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Musical Monaco – 30th Anniversary of Festival Printemps Des Arts

March 6, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Founded in 1984 by HRH the Princess of Hanover, the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo is an international festival of music and dance which takes place each year in the spring, over 5 great weekends.

The next festival (14th March-13th April 2014) will celebrate its 30th anniversary.

296382Aimed at creation, this event contributes to making the Principality a place of choice in springtime, for all those that arts and music bring together. The distinct taste for the diversity of artistic expression (symphonic music, opera, jazz, recitals, cinema, sculpture, theatre, poetry, dance etc.) and support for the demand for quality while presenting the public with the greatest artists of our time, constitute the two main axes of the festival. Always prestigious, the artistic programming of this major event on the Côte d’Azur also seeks to discover and encourage new talents. Sometimes unusual and unexpected, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo never ceases to surprise, enthrall and enchant its public, and has done so for thirty years. 

What differentiates Printemps des Arts from other European festivals, of no lesser quality, in particular is the priority it gives to discovery, in the broader sense of the word: discovery of musical cultures of other continents, and the best representatives are invited (sometimes atypical ones!) For example, in 2013 we had: the Congo (Kinshasa Philharmonic Orchestra), the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, Russia (Mariinsky/Gergiev) … and this year, in spring 2014: a JAPANESE weekend, a  HUNGARIAN evening, a MOROCCAN day, without forgetting theportraits of the composers (Scriabin, Haydn) and the reception of grand orchestras such as the LIÈGE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC, the RAI, the LYON NATIONAL ORCHESTRA, as well as several classical and contemporary quartets and ensembles of international renown…

5 festivals in 1! Through the diversity of the programme, each of the five weekends of the Printemps des Arts is already a festival in itself!

Attached is a recap chart of all the concerts and events offered this year, which gives a summary view of the Printemps des Arts 2014 schedule. Please note: the “meetings with the works” are conferences of around one hour, held before certain concerts by musicologists who are specialised and excellent revealers, enabling the public to understand the theme of the evening in the most complete and lively way possible… This service is particularly appreciated by the public as part of the shows dealing with specific culture (Japan, Morocco etc.) or the portraits of the composers.

The listing of all the artists (more than 100!) appearing at the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo from 14th March to 13th April 2014 gives an insight into the extraordinary variety of the geographical origins and disciplines represented.

Another advantage of our festival: Although it takes place over a long period (from mid-March to mid-April each year), the Printemps des Arts is always organised over 5 long weekends. This format adapts very well to the mini-break clientèle, and uses the low season to its advantage, particularly precious when concerning a destination like Monaco and the Riviera… That said, the ‘haute couture’ quality of the accommodation and restaurant services in the Principality guarantee the same level of excellence all year round. And don’t forget the cultural wealth of the region in its entirety, from Menton to Cannes, and of course Nice and the nearby Côte d’Azur inland region, which offers plenty to the epicurean and curious public…

The Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo thus offers a journey across the continents, to the heart of a fabulous destination on the edge of the Mediterranean.

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