Weekend in Monaco

#hello_monaco weekend: what to do on February 12th and February 13th

Festival season is starting on Cote d’Azur this weekend. So spare yourself some time and make a few trips to Nice or Menton.

Nice Carnival 2018

The Nice Carnival  (11th to 27th February), when craziness is combined with general merriment, an ideal festival at the end of February. Imagine the welcoming atmosphere of a mini-Rio.

The artistic geniuses behind history’s great Carnival never disappoint. But the full panoply of the gigantic puppets (“Grosses Têtes”) are to be seen to be believed. It’s as if the creators’ imaginations were let loose without any constraint and went into a hallucinogenic orgy of animation and dramatic comedy aimed to please – a sort of Disney meets DaVinci and Klimt.

The Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival)

For another event you would have to make a little trip to see the Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival), that attracts more than 200,000 visitors every year. It’s simply Citrus Disneyland. 

Be awed by the splendour and grandeur of a unique citrus show, featuring IMMENSE lemon and orange sculptures for its audience to admire.

For more than 15 days, go and enjoy the most zest-flavoured of Golden parades and Night-time parades (parades of citrus floats animated by groups of entertainers ), admire the Exhibition of citrus patterns in the gardens Biovès (by day and/or night with the Gardens of lights); not forgetting the opportunity to visit the Crafts Fair and the Festival of Orchids with unforgettable scents. Go and discover this fantasy world, and move to the rhythm of a simply unforgettable event.

Monaco Run, 2020 edition
The start of the 5km Herculis (Monaco Run, 2020 edition, 16th February 2020).© Michael Alesi/Direction de la Communication

After a 2021 edition marked by the absence of races open to all, Monaco Run 2022 is pleased to announce the return to the sports program open to young and old for the weekend of February 12 & 13, 2022.

On the program, an animated Saturday on the Quai Albert 1er with the opening of the Running Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Sunday February 13, the recent but already traditional City Trail will start from Port Hercule at 8:30 a.m. and the 5km Herculis will start on its very fast course at 10:30 a.m.

"The Pink Ribbon" Charity walk

On February 13, as part of Monaco Run 2022, the traditional charity “Pink Ribbon walk” will be held in support of the fight against breast cancer. The rout will pass through the streets of Monaco.

New player joins AS Monaco on loan

And for football fans there is French Premier League Football Championship: Monaco – Lorient on Sunday 13 February 2022, on Louis II Stadium.

Expo Tremblements
Expo Tremblements. ©NMNM Andrea Rossetti 2021

As always there are a few exhibitions open in Monaco. To begin with there is “Tremors, Recent Acquisitions by the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco”, an exhibition presenting for the first time a selection of artworks acquired by the NMNM between 2010 and 2021, created by 18 artists of 10 different nationalities from Thursday 25 November 2021 to Sunday 15 May 2022, in Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Paloma.

Conceived by Célia Bernasconi, Exhibition Curator, Chief Curator at the NMNM, the exhibition brings together contemporary works by seventeen living artists, including nine women, of twelve different nationalities. All of them have in common that they respond to the definition of the thought of trembling which, in the words of the poet Édouard Glissant, “unites us in absolute diversity, in a whirlwind of encounters”.

Video installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs, translate the tremors of the world.

Exhibition "Monaco – Alexandria, The Great Detour. World-Capitals and Cosmopolitan Surrealism"

Another exhibition open in the Principality is  Monaco – Alexandria, The Great Detour. World-Capitals and Cosmopolitan Surrealism from Friday 17 December 2021 to Monday 2 May 2022, in Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Sauber.

Monaco-Alexandria presents itself as an emancipated exhibition from the spectrum of nationalist and Eurocentric art history. It is remarkable in this respect to depart from Monaco and its Nouveau Musée National to rethink North-South relations, in particular between key areas of Mediterranean Europe, including in its African and Eastern dimensions.

In this perspective, the NMNM in collaboration with Zamân Books & Curating, aims to create a dialogue between Monaco and Alexandria, namely two world-capitals with eloquent and yet little-known relations, woven in the heart of the 20th century, through transnational themes: ballets and (post)orientalist shows, southern surrealism, flora and fauna, feminist eroticism, urban development and nightlife; ultimately, the symbols and the poetics of cosmopolitanism through two great Mediterranean crossroads; both marked by the imprint of dreams and tourist mythologies as by that of the avant-garde in exile. Beyond the major themes explored, the exhibition + books aim at writing an unprecedented page in this connected and often French-speaking history, although shaped between several contact zone (Monaco, France, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Egypt, etc.)

Of course there are other interesting events taking place in Monaco. If you want to learn more about them visit our Calendar.

So have fun and enjoy your weekend!

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