Weekend in Monaco

#hello_monaco weekend: what to do on May 18th and May 19th

The spotlight event of this weekend is without any doubt the 77th Cannes Film Festival but here in Monaco there are also a few interesting events.

Cannes Film Festival
© Shochiku Co., Ltd. – Rhapsody in August by Akira Kurosawa (1991) / Graphic creation © Hartland Villa

The 77th Cannes Film Festival is unfolding from May 14 to 25 2023. Spring on the Côte d’Azur is the time when the French Riviera begins to wake up after the winter season. In May, the rich and famous flood Monaco and the Côte d’Azur for two reasons: the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. The American director, screenwriter, and actress Greta Gerwig is to preside over the feature film Competition Jury of this edition. The Cannes Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

Concert by Véronique Sanson

Gad Elmaleh is touring with his new show “Lui-même” (“Himself”) in 2024 and on Friday 17 May and Saturday 18 May 2024, at 8 pm he’ll be on stage of the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.

Exotic Gardens

Tours of the Botanical Centre with an expert gardener, as part of European Museum Night are organized on Saturday 18 May 2024, from 9 pm to 10.30 pm, in the Centre Botanique of Jardin Exotique of Monaco.

Contemporary Theater Play "The dancer"

Contemporary Theater Play “The dancer” will be on stage of Theatre des Muses on Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday May 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Noé, a young dancer, does not feel in phase with the world in which he lives. Passionate about his art, he wants more than anything to succeed and assert himself. He compares himself to the men of his generation and to the father figures who guided his education.

The day he meets Adèle, his life changes. He feels a new excitement burning within him. Their bodies seek each other. They love each other until responsibilities and disillusionment plunge him into a daze. Their relationship then takes a toxic turn where authority takes precedence over listening. Noé, then torn between his quest for identity and love, will lose control.

A Unique Christmas Present: AS Monaco’s First Recyclable Football
Photo by Konstantin Evdokimov on Unsplash

French Ligue 1 Football Championship: AS Monaco – FC Nantes on Sunday 19 May 2024 at 9 pm on Stade Louis II.

exhibition "Ferrari F1 in Monaco: History and Victories"

The Cars Collection of H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco hosts the exhibition “Ferrari F1 in Monaco: History and Victories” from May 9 to August 31, 2024.

This exceptional exhibition will trace the fascinating history of Scuderia Ferrari in the Principality of Monaco, which began on May 21, 1950, during the first Monaco Grand Prix of Formula 1, the most famous race of the season. That year, driver Alberto Ascari, behind the wheel of a 125S, finished second, thus marking the first podium of a very long series for the Italian manufacturer.

Since then, Ferrari has won nine victories as well as numerous pole positions and several fastest laps on the Monaco circuit.

Oceanographic Museum
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Polar bears and emperor penguins are the protagonists of the exhibition “The Ice Giants” by Michel Bassompierre organized from Wednesday April 10 to Sunday October 6, 2024 in Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Seven monumental works will take over the Oceanographic Museum and its roof terrace. On this occasion, the sculptor will unveil five new creations: four polar bears as well as a 3-meter-high emperor penguin. Original drawings and sketches will also be exhibited accompanied by the screening of a film presenting the artist’s work. This temporary exhibition is part of the Polar Mission program run by the Oceanographic Institute since 2022.

Pasolini in Chiaroscuro Exhibition in Villa Sauber
Angelo Novi
Pier Paolo Pasolini sur le tournage de Teorema, 1968
Cineteca di Bologna / Fondo Angelo Novi

Among many interesting exhibitions that are held in Monaco these days you can take a look at the exhibition at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Sauber (from March 29 till September 29), which looks at the influence of classical and contemporary painting on the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini. “Pasolini in Chiaroscuro” brings together a variety of work, including film clips, paintings, drawings, installations and photography from the 16th century till today. It finishes with works by other artists who paid tribute to Pasolini.

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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