Weekend in Monaco

#hello_monaco weekend: what to do on June 15th and June 16th

It’s Friday again and HelloMonaco singled out a few events that deserve your attention this weekend as well as our recommendations for the future.

59th Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Of cause this weekend all eyes are glued to the 59th Monte-Carlo Television Festival, for TV fans it is a not to be missed event!

Under the Honorary Presidency of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the 59th Monte-Carlo Television Festival will open on Friday June 14th, with an ultra-glamorous ceremony, featuring an exclusive preview screening of a TV program. Free entrance and Open to the public, it also offers audiences the chance to meet international stars, attend TV series “Behind the Scenes” conferences, public screenings and autograph signing sessions. All in a relax atmosphere with the Fan Zone, a shady space dedicated to the public with numerous animations. The program promises red-carpet ambiance, prestigious evening events and VIP cocktail parties. The Golden Nymphs competition – featuring the best in TV programming from around the world, will reveal the 2019 winners at the Golden Nymph Awards ceremony, on Tuesday June 18th, in front of an audience of more than a thousand special guests.

From 14 May to 15 October 2019, the Grands Appartements (State rooms) in the Palace of Monaco will host an exceptional exhibition, Monaco, 6 May 1955. The Story of a Meeting (Monaco, 6 mai 1955. Histoire d’une rencontre).

Organised by the Palace of Monaco Archive and the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco for the 90th anniversary of Grace Kelly’s birth, this original new exhibition will place her first meeting with Prince Rainier III of Monaco in context and perspective.

After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in March 1955 for her role in The Country Girl, Grace Kelly had been on the French Riviera the previous year to shoot Alfred Hitchcock’s film To Catch a Thief, which features an unforgettable scene on the heights of the Principality.

As guest star at the 8th Cannes Film Festival, Grace Kelly agreed to change her schedule for a last-minute meeting with the Prince of Monaco on the afternoon of 6 May 1955.

Designed as a photographic tour through the Palace State rooms, this exhibition follows in Grace Kelly’s footsteps in the very places where she met Prince Rainier, around  the dress she wore that day, along with personal items, letters, testimonials, newspaper clips and film excerpts. All this documentation shows how the reportage, which went virtually unnoticed at the time, became legend, with its memories and anecdotes.

Less than a year after this brief but decisive meeting, Prince Rainier III married Grace Patricia Kelly, on 18 and 19 April 1956 in Monaco.

And if you want to learn more about other exhibitions that take place in Monaco these days visit our Calendar.

The Taming of the Shrew

It’s wise to buy tickets in advance, this time we would recommend “The Taming of the Shrew” ballet by Jean-Christophe Maillot.

From 26 to 28 July 2019, the Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo will take the Salle des Princes du Grimaldi Forum, for 3 performances of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s “The Taming of the Shrew”, based on the work of William Shakespeare. A large format ballet created in 2014 for the Bolshoi Theater Ballet, “The Taming of the Shrew” received 3 Masques d’Or (best choreographic show, best female role, best male role).

If “The Taming of the Shrew” is full of humor and irony, the theme of the ballet is more serious: the search for the other half. Through the bitter jousting of Katharina and Petruchio, the choreographer focuses on what is vital in the love relationship: “I wanted to convey the idea that everyone can find their half, regardless of their character.
Who can say in love who are the best matched lovers? These things are mysterious and it is not up to us to judge them. “

So have fun and enjoy your weekend!

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