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A Digital Cultural Trip to Houston’s Sister City: Nice

For the time of the temporary closings of cultural institutions in France between mid-March and May, many of them have participated in the national “stay at home” initiative by offering to their public and audiences the possibility to visit their collections, or experience their performances online. Let’s take this opportunity to take a virtual trip to Angers, Nice, Nîmes, Cognac, Dijon, Amiens, Clermont-Ferrand and Agen which have been sharing very special ties with their Texas and Oklahoma sister cities Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, Denison, Dallas, Tulsa, Norman and Corpus Christi throughout the years.

In this article, let’s focus on Nice, sister city of Houston, TX, the seventh most populous urban area in France, with more than 340,000 inhabitants. Since the 2nd century AD, the light of the city has attracted many painters and sculptors (Chagall, Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle, Klein…) and inspired many composers and intellectuals in different countries (Berlioz, Rossini, Nietzsche, etc.). It has numerous museums of all kinds and, being a vacation resort, the city hosts many festivals throughout the year (Nice Carnaval, Nice Jazz Festival…).

The City of Nice invites you to the cultivez-vous.nice.fr website to enjoy a variety of cultural experiences (such as concerts, ballets, virtual visits, conferences, exhibitions…) for all ages, from home (check out the categories of content available).

In addition, enjoy your free time to practice and get into new home activities (sports, cooking, gardening, culture…) 

The artists, singers, musicians, dancers and technicians of Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur have come together to offer a rich online program to their audiences.

The team of Musée Matisse has launched a webpage to share various cultural contents and activities to inspire creativity, develop knowledge and enjoy the museum in a different way! 

Marc Chagall, famous Russian painter who lived in France, has also its own museum in Nice. 

The Mamac museum, focused on modern and contemporary art, has just reopened. Check out its online collection!

At last, Nice is also the city of young artists, who train at La Villa Arson, famous school of art of the South of France.

© Succession H. Matisse, © Ville de Nice, Musée Matisse, Photo: Nathalie Lavarenne

Take another trip! More French Sister Cities to explore: Amiens & Clermont-FerrandAngers | Cognac & Agen | Dijon | Nîmes