Spring Arts Festival

 

The Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival was created in 1984 at the initiative of H.S.H. Princess Grace and Antoine Battaini who was then the Principality’s Director of Cultural Affairs. Every year during five weekends in March and April, Monte-Carlo hosted extraordinary artistic performances. 

 

 Monte-Carlo Spring Arts FestivalAn artistic and cultural adventure

 

 

Since 1984, under the presidency of H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover, the Spring Arts Festival has immersed Monaco in the bubbling and creative effervescence of the art world.

 

The first few years features renowned soloists such as Daniel Barenboïm, Ruggera Raimondi, Lleana Cotrubas and other legendary musicians. Since 1987 the Spring Arts Festival has featured novel baroque operas and opened up to include the fine arts. Botero and Marisa Del Re have thus shown their work in the Principality.In 1992, Rainier Rocchi, the new Director of Cultural Affairs, modernised the event, particularly by including jazz in the programme.

 

 

 Spring Arts Festival Salle GarnierA successful blend of classical and modern

 

 

In 2003, the musician and composer Marc Monnet took charge of the Spring Arts Festival, breathing new life into the event. Classical and contemporary music were featured side by side, an initiative that delighted the public and helped to establish the Spring Arts Festival’s reputation.
New and different programmes were offered very year. The Spring Arts Festival has thus had different themes over the years, such as “New Adventures”, “Extraordinary Discoveries” and “Imaginary Journeys”. These events with poetic and evocative themes meet the expectations of spectators by paying tribute to the great classics while introducing new and contemporary artists.

 

Legendary concert halls

 

The halls are as much a part of the Spring Arts Festival’s success as the concerts themselves. Every year, the public has the opportunity to discover talented artists in an extraordinary environment. The Salle Empire at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, the Salle Garnier located in the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Monte-Carlo as well as the Oceanographic Museum, Auditorium Rainier III, Galerie Marlborough an the Théâtre des Variétés all welcome the greatest artists for exceptional shows and concerts every year.