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Nice and the French Riviera – the place to be

The World Summit Tour 2017, the scientific congress on implant dentistry, will stop on the French Riviera, in Nice, on June 22, 23 and 24. Since the early 1920s, the Côte d’Azur, as it is called in French, is known as the place where the rich and famous meet. But did you know that, for more than 100 years, the region has also inspired great artists who have created an outstanding cultural heritage worth discovering?

Style-setting for painters and sculptors

Since the late 19th century, the wonderful light and the vibrant colors of southern France attracted many famous painters and sculptors. Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and others made the French Riviera a center of modern art with significant influence on genres like Expressionism and Cubism.

Beautiful and authentic: Musée Matisse in Nice.

Beautiful and authentic: Musée Matisse in Nice.

Today, many renowned artists have their art in museums in the region, which exhibit masterpieces and gems of their oeuvre. In addition, Fondation Maeght at Saint-Paul-de-Vence presents contemporary art and hosts one of the most important European collections of the 20th century.

Movie legends on the red carpet

In the roaring 1920s, movie stars like Marlene Dietrich and Charlie Chaplin made the French Riviera a glamorous society hot-spot. In 1946, the curtain went up for the first Cannes International Film Festival, with rising stars like Brigitte Bardot and the young American actress Grace Kelly. After her marriage to Prince Rainier, Grace Kelly made the French Riviera her home as Princess Gracia Patricia of Monaco. And still, every year in June, the world’s best actors, actresses and film directors are competing for the Golden Palm, keeping Cannes in the international headlines with outstanding films and the occasional scandal or two.

Refuge for Heinrich Mann and other novelists: House at the Proménade des Anglais.

Refuge for Heinrich Mann and other novelists: House at the Proménade des Anglais.

Attracting celebrities since the 1860's: Hotel Beau Rivage in Nice.

Attracting celebrities since the 1860s: Hotel Beau Rivage in Nice.

A scene for literature and authors

Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald (“The Great Gatsby”) were among the famous novelists who were frequently seen on the French Riviera in the 1920s. Fitzgerald hired a villa at Cap d’Antibes, where he wrote significant parts of his novel “Tender is the Night,” which perfectly reflects the splendid and excessive society life of this golden age. A very dark chapter of history brought famous German writers to southern France. As refugees from the Nazi regime, Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger and the dramatist Bertold Brecht found a safe haven on the Mediterranean coast.

Jazz and rock live on stage

As a famous party spot, the French Riviera left its grooves and marks on contemporary music. The Nice Jazz Festival and Jazz à Juan in Antibes, two of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe, take place every summer and are linked to legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles and Miles Davis. And, in the early 1970’s, the region became the haven of choice for the Rolling Stones, as they left England as tax exiles. They recorded their double album “Exile on Main St” in 1971 in a splendid villa at Villefrance-sur-Mer, which became the band’s hub for their rock’n’roll lifestyle.

Party location with tradition and style: Palm Beach Club in Cannes

Party location with tradition and style: Palm Beach Club in Cannes.

Focus on dental inspiration

Join us for a journey of dental innovation and discovery when the World Summit Tour 2017 stops in Nice. Meet the celebrities and rock stars of research and science in implant dentistry for two inspiring days, and book your ticket to party in the footsteps of Marlene Dietrich and Charlie Chaplin at the prestigious Palm Beach Club in Cannes.

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For more information on the four tour stops of the World Summit Tour, the scientific congress on implant dentistry, please check the World Summit Tour website.

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