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What's on in Monaco 4-10 Jun 2020

Staying safe in Monaco and Monte Carlo

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June 4th Newsletter

Go into the woodland If you seek peace of mind. (1)

What's new

Prince Albert and Princesses Charlene and Stephanie witnessed the official opening of the new Place du Casino on Tuesday morning. Opinion at maBoum Towers is favourable. The large open space could now become a focal point for celebratory gatherings, something like Trafalgar Square in London.

At the same time SBM showed off Cafe de Paris's new terrace, now open for business. In order to prevent a resurgence of Covid-19, restrictions have led to a reduced menu and obligatory reservations even if you only want a drink. The number of covers inside has been reduced to 70, although outside there's space for 240.

Other establishments are less fortunate. Sass Cafe's capacity would be reduced to just 45 and so owner Samy has decided to remain closed until at least 1 July. In addition they would have to keep the noise down after 23:00, which is when the live music starts. Sass's clientele are normally locals at this time of year, but in mid-July the Americans and British arrive, and in August the Russians and Arabs. The outlook for summer depends on international travel restrictions.

More events news: Francoise Gamerdinger says theatres and entertainment venues could open in September. Before then Fort Antoine outdoor theatre on the Rock is hosting several performances from 7 July to 7 August (Printemps des Arts says, "watch his space"), and then from 18 August to 4 September the venue celebrates its 50th anniversary festival. Also on the Rock the annual Organ Festival features three concerts in the Cathedral, 23 and 30 August and 6 September.

And finally, note that the Oceanographic Museum has reopened, and Villa Paloma too, which has extended its Variations exhibition until the end of August. Enjoy!

What's in the diary ....

Thursday: Place du Casino 2020 (facebook).
Friday: Cathedral organ concert 2018.
Saturday: Oceanographic Museum 2020.
Sunday: Fort Antoine El Cid 2014.

Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

(1) This week's quote is the first two lines of Woodland Cathedral, written by poet Winifred Emma May, aka Patience Strong, born this day 1907. 
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