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All seasons are beautiful in the Principality

All seasons are beautiful in the Principality

Literary Prize, Musical Composition Prize, International Contemporary Art Prize are awarded all year round by the Prince Pierre Foundation of Monaco in order to encourage modern creations. Established in 1966 by HSH. Prince Rainier III in memory of his father, Prince Pierre, a great protector of the Arts and Literature, this Foundation also organises numerous conferences on various subjects with highly reputable speakers.

Throughout the year, the Ballet Company, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Opera and the Princess Grace Theatre present original and high quality performances.

Time to dance

From the Russian Ballet of Diaghilev to today's company directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the Ballets de Monte Carlo have gone through a century of dance history with passion. Artistic director and choreographer, Jean-Christophe Maillot has led the Ballet Company towards contemporary creations including his own and also works by internationally acclaimed choreographers regularly invited to Monaco.

Orchestra stalls

Conducted by his new Artistic & Musical Director KAZUKI YAMADA, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra with an extremely varied programme, including Lunchtime Concerts, Symphony Sundays and Summer Concerts at the Palace, the orchestra offers music lovers a wide range of performances!

The Monte Carlo Opera offers virtuoso operatic art; with exceptional productions like Nabucco by Verdi performed in the Principality for the first time in 2002 with a choir of 120 singers, 60 extras, a large number of dancers, and 300 costumes; with baroque operas entirely re-arranged and light operas, the Monte Carlo Opera continuously renews its genre.

Raising the curtain

The Princess Grace Theatre celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2001. From comedy to jazz, classic plays to puppet shows, large productions to one-man shows, French to English, Italian to German, the Princess Grace Theatre, driven by the spirit of its creator HSH. Princess Grace boasts an eclectic programme.

The Foundation

Today Chaired by HRH Princess of Hanover, the Foundation aims to promote contemporary art. Each year, HSH The Sovereign Prince presents prizes on the proposal of three councils, literary, musical and artistic, composed of internationally renowned figures.

Grimaldi Forum, ship of culture

Within the Grimaldi Forum, the latest addition to conference venues in Monaco, culture has found one of its most beautiful structures. Regular productions include ballet and opera performances and concerts, together with numerous exhibitions held indoors or outdoors. From the Air-Air 2001 exhibition, to the look back at Cesar, from the presentation of exceptional Chinese archaeological pieces dating back over 2,000 years, to the Circus Days exhibition, the Grimaldi Forum is a permanent gallery.

Many art galleries

All year round, there are frequent exhibitions, at the Salle du Quai Antoine Ier with a retrospective of the works by Gilles Aillaud or an exclusive exhibition of paintings by Marc Chagall, on show for the first time. Through all seasons, La Maison de l'Amérique Latine and the Marlborough Gallery also regularly host the works of various artists.

Along the Quai des Artistes, several workshops belonging to famous artists such as Sosno, Folon, de Sigaldi, sometimes open their doors and unveil some of their magic.

Only one Principality promotes culture and art in such an active fashion: the Principality of Monaco !


Spring in Monaco, the gentle season

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Summer in Monaco, the shining season

Traditionally, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra performs its summer concerts, under the stars, in the unique and magical setting of the Main Courtyard at the Princely Palace. www.opmc.mc  »Read more

Autumn in Monaco, the Indian summer

To enjoy some magical evenings, spend a few hours in the Princess Grace Theatre during the Monte Carlo Magic Stars. Young magicians compete for the Gold and Silver Magic Wands. After the competition, internationally famous magicians perform some of their best acts!  »Read more

Winter in Monaco, the sunny season

Created in 1974 by HSH. Prince Rainier III, the International Circus Festival attracts some of the top international artists under the Fontvieille Big Top. They try to outdo each other in dexterity, agility and humour and the best acts are rewarded by Gold and Silver Clowns. www.montecarlofestivals.com  »Read more