What’s on in Sainte-Maxime this October
1 October 2016
Alongside beautiful beaches to stroll along, picturesque hills to explore and outstanding golf to play, Sainte-Maxime can also offer a range of exciting events to attend this October. From a family-friendly exhibition dedicated to the much-loved comic book character Tintin, to an unforgettable night of Baroque music and gastronomic dishes, the picturesque Côte d'Azur town will offer entertainment suited to all ages and tastes this autumn.
15th October – 24th December
Salle Jean Portal
Generation after generation have fallen for the charms of Tintin. Sporting his trademark quiff, the young journalist and adventurer featured in 24 comic books in total, joined by his best friend Captain Haddock and fluffy white dog, Snowy. This autumn, locals and visitors alike will be descending on the Jean Portal showroom to see a free-entry display of sought-after collector’s items relating to the cartoon character. From figurines to plates, coins and even framed carpets depicting Tintin in different outfits, there’ll be an item on show that'll excite and inspire fans of all ages.
Tintin was created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, whose pen name was Hergé, and first appeared on the 10th of January 1929 in the youth supplement to Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siecle. The character’s success led to the first comic in 1930 and The Adventures of Tintin enthralled its readers with stories involving the likes of Professor Cuthbert Calculus, the incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson, and opera singer Bianca Castafiore. With sales of over 230 million copies, the books have gone on to be adapted for television, radio, theatre and film; one of the most recent being Steven Spielberg’s 2011 animation The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
The exhibition will be the first time the private collections will have been showcased to the public and feature objects on loan from Cathy Merlin, Erick Gervais and Gilles Rolain. Some of the many key pieces on show will include airplanes, red and yellow cars in their original boxes, and a model of the iconic shark submarine with its glass roofed seating area, which featured in Red Rackham’s Treasure. The display will be open between Wednesday and Sunday from 2pm until 6.30pm, and will provide the perfect family afternoon out in Sainte-Maxime.
Step back in time during an evening out at arts venue Carré Sainte-Maxime this autumn. Combining dramatic music with cutting-edge technology and mouth-watering gourmet cuisine, the festival will offer the chance to experience the opulence of the Baroque movement with a 21st century twist. Inspired by music and art from the period between 1600 and 1750, this truly unique event will seek to reinvent the idea of ‘holding court’ by transforming its modern spaces into extravagant candlelit surroundings.
The key attraction of the evening will be the music. Talented singers and musicians playing instruments including the harpsichord and cello will deliver an intimate concert featuring works by leading composers of the time. With pieces by the first widely respected composer of the movement, Monteverdi, English composer Purcell, German composer Pachelbel, and Italian composer and violinist Vivaldi, the event is set to be truly inspirational for music fans. Hosted on the mezzanine from 8:30pm, the performances will be made even more atmospheric thanks to digital mapping transforming its wall into a virtual church, complete with stained glass windows.
Such a refined event calls for an evening dress code of elegant dresses and tuxedos... and there’ll be the chance to enhance an already glamorous look with a little help from a team of make-up artists in the Grand Hall from 8pm. Meanwhile, those hoping for a full sensory experience can also look forward to a range of gourmet dishes including foie gras, orange gingerbread and crunchy almond ice lollies… all washed down with cocktails. With such an extravagant range of attractions, O Barroco is set to be an unmissable and unforgettable event in Sainte-Maxime this October.
From a Tintin exhibition that’ll inspire all ages to a glamourous evening of Baroque music, Sainte-Maxime can offer an outstanding entertainment line-up this October.
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