The 85th Monte-Carlo Rally
16th to 22nd January 2017, Monte-Carlo
The Monte-Carlo Rally is the jewel in the crown of the World Rally Championship and the oldest in its calendar. Now in its 85th year, there is nothing in the world of motorsports quite like the 'Monte', with its unique blend of challenging conditions featuring ice, snow, dry and wet asphalt all in one stage. Kicking off in the traditionally ceremonial Casino Square, participating cars will head into the mountains for four days of gruelling action. Don’t miss the incredible atmosphere at Col de Turini on the final leg of the race; enormous crowds gather to watch competitors cross the mountain summit in one of the sport’s most iconic locations – a ‘must-do’ for visitors.
HOW: Tickets start from £21 for an adult. For more information, please visit www.acm.mc
The 41st Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival
19th to 29th January 2017, The Fontvieille Big Top
Now in its 41st year, the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival is the most important event of the year for clowns and acrobats the world over. Regarded as the ‘Olympics’ for circus performers, acts congregate in Monaco from as far afield as the USA, China and Cuba to compete for the prestigious Clown d’Or (Golden Clown) award. From masterfully choreographed acrobatics to spectacular animal acts and comedic performances, the festival showcases the most innovative and contemporary cirque acts on the planet. Drawing 10,000 spectators during its week-long programme, the International Circus Festival is guaranteed to bring a smile to faces young and old.
HOW: Held at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille, tickets start from £26 for an adult. For more information, please visit www.montecarlofestival.mc
MAGIC 2017: The Monaco Anime Game International Conference
February 18th, Grimaldi Forum
In a day dedicated to universes beyond our own, the third edition of MAGIC (the Monaco Anime International Conference) will be a celebration of all things manga, animation, comics and video games. The conference offers meet-and-greet opportunities with exclusive guests, round-table discussions from whizzes in the industries, cosplay competitions and a video game design contest which sees the winner awarded an €100,000 investment. This year the legendary Frank Miller, comic book author and screenwriter behind Sin City, 300 and the Dark Knight Returns, will be in attendance alongside Mike Mignola, famous for his Hellboy series.
HOW: Register online for free entrance. For more information, please visit www.magic-ip.com
The House of Givenchy Spa launch
Late February, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
The House of Givenchy presents its first spa in Monaco, which will open its doors in late February 2017 in the prestigious Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo. Designed by architect Didier Gomez and beautifully integrated into this luxury hotel, the new Spa Metropole by Givenchy embodies the same philosophy shared in the House’s venues: exceptional location, luxurious spaces, sophisticated care treatments, and an absolute focus on pleasure and well-being. With two Michelin starred restaurants on site, the spa and hotel represent refinement at its highest.
HOW: For more information, please visit www.metropole.com
Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival
5th March, Monte-Carlo
Laughing is a serious matter for the prestigious Monte-Carlo Film Festival, an international festival dedicated exclusively to comedy films. As well as showcasing international nominated movies, the festival will include premieres and special appearances from national and international stars. At the end of a week full of screenings and previews, press conferences and masterclasses the festival will close with its famous gala where awards will be delivered to films, actors, actresses, directors and musicians
HOW: Tickets start from £13 for an adult. For more information, please visit www.montecarlofilmfestival.net
Festival Printemps des Arts: The Spring Arts Festival
17th March – 8th April, Monte-Carlo
The Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival (Printemps des Arts) takes place annually over four weekends throughout March and April, bringing talented artists from around the world to entertain guests with art, music, theatre and dance at venues throughout the Principality. Showcasing styles spanning the 11th to the 21st centuries, the Spring Arts Festival offers a new way of experiencing music through the ages, collaborating with some of Monaco's largest institutions to bring audiences the very best in classical and contemporary entertainment. Beyond concerts, there are also workshops and masterclasses from the very best in the industry. From the Frankfurt Philharmonic to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national orchestra, audiences will be treated to performances from across the globe.
HOW: Tickets start from £13 for an adult. For more information, please visit www.printempsdesarts.mc
The Rose Ball
19th March, The Sporting Monte-Carlo
The famed Rose Ball is an internationally renowned charity event hosted by Monaco’s Royal Family, drawing the rich and famous for a star-studded night that is the epitome of glamour. Founded in 1954 by Grace Kelly, all proceeds from the night are donated to the Princess Grace Foundation which supports humanitarian work with children. Every year a new lavish theme is selected with different world-class designers taking the creative helm to decorate the Salle des Etoiles in the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex, the only consistency being the thousands of roses which adorn the space. Top-name performers delight the audience who grace the event in their finest attire. This prestigious fund-raising event is open to the public – for one night a year anyone can mingle with royalty.
HOW: Register online for tickets. For more information, please visit www.visitmonaco.com
Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
15th -23rd April, Monte-Carlo Country Club
Over 11 courts, eight days of play, 100,000 spectators and 56 champions: it can only be the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Enjoy the Masters 1000 series in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Watch the greatest tennis pros jostle for the best of three sets at the spectacular Monte-Carlo Country Club, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The beauty of the location is rivalled only by the sporting excellence out on the courts. The first clay event of the season, the Rolex Masters is guaranteed to be a tense and exceptional tournament.
HOW: Tickets start from £16 for an adult. For more information, please visit www.montecarlotennismasters.com
Grand Prix F1
25th - 28th May, Monte-Carlo
No race on the Formula One calendar can truly match the glamour and challenge of the Monaco Grand Prix; the 3.3km circuit is one of the toughest tests of driver skill and has produced some of the most memorable moments in Grand Prix racing since the circuit was first used in 1929. The race is held on a narrow track that snakes through the streets of Monte-Carlo, with tight corners, elevation changes, a treacherous tunnel and the world’s most famous hairpin making it one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One. With the drivers hurtling through Casino Square and past the Marina’s luxurious yachts, Monte Carlo’s legendary circuit makes for an
Unmissable Grand Prix.
HOW: Tickets start from £21 for an adult. For more information, please visit www.monaco-grand-prix.com
International Musical Fireworks Competition
6th August, Monaco
The International Musical Fireworks Competition has been held since 1966 and brings pyrotechnic specialists from around the world to show off their talent. This free event attracts thousands of visitors to watch an incredible display of the world’s most innovative fireworks. The competition continues through the month of August and the winner returns on 18th November to create a fireworks display on the evening before Monaco’s National Holiday.
HOW: For more information, please visit www.monaco-grand-prix.com
Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival
August, The Sporting Monte-Carlo
Every summer Monaco welcomes a host of internationally-renowned artists to perform at the Sporting Summer Festival, a charity concert which aims to place dreams within arm’s reach for the most underprivileged in society. Since 1974, the Principality has moved to the rhythm of many legendary artists who have given unforgettable performances here, from Frank Sinatra and Tina Turner to Jamie Cullum and Rihanna. The Salle des Etoiles is one of the most stunning event halls in Europe; the hall’s immense glass windows overlook the Mediterranean and its retractable roof makes it the perfect place to enjoy a show under a starry sky.
HOW: For more information, please visit www.montecarlolive.com
Art Monaco 2017
21st-24th September, Espace Fontvieille
For the seventh successive year, Opus Eventi presents one of the most opulent global art shows in the western hemisphere. From 21st – 24th September art enthusiasts and those lusting after luxury will descend on the French Riviera to satiate their palettes at Art Monaco 2017. Hosted in the playground of the rich and famous, art reflects life in the contemporary fair which features some of the world’s most globally sought after artists. Complimenting the raw elegance and breath-taking beauty of the Principality, Art Monaco provides a platform for attendees to experience the most compelling and current works that the fine art world has to offer.
HOW: Tickets start from £21 for an adult. For more information, please visit www.artemonaco.com