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Vive La Rentrée It’s Time to Reconnect

Vive La Rentrée Vive La Rentrée

As the summer season starts to draw to a close and Covid restrictions are lifted across Europe, it’s time to look ahead and start getting yourself ready for la rentrée. Officially the start of the new academic year in France, la rentrée is also a chance to reset and start afresh by getting back into your regular routine, kickstarting a new project or setting yourself some long-term goals for the coming months.


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The Importance of Self Care in a Post-Covid World

If there is one thing that the global Covid-19 crisis has taught us, it’s the importance of prioritising self care and wellness. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen a huge shift in the way we work and socialise with our day-to-day lives moving online for months at a time. And while the digital lifestyle definitely has its advantages, as the world starts to return to normal, there has never been a better time to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.

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During lockdown, online workouts and digital fitness became hugely popular with an increase of over 40% in Youtube searches for workout videos since March 2020. A fantastic way to reduce stress and anxiety, thousands of people turned to online fitness to disconnect from their new remote work routine while stuck at home. But with the end of the pandemic hopefully just around the corner, it’s time to take those classes offline and get back outside to enjoy a fully immersive wellness experience.

To find out more about the importance of self care, we caught up with Delphine, an aerial yoga/aerial silks teacher and Yuko, a yoga teacher and wellness practitioner, both based in Nice. Read on to discover their top 5 tips for easy self care and how best to cultivate mindfulness in the post-Covid world:


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Fun and free things to do during the Cannes Film Festival

Summer has officially begun here on the French Riviera and what better way to kick off the season than with a trip to the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Traditionally held during May, this year’s festival will run from the 6-17th July allowing for maximum in-person attendance during the ongoing global health situation.

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Postponed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cannes 2021 promises to be unmissable as major players from the global film industry make a welcome return to the Croisette. With strict COVID-19 safety protocols in place to protect guests, Cannes 2021 will offer 12 days of signings, press conferences, screenings and socially-distanced cocktail parties celebrating the cinema on every level.

Although the Cannes Film Festival is best known as an industry-only event, there are still lots of ways for visitors to join in with the fun during Festival week. From evening screenings on the beach to a fantastic firework display in the Bay, we’ve put together a guide to the very best free events on offer in and around Cannes this July. Keep reading to plan your trip to the 2021 Cannes Film Festival today:

Walk The Red Carpet: Home of the Cannes Film Festival since 1946, the iconic steps leading up to the Palais des Festivals are the place to see and be seen during Festival week. Although screenings are strictly invitation-only, each year a handful of tickets are handed out last minute to a few lucky guests. To be in with a chance to grab one of the coveted tickets, dress to impress in your finest evening attire and head down to the main entrance of the Palais des Festivals to wait it out in the sunshine. Our top tip for the red carpet: if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, don’t forget the Festival now has a strict no selfie rule. Pop your phone away and instead rely on the paparazzi to photograph your big moment as you make your way up the steps to the Palais.

Beach Cinema: Although you need a ticket to get into the Festival’s official screenings, you can still catch a ‘Cannes Classic’ film for free during festival week. Held on Mace Beach just across the street from the world-renowned Majestic Hotel, the Cinéma de la Plage shows classic films on a giant outdoor screen every evening at 9pm. A totally free event with no tickets required, all you need to do is show up with a blanket and a picnic to enjoy a movie with your friends. To take your cinema experience to the next level, you can also get in line early to enjoy the film from the comfort of one of the VIP deck chairs down on the sand.

Critic’s Week Screenings: Another great way to watch a film for free during the Festival is by queuing up for tickets to the Critic’s Week Section. Held from the 7th to the 15th July, this year sees the 60th edition of Critic’s Week with screenings of the 7 feature films and 10 short films in competition plus Q&A sessions with the director. To check out this year's selection of films, all you need to do is head down to the Critics Week ticket tent at 35 Rue Pasteur an hour before the screening is scheduled to start and queue up. Tickets to Critic’s Week screenings are free but entry is limited so we recommend arriving early to make sure you beat the crowds!

Music and Fireworks: A magical combination of music and fireworks, the Cannes Fireworks Festival & Competition is always one of the most popular events of the summer season. Held throughout July and August, this year the opening night of the competition will coincide with the Film Festival allowing guests to watch the skies light up over the Palais des Festivals. On the 14th July, celebrate Bastille Day in style by making your way down to the beach to enjoy a spectacular free fireworks display from France’s Group F Productions. Centered around the theme of ‘The Red Carpet’ and accompanied by music from classic movie soundtracks, the opening night of the competition promises to be a truly unforgettable evening.

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Go Behind the Scenes: If you’re a fan of animated movies, you won’t want to miss the second edition of the fantastic ARnimaTion exhibition this Festival season. Go behind the scenes of the movie industry to discover more about the creation of animated films using everything from traditional pencil drawings to modern digital techniques. Hosted by the Tigobo Studios in Cannes, the exhibition will run all summer and will showcase the very best of movie animation with exhibits drawn by animators from all the major studios including Warner Bros, Disney, DreamWorks and Sony Pictures. Hosted by the MJC Picaud Institute in Cannes, the exhibition is completely free of charge and will be open from 10-18h every day.

Take a Tour: From a sleepy fishing village to the French Riviera’s most glamorous seaside resort, the city of Cannes has a long and fascinating history. While you’re in town for the Film Festival, why not take the time to explore the city with a free 2 hour walking tour. Leaving the Cannes train station at 11am from Monday to Saturday, join an experienced local guide to learn more about the city and the Film Festival with lots of interesting facts and anecdotes along the way. From the cobbled streets of the Old Town to the glittering lights of the Croisette, this fun tour is the ideal way to discover a whole new side to the Riviera’s city of stars.

Get Online: If you’re not able to make it to Cannes for the Film Festival this year don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to join in with the fun online. In keeping with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, organisers have promised to make Cannes 2021 a fully digital experience. Get front row seats to the action by downloading the official mobile app here and enjoy exclusive coverage of the red carpet, videos of press conferences and interviews plus permanent access to the Festival TV channel. Follow the Festival online via Instagram to check out daily photo galleries from all the events or catch up with the official Youtube channel to watch the prestigious Closing Ceremony in real-time from anywhere in the world.

Film Festival X Native Spaces: If you are still looking to host a fabulous film festival event, take a look at our event venues in Cannes.


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2021 MONACO GRAND PRIX

The countdown is on for the 78th edition of the Formula One Grand Prix this May.

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Everything you could possibly need to know about the Monaco Grand Prix:

Venue: Monte-Carlo Location: Monaco Currency: Euro Time zone: CET Travel: Plane, Helicopter, Yacht, Car, Taxi, Train, Bus Participants: 10x Formula 1 Liveries Visitors: Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, the Monaco Grand Prix will be held at half capacity in 2021 Services: 2-day VIP Packs with 3 Hospitality Programmes, Charles Leclerc Fan Experience, Media Centre, Boat shuttle


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Spotlight on the Cannes Yachting Festival

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Although this year’s edition may be on hold due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, each September it’s all eyes on Cannes when the city hosts the Cannes Yachting Festival. Bringing together over 300 exhibitors, the Cannes Festival is a unique opportunity to meet with the key players in the international yachting industry and enjoy private preview events from the world’s biggest yachting groups.

The first show on the international calendar, the Festival officially marks the launch of the yachting season and there is no shortage of exciting events on offer during the six-day show. Cannes is the place to check out the global launch of new yachts from the world’s top luxury shipyards and enjoy exclusive preview events presenting this year’s new collection of tenders, water toys, gadgets and more.

Our Top Tips for making the best of the Cannes Yachting Festival:


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The Tour de France comes to the French Riviera

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The biggest and most exciting cycling event in the world, for 3 days this summer the French Riviera will play host to the iconic Tour de France bicycle race. Starting in Nice on the 29th August, this year’s competitors will cycle through some of the Riviera’s most spectacular scenery before winding their way up through the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence to the pretty town of Sisteron for the next stage of the race. Always a popular event, the 107th edition of the Tour de France promises to be an unforgettable race as the opening stages showcase the beautiful countryside of the French Riviera. From the iconic mountain pass of the Col de Turini to the Medieval villages perched in the hills around Grasse, this year’s route offers spectators a fabulous blend of culture and history right here on the Côte d’Azur.


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How to Throw an Unforgettable Virtual Party - Our Top Tips for Hosting Events Online

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With people across the world currently living in lockdown due to the novel Coronavirus, one of the biggest impacts of the pandemic is the increase in online communication. As we learn to cope with new stay-at-home guidelines, going online to keep up with friends and family has never been so important while virtual events like birthday parties and weddings are helping people around the world stay connected during social distancing.

While creating an online event may sound daunting at first, it’s actually never been easier to go virtual thanks to the wide range of digital media platforms available online. Whether you want to host a virtual baby shower or wedding, plan an online quiz night with friends or live-stream your next lockdown party, the options are endless and the only limit is your own imagination. Read on to discover our top tips to ensure your next virtual event is a success, no matter what the occasion:

Choose your platform

If you’re looking for a simple and easy-to-use video conferencing solution to share your special moment with friends and family, you can’t go wrong with apps like UberConference, HouseParty, Google Hangouts and Zoom. Offering a range of both free and paid options, these apps allow you to make video calls with up to 100 participants from your computer, phone or tablet. The perfect way to keep in touch while you’re social distancing, most video calls also come with a range of exciting features including screen sharing and call recording to make sure you and your guests don’t miss out on any of the important details during the evening.


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How to Host a Successful Professional Virtual Event - Our Top Tips for Moving Online

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With the impact of Coronavirus being felt across the globe, moving events and services online is fast becoming the new normal. From business presentations and launches to networking events and even Happy Hour sessions, more and more companies are opting to host their events online to keep their employees and customers engaged during the quarantine period.

While hosting an online event might present new challenges, pivoting to digital can also offer you some exciting new benefits. Moving your event online enables you to minimise your impact on the environment and reduce your carbon footprint whilst allowing you to redefine the target audience for your event by reaching out to new users and building a more global community.

As we all learn to adapt to this new situation and meet the challenges of planning a virtual event, we’ve put together a few tips below to help ensure that your transition from live to virtual events goes as smoothly as possible:

Plan ahead

Create pre-event buzz whilst ensuring your guests know exactly where and when to log on by using an application to schedule your meeting or party. Create a fully customised landing page or evite with apps like Splash, Socio and Bizzabo then upload your programme, images, attendee list and more. Once you’re ready to go, the app will help you to send out all the important event info to your attendees, update them about any changes or delays to the agenda and even send you live updates as and when guests login to make sure you’ve got all the attendance info you need at the touch of a button.


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Getting married in France - the legal questions

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Which documents do I need to get married in France?

To get married legally in France, first off you’ll need to contact your local Mairie or Town Hall. They will ask you and your partner to provide various documents and might also ask you to come in for an interview either by yourself or as a couple. Although the paperwork required is fairly straightforward, it will still take around 4-6 weeks to process your application so it’s best to apply as soon as possible and to be flexible with dates. NB When applying for a civil wedding ceremony in France, you should expect to pay around €95 in administration fees.

To help you get your application file together, here’s a list of the basic paperwork you’ll need to provide to file your wedding application:


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Planning a Product Launch at the Tax Free World Exhibition

Every great product deserves a great product launch and there’s no better place for a successful launch party than Cannes. Celebrating the very best in global creativity, Cannes plays host to some of the most important industry conferences in the world each year including the annual Tax Free World Exhibition.

Held at the Palais des Festivals overlooking the Croisette, the Tax Free World Exhibition is tailored around the duty-free and retail travel sectors. Bringing together over 12,000 professionals each October, this week-long event includes panels, workshops and presentations from key figures within the industry.

The conference addresses the state of the tax free industry with a series of workshops throughout the week dedicated to market analysis. With a strong focus on new technology, Digital Village sessions are also on offer to help you discover new digital solutions and services for your business.