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  • Sound Advice

    Going through the technical details can be the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. Talking to one of our technical experts will give you a clear indication of what resources are available on he French Riviera and what would be needed to make your event shine.

  • A Friendly Exchange

    This is an opportunity for a friendly chat to discuss your event on the French Riviera by phone or by video call. Ask us about general event services, venues, entertainment or technical support. We can also give recommendations for specialist event services like wedding planning, caterers or florists. florists. For us, it's an opportunity to understand your vision and ideas and to see how we can potentially help. Book online here, or ask one of our experts to call you back. It's free of charge - and there's no obligation. Calls can be in English or French

  • Event Consultation

    This is the best way to kick-start the preparations for your event on the French Riviera. Talking to Peter will be the first step to putting the full potential of the French Riviera within your grasp. Peter has built up an enormous network of personal relationships to cover all aspects of event planning. If we can't help you directly, we're sure to be able to put you in touch with someone who can. Ask for his thoughts on venues, ideas for entertainment or recommendations for specialist event professionals like wedding planners, caterers or florists. Discuss your vision to get an indication of how feasible your project is in this region. The initial fee is for a one hour session to evaluate your project. It can easily be upgraded to any of our full event services.

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  • Together We Care

    Let's imagine a more virtuous event industry ... From crisis comes opportunity We all know that this planet is our only home and that we need to bring about transformative changes to live in harmony. At Riviera Organisation, we're constantly reflecting on how we can do things better. There are many ways that our approach to planning events can make a real difference. By encouraging those around us to do the same, collectively we have the potential to make the world a brighter place. It’s about time! Reduce transport – Are all the journeys really necessary? The single biggest carbon footprint from events comes from transport, so here is where we can all make the most important difference. Cutting out unnecessary journeys, optimising deliveries, staff car-sharing and using electric vehicles can reduce up to 80% of an event’s carbon footprint. (www.ademe.fr ) The paradox of events on the French Riviera is that, by its very nature, people travel hundreds, sometimes thousands of kilometres to be here. All the more reason to be conscious of our carbon footprint and engage with reputable airlines or register with a recognised carbon offset project. Covering our carbon footprint is a minimum requirement. At the very least we should leave the planet in the same state as when we found it. (https://www.goodplanet.org/fr/calculateurs-carbone/evenement/) Yet, there are still many opportunities to cut out unnecessary journeys. Using local options for entertainment, production, catering and flowers means less flights, less lorries crossing the country, less refrigerated vans. It will also mean a more local and seasonal flavour to your event. Saving energy – a fresher option A large part of energy consumption is, of course, linked to transport (see point 1) but there’s also the power consumed during the event itself. LED lighting has successfully challenged traditional lights for quality which means everybody wins. Lower power consumption means lower costs and less pressure on the existing electricity circuits (and so less likely the need to bring in a generator). The bulbs also last longer meaning lower maintenance costs and less waste. Even, if a generator is needed, there’s now a new generation that can use a different type of fuel. Natural gas is so much cleaner, safer, and quieter that diesel should no longer be considered. All responsible generator suppliers will now, at the very least, offer a hybrid solution. For a company based on the French Riviera, you would have thought that solar powered generators would be the obvious choice. It’s not perfect as there is still an environmental impact of manufacturing the panels and the batteries. Yet, it’s still much better than the diesel option and it will become more common in the future. Certainly, there is an enormous potential for reusable energy within the events industry. For example, there are already new types of loudspeakers charged entirely by free energy from the sun - not just the speakers, but also the entire sound desk. It’s something to look out for and embrace as more solutions become available. What if we simply just use less power? Considerable energy savings can be made by scaling down the technical riders. Of course, the band will want the biggest sound system and the best lighting, but usually there's a sensible compromise with a more practical energy budget. Let’s communicate what energy is available and analyse realistically what is needed, then we can work together with the production team to find the best possible solution. Electric vehicles are coming of age. With increased autonomy, more powerful engines and plenty of charging stations, the perennial objections no longer apply. Research has shown that electric cars are better for the environment. They emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their lifespan than a petrol or diesel car. This is even after the production of the vehicle and the generation of the electricity required to fuel them is considered. The single most positive impact anyone can make on the environment is not to have a car at all, but, if the journey has to be made, it’s so much better to use electric or hybrid vehicles. (https://www.edfenergy.com/for-home/energywise/electric-cars-and-environment) Think local The French Riviera has a wealth of resources for the events industry, so why not take advantage of them? Not only will it save time and money, but it’s so much eco-friendlier. The benefits of optimizing transport have already been discussed, but this can be taken to another level with remote meetings via Zoom, using local crew and support staff instead of flying people in, sourcing the audio visual equipment from nearby rather than transporting lorries across the country, and prioritising the Riviera’s finest talent rather than flying performers in. Engaging a trusted local event partner, like Riviera Organisation, is one of the easiest steps you can take to ensure that your event will make sense. Doing so will guarantee synergies amongst all partners involved and save you time and money throughout the entire planning process. Sustainable decoration – avoid single use Events, by their very nature, are unique and ephemeral, but this doesn’t mean they have to be irresponsible. Single-use structures and one-off design accessories need to be completely rethought. « Upcycling » is becoming increasingly popular adding new value to objects that would have otherwise been thrown away. It makes sense for all furniture, bars, staging and design elements to be rented or re-used. The final personal touches can be added intelligently, then a fresh coat of paint can give a new lease of life. Some reusable materials like natural wood finishes are becoming more fashionable. Reusable or biodegradable fabrics can be used to create a natural yet elegant style. It’s all about the imagination of the event designer. Carpets are perhaps the biggest culprit of all! Do we really need to use as much? In 2019, over 6 million square metres of carpet was used at trade fairs in France – only 8% was recycled! The Cannes Film Festival is now leading the way following an outcry over the amount of red carpet wasted for its famous steps. Now, all carpet used during the festival is recycled or re-used. This proves it is possible, even if recyclable carpet is still under-utilised at events in France. Even so, there are alternative options, like renting better quality reusable carpet tiles or durable mats … or offering heel protectors to all ladies rather than carpeting entire pathways of gravel. Let’s challenge those creative event designers to be even more creative! https://www.zerowastefrance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/rapport-moquette-zwfrance.pdf Minimise waste – less is more The standard of catering is a sign of prestige and affluence in France, but the amount of food that is left over at the end of an event is disturbing. Health regulations prevent it being redistributed, yet what is thrown away would feed a family for weeks. More is not necessarily better. Could having nothing left at the end of an event become more socially respectable than throwing good food away? Sure – most of the food is bio-degradable so this is not the biggest concern. Many local caterers have put into place CSG standards and should be commended for having taken great steps towards eco-friendly events. Others are just at the beginning of their journey. What about sourcing locally produced products or ecologically certified produce rather than food flown in from far afield. The French Riviera offers a variety of local delicacies, and as an added bonus, seasonal products abound with flavours. Many caterers now also offer delicious vegetarian and vegan options fit for even the most refined of pallets. Water should be a minimum requirement for all staff working at events, especially in the heat of the Riviera summer, but providing unlimited plastic bottles is clearly not in line with today’s way of thinking. A mobile water fountain makes much more sense, with reusable gourds or bio-degradable cups. Tap water with a mobile filtering system would be even better. Worse still are the lavishly packaged staff trays! Yes, they look good and taste good, but so much is thrown away. That’s not just the printed packaging but the metal utensils and real glasses – all put into giant bin bags with no chance of recycling. Multiply this by every staff member at every event they cater for and the result is astonishing. The clients or event organisers should not accept this. A self-service buffet with reusable plates, glasses and utensils is such an obvious alternative. Waste management should be on every event planner’s checklist and not just left to chance. In most parts of the world, including Paris, there are certified companies who specialise in coming in after events and treating waste. Yes, it’s an additional cost to the client but it’s also their responsibility, and there are so many areas where managing waste can even save money. (https://www.zerowastefrance.org/en/project/zero-waste-events/) Fireworks aren’t the only wow factor As the colours and shapes explode in the sky like a work of art, it’s easy to appreciate the impact fireworks have to bring a spectacular celebration to a climax. Though spare a thought for the many chemicals and small minerals released into the air. What about the leftover particles that fall to the ground that pollute the forests and the sea posing a risk to both wildlife and humans? The loud sounds can also cause fear, stress and anxiety in animals. These days, most reputable fireworks companies are taking steps to cover their own carbon footprint, but aren’t fireworks a little last century? After the initial squeals of delight, hasn’t it all been seen before? There are so many other ways to bring an event to a climax. Laser shows, light shows, and aerial drone shows may consume electricity and they are admittedly a temporary source of light pollution, but they are by far an eco-friendlier choice than traditional fireworks. Creative music or artistic performances can generate joy and excitement, that will be remembered years after the fireworks are forgotten. There’s something about the human connection and real emotions that can’t be built in a factory! What about a video mapping performance? It’s so much more original and personal. It can have a much more powerful impact without having to move guests to the best viewpoint. It can be used to tell your own story with a kaleidoscope of colour and an array of personalised graphics and special effects, including an intensive digital fireworks display? The financial cost is not necessarily more than a traditional fireworks display, but the environmental cost is incomparable. Reduce printing – let’s embrace the new technology Do we really need all those printed signs, especially when video screens or mounted iPads are a perfectly viable alternative option? What about invitations, ticketing or information? How much of this can be done digitally? There will be a new trend moving forward of hybrid events or “phygital” events. This is the creative merging of physical meetings with digital experiences, where “on-site” meets “on-line”. Printed signage will soon seem so last decade! Even if the printing is essential, shouldn’t we be prioritising recyclable materials and vegetal inks? Perhaps with just minor tweaks the printed material can be used again at several events! What about those printed T-shirts, jackets and staff badges? These should no longer be discarded as a consumable object, when they can be collected after an event and re-used. Making staff clothing from ecologically certified cotton or linen should now be the norm. Regular freelance staff should have their own supply of company-branded attire that they bring with them to each event. It’s common sense, but it still needs managing sensibly to avoid unnecessary waste and costs. Thoughtful gifts It’s customary to give away souvenirs or goodie bags at the end of an event, yet many of them are pointless publicity items that get stored away or, at worse, thrown away without being used at all. The obvious solution here is to make gifts relevant and useful, and, wherever possible, to make them eco-friendly. Why not think beyond disposable objects? Local produce like honey, olive oil or other regional delicacies in a glass jar are unlikely to be wasted, while you’re also supporting the local community and offering something with a relevance to the region. Otherwise, what about non-physical gifts like online vouchers, tickets to a local experience or digital photos and videos from the event? Oh, and beware the trend for cotton gift bags. You may think that they are eco-friendlier than their plastic counterparts, but research has shown that they need to be used several thousand times before having a lower environmental footprint! https://www.zerowastefrance.org/noffrez-plus-de-sacs-en-coton/ Good housekeeping - Treat the planet as your home So much progress can be made just using common sense as you would at home. You would think it would be a case of good housekeeping. If, as a guest, you use someone else’s facilities, you would be sure to make sure they were in the same state as when you found them - that’s common courtesy. As event professionals, we have to do inventories at the beginning of each event, and it’s our responsibility to return the site as we found it - that’s common sense, otherwise we bring it on ourselves to organise appropriate cleaning, repairs and waste collection. Why don’t we take on the same responsibility to the wider environment? At home, you would turn electrical items off when they are not being used so sure the same rules should apply in events, especially lighting of whole zones outside once guests have moved inside! It’s common practise for households to sort through their rubbish and dispose of everything in separate bins to maximise the potential of reuse and recycling. Not having enough time is not an excuse for not doing the same at our events. If only everyone applied the same principles to their behaviour at events as they would in their daily life, then already so much progress would be made! Eco-Synergy - prioritise likeminded partners and venues Of course, it’s so much easier if everyone is on the same wavelength with the same principles and goals. This is why, at Riviera Organisation, we’re building up a community of conscientious event planners who share our values and we prioritise event partners who are genuinely committed to making a difference. This adds value way beyond each and every event. The reputation of the whole region and industry benefits from more responsible planning. Collectively everyone wins and slowly the world becomes a better place. Voluntary donations The airlines do it, the major shops do it, so why shouldn’t we? We’re in touch with many privileged people with the means to make a real difference. We have the potential to encourage them to channel support easily and constructively to eco-friendly and social projects. By giving clients the option to round up budgets to the next €100, €500 or €1000 means offsetting their ecological footprint and contributing to a charity foundation planting trees around the world and supporting under-privileged communities. Reputable charities like www.goodplanet.org are making it easy for us all to get involved in worthwhile projects that are making a difference. It adds purpose and value to our events and our industry knowing that our work is making the world a better place. For example, at Riviera Organisation, we have planted a tree for every client we’ve had in our 30-year history. That’s now over 5000 trees - a mini forest generating a breath of fresh air every single day. https://trees.org So, why aren’t we already doing it? Without wanting to discredit the many companies who take eco-friendly events and sustainability seriously, it’s fair to say that the industry has built up a reputation for having an irresponsible attitude to the environment. It’s almost as if we have allowed ourselves to be exempt from common sense. In our quest to show ourselves as bigger, better, richer, and more successful, fortunes are spent on food, constructions and items that just get thrown away. Somewhere along the way, the event industry has lost touch with real values. This imposed break resulting from COVID-19, although tragic in many ways, is a golden opportunity. It’s a chance for all event professionals to reflect on our errors of judgement in the past, to change our mindset, and to eliminate our unsustainable ways of going about business as usual in a fragile world. Yet, we are still faced with the same resistance and excuses. Surely, in this day and age, these can no longer be acceptable: Budget – the client won’t want to pay for more expensive option Of course, there is a cost to some of these measures, although most of these can be offset by savings made elsewhere. There are significant gains to be made from reducing unnecessary transport, sourcing local partners, renting or reusing furniture, carpets and design elements, reducing superfluous foods or flowers that end up going to waste, or replacing physical signs with digital screens. It’s more about managing than increasing costs and, as event professionals, we can help with that. In any case, our view is that if something needs to be done, it should be done professionally, legally and responsibly. Cutting corners means taking risks, exploiting others to our advantage or making someone else pay. Why should the less privileged and the planet pay for our irresponsible management? The true cost should be factored into all budgets right from the outset. Time – it’s too time consuming to research or implement alternative methods Sometimes planning events may seem like a black hole eating up whatever time is available and more, but this is not an excuse. Planning eco-friendly and socially responsible events using a trusted local events company will be time efficient. You should be able to reduce your own on-site visits and production meetings, especially if you prioritise remote meetings and video conference calls. Tapping into a fully functional local network will save endless planning time with tried-and-tested logistics already in place, using a team who already know the venue and all its challenges and how best to integrate with the wider event team. Health & Safety - using eco-friendly materials is a fire hazard Security is paramount at every event, but there’s no reason why this should be any more complicated with an eco-friendly approach. Thankfully, the industry is developed enough to have a full range of certified eco-friendly materials. Like everything else, it’s about careful planning, checking all materials in advance and making sure that everything is done responsibly. Quality – local services aren’t as good as the one’s I can fly in We all prefer using the services that we know and trust, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they are better. The main reason for not using local suppliers is a lack of detailed knowledge and confidence in exactly what you will be getting. This is where your local event partner steps in, and they will be able to reassure you on the quality and other advantages of using local services. Of course, in some cases, you may not find exactly what you were expecting in this region, and there may be “better” alternatives elsewhere. However, if the client chooses to host their event on the French Riviera, doesn’t it make sense to have a local flavour running through the entire experience? Ignorance - I didn’t know there was an alternative Perhaps the biggest oversight is not communicating the importance of sustainable events and explaining clearly what each and every one of us can do to make a difference. We're convinced that every client and every guest would make more of an effort if they could just understand what they could do, and why it’s so important. Conclusion: The world needs events, they’ve been with us since the beginning of time. We need the event industry more than ever to connect and to rebuild the world as a community. More importantly, the world needs the events industry to think and act sensibly. Think less, think remote, think local, think responsible, and most importantly, think beyond the event itself. We are encouraging our event partners to imagine a more virtuous events industry, and to join us in our quest to make the French Riviera a region that cares on every level. We’re also reaching out to a new generation of event professionals who share our vision of values. The human mind knows no boundaries. But our planet does and together, we can make a difference. Eco-friendly and socially responsible events are not an option or an after-thought, they are a way of thinking throughout the entire planning process. How we can reduce our footprints and use our events to create value to benefit the wider community is something collectively we can all be proud of! With thanks to Comeeti for their inspirational and insightful Eco-Friendly events guide (in French)

  • Singers

    Here's a selection of some different singers that will add a sparkle to any event. You can navigate between different videos using the menu on the top left corner of the video. Here's how singers can fit into your event flow: To sing a special song during a ceremony To accompany a pianist or live musicians during dinner; Elegant cabaret sets between courses; Later, after dinner, they can perform upbeat sets to get everyone in the mood for a party. One of our personal favourites is Lizzy Parks who can perform with just a pianist or guitarist or a full 5 piece jazz band. For more entertainment ideas, please visit our main entertainment showcase or jump to the next page or ideas on musical attractions.

  • The Wow Factor

    The whole event is a series of highlights one after another, but there’s still space for the most incredible surprise of all. These are the extraordinary moments of drama that guests will be talking about for years to come. Here's a fast-moving montage of many amazing shows that we have arranged at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, one of the most spectacular venues for events on the French Riviera. A personal favourite is the incredible Flying Moon show (heliosphere). A giant balloon rises on the horizon. Underneath is an acrobat performing a sunning visual show. She collects a sword then hands it from the sky to the bride and groom as they prepare to cut the cake. It's absolutely stunning! There's also the incredible mapping show, which is so much more original and personal than a fireworks display. The building itself becomes a canvass for a show that can be dynamic or elegant or a mixture of both. We have a number of ready-to-use templates that can be personalised with your own photos or videos. We can even add photos from the event itself on the day. What a way to tell your story! 5 more ideas for a wow factor: Personalised shadow dance show on the balcony; A full orchestra during the ceremony; A famous superstar performer; Cold fireworks and pyrotechnic effects around the garden; A drone light show For more entertainment ideas, please visit our main entertainment showcase or jump to the next page for ideas for live bands.

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  • Riviera Organisation | Event Services | Valbonne

    "Behind every successful event is a beautiful story and an exciting journey filled with moments of delight." What will your story be? Guide me There are endless options and opportunities but which are right for you? Where do I start? Planning your event is like gazing across a limitless horizon towards infinity. Everything is possible, but where do you start? How do you uncover all the hidden treasures? How do you transform your vision into a masterpiece? Good news! You're now in touch with a team of local experts and experienced event specialists ready to unlock the full potential of the French Riviera. We choose to focus your infinity not to limit it. From the thousands of options, we help select those rare gemstones that fit and work together. We are the creative sparks to add the energy, the soundtrack and the highlights to your event. We are the comforting rays of sunshine to enlighten the planning process and make your event shine. Meet your team Let us guide you You’ll have an English-speaking local event expert alongside you every step of the way. Sit back, relax and enjoy the process from beginning to end. It’s also better value All costs are optimised and our fees are honest and transparent. You pay just for the services you value. How reassuring is that? It’s safer Our promise is that everything is safe, professional and legal on every level, taking into account all the new post-pandemic regulations. It’s kinder to the planet Aware of our wider responsibilities, we prioritise eco-friendly solutions , and we always cover our carbon footprint. Let's start planning A Friendly Exchange A 30 minute discussion about your event with one of our local experts 30 min Let's talk Let’s start by offering you valuable information and some friendly tips free of charge with no obligation. Ask us about venues, recommendations for specialist suppliers or contacts for local bands. You can follow up with the vendors direct, assured that you will be getting the best possible price. ​ You can book directly online or sign up for a wealth of information. You are just one step away from unlocking the full potential of the French Riviera for your event. What next? Find out more about our services and how we can assist you. Bullet point Bullet point Bullet point Find a specialist event professional Get advice on stunning venues Check dates of major Riviera events Bullet point Bullet point Bullet point Book amazing entertainment Ask about technical support Read remarkable event stories Bullet point Bullet point Bullet point Browse our photo gallery Be inspired by videos of events Visit our events blog What Clients Say “I wanted to convey my sincerest thanks and gratitude for the superb job you performed on our Star Wars – Episode III events … You should definitely take pride in knowing your efforts went a long way … which I’m convinced was a big factor in our success across Europe.” Sean McGinn, Lucasfilm “Events are stories waiting to be told, built on the purest and most beautiful emotions to create joyful moments, memorable experiences and meaningful relationships”

  • Our Events | Riviera Organisation

    Event Stories Champagne Moments Imagine you're in good company sipping vintage Cristal, overlooking the most enchanting views and a beautifully lit venue. Then suddenly the most extraordinary thing happens, something you'll be talking about for years to come. ​ Every event tells its own story. They are incredible experiences, beautiful emotions, and those moments of pure joy that last way beyond the event itself. Please take inspiration from these remarkable stories that reveal those spontaneous champagne moments that capture the true magic of events. ​ Then, let's take the time together to imagine your own story at your event, and let's make it the most incredible story of all. Riviera Organisation Sep 25, 2021 The Secret Garden The world of events is both ephemeral and eternal. Short-lived but everlasting for those who were present. Peter Mackley Feb 14, 2020 The Flying Moon Out of nowhere, the most extraordinary thing happens! A giant moon rises on the horizon and starts moving towards us ... Peter Mackley Feb 13, 2020 Reach For The Stars The spotlight then reveals one of the world’s most famous superstars performing in an intimate setting, especially for you. Peter Mackley Feb 12, 2020 A Kaleidoscope of Colour Suddenly the lights go out and the building comes to life, taking on a personality of its own. Peter Mackley Feb 10, 2020 An Intergalactic Experience A long time ago in a principality not so far away, the dark forces from the Galactic Empire rose to invade the Monaco Grand Prix. Peter Mackley Feb 9, 2020 Arabian Nights The most surreal moment came from the most unlikely of sources and the most inspired of ideas. Everyone there will remember it forever! Peter Mackley Feb 8, 2020 Rock My Yacht When the phone rings at 2am in the morning, it’s either a problem or an opportunity. Peter Mackley Feb 7, 2020 Fit For A Prince In fairy tales, the princes always seem to get the happy ending, but this was a hard earned victory of which he was particularly proud! Peter Mackley Feb 6, 2020 The Unwelcome Duet The house singer in the Monaco bar was going through the motions. Little did she was just moments away from the highlight of her career.

  • Photo Credits | Riviera Organisation

    Photo Credits Our events have been blessed with the most amazing photographers, and we are delighted to showcase their work on this website. It's so important to get a great photographer for each and every event. A great photographer does not just take pictures but captures a moment in time and helps the event become eternal. ​ We are always happy to make recommendations on which photographer would be best suited for your event and we're happy to send you their contact details and put you in touch. Please contact one of our local event experts for details. ​ We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to the following photographers: ​ These are the best photographers based on the French Riviera: Alban Pichon Amir Asafi Ed Wright Guillaume Serfaty Helena Ahonen Jean-Christophe Amusan Loic Bisoli Manuel Meszarovits Marta Szczesniak Pat Denton Philippe Groswald Phil Hill Rebecca Marshall Rowan Smith Sophie Boulet ​ Some amazing photographers from further afield: Greg Finck Holly Clark Raquel Benito Muse Productions ​ We can also recommend the following videographers: Airsnap Chromata Films Dreamakers JackyJac HA Production Visual Sequence ​ On this site, we have also used some stock photos from Getty Images, iStock, BigStock, Shutterstock, Canvas and Adobe. ​ And last, but not least thank you Agnieszka from COMDZ for all the lovely illustrations that make our world so magical.

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