The celebration of the arrival of
spring is always an eclectic affair in the Principality thanks to the Printemps des Arts festival. This unique festival of culture is based
around a central theme each year. It features music, naturally, including operas,
recitals and concerts, as well as dance, theatre, cinema and the visual arts,
offering an opportunity to discover new young talent or admire the work of
accomplished artists, and stirring up new emotions.
Spring in Monaco: the
The Rose Ball, was established by H.S.H. Princess Grace who was keen to add an extra bit of sparkle to this exceptional evening by associating each annual event with a country and a rose. Above all, it is a charity of international renown, whose profits from raffles and other exceptional prizes (sculptures, paintings ...) have been entirely donated to the Princess Grace Foundation since 1964.
Spring is the time when flowers begin to bloom in a thousand colours; it’s also the season for the highly floral International Bouquet Competition which always features originality, thanks to the skill and creativity of the Garden Club members.
Sport is a genuine tradition and a passion in the Principality. The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is a first-class tennis tournament played on clay which attracts the world’s best players every year.
Top-tier sport and shared emotions between riders and spectators make the Jumping International de Monte-Carlo a unique and captivating event.
Spring will delight those with a passion for cars. There’s Top Marques, an event dedicated to supercars. The Monaco ePrix is the only championship in the world in which fully electric single-seater vehicles compete around the racetrack. The Monaco Historic Grand Prix is a charming biennial race for classic cars which provides a wonderful look back over the history of motor racing. And finally, the Formula 1 Grand Prix. No other race can truly match the Monaco Grand Prix for excellence, glamour and challenge.
Every season is a delight in the Principality...
The Literary Prize, the Musical Composition Prize, and the International Prize of Contemporary Art are awarded throughout the year by the Prince Pierre Foundation in Monaco, with the aim of promoting contemporary art. The Foundation was set up in 1966 by H.S.H. Prince Rainier III as a tribute to the memory of his father, Prince Pierre, a great defender of the arts and literature. It organises a number of conferences on a wide range of themes, featuring highly renowned speakers.
From comedy to jazz, from the classics to puppet shows, from visual performances to funny one-man productions, in French, English, Italian and German, the Théâtre Princesse Grace, at the behest of its founder H.S.H. Princess Grace, lives and breathes eclecticism.
Under the direction of its new Artistic and Musical Director Kazuki Yamada, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra will transport you to all four corners of the Earth.
The Monte-Carlo Opera offers a brilliant presentation of the operatic arts, with exceptional productions such as Verdi’s Nabucco, performed for the first time in the Principality in 2002 with a Chorus of 120 singers, 60 extras, a large corps of dancers, and 300 costumes. It also presents baroque operas which have been entirely revamped and delightful operettas. Under the direction of Jean-Louis Grinda, the Opera offers a programme full of charm, surprise and talent.
From Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes to the current company led by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo have navigated a century in the history of dance with passion. Director and choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot has been able to move the company towards contemporary creativity through both his own works and by partnering with internationally renowned choreographers who are regularly invited to Monaco.
Over the months, the Ballets, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera and the Théâtre Princesse Grace all present original performances of outstanding quality.
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