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What's on in Monaco 27 Apr-3 May 2023

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April 27th Newsletter

...the bird by a flute, the duck by an oboe (1)

We're looking forward to another day off on Monday when the workers celebrate Labour Day. Before then tho', here's a round-up of events over the coming week.


The Palace apartments are once again open to the public and are housing a temporary exhibition called 500 Monaco Dolceacqua (on facebook) until 8 May. It features work by Julien Spiewak and commemorates the long-established links between the Italian town and the Principality.

Looking ahead to summer, tickets for the Grimaldi Forum's Monet exhibition are already on sale at half price until 30 June.


New to the big screen this week is Misanthrope, a police thriller that's not well rated by the critics. Just up the road in Beausoleil tho' you can catch Invictus (2009) on Tuesday as part of the Cote d'Azur Sport Film Festival. Entry is free of charge. Then on Wednesday the library cine club is showing Ken Loach's The Angels' Share (2012).


There's basketball this evening when Monaco Roca plays against Tel Aviv, then on Sunday afternoon the team faces Cholet. Also on Sunday there's a Ligue 1 football match between Monaco and Montpellier.

Good news for seniors who swim as entry to Stade Nautique Rainier III is to be free for the over 60s. Prices for non-residents and workers have increased to 12 euros and 10 euros respectively, whereas Monegasques and residents can take a swim for 6 euros. The pool opens on Saturday and closes 18 November.


For classical music lovers the OPMC's Sunday concert includes music by Haydn, Gluck, Mozart and Beethoven, with Kristian Bezuidenhout on piano.

Eating & Drinking

Foodies should note that Monte Carlo Beach's Elsa restaurant is no longer preparing dishes with 100% bio produce. Not surprisingly, the constraints "limit the choice of products and the possibility for our chef to fully express herself".

And finally...

Too late for last week's newsletter, we were told of the Champagne and Oyster Cycling Club (COCC) charity ride from St Tropez to Monaco last weekend, the first since 2019. The event raises money for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and there's an after party at Slammers. Better get practising for next year!

(1) This week's quote forms part of the performance notes for the symphonic fairy tale Peter and the Wolf, composed by Sergei Prokofiev, born this day 1891.

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