The Carnival season on Cote d’Azur is officially on! This week Fête du Mimosa or Mimosa Festival joined the other two festivals that were launched last week: the Lemon Festival in Menton and the Nice Carnival. But the weekend has much more to offer than just festivals and we’ll tell you all about it.
Like we said, The Mimosa Festival was inaugurated on February 15 this week. It’s a big traditional festival organized in Mandelieu-La Napoule every year in February that lasts a week. Mandelieu celebrates its flower symbol making the most varied decorations during parades, marching bands and flower parades. In 2017 The Mimosa Festival celebrates the 5 elements … Water, earth, air, fire unite to see the flower of Mandelieu in a sunny and carnival farandole. From 15 to 22 February, the whole city lives to the rhythm of these little suns which gave it the title of capital of the Mimosa. If you want to know the detailed program of the Festival, visit our Calendar, everyday there are several events united by the theme of Mimosa.
La Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival) prepared for this weekend: The Gardens of Lights on Friday 17th February at 8.30 pm and Golden Fruit Parade on Sunday 19th February at 2.30 pm. Come and discover this fantasy world, and move to the rhythm of a simply unforgettable event. More than 300 professionals worked on the project and 145 tons of citrus fruits were used. Tickets range from €6-€25.
And another festival, Nice Carnival: King of Energy offers on Saturday 18th February a Flower Parade at 2:30 pm and Carnival Parade of lights at 9:00 pm. The entrance fee is 26€ in reserved seating / 12€ entrance (Zone A)/ 5€ entrance (Zone B). And on Sunday 19th February there will be a Carnival Parade – Parada Nissarda at 2:30 pm The entrance fee is 21€ in reserved seating / 12€ entrance (Zone A)/ 5€ entrance (Zone B). You can book your tickets at the carnival website.
The next event for some people is magic and fun and for others it’s work: 3rd edition of MAGIC – Monaco Anime Game International Conference (Manga, Comics, Competition, Animation, Video Games and Pop Culture) organized by the company Shibuya Productions on Saturday 18 February, Grimaldi Forum Monaco. In addition to core themes – manga, video games, comics, animation and cinema, this unique event also includes exceptional features:
– Conferences and meet & greet sessions with world-famous artists like Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Frank Miller (Batman the Dark Knight Returns) and Tetsuya Nomura (Final Fantasy).
– A Cosplay contest – the Magic International Cosplay Masters, featuring some of the world’s best performers. As a very special prize, the champion wins a trip to Japan.
– An exhibition about the history of Japanese animation
– A video game creation contest refereed by a panel of judges from the industry, including Michel Ancel (Rayman), with a €100,000 investment prize for the winner.
– An amazing manga contest, rewarding the winner with the opportunity to publish his work on Shônen Jump +, meet a Japanese publisher and try to work with him for a year.
Free admission by reservation on: www.magic-ip.com
Talking about exhibition, there is one you can’t miss: SIAM 2017 – The first open-air International Motor Show to showcase Ecology, Innovation and Prestige.
The first Monaco International Motor Show is a unique open-air event that’s reinventing the traditional motor show. It’s committed to sustainable and responsible development as well as reducing its environmental impact. In the heart of the legendary principality, in eleven incredible locations, discover innovative, ecofriendly vehicles from prestigious manufacturers. With the electric shuttles, you can easily access all the stands across Monaco. Prepare to be amazed by a new vision of motoring shaped by futuristic-looking cars and avant-garde technologies, which are available now. Tickets start at €15.
The lucky ones who managed to get tickets (as they were sold out pretty much as soon as they went on sale) will enjoy the opera “Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner organized by the Monte-Carlo Opera.
And if you like radio-controlled cars come to the the open-air skating rink on Sunday 19 February, from 8 am to 12 pm where for the 4th consecutive year, model car enthusiasts can take part in sessions for electric radio-controlled cars. Participants are invited to bring their own vehicle to the skating rink. The rink will be transformed into a racing track on ice for the occasion. Admission is free.
We are sure that with all those interesting events your weekend can be nothing but great!