Monaco’s ‘arts and entertainment’ history in the spotlight

This year’s Monaco Heritage Day will take the theme of ‘arts and entertainment’, celebrating the rich cultural history of the Principality and giving the public exclusive access to Monaco’s most famous landmarks.

The Salle Garnier of the Opera Monte Carlo. Photo: Rob Lee

For centuries, arts and entertainment have been a source of comfort, humour and reflection in the Principality, whether it be under the gilding of the Monte Carlo Casino, in the Big Top, at the Palace, or on one of the many stages dotted throughout Monaco.

This, the 24th edition of Monaco Heritage Days, will be a celebration of that rich diversity.

Now organised by the Heritage Institute under supervision from the Department of Cultural Affairs, the event is a great opportunity to see cultural gems that are normally unavailable to the general public.

This year, more than 40 sites will open their doors to share experiences, and to promote and stimulate creativity and imagination. The ‘arts and entertainment’ theme will encompass everything from circus, theatre and ballet, to graphic art, radio and other forms of art inspired by entertainment.

One of Monaco’s most famous cultural landmarks, the Monte Carlo Casino, will be opening its doors in the morning for a special visit to the games rooms, while a croupier will give a demonstration on how to play the famous game of European Roulette. In the afternoon, two 30-minute concerts from the Prince Rainier III Academy of Music Big Band will be hosted in the Salle Garnier.

The ‘Blue Room’ at the Prince’s Palace. Photo:

The Prince’s Palace will also open its doors giving visitors a chance to discover the state apartments, a collection of Napoleonic souvenirs and the Archives of the Prince’s Palace, free of charge.

There are currently 50 countries participating in the European Cultural Day, giving millions of enthusiasts an opportunity to discover some of the world’s greatest heritage masterpieces every single year. Monaco has been supporting the programme since 1994.

Monaco Heritage Days will be held on Sunday 29th September.