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Monaco, The Capital of Arts

Truly marvellous and culturally rich: Monaco (Click on the pictures for a higher resolution)

Monaco is one of the world's most desirable destinations with over 300 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures, it celebrates with enthusiasm the arts, culture, sumptuous cuisine, spas, beautiful surroundings, spectacular landscapes and high-adrenaline activities like the Formula One Grand Prix, casino gaming, land and water sports and exciting nightlife.

True to the tradition of artistic patronage practised by the Princes of Monaco, through the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Prince’s Government pursues an active cultural policy. It promotes the development of the Arts in the Principality and helps to disseminate culture to a wide audience.

Culture is a vehicle for the Principality's influence abroad and a major sector of local policy. It benefits from 5% of the State budget. This is mainly devoted to supporting organisations and artists, developing a high-quality artistic programme, developing heritage projects and financing appropriate cultural facilities.


The Principality of Monaco hosts an array of cultural events throughout the year

The Principality of Monaco hosts an array of world-renowned cultural events throughout the year. Its prestigious festivals and shows - where people come to see and be seen - are all part of Monaco’s constant quest for beauty and make Monaco a compelling and fascinating participant on the world stage on which its artists perform each year. 

From sea-view to under-the-sea 

The 2015 season promises a rich and varied calendar of cultural and artistic events of international renown. The cultural ambassadors of the Principality pride themselves in putting together a highly imaginative programme of artistic productions worthy of the world’s major capital cities, playing on the synergies between the Arts. Monaco boasts many prestigious venues that offer an exceptional backdrop to each event, including the splendid Opera Garnier, where superb acoustics allied with views of the sparkling Mediterranean inspire performers and audiences alike.

The grandeur of Monaco Ballet (here) and Monaco Theatre (below)

Cultural institutions such as the Monaco Philharmonic Orchestra, the Monaco Ballet, the Monaco Opera, the Monaco New National Museum and the Printemps des Arts concert hall organise major cultural events both in Monaco and abroad, spreading the artistic influence of the Principality around the world.

The Grimaldi Forum – 50% of it, astonishingly, located below sea-level -  plays a major part in the cultural life of the Principality: themed exhibitions are organised each summer, for example, the exhibition, dedicated to the Grace Kelly years on the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death, has been voted a huge success by visitors.

The Monte Carlo- Société des Bains de Mer has a major influence on the cultural life of the Principality, with a year-round programme of artistic events that reaches the pinnacle of artistic achievement.

From high-flying ballets to the magical Circus Festival, Monaco always brings a fresh approach to the Arts and offers a feast for the senses to all visitors, year-round. The Prince’s Government is committed to offering a high-quality international programme, worthy of a cultural metropolis. It therefore supports the major cultural entities:
·         The Company des Ballets de Monte-Carlo  which is internationally renowned for the quality of its work and its ongoing policy of creating new works
·         The Monte-Carlo Opera,  which offers a prestigious season of performances, with a varied repertoire

·         The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  which celebrated the 50th anniversary of concerts given in the main Courtyard of the Prince's Palace in the summer of 2009

·         The Theatre Princesse Grace  which offers a season of high-quality

·         The Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014. Its new formula was very successful with the audiences.

Shankar Mahadevan and other Indian classical artists performing at a cultural event

Tourists will be more than happy enjoying luxurious accommodation, family restaurants and exceptional landscape in Monte Carlo. This charming destination adds that magnificence experience to your holiday which everyone dreams for. The place is gorgeously clean, the hotels are a marvel, the people are beautiful and the food is delicious. There are wonderful restaurants, shops, attractions, coast, nightlife, sports facilities and culture all within walking distance. You can have a fulfilling romantic experience with the world class spas, set in gorgeous surroundings and offering a variety of therapies and treatments from around the world.