Life in Antibes – Vallauris fête Picasso

Last weekend we went to the Picasso festival over in Vallauris. The festival is known for its elaborate fire installations, and while I don’t readily associate Picasso with being an arsonist I’m glad someone does because they were rather impressive.

Below are some photos I took of the event: –

Festival centre-piece. The arms move vertically.
Festival centre-piece. The arms move vertically.


 

Several jazz bands play on Georges Clemenceau Avenue
Several jazz bands play on Georges Clemenceau Avenue

 

Street painting on Georges Clemenceau Avenue
Street painting on Georges Clemenceau Avenue

 

Street performance off Georges Clemenceau Avenue
Street performance off Georges Clemenceau Avenue

 

Me standing in front of the lit centre-piece.
Me standing in front of the lit centre-piece.

 

Festival centre-piece lit with   arms in up position.
Festival centre-piece lit with arms in up position. Petrol is streamed out the top once the arms are completely vertical.

If your thinking about visiting the South Riviera I heartily advise coming mid-June, the week before the Picasso festival is Bastille Day which involves two nights of fireworks off the coast (launched from boats). If you find yourself a good spot you can watch a couple of displays at once!

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