150th Anniversary of the Hôtel de Paris Cellars – Events

This year, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the famous cellars beneath the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo! Opened in 1874, they are a monument to the company’s long and illustrious history, in which they have often played an important role. These hidden jewels beneath the very foundations of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo are the quintessence of refinement and exclusiveness. To mark the occasion, the world’s biggest hotel cellars will be opening their doors for a unique celebration, with fascinating tours, exclusive dinners, exceptional tasting sessions, and much more. Discover one of Monaco’s most priceless secret treasures and experience the celebrations here! Until Thursday, October 31 at the Monte-Carlo SBM Resort.

The Hourglass Sanatorium – The Art of the Cinema

The Audiovisual Institute of Monaco presents a 1973 Polish surrealist film ‘The Hourglass Sanatorium’ directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has. While visiting his father at a dilapidated sanatorium, Joseph discovers that the old man has stopped breathing but hasn’t died. Has his arrival halted time itself? He takes a strange journey through the many rooms of the hospital, each conjuring worlds composed of memories, dreams and nightmares.

On Tuesday, April 9 at 20:00 at the Théâtre des Variétés.

Lorsque l’enfant paraît – André Roussin – Theatre

After the Second World War, Charles Jacquet, the Under-Secretary of State for the Family and Education, has succeeded in closing down brothels and cracking down on abortion. But his well-ordered life changes forever in the space of one day, when he learns that his wife is carrying a child and his son has gotten his secretary pregnant. It’s merely the start of a succession of unplanned events that will force this middle-class family to look at life in a different light.

On Tuesday, April 9 at 20:000 at the Théâtre Princesse Grace. Discover more here.

The Ice Giants – Exhibition

Polar bears and emperor penguins are the lead characters in “The Ice Giants”, a new exhibition by Michel Bassompierre. Seven monumental works will be installed in the Oceanographic Museum and on its roof terrace. Five will be new creations: four polar bears and a three-metre tall emperor penguin. Original drawings and sketches will also be displayed, accompanied by a film presenting the artist’s work. This temporary exhibition is part of the Polar Mission organised by the Oceanographic Institute since 2022. From Wednesday, April 10 to Sunday, October 6 at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco. 

Ondin et la petite sirène – Concert for a Young Audience

Conducted by Christophe Mangou, with libretto, direction and narration by Julie Martigny, music composed by Julien Le Hérissier, and lighting by Tristan Mouget. Concert for a young audience, recommended for ages 7 and over.

On Wednesday, April 10 at 15:00 at the Auditorium Rainier III. Discover more here.

Grains de sel – Theatre

Alan Turing, the new maths professor, introduces himself with a question. “Do you know who defeated Adolf Hitler? No, it was not the Allies. It was mathematicians!” And so begins the thrilling tale of how Turing and his team succeeded in breaking the Nazis’ top-secret Enigma code by building the world’s first computer. In attempting to explain his research to his students, including artificial intelligence, through the Turing Test to distinguish machine from human, the new professor will show them that it is easier to break a code than a prejudice.

On Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13 at 20:00 and Sunday, April 14 at 16:30 at the Théâtre des Muses. Discover more here.

Eco-Blabla – Lecture

An afternoon of discussion and debate around our collections, on the themes of ecology, the environment, biodiversity, and solidarity. On Thursday , April 11 at 12:15 at the Médiathèque de Monaco – Bibliothèque Louis Notari. Free entry, booking recommended at +377 93 15 29 40. Discover more here.

Make-up Master Class

Renowned makeup artist in Monaco Joe Ghannam is offering Make-up Master Classes every Thursday at Spa Métropole by Givenchy at the Métropole Hotel. Classes run for an hour and a half in a luxurious setting, featuring professional technique demonstrations, personalized advice, and complimentary detox drinks, coffee, tea, and pastries by Métropole’s pastry chefs. On Thursday, April 11 from 18:00 to 19:30 at Le Spa Métropole by Givenchy. More info at +377 93 15 13 70.

Bag for Life Collection – Charity

Local charity Les Semeurs d’Espoir Monaco is organising a big food collection at Carrefour Monaco, with the aim of distributing 1,500 “bags for life” to those most in need in Nice and Menton over the next six months. On Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at the Centre Commercial de Fontvieille. Discover more here.

La fée des chaussettes et le musicien – Theatre

In this adventure, the unforgettable Sock Fairy talks all about the “mini” upheavals that teens experience, with a winning blend of humour, fun and music. The socks are rebelling. They won’t listen, and flatly refuse to follow the rules. Accompanied by Jazz the musician, our lovable fairy will need to use all her educative powers to bring them. On Saturday, April 13 at 14:30 and 16:30 and Sunday, April 14 at 11:00 at the Théâtre des Muses.

Discover more here.

33rd Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc

The 33rd Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, a unique human adventure that brings together 400 women aged from 18 to 71 from diverse backgrounds, will begin in the Principality. The race will be officially started by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, and big crowds are expected to see off the competitors at the prestigious and festive event. This year, two Monegasque civil servants, Céline Cottalorda and Sylvie Bertrand, will be lining up with the rest of the field under the colours of the ‘Suricates de Monac’ with the maxim: ‘See, Alert, Act.’ The pair will be driving across the Moroccan desert to raise funds for the Panzi foundation, recently created to support one chosen cause every year through organisations ‘working to help vulnerable people’. On Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 to 14:30 at the Chapiteau de Fontvielle. Discover more dates and program here.

Zorro, un eremita sul marciapiede – Italian Theatre

A vagrant looks back at his life and the choices that saw him end up on the streets, while considering the meaning of existence. A man on the margins of society, capable of seeing reality by observing the lives of “normal” people. Capable too, through a kind of joyous and indefatigable philosophy, of finding the “salt of life”, the complexity and unpredictability of fate. A tragi-comic play that marks the return of the actor, playwright and director Sergio Castellito. On Saturday, April 13 at 20:00 at the Théâtre Princesse Grace.

Symphonic Concert

Conducted by Tarmo Peltokoski, with Chen Reiss, soprano (featured image). Music by BERG and MAHLER. On Sunday, April 14 at 18:00 at the Auditorium Rainier III. Discover more here.

Fabricating Fancies: from Forest to Cave – Lecture

Lecture by Eva Jospin, artist, organised by the Prince Pierre Foundation. On Monday, April 15 at 18:30 at the Theatre Variétés. Discover more here.

Pasolini in Chiaroscuro – Exhibition

The new exhibition at the Villa Sauber honours Pier Paolo Pasolini, perhaps the last European intellectual to have gained worldwide renown. He is considered one of the defining public intellectuals in 20th-century Italian history, influential both as an artist and a political figure. A half-century on from his death, his influence can still be felt across the different fields in which he worked: he is read, commented on, adapted, and inspires contemporary creative artists. While he preferred to describe himself as a writer, it was his films that brought him to the public’s attention. The exhibition looks at his inspirations and his legacy. Until Sunday, September 29 at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Sauber. Discover more, including the screening program of Pasolini’s films, here.

Padel Best Expo – Exhibition

Padel Best Expo is an international event held in Monte-Carlo that brings together everything and everyone connected with padel. Not just a B2B event, Padel Best Expo also offers an immersive experience open to the general public and sports fans. The second edition of the Five Padel Cup will also take place during the three days, while visitors can look forward to a packed programme of talks, discussions, digital spaces, padel play areas, entertainments, and social events. So what are you waiting for? Get on board and explore the world of padel! Until Tuesday, April 9 from 10:00 to 20:00 at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco. Discover more here.

The Prince and the Mediterranean – Exhibition

As part of commemorations marking the centenary of Prince Rainier III (1923-2023), the Oceanographic Museum presents its new permanent exhibition, “The Prince and the Mediterranean”. Visitors to the exhibition, the Oceanographic Institute’s tribute to the unshakeable connection between Princer Rainier III and the ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea in particular, will step aboard his ship, Deo Juvante II. Guided by the voice of H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie, they will navigate through four fascinating spaces, each exploring a different facet of the Prince and his passion for all things aquatic. Until Tuesday, December 31, 2024 at Musée Océanographique de Monaco.

Polar Mission – Exhibition

Discover an immersive and interactive experience! Take on the role of a roving reporter and set off on a mission to explore the Polar regions! This new exhibition includes five thematic areas spread over two levels. Learn about the Poles and their wildlife, and the men and women who populate and explore them. Fascinating objects and documents, digital content and immersive devices come together to create a 360° experience. The great voyage can begin! Until Tuesday, December 31, at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

The Early Days of Télé Monte-Carlo, 1954-1974​ – Exhibition

The Cabinet of Curiosities – “The Early Days of Télé Monte-Carlo, 1954-1974​” – An exhibition looking at the first 20 years of Monaco’s TV channel launched in 1954. A selection of archives and objects will take you back in time, to the very earliest days of colour television. Organised by the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco, the exhibition features items entrusted by Télé Monte-Carlo for safekeeping, documents from partner institutions, and materials kindly loaned by private individuals. Until Friday, January 31 2025, from 10:00 to 17:30 pm (17:00 on Fridays) at the Institut Audiovisuel de Monaco. Free entry. Discover more here.

MonacoUSA Networking Cocktail

With special guests Monte Carlo Fashion Week on Tuesday, April 16 at the Conscientiae on the Port from 18:00 to 20:00.Free entrance, cash bar, Free tombola and all nationalities welcome.

St. George’s Day Dinner and Quiz – BAM

Following the successful dinner and quiz evening last year the Event’s team of the British Association of Monaco have organised another St. George’s Day dinner and quiz.  This year we will be at the Maison du Caviar who are offering a three course meal, wine coffee and water – booking form and more info here.

As April 23 is also the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and death, we will be incorporating questions about the playwright as well as St. George and his many guises.  Come as a team or join a group to answer some fiendish questions (noted from last year!) There will be prizes for best team name, winners – and maybe losers!

The story behind Irish-language opera Eithne

‘New and old, Gaelic and modern’: Irish opera and the Gaelic Revival is the theme of the talk by Dr Maria McHale, a Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatoire. Dr McHale’s talk will include play excerpts from the opera Eithne as there is a live recording online of the 2017 performance. At the Princess Grace Irish Library on Wednesday, April 24 at 19:00. Discover more here.

Featured image: Soprano Chen Reiss