MONACO THIS NOVEMBER

Annie arrive à Monaco et c’est dans Riviera Buzz. Annie is coming to Monaco and it’s in Riviera Buzz.

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Annie, the classic story of dreams coming true and the world’s favourite family musical comes to Monaco for a 4–day run from 26 to 29 November.

Annie is (almost) in town! Don’t miss the opportunity to see performances of such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and “Tomorrow.”

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray and featuring book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, the musical is set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression. It follows a fiery little red-haired girl in her quest to find her real parents as she leaves behind a life of torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage to spend Christmas, along with her dog Sandy, at the residence of enigmatic millionaire Oliver Wartbucks. And even though the horrible Miss Hannigan will do anything to prevent Annie from achieving her dreams, our little heroine will get her happy ending.

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Since its Broadway premier in 1977, the musical has delighted audiences around the globe, especially kids, who can’t help falling in love with Annie’s bubbly and shining personality. In 1982, It even became a smash-hit movie musical starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett and today it is definitely an integral part of popular culture references.

Always look on the bright side and wear a smile on your face teaches us Annie. This November, in Monaco, no matter how cold and rainy it may be, you can be sure of one thing: “the sun will come out tomorrow.”

Annie the Musical plays at 8:30 pm on the 26th, 27th and 28th of November and at 4 pm on Sunday the 29th. Tickets range in price from €31 (for students under the age of 25) to €69 and can be purchased online. Running time is 2H20.

CONTACT DETAILS
Grimaldi Forum
Avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

All images courtesy the Grimaldi Forum

OF POPPIES AND CORNFLOWERS

Article dans Riviera Buzz pour commémorer la fin de la première guerre mondiale. Article in Riviera Buzz to commemorate the end of World War I.

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Today is Remembrance Day, commemorating the armistice between the Allies and Germany, which marked the end of World War I in 1918.

In the UK, most people will be wearing poppies on their lapels to pay tribute to the brave young men who died for our freedom. On the other side of the Channel, you might come across the odd cornflower, the Bleuet de France and Gallic version of the poppy.

Le Bleuet is still relatively unknown outside France and no longer very popular here, but things are slowing changing, thanks mostly to last year’s Bleuet campaign. This was a huge success, raising more than €1,120,000, one of its best results ever, in support of families of service people and police officers who died or were injured in the line of service, as well as victims of terrorism.

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The bleuets, which resemble the British poppies in their design, are being made in France by disabled people, a symbolic link to the start of the first campaign in the 1920s, when the flowers were made by injured soldiers.

Les poilus, as the French soldiers were known, suffered terribly during the Great War and many of them came home maimed, mutilated and mentally traumatized. French nurses Suzanne Lenhardt and Charlotte Malleterre decided to start a workshop, where those veterans could create cornflowers from tissue paper to recall the recruits of Class 15 – born in 1895 –, and their trousers, pristine blue upon their arrival at the front. The initiative spread slowly around France, and while President Gaston Doumergue publicly gave his support to the Bleuets in 1928, the sale of the symbolic flowers on Remembrance Day did not become official in the country until 1935.

In the middle of battle, cornflowers, like poppies, were the only flowers that could grow in the mud. With destruction rife and millions of young men losing their lives, the flower became a real symbol of hope for the soldiers. In 1916, they became immortalized in the Alphonse Bourgoin poem, “Les Bleuets de France”.

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Lead image © beppenob

TOTE ET MAMIE CHARLOTTE, THE PERFECT SPOT FOR HAPPY HOUR AND BRUNCH

Article pour Riviera Buzz sur le nouvel endroit idéal pour un brunch ou un apéro dans le vieux Nice. Article for Riviera Buzz about the new ideal place for a brunch or a drink in the old Nice.

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Tote et Mamie Charlotte is one of the newest additions to the eateries located in and around Place Rossetti in the heart of Vieux Nice.

Looking for the newest go-to brunch spot or the ideal place for a Happy Hour drink at the end of a busy day? Well then, let us suggest Tote et Mamie Charlotte, conveniently located in the heart of the old town and just a stone’s throw from the famed Fenocchio. The bistro boasts a unique decor and has succeeded in striking the perfect balance between tradition and modernity, with its offerings of old recipes and organic dishes.

Eager to pay tribute to their great aunt and their grandmother respectively, the owners, two energetic young women, regularly produce menus that favour quality over quantity and always feature fresh market ingredients. While their staple dish is the organic “œuf cocotte”, they also really excel in small plates and breakfasty-type dishes.

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On weekends, brunch is available for the very reasonable price of €25, with four options to choose from:

– Le Charcutier which offers a large array of delicatessen products,
– Le Poulailler and its oeuf cocotte,
– Le Fromager, which is composed of a great variety of cheese, apples and dried fruits, and
– Le Norvégien which features smoked salmon, shrimps and rillettes.

Each of the brunch options includes a hot drink (do check out the heavenly hot chocolate!), one freshly squeezed orange juice, a croissant, one slice of organic bread, some jams, and either a home-made pastry or a dairy product.

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Lunchtime fare in the restaurant includes generous salads, quiches and foie gras, and by afternoon, it turns into a coffee shop, serving up great cakes and crepes. However it is in the evening that Tote et Mamie Charlotte comes into its own, especially when the weather is nice, with a great selection of beer and delicious cocktails such as the famous Spritz, as well as unpretentious, yet tasty, tapas to munch on.

The restaurant will be closed for most of November to give the owners a rest after a very busy summer. But come December, be ready to discover this sweet little spot and plenty of new dishes!

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CONTACT DETAILS
Tote et Mamie Charlotte
2, Rue Rossetti
06300 Nice

Opening hours: daily from 10am to 11 pm, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON EXHIBIT IN NICE CHRONICLES THE 20TH CENTURY

Dernier article en date pour Riviera Buzz sur l’exposition Henri Cartier-Bresson à Nice. Latest article to date for Riviera buzz about the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition in Nice.

The Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition currently underway in Nice pays tribute to one of the most influential figures in the history of photography.

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Considered to be the father of photojournalism and dubbed “the eye of the century,” Henri Cartier-Bresson was not only able to capture moments of everyday life with his camera like an ordinary family enjoying a picnic on the banks of the River Marne, he also travelled the world for more than half a century shooting major historic moments. He was present during the Spanish war, the liberation of Paris, the coronation of George VI, the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death and the United States during the postwar boom.

Being so well-travelled and having witnessed most of the of events that shaped the 20th century, Cartier-Bresson also seemed to know everybody. Among the 120 black and white pictures on display, portraits of Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Pierre Bonnard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Truman Capote or William Faulkner underline the diversity of his images, which are both candid and formal. Throughout his career, the photographer believed in “the decisive moment”, which consisted of him finding an interesting scenario and waiting until all the external elements fell perfectly into place.

Following the Second World War, which he spent mostly as a prisoner of war in German camps, he co-founded the Magnum photo agency with Robert Capa and David Seymour. The agency enabled photojournalists to reach a broad audience through magazines such as Life while retaining control over their work.

In the last 25 years of his life, Cartier-Bresson largely turned away from photography to embrace his first love, painting, but his work was still being exhibited and kept on inspiring many around the globe.

To take photographs means to recognise simultaneously and within a fraction of a second both the fact itself and the rigorous organisation of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis”, Cartier-Bresson once said. Thanks to this exhibition in Nice, it is obvious that he truly was the eye and the memory of the last century

The Henri Cartier-Bresson runs until 24th January, 2016 at the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image in Nice. It is open every day except Monday from 10am to 6pm. Admission is 10€ but free for Nice residents. 

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CONTACT DETAILS
Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image
27, Boulevard Dubouchage
06000 Nice

Tel: 04 97 13 42 20